☆ 葛莱美奖最佳二重唱团体 Simon and Garfunkel
☆ 於 90 年代入籍摇滚名人殿堂，美国最具代表的民谣二人重唱组合
1969年是Simon & Garfunkel两人音乐生涯的巔峰，但也是两人走向解散的一年.当在六０年代中期全球一片披头四（The Beatles）的热浪声中，最清新的民谣二重唱 Simon & Garfunkel 却也在此时分庭抗礼成为披头四最大的劲敌，在他们俩人合作的七年间，Simon 极富有诗意的词曲和 Garfunkel 高亢嘹亮的嗓音，成为歌迷们抚慰心灵的最佳良药，不过也就因为他们合作无间的演出，让许多人即使在事隔数十年后，仍为此二重唱的解散惋惜不已。
辑中收录他们最伟大的经典冠军曲“Bridge Over Troubled Water”、“The Boxer”、“Cecilia”、“El Condor Pass”等畅销代表作。在 1971 年在推出“Bridge Over Trouble Water”之后，Simon & Garfunkel 算是正式各自分道扬鑣。
Bridge Over Troubled Water is the fifth and final studio album by Simon & Garfunkel. 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 copies worldwide.
The album attained a great 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 1970 and 1971. 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 2003, it was ranked at #51 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. The album won Best International Album at the first Brit Awards in 1977.
Bridge Over Troubled Water is an outstanding, classic rock album from Simon and Garfunkel. These guys knew music and they played and sang so well that they remain very famous even after their split so many years ago. The sound quality is excellent and the artwork is very thoughtfully done.
The album starts with the title track, "Bridge Over Troubled Water." They sing this beautifully and there is such a soothing quality to this rock ballad that you just can't resist it! "Bridge Over Troubled water" has an especially fine arrangement for the piano and this helps the melody along quite a bit. "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)" has another very pretty melody for this considerably shorter ballad; Paul Simon sings this flawlessly and the flute is gorgeous on "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)." Great! "Cecilia" rocks! This tune gives us Simon and Garfunkel singing out loud about a girl who can break a man's heart and not feel terribly bad at all about it. The beat is quite good for this song and it all holds its own very well. "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" is a lesser known ballad but it's really very well done; and the use of both major and minor keys enhances the natural beauty of this ballad.
"The Boxer" is one of their greatest hits ever--I always enjoy this even if I know there may be hidden meanings in the lyrics that I still don't understand. Simon and Garfunkel harmonize to perfection and the percussion helps to mark the best very well. I predict that you'll enjoy "The Boxer" very much if you haven't heard it already. "The Only Living Boy In New York" puzzles me because despite its beauty it's not a song that gets the full; recognition it deserves. Simon and Garfunkel sing this without a flaw and "The Only Living Boy In New York" is clearly a highlight of this album. We also get a live cover of The Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love." Simon and Garfunkel put their own stamp on this great ballad by changing a few keys here and there and it works wonders for this number. I love it!
本名：Paul Frederic Simon
1970年以Bridge Over Troubled Water获得葛来美奖最优秀专辑奖等5项。
Paul Simon和Art Garfunkel2重唱是音乐界公认的1960年代~1970年代初最杰出的2重唱团体。
1965年以成名曲「The Sounds of Silence」正式出道!!!
1969年推出的「Bridge Over Troubled Wate」更是其中的经典之作。
Recorded between August 11 and November 15, 1969. Originally released on Columbia Records (9914). Includes liner notes by Bud Scoppa.
After half a decade of pop superstardom, America's favorite folk-rock duo were just about ready to go their separate ways (at least Simon was), but not before releasing this gem of a swan song. Possibly S&G's most diverse album, BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER firmly established them as creators of pop standards on a par with Irving Berlin or Johnny Mercer. The title tune alone, a beautifully unfolding gospel-tinged vow of emotional commitment, places them in the pop hall of fame forever.
The story obviously doesn't stop there. Foreshadowing Simon's solo work, the jubilant love song "Cecilia" and the poignant, yearning "El Condor Pasa" both turn to the traditions of other cultures for musical inspiration. The highly metaphorical "The Boxer" is the only real throwback to Simon's more self-conscious early work. The transcendent production of "The Only Living Boy in New York" puts a pop sheen on an early example of Simon's nascent Randy Newman influence. What a way to say goodbye.
The classic 1970 album masterpiece has sold over 25-million copies worldwide. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the CD is paired with a very special DVD featuring: Song's of America - originally broadcast on CBS, this TV special is comprised of footage of their 1969 tour, intimate backstage conversations, historic news footage, and more, all of which has never been commercially available since its broadcast which TV sponsors refused to endorse because of its distinct anti-Vietnam War message; and a brand new documentary about the making of "Bridge," featuring 2010 interviews with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Roy Halee, and more key principles involved with the making of the album.
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.
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 .
Personnel includes: Paul Simon (vocals, guitar); Art Garfunkel (vocals);
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.112) - Ranked #51 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...The partnership at its best..."
Rolling Stone (5/15/03, p.137) - 5 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.140) - 4 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.92) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...One of the biggest-selling albums in pop history..."
01. "Bridge over Troubled Water" – 4:52
02. "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)" – 3:06
(Daniel Alomía Robles, English lyrics by Paul Simon, arranged by Jorge Milchberg)
03. "Cecilia" – 2:55
04. "Keep the Customer Satisfied" – 2:33
05. "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" – 3:41
06. "The Boxer" – 5:08
07. "Baby Driver" – 3:14
08. "The Only Living Boy in New York" – 3:58
09. "Why Don't You Write Me" – 2:45
10. "Bye Bye Love" – 2:55
(Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) (live recording from Ames, Iowa)
11. "Song for the Asking" – 1:49
Released January 26, 1970
Recorded November 1968 and
Genre Folk rock
Producer Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Roy Halee
Allmusic 5/5 Stars
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Rolling Stone 5/5 Stars