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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Leaving aside the fact that the 40th anniversary was actually last year,this is a fine package.
It comes with an excellent 24 page booklet,a second disc of concert performances plus a DVD that includes a brand-new documentary. Please note the live disc has been previously released before as "Live 1969".
The documentary was originally banned in many states in the...
Published on 2 April 2011 by Kenneth Melville

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a full Dynamic sound
I bought this record to replace my old scratched record. But the new record although it was incredibly expensive sounded worse than my old record. It sounded like it had been recorded from a CD. When I compared it to the old record the sound had no depth and some of the sounds were virtually missing. I am being harsh because there is nothing more fake that something that...
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by Donald


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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 2 April 2011
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Kenneth Melville (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Leaving aside the fact that the 40th anniversary was actually last year,this is a fine package.
It comes with an excellent 24 page booklet,a second disc of concert performances plus a DVD that includes a brand-new documentary. Please note the live disc has been previously released before as "Live 1969".
The documentary was originally banned in many states in the US because of its references to The Vietnam War. Its well worth seeing.
The original Album is of course a classic. Its beautifully remastered and sounds as melodic as ever. A must-have Album for any true lover of beautifully crafted pop music. Paul and Art were never better. No wonder it topped the UK charts for a total of 33 weeks !
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Classic-Hugely Alive!!, 20 Oct 2002
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This is, of course, the pinnacle of Simon and Garfunkels creative genius.Arguably the best album ever released it contains the cream of Simons songwriting in classic tracks such as 'The Boxer' and 'El Condor Pasa'.I first bought this album in the early seventies and as with the previous reviewer I seem to know it off by heart.This may not be a bad thing as I seem to notice something new on every listen.This, as in the other S&G remasters is top quality and a very good buy at this price.
Returning to the album it contains my favourite Simon composition in 'The Only Living Boy In New York', this remaining my favourite even afer buying all other Simon albums in the intervening years.Buy this if you are one of the few that don't already have it!You will never regret it!!
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon's Behemoth, 4 Jun 2003
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It goes without saying that this album is one of the classic albums of all time, with almost every track a household name. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' was one of the biggest (if not the biggest) selling albums of the 1970's, and still outsells many of its peers to this day. Paul Simon created a behemoth of an album when he set about trying to outdo his achievements on 'Bookends', and the resulting album cost Simon and Garfunkel their creative (and personal) partnership.
The tracks on this album are as varied as they are original, probably the main reason for the album's hugely broad and enduring appeal. Garfunkel's musical contribution (by this stage) was largely as backing vocalist to Simon's all-encompassing talent, but ironically it is Garfunkel who stole the show with what must rank as his greatest achievement, being the tour-de-force vocal on the opening title track. Aside from that, and 'So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright', you don't hear much from him again. Even 'Why Don't You Write Me' has Simon doing his own backing vocals...
But Simon's contribution to this album is not just in the writing, but in the performance as well. The timeless classic 'The Boxer' (a song that has kept millions of buskers in business) ranks as one of his greatest tracks, and rivals (or surpasses in my opinion) anything that Bob Dylan ever penned. With a rivetting narrative and thrilling climax (akin to the likes of The Beatles 'Hey Jude'), this song more than any other stands out as the true lead track of the album. 'The Only Living Boy In New York' sees what Simon and Garfunkel (used to) do best... vocal harmonies. The sense of loneliness described in the lyric is emphasised brilliantly through the airy, choral sound of the harmonies in this song.
These songs represent the personal and emotional side of this album, but there is plenty to counter-balance. 'Cecilia', 'Keep The Customer Satisfied', 'Baby Driver' and a raucous live rendition of The Everly Brothers 'Bye Bye Love' all serve to lighten the load considerably. As with every classic album, there are one or two oddities as well. 'El Condor Pasa' sticks out like a sore thumb at first, but gradually becomes as much part of ones enjoyment of the album as the rest.
The album ends with the short and sweet track, 'Song For The Asking', which with the benefit of 20:20 hindsight, sounds like a goodbye, and certainly marked the end of an era, and for Paul Simon atleast, the start of a new one.
This album is such an out and out classic, it should be available in public libraries. That said, it is not altogether representative of the rest of S&G's work, as it is a much more polished, and somewhat less daring and innovative album than say 'Bookends' was, so I would recommend buying this album after some of their earlier stuff, or like I did, buy the whole lot at the same time and go through your 'Simon and Garfunkel' phase!
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Classic Swansong, 12 Jan 2006
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John Heaton (Budapest, Hungary) - See all my reviews
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Easily their classiest album and such a great swansong too. Paul Simon was to go onto a remarkable solo career after this and that whole chapter is worth an entirely separate discussion. Here he and Garfunkel get together one last time and produce a masterpiece.
The album from 1970 is so choc-a-bloc full of classics that it is hard to know where to begin. Well, with the title track of course. A gorgeous piano-based ballad with a tune to match and a truly uplifting lyric. Paul Simon has said he was forced into writing a third verse but it doesn’t show, in fact the build up towards the end of the song with rousing harmonies and then Garfunkel’s passionate closing vocal is just sublime. How many singers can reach those notes? No wonder you can count the cover versions of this classic on one hand. El Condor Pasa again carries an infectious and beautiful tune and uses the South American pipes nicely, something Simon would expolore more on his first solo album two years later.
’Cecilia’ is a joyful romp with a levity which belies the sad lyric about infedility and loss. The next track ’Keep The Customer Satisfied’ is a minor masterpiece, with an amusing lyric and a fun tune. On any other album of theirs it would be a stand out. Here there so many classics (see how they shine!) that it’s a lot harder. The closing number on Side 1 (vinyl) is a remarkable tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright. It is beautiful. Garfunkel sings the lead perfectly and is perfectly complimented by Simon for the ’architects may come and architects may go’ section.
Then we come to The Boxer which is a bona fide classic in anyone’s book. OK so maybe the lai le lai section goes on a tad too long? Controversial I know. ’Baby Driver’ and the cover of the Everlys’ ’Bye Bye Love’ are the only tracks which seem somewhat out of place on this album. Mainly because they both appear a bit trivial, especially when surrounded by such heavyweights. ’The Only Living Boy In New York’ is however is a lost gem of an album track with a melody up there with Simon’s very best and the lyric which is the closest Simon ever got to commenting on the split with Garfunkel. I didn’t even relaise this until a couple of years ago, mainly because he refers to his partner as Tom. But of course Tom And Jerry was a previous incarnation of Simon And Garfunkel. Before they realised that their own names were better than some stupid cartoon.
And of course as with most great albums there is a great closing track. Here it is ’Song For The Asking’. Another top class ballad from Paul Simon. One might be tempted to think that he had put all his eggs in one basket and left his solo career lacking of a few more highlights, such is the majesty and incredible songwriting form displayed by Paul Simon on this wonderful album. Fortunately that was not the case and the first three solo albums were all five star classics. Exploring different moods, styles and more sparesely produced for the most part. But no less brilliant for that. But back to this album. Forget the compilations. This album practically reads like one and has the continuity of style and purpose that few Greatest Hits albums can ever hope to have. Just as The Beatles had done the year before with Abbey Road (1969) this partnership signed off whilst at the very top of their game. And if you want humour check out Garfunkels’s enormous moustache on the front cover.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Keep The Customer Satisfied, 29 July 2011
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This is such a great reissue from Sony Legacy.Simon & Garfunkel's classic album from 1970 given the full deluxe treatment and what a treat it is!There's a major difference between this EU release and it's stateside cousin.The USA issue is only two discs.The remastered album and a dvd with the controversial tv special "Songs Of America",and a new 2010 documentary,"The Harmony Game",featuring interviews and reminiscing from all persons involved in creating this landmark album.Whilst the tv special is vintage and has been restored from the two best available tape sources,it definitely belongs in 1970.The documentary,on the other hand,is a fascinating insight into the working and sometimes fractured relationship that Simon & Garfunkel lived through to create the most timeless music in recent pop history.I love hearing about the recording process and this doco doesn't disappoint.So what's different between the two editions?

The real bonus of this EU release is the inclusion of the previously unreleased cd "Live 1969".Whilst this title has been available in the USA for a couple of years (exclusively through a coffee shop chain for the first year),it makes it's rest of the world debut in this set.Recorded at a variety of shows while they were recording the "Bridge Over.." album,it's a fascinating snapshot of how the group would've sounded had they continued after BOTW's release.It is the first time some of these songs have been heard by the audience and the first tour to feature backing musicians.If you want to hear how S&G sounded prior to this tour have a listen to "Live From New York City, 1967".That recording is just Art and Paul (accompanied only by Simon's acoustic guitar),singing their songs of life in America.It really does show you how different the sound and structure of Simon's songwriting had changed so much in just a few months.The disc with this set,recorded only 12 months later is remarkable.It's amazing to hear how confident and proud Garfunkel is as he introduces a new song,"Bridge Over Troubled Water",to the audience.If you attended any of the shows on this tour you were given three or four new songs.The next time these tunes were heard by America was during the tv special on the dvd where "Bridge Over Troubled Water",the song,made it's debut to the world.In a few short weeks,the song and album were at the top of the charts all over the globe.

It's the extra live disc that makes this deluxe reissue of Bridge Over Troubled Water,such good value.Whilst the previous remaster of the album had two bonus tracks(a demo run through of the title song and the seasonal "Feuilles-O"),these have not been included here.They would've been a nice bonus but are not really missed.The new master of the album is clear and bright with nice bass tones and good separation bringing this classic album from the early 70's into the 21st century.
"Gee but it's great to be back home,.."
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile extras on repackaged classic album, 5 Jun 2011
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40 years after its release there is little point in attempting a meaningful review of Simon & Garfunkel's ultimate artistic statement. It is what it is, an album whose classic status is assured thanks to a varied set of quality songs, amongst them the anthemic 'The Boxer', the lesser known 'Only Living Boy in New York' and the title track, arguably one of the best songs Paul Simon ever wrote, with one of Art Garfunkel's finest vocal performances.

There is already a plethora of means by which to acquire this album: either singly on the 2001 remastered and expanded version; as part of the reasonably priced The Collection box set, which includes all the S&G albums, plus a DVD of The Concert in Central Park; or well represented on one of any number of greatest hits packages. What makes this latest 40th anniversary version an attractive proposition are the extras, not the least of which is the Live 1969 album originally released in 2008. The 17 songs it contains were recorded as part of Simon and Garfunkel's final tour before their break-up. Spanning their career, it showcases several tracks from Bridge Over Troubled Water before its 1970 release.

The DVD contains an excellent new hour long documentary on the making of the album, featuring contributions from Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, producer Roy Halee and many others involved in its creation. Also included is the controversial Songs Of America television special, originally broadcast in 1969 on CBS, and apparently never shown since. Pitching Simon & Garfunkel's songs against a backdrop of contemporary news footage interspersed with contributions from Paul and Artie themselves, the feature is very much of its time, the duo's 60s-style philosophical musings seeming hopelessly naive in these somewhat more cynical times. It is an interesting time-capsule, serving the same purpose as Simon & Garfunkel's songs themselves so often do, of carrying the listener straight back to those heady days of hope and optimism. For those who already have this album, which will probably be anyone considering the purchase of this expanded version, the DVD alone is worth the entrance fee, with the Live 1969 CD being an added incentive for those who do not already own it. The music on the main album speaks for itself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon and Garfunkel at their creative peak, 3 Dec 2000
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Bridge Over Troubled Water marks the highpoint of the duo's creativity. While still nourishing their folk roots (The Boxer), they were unafraid to embrace world music (El Condor Pasa), a sign of things to come from Paul Simon. This leads to a richness of sound that complements their vocal harmonies fully.
From the soaring inspiration of the title track, to the cheekiness of Cecilia and to the relaxed lounging of So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright, they cover all the bases, never once sounding like they are uncomfortable with the genre they've picked.
Most of all, the album features Paul Simon's best ever songwriting (The Boxer, The Only Living Boy In New York), sympathetic and warm without the sentimentality that mars his solo work.
An essential buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Album - A Must Buy!, 6 Oct 2007
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David Lusher (London England) - See all my reviews
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It doesn't get any better than this. A wonderful album with a strong collection of songs, superlative performances and arrangements, and, for many people, an important part of the soundtrack of their lives. The title track speaks for itself - a perfect song inspirationally sung. 'The Only Living Boy in New York' is another cracker, but the more you look, the more songs you list as being great! As one reviewer has hinted, it's perhaps best to play the album and just listen. The music speaks for itself - the quality of songwriting and performance is awesome. I can't recommend this album highly enough.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums of all time, 1 Jun 2004
Anyone with an inclination as to how influential and momentous the duo Simon and Garfunkle were on the entire music scene will already be well aware of this absolute masterpiece. I am lost for superlatives to describe their final album before going their seperate ways, but I think "masterpiece" comes close. This is amazing music. Classic song writing. Sing along anthems, bouncy acoustic pop, tear jerking folk ballads with lyrics to rival Wordsworth for poetic merit. My personal favourites are "The Boxer" (obviously) and "Keep the customers satisfied" but don't get me wrong, there isn't a bad track on this album. Where as the titular track yanks at your heart strings in an instant, and Baby Driver will have you singing along by the second stanza there are some slow burning classics such as "Farewell, Frank Loyd Wright" and "The only living boy in New York". This is a must buy, simple as that! One to enjoy for ever. It's Paul Simons finest moment as a song writer and Art Garfunkle has never delivered a better vocal.
"I have squandered my existence for a pocket full of mumbles such are promises"
Sublime
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon & Garfunkle reach the top and then...walk away..., 13 July 2004
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Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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When they put out "Bookends," Simon & Garfunkle provided evidence that they were trying to move up to the next level from the pleasing folk duets such as "Scarborough Fair" upon which they had made their reputation. But even the growth shown in that album could prepare listeners to the quantum leap forward represented by "Bridge Over Troubled Water." You listen to the title song and you just think that Art Garfunkle had been waiting his entire life to sing this song. The opening piano part and the crescendo strings at the end could have been ostentatious, but instead the result is the greatest final "chord" this side of "A Day in the Life."
But what makes this album great is that the title track is not the only epic song: What would we be thinking of "The Boxer" if it was not overshadowed by "Bridge Over Troubled Water"? Then you throw into the mix the simple elegance of "So Long Frank Lloyd Wright," the synoptic fun of "Cecilia," and the poignancy of "The Only Living Boy in New York" and the emotional palette of the album is as broad as you could ever want. The live cover of "Bye Bye Love" reminds us of the duo's roots while "El Condor Passa" hints at what was to come with Paul Simon's interest in third world music.
Yes, I was stunned that Simon & Garfunkle broke up after this album, but then when you win six Grammys maybe there is no place left to go but down. You can look at what the pair have done separately in the decades since then and even Simon's "Graceland" album or Garfunkle singing "All I Know" still fall short. You can get Simon & Garfunkle's greatest hits collection and get all of the early stuff you want, but you need to have their last two albums in their entirety.
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