- Bridge over Troubled Water
Name = Bridge over Troubled Water
Artist = Simon and Garfunkel
January 26 1970
Recorded = November 1968 and
Length = 36:29
Art Garfunkel, Roy Halee
AllmusicRating|5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:8a867uw0h0jw~T1 link]
Robert Christgau(B) [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=3719&name=Simon+%26+Garfunkel link]
Rolling Stone" Rating|5|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/simonandgarfunkel/albums/album/174317/review/6067856/bridge_over_troubled_water link]
Last album = "
This album = "Bridge over Troubled Water"
Next album = "
Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits"
"Bridge over Troubled Water" is the fifth and final studio
albumby Simon and Garfunkel."Bridge over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel" (notes), Super Seventies RockSite!/Amazon.com, 2006, webpage: [http://www.superseventies.com/spsimongarfunkel.html SPSimGarf] .] First released on January 26, 1970, it reached No. 1 on Billboard Music Chartspop albums list. It won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, as well as for Best Engineered Recording, while its title track won the Grammy Award for Record of the Yearand Song of the Year in the Grammy Awards of 1971. It has since sold over 25 million worldwide.
The album proved to be a vast success in the
United Kingdom, enjoying several runs at number one, spending some years in the charts and eventually becoming the country's biggest-selling album of the 1970s. In August 2006, the continued popularity of the album was proven when it charted 7th place in The BBC Radio 2Music Club Top 100 Albums.
In 2001, the
TV network VH1named "Bridge over Troubled Water" the thirty-third greatest album of all time. RS500|51
The songs "Cuba Si, Nixon No," "Groundhog," and the demo "Feuilles-O" (later Garfunkel released "Feuilles-Oh/Do Space Men Pass Dead Souls on Their Way to the Moon?" as the flip to his "I Shall Sing") were recorded during sessions but not released on the album. "Cuba Si, Nixon No" was later released on a bootleg copy of a
November 11, 1969concert by Simon and Garfunkel at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, while the demo recording of "Feuilles-O" was released on October 4, 1997on the boxed set "Old Friends".
A remastered and expanded version of the album was released on CD in 2001, also containing "Feuilles-O" and a previously unreleased demo version of "Bridge over Troubled Water."
All songs by
Paul Simonexcept where noted.
#"Bridge over Troubled Water" – 4:52
#"El Condor Pasa (If I Could)" (Paul Simon, Jorge Milchberg, Daniel A. Robles) – 3:06
#"Cecilia" – 2:54
#"Keep the Customer Satisfied" – 2:33
#"So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" – 3:47
The Boxer" – 5:08
#"Baby Driver" – 3:14
The Only Living Boy in New York" – 3:58
#"Why Don't You Write Me" – 2:45
Bye Bye Love" ( Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) (live recording from Ames, Iowa) – 2:55
#"Song for the Asking" – 1:49
Bonus tracks (2001 CD reissue)
#"Bridge over Troubled Water" (demo)
Paul Simon— lead vocals, guitar
Art Garfunkel— lead vocals
Los Incas— Peruvian instruments
Joe Osborn— bass guitar
Larry Knechtel— piano
Fred Carter, Jr.— guitar
Hal Blaine— drums
* Pete Drake-Steel guitar and Dobro
Jimmy Haskelland Ernie Freeman— strings
* ? -
flute, saxophones, horn section
Awards and ratings
In the 1971 GRAMMY Awards' ceremony the album (and its contents) won six GRAMMYs:;Category --- Title
* Record of the Year--- "Bridge over Troubled Water" (relates to one track)
* Album of the Year ---"Bridge over Troubled Water" (relates to the whole album)
* Best Contemporary Song (Pop) --- "Bridge over Troubled Water"
* Song of the Year --- "Bridge over Troubled Water"
* Best Engineered Recording (Non-Classical) --- "Bridge over Troubled Water"
* Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) --- "Bridge over Troubled Water"
"Billboard" Music Charts (North America) — singles
Half Man Half Biscuitreleased an album with the punning title "Trouble over Bridgwater".
* The "Bridge over Troubled Water" LP is Columbia Records' best selling album [http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=247] .
* The album is fourth on most cumulative weeks at number 1 on the UK Charts.Fact|date=July 2008
* The song was also covered by
Johnny Cashon his album ""
* "Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge over Troubled Water" (notes/reviews), Super Seventies RockSite!/Amazon.com, 2006, webpage: [http://www.superseventies.com/spsimongarfunkel.html SPSimGarf] .
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