- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: March 8, 2011
- Label: Sony
Description by OLDIES.com:
"Bridge Over Troubled Water," released in 1970, was Simon & Garfunkel's final studio album and their greatest success. The title track won an unprecedented five Grammy Awards, while the complete record won Album of the Year. The album stayed at #1 for 10 weeks, remained on the chart for a total of 85 weeks, and has been certified 8X platinum. Even as the duo was coming apart, their partnership produced a transcendent work of art that appeals to a diverse audience to this day. The 40th Anniversary Edition includes the original 11-song album and a DVD featuring the controversial "Songs Of America" CBS-TV special of 1969, and a brand-new documentary, "The Harmony Game: The Making of Bridge Over Troubled Water," featuring interviews with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, and their collaborators.
Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.112Ranked #51
in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...The partnership at its best..."
Rolling Stone - 5/15/03, p.1375 stars out of 5
- "...An album about the end--a casually ambitious look back at an expiring musical partnership (Simon and Garfunkel) and decade (the Sixties)..."
Q - 1/00, p.1404 stars out of 5
- "...[Their] final record is probably their best. It's certainly their most consistent....notable for the strength of its melodies, the force of its lyrics and the Abbey Road-style sophistication of its production."
Uncut - 8/01, p.923 stars out of 5
- "...One of the biggest-selling albums in pop history..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.964 stars out of 5
-- "[A] reminder of just how important the album was...its introspective mood and lyricism articulating the uncertainty of the times through such landmark songs as 'The Boxer,' 'The Only Living Boy In New York' and the masterful title track."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Bridge Over Troubled Water
- 2.Condor Pasa, El (If I Could)
- 4.Keep the Customer Satisfied
- 5.So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
- 6.The Boxer
- 7.Baby Driver
- 8.The Only Living Boy in New York
- 9.Why Don't You Write Me
- 10.Bye Bye Love
- 11.Song for the Asking
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Songs of America
- 2.The Harmony Game
Personnel includes: Paul Simon (vocals, guitar); Art Garfunkel (vocals);
Fred Carter, Jr. (guitar); Jimmy Haskell, Ernie Freeman (strings); Larry Knechtel (keyboards); Joe Osborn (bass); Hal Blaine (drums) Los Incas.
Producers include: Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Roy Halee.
Recorded between August 11 and November 15, 1969. Originally released on Columbia Records (9914). Includes liner notes by Bud Scoppa.
Personnel: Fred Carter, Jr., Paul Simon (guitar); Ernie Freeman, Jimmy Haskell (strings); Larry Knechtel (keyboards); Hal Blaine (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Michael Hill; Anthony DeCurtis.
Recording information: 11/01/1969-11/02/1969; 11/08/1969-11/09/1969; 11/14/1969-11/15/1969.
Photographers: Don Hunstein; Jim Marshall .
Bridge Over Troubled Water was one of the biggest-selling albums of its decade, and it hasn't fallen too far down on the list in years since. Apart from the gospel-flavored title track, which took some evolution to get to what it finally became, however, much of Bridge Over Troubled Water also constitutes a stepping back from the music that Simon & Garfunkel had made on Bookends -- this was mostly because the creative partnership that had formed the body and the motivation for the duo's four prior albums literally consumed itself in the making of Bridge Over Troubled Water. The overall effect was perhaps the most delicately textured album to close out the 1960s from any major rock act. Bridge Over Troubled Water, at its most ambitious and bold, on its title track, was a quietly reassuring album; at other times, it was personal yet soothing; and at other times, it was just plain fun. The public in 1970 -- a very unsettled time politically, socially, and culturally -- embraced it; and whatever mood they captured, the songs matched the standard of craftsmanship that had been established on the duo's two prior albums. Between the record's overall quality and its four hits, the album held the number one position for two and a half months and spent years on the charts, racking up sales in excess of five million copies. The irony was that for all of the record's and the music's appeal, the duo's partnership ended in the course of creating and completing the album. ~ Bruce Eder