Bridge over Troubled Water


Bridge over Troubled Water

Infobox Album
Name = Bridge over Troubled Water
Type = Album
Artist = Simon and Garfunkel


Released = January 26 1970
Recorded = November 1968 and
November 1969
Genre = Folk rock
Length = 36:29
Label = Columbia Records
Producer = Paul Simon,
Art Garfunkel,
Roy Halee
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|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 = "Bookends"
(1968)
This album = "Bridge over Troubled Water"
(1970)
Next album = "Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits"
(1972)

"Bridge over Troubled Water" is the fifth and final studio album by 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 Charts pop 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 Year and 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 2 Music Club Top 100 Albums.

In 2001, the TV network VH1 named "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, 1969 concert by Simon and Garfunkel at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, while the demo recording of "Feuilles-O" was released on October 4, 1997 on 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."

Track listing

All songs by Paul Simon except where noted.

ide one

#"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

ide two

#"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)

#"Feuilles-O"
#"Bridge over Troubled Water" (demo)

Personnel

* 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 Haskell and 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"

Chart positions

Album

ingles

"Billboard" Music Charts (North America) — singles

Trivia

* Half Man Half Biscuit released 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 Cash on his album ""

Notes

References

* "Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge over Troubled Water" (notes/reviews), Super Seventies RockSite!/Amazon.com, 2006, webpage: [http://www.superseventies.com/spsimongarfunkel.html SPSimGarf] .

succession box
before = "Led Zeppelin II" by Led Zeppelin
title = "Billboard" 200 number one album
years = March 7 - May 15 1970
after = "Déjà Vu" by Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young)
succession box
before = "Led Zeppelin II" by Led Zeppelin
title = Australian Kent Music Report number one album
years = April 6 - May 17 1970
June 1 - June 14 1970
July 27 - September 13 1970
after = "Hey Jude" by The Beatles


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