Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel (1970)

Album no. 197/1001

The final album from our friends Simmo and G-Funk both on this list – and in real life.

They went their separate ways after this album, with Art (G-Funk) going on to pursue acting, and Paul continuing to make all sorts of music. It won’t be too long before we hear from him again.

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: No! I can see a few songs that I recognise – and I do love a bit of Simmo and G-Funk – so I’m excited. This holds much promise for me.

NK: You are damn right I have. MY FAVOURITE SIMMO AND G-FUNK RECORD! Get around it.

Standout track

CL: You know what? When I first heard ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ I didn’t like it – I don’t think I heard this version, because it blew my head off. GARFUNKEL WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? The one time he really gets to show off his vocal chords – and what chords they are. The last chorus raises every roof.

NK: ‘Only Living Boy In New York’! What a track. It’s about Garfunkel flying down to Mexico for the filming of Catch 22. This is the last album they did together, and you can sort of see the writing on the wall. ‘Cecilia’ is a good song, and ‘The Boxer’ is another of their best-known tracks, pretty much all the songs here are good bar one.

CL: I like most of the songs on here – ‘Keep The Customer Satisfied’ is great, ‘Cecilia’ is also in a Girl Talk song because of course it is, and I really like ‘So Long Frank Lloyd Wright’ – a weird little number.

“I get slandered. Liiiibelled. I hear words I’ve never heard in the bible!”

NK: Ok did you just say you ‘really like’ ‘So Long Frank Lloyd Wright’?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. That is the worst Simon and Garfunkel song, bar none.

CL: That’s a great song! Lovely bit of instrumentation, very understated – I like it so get stuffed.

NK: You have really crossed the line this time.

When would be the best time to listen to this?

CL: Probably don’t listen to ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ on the bus, because it may very well bring you to tears and then you’ll look like you’re suffering from all sorts of allergies. But any time aside from that.

NK: Definitely good advice. This album can be a bit of a downer, but in a good way. Definitely has some moving songs on it.

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: Comparing this album to Bookends, they’re still pushing their sounds in new and exciting ways. They touch on all sorts of genres here – reggae, gospel – but it’s still their quintessentially twee sound.

NK: The production is up a bit for sure. Bookends had some more experimental stuff, playing the news headlines over ‘Silent Night’, but this one has a much fuller sound. Even ‘The Boxer’ which is built around quite a straightforward folky guitar part, it’s got a whole bunch of horn parts, harmonicas, and that crazy drum crack which was apparently recorded in front of an open elevator shaft to get the reverb. There are a few bits and pieces like that, the vocals on ‘Only Living Boy In New York’ sound like they’ve been double tracked about fifty times. Really lush production.

Will you be listening again?  

CL: Yes! I really liked this. What a great way to bid farewell to our favourite duo.

NK: Yeah, I like this one.

Rating

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums. and would be a 5 if it didn’t have Frank Lloyd Wright.

Listen to Bridge Over Troubled Water on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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