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Bridge Over Troubled Water

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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 /TiVo

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Bridge Over Troubled Water
00:04:56

Simon & Garfunkel, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Paul Simon, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Producer - Art Garfunkel, Producer - Roy Halee, Producer - Ernie Freeman, Arranger - Fred Carter Jr., Guitar - Hal Blaine, Drums - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Joe Osborn, Bass

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
00:03:08

Simon & Garfunkel, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Paul Simon, Producer - J. MILCHBERG, Composer, Lyricist - Art Garfunkel, Producer - D.A. Robles, Composer, Lyricist - Roy Halee, Producer - P. Simon, Lyricist

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Cecilia
00:02:54

Simon & Garfunkel, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Art Garfunkel, Producer - Roy Halee, Producer

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Keep the Customer Satisfied
00:02:37

Simon & Garfunkel, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Art Garfunkel, Producer - Roy Halee, Producer

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
00:03:43

Simon & Garfunkel, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Art Garfunkel, Producer - Roy Halee, Producer

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
The Boxer
00:05:12

Simon & Garfunkel, Associated Performer, Main Artist - P. Simon, Composer, Lyricist - Paul Simon, Producer - Art Garfunkel, Producer - B. JOHNSTON, Producer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Baby Driver
00:03:17

Simon & Garfunkel, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Art Garfunkel, Producer - Roy Halee, Producer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
The Only Living Boy in New York
00:04:01

Simon & Garfunkel, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Art Garfunkel, Producer - Roy Halee, Producer

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Why Don't You Write Me
00:02:46

Simon & Garfunkel, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Art Garfunkel, Producer - Roy Halee, Producer

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Bye Bye Love (Live at Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, VT - October 1968)
00:02:52

Simon & Garfunkel, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Paul Simon, Producer - Felice Bryant, Composer, Lyricist - Art Garfunkel, Producer - Boudleaux Bryant, Composer, Lyricist - Roy Halee, Producer

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Song for the Asking
00:01:50

Simon & Garfunkel, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Art Garfunkel, Producer - Roy Halee, Producer

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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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 /TiVo

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