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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simon & Garfunkel

1970

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Album Summary

Bridge over Troubled Water is the fifth and final studio album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, released in January 1970 on Columbia Records. Following the duo's soundtrack for The Graduate, Art Garfunkel took an acting role in the film Catch-22, while Paul Simon worked on the songs, writing all tracks except Felice and Boudleaux Bryant's "Bye Bye Love" (previously a hit for the Everly Brothers). With the help of producer Roy Halee, the album followed a similar musical pattern as their Bookends LP, partly abandoning their traditional style to incorporate elements of rock, R&B, gospel, jazz, world music, pop and other genres. It was described as their "most effortless record and their most ambitious".Bridge over Troubled Water was released on January 26, 1970, and several re-releases followed. The album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic. Columbia Records released a 40th Anniversary Edition on March 8, 2011, which includes two DVDs, including the politically themed TV special Songs of America (1969), the documentary The Harmony Game, additional liner notes and a booklet. Other reissues contain bonus tracks, such as the 2001 version, which covers the demo tapes of "Feuilles-O" and "Bridge over Troubled Water". Contemporary critical reception to Bridge was initially mixed, but retrospective reviews of the album have been laudatory, and it is considered by many to be the duo's best album.Despite numerous accolades, the duo decided to split up, and parted company later in 1970; Garfunkel continued his film career, while Simon worked intensely with music. Both artists released solo albums in the following years. Bridge includes two of the duo's most critically acclaimed and commercially successful songs, "Bridge over Troubled Water" and "The Boxer", which were listed on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Critically and commercially successful, the album topped the charts in over ten countries and received two Grammy Awards, plus four more for the title song. The album sold around 25 million records; making it at the time of release the best-selling album of all time. It has been ranked on several lists, including at number 172 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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3.94

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4998

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
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5

5: The moustache that appear on Art if you put your thumb on Pauls face on the album cover. 5: The songs.

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“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel (1970) There are no dull moments in this musical smorgasbord of aural delights; and no serious listener of recorded music should fail to become familiar with this well constructed album. One would be hard pressed to come up with any other album in the history of recorded that has such a universal scope. Styles include gospel, reggae, rockabilly, Latin jazz, Andean folk, and a superbly recorded live cut (Ames, Iowa) in which the audience actually knows how to clap. The engineering/mixing alone cements this work as a classic. The leadoff title track “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is a powerful lyric of love. Its selfless, giving message is rendered in perfectly pitched angelic tones by Art Garfunkel, and energized with an ever-expanding intensity, utilizing echo-enhanced percussion and a superlative orchestral arrangement. The recording of the bass lines is unequalled. Play it loud. The second track, “El Condor Pasa” invites the listener to take a (needed) deep breath, becoming entranced by the ethereal, wooden sounds of Peruvian instrumentals (performed by Los Incas, or “Urubamba”). Carango and dueling quena flutes never sounded so good on an American album. Next, for a shift in mood, “Cecilia” raises silliness to art, taking heartbreak to a comic level through the ingenious use of percussive sounds that defy identification. The only thing it’s missing is cowbell. Great song. On the rockabilly pot-dealing lament “Keep the Customer Satisfied”, pay attention to the nonstop build. And prepare yourself for the bombastic horns on the outro, splayed out before your ears from stomping bass trombone to the sky high wailing of the lead trumpet. Wonderfully mixed. Then just when you need to rest your hands from clapping, bossa nova slides in with the weirdly evocative “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright”, a moving eulogy to a genius (in architecture, of all things). Is there any genre Paul Simon can’t creditably perform on acoustic guitar? Bongos, jazz flute, and string quartet flavor this mellow reflection. Obituaries don’t get any better than this. Side two (remember, this is an album) begins with “The Boxer”, in the ‘old’ Simon & Garfunkel vocal/guitar style of folk duo, flavored with sultry baritone sax and muted bass drum providing an anxious heartbeat—and that shudder-inducing snare crash in the chorus. The orchestral arrangement and recording technique on the first part of the extended outro are paralyzing. Simon presents here a dramatically poetic first person ballad that transitions to the third person in the final verse for the knockout punch, the surprise of which I will not spoil. The comical “Baby Driver” is up next, which rivals anything The Beach Boys put on vinyl, with stepping, thumping bass and a swingin’ baritone & tenor sax duet in the bridge. Here, at the age of 16, I discovered the synthetic nexus between sex and drag racing. Vroooom! Then we settle in again to a quietly reflective “The Only Living Boy in New York”, the first song I chose to learn to play and sing for performance (in a bar in Subic City, Philippines—There’s a story there that I won’t go into). “Hey, I’ve got nothing to do today but smile”is a line everyone needs to hear more often. (By the way, “Tom” is Garfunkel, who had gone to Mexico to film “Catch-22”, a career move that contributed to the split up of S&G later in 1970.) “Why Don’t You Write Me” is back to more musical whimsy, with teasing internal rhyme and the cleverest baritone sax duet in the bridge you’ve ever heard. A wild and live cover of the Everly Brothers hit “Bye Bye Love” follows, with deft mix of electric bass and muted drum, segueing into the all-too-brief “Song for the Asking”, with Paul Simon closing out the album with his signature acoustic stylings accompanied by delicate Garfunkel harmonies and tasteful strings in the background. Makes you want to play the album over again, which I just did. Twice. If you can’t fall in love with this album, you should give your heart to someone who can make better use of it. 5/5

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5

What a monster of an album. So many huge tracks. Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Boxer, Cecilia, The Only Living Boy in New York, Baby Driver... Huge. There's one weird duck in the mix (So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright is SUPER weird) but, other than that, it's pretty much folk-banger after folk-banger.

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5

Fantastic album, had not listened I. A while. Will again very soon.

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5

This album has a lot of old favorites. I love singing Bridge over Troubled Waters and frankly everything else.

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5

I don't need to listen to this album (for the 5 millionth time) to give it 5 stars. Every song is a winner.

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5

Close to a perfect album. The Only Living Boy In New York and The Boxer are two of my all time favorite songs. So good it doesn't even lose points for being my ex-mother-in-law's favorite album. Art of course was given his moment to shine on the title track. This is a surprisingly easy 5.

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5

My god, I get goose bumps every time I hear Garfunkel’s soaring, angelic vocals over the swelling orchestra in the crescendo of the opening track. Not many albums can do that from the get go. And whilst nothing quite matches the title track, there are some pretty, entertaining, witty and lyrical songs here to enjoy and luxuriate in the harmonies.

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5

Up until the second to last track this would be a perfect 5/5. The songs and arrangements (especially the lovely instrumental details in the arrangements) are fantastic and the title track as well as The Boxer are masterpieces of songs, with El Condor Pasa not far behind. The perfect score is only marred by the live track Bye Bye Love which would already easily and by far be the worst song if it were not a live arrangement. The audience noise is a jarring contrast to the rest of the album's serene beauty and crystal clear production. I'll still round it up to a 5, but I really wish that track weren't on there.

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5

Absolutely one of the greatest albums of all time. The songwriting, the harmonies - a stunning piece of work

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5

A classic, no doubt about it. Simon and Garfunkel's last album before the tension was too much and they went their separate ways, lending an atmosphere of melancholy, hurt and reconciliation (which ultimately wasn't to be) to the lyrics. It makes for therapeutic, cathartic listening, and that's saying nothing of the music itself: some of the most gorgeous songs recorded. The title track fully deserves a place in the pantheon of 20th century pop standards, "The Only Living Boy in New York" sends waves of gorgeous harmonies crashing against the shore, and "The Boxer" would be a career highlight for any folk singer-songwriter: here it's just one of many killer tracks. It's not all melancholy separation music, though: one of my main surprises first hearing this was how S&G continued to develop right to the end, pushing the envelope further from their rule-book in genre and sound. "Keep The Customer Satisfied" is a driving, brass-laden slice of soul-pop that shoots for Motown. "Baby Driver" is the most engaging, carefree Beach Boys homage since "Back in the USSR." There are exercises in Peruvian folk, bossa nova and the giddy joy of "Cecilia." If I had any quibbles, it's that the album threatens to tail off at the end: "Why Don't You Write Me" doesn't come on as strong as the wave of excellency before it, and "Bye Bye Love" is a head-scratching live addition with intrusive crowd noise. However, the plaintive "Song for the Asking" redeems it, giving a tender send-off to the pair's partnership. Above all, this is a winning combination of intricate, wry lyrics, inspired and varied arrangements, and accessible melodies beautifully sung. I'm so glad to have it in my collection.

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5

Without this site I definitely wouldn’t have listened to it ( not that i hate it it’s just not my normal kinda thing i go for). I am so grateful that I herd it though cause it’s a really good folk rock album I recommend it to anyone really: Side one is my favourite starting with the title track what a song! I really like that the album starts with the only piano centric song, also it has to have one of my favourite chorus’s and those explosion sounds at the end are good as well. El condor pasa is my least favourite from this for me having a better intro then actual song. The three next songs Cecelia to so long frank loyd wright are great more specifically; Cecelia is a really well placed single and I love all the hand claps at the start. Keep the customer satisfied has great orchestral instruments ( sorry i’am bad at naming these bits) and So long frank loyd wright is a great pace changer and a great closer to side one ; but when side two starts the boxer comes on you know you’re in for a treat! Everything from the lyrical highs of the verses and the simple but effective chorus just show brilliance a definite favourite for me. I like the lyrics and the samples on baby driver but musically it’s really not a favourite of mine. The only living boy in New York sounds a lot more gloomy in the verses and I like how it briefly explodes into the more optimistic chorus. Why don’t you write me isn’t my least favourite on here but its the only one I would call a little bit filler-ish and i do like the horns on it and the fade out works for bye bye loves live cheering. Speaking of… i’am not huge on bye bye love as a song but I like that they used a live version which makes the handclaps sound so much better. I love how bye bye loves cheering goes into song for asking which is good but its short length makes it quite unsatisfying for me.

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2

Don't hate it, just don't care and have heard some of these songs too many time in 55 years

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Ultra sappy. Painful to listen to.

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5

Love this album, it's been a favorite of mine for years

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5

9/10

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5

I sensed some kind of religious undertone from the jump. That promise was fulfilled, and well, with string arrangements galore and a disarming, beautiful, succinct closer. I've mentioned the striving for a religious experience before; Here the album succeeds at it. The songs are not yet sticky in my brain, but it's the kind of project I can see myself considering perfect.

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5

Sounds more like a collection of songs than an 'album'. But the songs! Besides the all-timers, Keep the Customer Satisfied and Only Living Boy are additional standouts.

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5

A stone cold classic. I almost gave a demerit for the horrific live song, but the rest of the album is perfect. Best track: The Only Living Boy in New York

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5

Awesome

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5

Lots of great hits, including the title song, "The Boxer", "Cecilia". Love it.

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5

Well that was an absolute joy from start to finish. Haven't listened to this album since schooldays and it hasn't aged or waned an iota. Stunningly beautiful.

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5

Classic

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5

It's 50 years old and I could still listen to it anytime.

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5

Iconic, important, wonderful

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5

Quando eu vi a capa do album do dia meu cérebro fez "yessss". Metade dele já estava na minha lista.

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5

Some of the all-time best pop songwriting of all-time. Lovely and gentle lovely Paul. I love it, so sue me.

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5

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" es una obra de arte apenas manchada por las exageraciones al final de la canción. Pero además están "The Boxer", "Cecilia", y "Baby Driver" que también rifan. Y me animo a darle las 5 estrellas aunque "El Condor Pasa" no es lo mío, pero incluso en esa el arreglo musical es una chulada.

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5

They went out on top here.

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5

Great one!

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5

One of the best albums of all time.

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5

All good songs on the album. Favorite Song: The Boxer.

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5

I liked every song on this album, and I think the organization of the album was really good, too.

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5

Loved it. One of my dad's favorite albums. I remember him blasting Cecilia from the back of his van. I'm happy to hear it again.

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5

A near-perfect album. So good.

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5

BAITA ÁLBUM, MÚSICAS TOP

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5

The end of an era. Dream is over. And the record is brilliant

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5

Bra album. Vil høre igjen

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5

what a pleasure to listen to this through again. i think there's only 1 song i don't like but even then, just songwriting at it's best. 9/10

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5

Amazing songwriting. Genius.

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5

Beautiful album 😍

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5

Splendid album.

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5

If you don’t like this. It’s because you don’t have ears

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5

I liked it. I liked it. A lot.

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5

Bij gebrek aan 6 sterren...

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5

Mooie harmonieën. 'The Boxer' is een prachtnummer. De blazer hier en daar in de nummers zijn fantastisch. De 3e verrassing op rij!

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5

These songs, every single one of them, they're great. Just great. Song for the asking is such a nice ending to a beautiful album. Almost sad that the album's title is a reference to only one song on it since there's so much more on offer. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

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Wonderful and calming

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FUCKING GREAAAAT

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5

In simulated reality created by sentient machines, A program designed to investigate the human psyche once said “Everything that has a beginning has an end” and when the end”. This was the end of some of musics most iconic hairstyle silhouettes partnership, but when the ends comes the best we can all hope for is that it is on a high. Just like a suit from Savile from, this album is tailored to near perfection, Head to toe, Start to finish. An album that “suits” any occasion any emotion and any slow motion montage of performing artist we have lost this year. As a new decade begins,A cry of the British capital is calling in the distance with teenagers getting there kicks all thinking they can be hero’s. The 60s sound is starting to look for property’s on the coast, Leaving us with this one last gift. Safe in the knowledge that for many years to come Frank Sinatra will have competition for the most played song at a cremation.

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5

Classic. Search the hard drive of anyone who says otherwise

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5

Een voor een allemaal fantastische nummers.

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5

Klassieker!

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5

Echt top album.

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5

Вполне

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5

Mellow album with their best songs on it

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5

A classic

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5

The title track is one of the most beautiful songs ever written with one of the best vocal performances, and all of the songs are great too.

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5

6/10

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5

Classic, but surprised at the number of songs I didn't recognize. And what's with that Frank Lloyd Wright one?

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5

Amazing. So good. The Boxer is one of the GOATs.

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5

Solid

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5

Well done, S&G

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5

The piano in bridge over troubled water is beautiful wow. The chords are great. I used to not really like Simon and Garfunkel but I recently listened to bookends and I really loved it. I’m glad I’m listening to another album of theirs. I loved that album.

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5

Definitely deserves a spot on this list

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5

Absolutely fabulous album from start to finish

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5

classic

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5

Not only does this album represent the best of Simon & Garfunkel, it also looks ahead to Paul Simon's later work in exploring Latin American and African music. As always, the harmonies are tight, and Simon's lyrics are among the best in the American songbook. On a personal note, Simon & Garfunkel always make me feel nostalgic in a way I can't quite put my finger on. One of the greatest duos of all time.

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5

What a great album; choc full of songs that have become "standards" The Boxer competes with The Sound of Silence as my favorite S & G song. What always takes me aback is how these guys can ROCK, as they are known as siger-songwriters/folk stars. But to me bands like Wilco and the Shins owe them a huge debt. Favorite tracks; El Condor Passa Celia The Boxer The Only Living Boy in New York ...and of course the title track. 5 🌟

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5

Loved them since I was a kid. Never in life have I gotten tired of listening to Simon & Garfunkel. Bridge Over Troubled Water is one of the best songs in history. Huge fan of The Only Living Boy in NY, The Boxer, and El Condor Pasa. Easy 5 stars for me. If you don't like this album, I can't hang out with you.

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5

4.5 / 5. Bye, Bye Love is a horrible addition to this album. Everything else is great.

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5

Classic

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5

Absolute banger.

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5

Gorgeous, heartbreaking, one-of-a-kind...this and Bookends are my favorite S&G works ever!!!

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5

Mmmhm

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5

Clásico brutal.

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5

My parents had this album in the house and I have since inherited it. It will always have a place in my rotation.

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5

Who doesn't love a little S&G?

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5

Did not expect to get a 5 star album so quick. Happy memories combined with amazing harmonies, songwriting and music.

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5

9/10. Had a few very good songs, and then some others that just blended into a pleasant background. I especially liked The Boxer.

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5

What an album. Excellent pacing, loved how it swapped between silly and poignant. 10

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5

ok i've got my nostalgia goggles on for sure but this is great, full of stellar songwriting. this album features some of the best s&g songs period. i never noticed how cool the chords in so long frank lloyd wright are. even though i love it, can't give it a perfect score bc it has some more forgettable tracks and i've always found El Condor Pasa to be a little heavy handed. 9/10

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5

Best S&G album and just one of my favorites

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5

listened to it twice! wonderful

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5

I forgot how SHORT this album is. Clocking in at under 40 minutes and that includes a live track. Not to be missed.

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5

A tour de force

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5

It's a 5 star from me. Every song is so beautiful in it's own way. Definitely one of best albums of all time

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5

I am humming the songs even before listening to the album.

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5

Good stuff better than i expected

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5

One I can listen to on vinyl today! So you can imagine that I already have quote a strong bias towards it. I can't really approach something I love like this with a critical eye. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright is the weakest track, I guess? It has Bridge, Cecilia, The Boxer, Baby Driver, El Condor Pasa, The Only Living Boy and Baby Driver. 7 of the 11 tracks would make a best of. That kind of hit rate is ridiculous.

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5

Did not expect to get something I've already known so soon as the thrid in the journey! Bridge over Troubled Water itself is one of my all-time favourites since 2007, although it was introduced to me in 2005 and was not a "love at the first sight". Words are touching, music is full of love and expanding energy. Learnt all the words by heart and was encouraged by it numerous times. For this song itself this album deserves a 5. Love the duo all the time since teenage years. Other songs in this album were no strangers nor disappointments. Elegant, witty folk songs.

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5

Amazing, bringing back memories

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5

I mean this is it man.

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5

Very pleased to see this album show up today. I usually listen to Bookends, but absolutely love me some Simon and Garfunkel. Aw heck and now I want to give the Graduate yet another re-watch. Gotta be 5/5 for me every time.

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5

Beautiful

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5

My favorite is The Boxer

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5

Of course I liked it. Fucking assholes. And on my final class for my Master's? Irritatingly great, douchebags.

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5

The iconic duo's final album is definitely their best. Classic songs, surprisingly varied and dynamic, and excellent songwriting and performances all around. A real treat.

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5

Definitely a classic. Every song is memorable.

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5

Never gave them the time of day but glad I did. Really great album

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5

Fantastic album. So many unforgettable classics in one place, it's unbelievable. Not surprisingly the songwriting is top notch but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be either Baby Driver or the title track.

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5

The best S&G album, which is fucking saying something.

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5

A perfect album. Simon and Garfunkel saved their best effort for last. There isn't a bad song on the album. Although there were some huge hits, my favorite song on the album is The Only Living Boy in New York. I loved the song even before I knew what it was about, but when I learned that it was basically Paul Simon giving Garfunkel his blessing to go pursue a film career it made me love it that much more. 5 stars.

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5

10/10 art

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5

This album was a meteor of hope during a very dark time in American history.

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5

Some may decide to give this album only 3 star and thats so unfortunate because I think it's an easy 5 stars.

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5

I love Simon and Garfunkel (and Paul Simon solo), and this album has so many great hits on it. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Cecilia, The Boxer are all greatest hits, but my lesser known favourites are Keep the Customer Satisfied and Song for the Asking.

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5

An awesome album, very consistent throughout and the changes in tone are well navigated. Loved the big hits, and loved discovering the other gems throughout. The harmonies and story telling are just excellent. Special shoutout to Only Living Boy in New York for being incredible.

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5

Gotta get on that bridge, seems like a good time

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5

Any excuse to listen to this!

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5

5/5. Ngl, kinda gorgeous doe

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5

Has to be in the top ten greatest albums of all time. Just fantastic on every level. Really enjoyed revisiting it. 😀

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5

Really enjoyed a lot of these, especially Cecilia. Some smoking funeral songs amongst the tracks.

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5

I love this album. Everything hits for me including the live "bye bye love".

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5

Perhaps the greatest album ever made! An absolute timeless classic record born from the mind of Paul Simon, and brought to life by Art Garfunkel's astounding vocal performances. Every track hits, every second counts.

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5

Awesome and beautiful.

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5

Of all the Simon and Garfunkel albums, this is THE one. What a way to end the duo’s run! The title track just feels so intimate. They mix intimate with higher energy songs well. Cecilia and The Boxer are two old favorites of mine to sing along to. There are several songs with which I was previously unfamiliar with good energy: Baby Driver, Keep The Customers Satisfied, and Bye Bye Love where the crowd clapping along takes it to another level.

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5

Bridge Over Troubled Water is one of my favorite songs (the way it builds!), The Boxer is one of only songs I could remember all the words to when I was sleep-deprived and blearily rocking my infants to sleep in the middle of night, and Cecilia just always makes me happy.

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5

Even the non-hits on this album are rich in both their lyrics and their musical stylings. And the hits are monstrous. Both The Boxer and Bridge... are quintessential folk-pop anthems that never get old for me. Only Living Boy... is an emotion-packed lament for one's individuality. If I Could and Cecilia bring the janky rhythms and off-beat instrumentation of world music to the fore, scoring on both points. There's no denying the influence and staying power of this album.

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5

Fantastic all the way through. An absolute classic. Though the randomly inserted live cover of "Bye Bye Love" was weird and out-of-place. The title track gets much attention, but it actually might be my least favorite on the album. For me, "The Boxer" and "Only Living Boy in New York" are far more interesting.

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5

Love it so much. One of my favorite folk albums. My favorite Simon album for sure. I love the harmonious yet natural vocals, the beautiful and often dramatic accompaniment, and the insane songwriting that beats anything anyone was able to come up with until then. Insane to think Simon pretty much wrote it all alone. Half the album is full of insane strongs that define the era... The Boxer, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Cecelia... I don't want to imagine what music wouldn't exist if these tracks never existed. El Condor Pasa and The Only Living Boy in New York are two other masterpieces, albeit not as essential. The other three tracks up to that point are also really good. Only complaint is that the last 3 songs are kinda weak, but I still sorta like them. Making the cover "Bye Bye Love" live was an interesting choice. "Song for the Asking" is such a serene, quiet, and snappy closer you don't even notice until it's over. Regardless, those last 7 minutes isn't enough to deduct from a full score.

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5

7/10 love it

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5 Sterne ohne nachzudenken. Da ist alles da. Von Bossa Nova (So long frank lloyd wright) über die kleinen intimen momente (song for the asking, the only living boy in new york), bis zu den ganz großen gesten (Bridge over troubled water). Natürlich the Boxer. Weniger Folkig, aber warm und fuzzy. Großes Kino.

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5

An absolute classic. This album is very much of its time, but the songs are SO good. Some of the songs sound better in subsequent live versions. I found myself watching The Concert in Central Park after listening to this - Garfunkel singing Bridge Over Troubled Water in that concert was possibly his crowning moment. Similarly, The Boxer is one of my favorite songs of all time (I love playing it on guitar), but I prefer subsequent live versions (check out the Concert in Hyde Park for a great version). Regardless of version, I get chills every time I hear "In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade/and he carries the reminders/ of every glove that laid him down or cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shame/ "I am leaving, I am leaving" but the fighter still remains." What a moment. Plenty of other great moments: El Condor Pasa takes you somewhere else. This is the first time I listened to the original version by Los Incas which sounds almost identical except the Los Incas version is an instrumental and has a bit of craziness in the last minute. Cecilia is a classic and Keep the Customer Satisfied is a fun little rockabilly song. Baby Driver is a fun classic-sounding rock n roll song (I even originally thought it was a cover, but it's not). The Only Living Boy in NY is a good track - I like the overlaid vocals in that one. The only tracks I find (relatively) weak are So Long Frank Lloyd Wright and Why Don't You Write Me. They could have ended with the live version of Bye Bye Love since it's a callback to their early days and the influence of the Everly Brothers. But Song for the Asking is a nice touch and perhaps it's poignant that the last Simon & Garfunkel album ends on a song that almost sounds like Simon is singing alone (I can barely hear Garfunkel in it). In fact, that's consistent with the cover - Paul Simon appears to be eclipsing Art Garfunkel. It makes sense...Paul Simon wrote pretty much all the music for Simon & Garfunkel and it was time for him to move on, leading to an amazing career. Great album.

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5

The title track is just incredible, one of my favorite of all time. And legitimizes Art Garfunkel's contribution to the album. I didn't remember that it was also the first track, which seems like strange timing/organization. Feels like it should be the closer on either side one or two. The Boxer would be a great lead in to it. That is also an incredible song. Paul Simon is just a super talented writer and composer. The poetry in these soaring songs is great, but so is his biting observation in some of the more upbeat pieces - I forgot how much fun and witty Keep the Customer Satisfied Was. Baby Driver also super fun (a little less witty) and Cecilia was fun at one point in its life. But really, why not an upbeat side (3, 4, 7, 9, 10) and a subdued side (8, 2, 5, 6, 11, 1) to the album? Or slowly build up the pace before walking it back down again? Probably being too critical here, it's a pretty great work of art.

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5

Yeah, kinda hard to argue with the sheer songwriting chops on this mofo. Every single song gives you something new to savor in a way that's different from the song that preceded it without doing a genre tour or trying to put on hats that do not fit. Which is extra good, because I don't think a lot of hats are going to fit on that big ol' Garfunkel doo anyway, amirite? Bonus points for inspiring at least two movie titles.

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5

My goodness, so many good songs here. And so many that I didn't realise I knew. Pick of the bunch is 'Baby Driver', but I'm wondering - did these guys pioneer noise gated drums? Otherwise, what is that snare sound on the title track and 'The Boxer'? What an achievement. Going to go buy a physical copy of this bad boy post haste.

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5

This is some seriously hippy-dippy bullshit and the fact that I still love it means that it gets a 5. I feel like the title song, one degree to the left or right, just becomes too dumb to live. But right where it is, is perfect. Also, the album art has always made Garfunkel look like he's got a massive fu manchu. But it's also got three or four all-time great songs ever written, at least.

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5

It's beautiful but also a bit sad. I feel in a melancholy mood could cry to The Boxer and the title track. But there are also happy songs like Baby Driver and Celilia which make it a rollercoaster of emotions. Paul Simon's songwriting is usually great, and both his and Art Garfunkels vocals transform the tracks to another level. I used to listen to Simon and Garfunkel solely through their Essential CD and all but Why Don't You Write To Me were on it, which is a good indication of how great this album is.

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5

I really think this is one of the most American records ever made. There are a lot of quintessential American music ideas on this album that combine to create an extremely soulful record you just wouldn’t see today.

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5

On the one hand, I'm already growing weary of getting so many boomer rock LPs in a row. I'm ready to hit basically anything else next. On the other, I think that Paul Simon's compositions and Art Garfunkel's angelic voice are as perfect of a musical pairing as will ever exist. I have too much love for their music to be very objective, but I'll admit that the album peaks with "The Boxer", and that last third mostly kind of coasts. That's not great for such a short album, but at the same time, I wouldn't call anything on here remotely bad. And at its best, this is pop folk at its highest form. A

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5

Songwriting doesn’t get much better than this

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5

One of the best albums. The original chill vibe. Fuckin love Paul Simon

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5

"I was blinded by the balls on that kid." It's odd to have this album associated to Kevin Spacey but in spite of that I loved this album.

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5

Brilliant album.

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5

A classic album that everyone should listen to at least once from start to finish. The clarity and feeling of Paul Simon's vocals on Bridge over Troubled Water and The only living Boy in New York makes me wish that i was around when this album was originally released. The harmonisation of both Simon and Garfunkel is perfect

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5

Sweet and beautiful

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5

The best album by my favourite duo. Sublime in parts.

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5

so lush

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5

Most of the songs were amazing and I have heard of them before. The ones I haven't heard were also very good. Recommend album to all.

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5

Fantastic. Magical. Huge shame they broke up so soon

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5

Awesome

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5

Superb

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5

Definitely a favorite!

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5

5.0 - Another near-perfect gem from S&G. It starts with the title track, performed almost as a simple lullaby and sung tenderly with naked conviction. Other evergreen favorites include "Cecilia" and "The Boxer." One surprising standout for me is "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright", a tribute to the late architect - so endearingly light-hearted quirky.

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5

This album is a great argument for why you should go out on the top of your game. Every song on here is good. The Boxer, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and Cecilia are enough to give any album at least a 3.5 but it was all great. Beautiful arrangements, interesting Melodies and lyrics which create a story you want to follow. So good, just wish it had been remastered.

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5

How can you not like an album that starts off with a song that has become part of the American Standards songbook and also includes one of the greatest "story songs" -- The Boxer? Great orchestration throughout. Keep the Customer Satisfied is an underappreciated song. I wish you could award 1/2 stars. I'd like to rate this 4.5 but since I can't, it gets 5 stars from me.

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5

I heard this a lot growing up. My closest friend's Mom played it over and over on an old stereo console that was a large piece of furniture. Perhaps because I heard it over and over I became enamored with the deeper cuts as opposed to very well known title track and The Boxer. The Only Living Boy in New York, Baby Driver and Keep the Customer Satisfied stuck with me then and still do today. In many ways, the seeds of much of what Paul Simon created in the 70s and 80s can all be found on this record. Superb.

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5

I mean what is there to say? This is one of the most iconic albums of all time. Every single track is among the most famous modern american folk songs ever written. Even if you've never heard these songs before you've DEFINITELY heard them. And they're perfect.

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5

Alltaf dásamleg.

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5

Ojjjj Simon i Garfunkel i to jeszcze ta konkretna płyta. Z mojej strony to oczywiste 5, mam do nich słabość, nie trzeba dużo mówić

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5

Znałem wcześniej praktycznie tylko Baby Drivera z tego albumu i byłem pewien, że cały będzie utrzymany w podobnym tonie. Ogromne zaskoczenie, bo większość płyty to utwory wolniejsze, smutniejsze, bardziej melancholijne. Absolutnie jednak to nie przeszkadza, utwory szybsze i wolniejsze są poprzeplatane, do tego wrzucony jeden live ze świetnym przejściem do kolejnego utwory, mastering płytki świetny i tak naprawdę nie mam się do czego przyczepić, słucha się swietnie. Na uwagę na pewno zasługują wszystkie weselsze i szybsze utwory - Cecilia, Baby Driver i Keep the Customer Satisfied (które ma praktycznie najmniej odsłuchów na Spotify, a moim zdaniem jest topowym utworem z albumu).

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5

Goosebumps. I cannot find a better description of my feelings about this album. Incredibly soothing, relaxing music. Unforgettable, one-of-a-kind vocals, wonderful arrangements and splendid mastering. The live segment is a cherry on top. I'm grateful for this recommendation. I will happily spread these 37 minutes and 23 seconds of joy on as this album undoubtedly deserves it. Highlights: The Boxer, The Only Living Boy in New York

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5

bueno

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5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Bridge over trouble water, El condor pasa, The boxer,

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5

No need to even think on this one as it's been one of my favourites for many years and almost every track is a solid gem. The last 3 tracks are my least favourites. Of course there will be people who feel it dated or don't like folk inspired music but this has two of the greatest songs ever written. An even better thing is that this isn't even their best album in my rating. That came 2 years before.

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5

One of my all time favorite albums. Always a comfort to listen to.

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5

A stone cold classic. Genius here as Paul Simon get fed up with Art Garfunkel and makes a beautiful album. Simmering annoyances between people can produce great art. Best Tracks: The Boxer; Baby Driver; The Only Living Boy In New York

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5

Another masterpiece from rhe genius Paul Simon, marred only by the presence of Art Garfunkel..

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5

Classic

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5

Much ‘happier’ overall than I thought.

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5

Fun, good on the X2HRs, some songs added to my "hi-fi test songs" playlist

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5

The Boxer is one of my favorite songs of all time. Such fantastic imagery. "...I have squandered my resistance for a pocket full of mumbles such are promises..." This song alone is worthy of a 5.

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5

Very Chill. Dunno what else to say, it okey

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5

I will fuckin fight anyone who doesn’t give this five stars perfect album in every way

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5

What a great album, as always from Simon & Garfunkel. Not sure what's not to like, over 40 minutes, the album has everything. Slow ballads, fast paced folk songs, some experiments with Latin music and some filler songs that nobody would have missed.

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5

What an album. Paul Simon and S&G are among my favourite artists, if not the favourite in my life right now. The A Side has several iconic hits that demonstrate the growth and scope in Simon’s writing at the time, showcasing his willingness to expand the sound beyond American sounds. The B Side is more in line with their previous albums, showcasing that even towards the end, their voices were meant for one another. While the album shows their increasing need to sing alone, it’s just as much a S&G album as their others. Production is unique, especially using clever technological techniques from the time as is the case with Cecilia. It’s all packaged in a great runtime with a great radio and commercial record. Definitely a classic and their best work.

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5

Hit after hit. One of my all time favorites.

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5

Beautiful album that only really lags towards the end; overall, a strong swansong for a good group. Favorites: 'So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright' and 'The Boxer'

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5

Cecilia is a hit. This album has a lot of sonic whiplash in it. some songs are these upbeat dance hall jams, then you hit So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright like a brick wall. The Boxer is a killer song. Bye Bye Love is another good tune. This was a good album!

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5

Faultless

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5

This generator has introduced me to some nifty new artists, but it’s also made me appreciate artists I already knew and loved even more. Chief among those is Simon & Garfunkel - their entire catalogue just seems to be so consistently strong. Take the classic singles away and you’re still left with a very enjoyable, vibrant album. 4.5 stars. Should I round up or down? I dunno. It’s too hot today.

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5

Folk, 1970. Fantastic album by an amazing duo. Every song is memorable and there are at least five masterpieces: "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "El Condor Pasa", "Cecilia", "The Boxer", "The Only Living Boy in New York" and also the other tracks are great. One of the best albums of the 70s for sure.

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5

Just spectacular from start to finish. I've always been a fan of The Boxer & Cecilia but never gave the entire album a listen. It's no wonder this album is considered one of the greatest ever recorded. It's emotional, uplifting, and playful. And those harmonies - blew me away. I just added this to my favorites.

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5

This album taught me that I know more Simon & Garfunkel songs than I thought I did; I just didn't know their titles. This isn't surprising, given how influential they were, and how they straddle the edge of my wheelhouse. This album exemplifies my ambivalence perfectly. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is a gorgeous song. It's also emblematic of the type of S&G song that I don't go out of my way to listen to. Too soft and melancholy for my tastes. I listen to music to feel things, and my natural serotonin deficiency means I've got plenty of endemic melancholy on my plate. No need to go looking for more. And that's what separates the songs I favor on this album from the songs I don't. Give me uptempo S&G all day. "Cecelia" has been a favorite of mine for decades (and inspired my favorite Venn diagram: one circle represents people who are breaking my heart, the other people who are shaking my confidence daily. In the overlapping area: Cecelia, of course). I also enjoyed "Keep the Customer Satisfied" and "Baby Driver." I've got to imagine that the latter is about as close to a Beach Boys song as S&G ever got. And I wouldn't I kick "Why Don't You Write Me" or "Bye Bye Love" out of bed. The rest of the album isn't likely to end up on one of my playlists. But there's no denying the artistry here, and I just can't justify giving it anything but five stars.

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5

Packed with S&G bangers

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5

Fantastic well-rounded album that I still listen to. Classic.

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5

So many excellent songs on this album.

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5

I had a nanny when I was ~2 and we used to sing together constantly. We'd put records on and have the best time while I learned to read (liner notes/lyrics on the back cover!), and the most-played record by far was Bridge Over Troubled Water. So the impact this record has on me moves well past just how goddamn great it was and is; it is inextricably tied together with some of the best early memories I have. I'll consider this rating one of my most personal. The title track alone - one of the most (if not THE most) captivating, arresting, and gorgeous songs ever recorded - would make the album great. It's not the songwriting alone - any other version of this song would be and is wrong and far far inferior. The grandiose piano intro, the *dynamics* - the ethereal vocals - all draw in the listener. Then there's the build to the semi-false ending which leads to the big third/final verse (which was written in-studio almost last-minute to give the song its dramatic ending) - unequaled. Again - this is the first song and the rest could be simple 1-4-5 blues songs and the album would stand out. But there's so much more quality - a lot of variety on the album and a few others that could be called classics, most notably "The Boxer" which is another chill-inducing track, especially during the giant snare crashes in the choruses (recorded in an empty elevator shaft to get that huge natural reverb) - other highlights are "El Condor Pasa" "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" and "The Only Living Boy In New York" Paul Simon is a fantastic songwriter but (aside from "The Boxer") my favourite songs or parts of the songs are where Artie G sings - he brought everything to those songs and is one of the few vocalists for me that can stop me in my tracks and force me to actively listen. The only slowdown on the record for me (although I loved it as a little kid) is "Bye Bye Love" which in retrospect seems a bit simplistic for this album; maybe it could have been placed better in the album rather than a second-to-last track (I'm also more of a studio-recording fan, this track recorded live). Still it's not enough to knock the album down in any way. One of my all-time favourite records (along with their previous record "Bookends") quite literally since I started to walk and through my own changing preferences over the years I've never stopped listening. What a tremendous way to close their short career. 10/10 5 stars.

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5

All time classic for me. So many hits. The title song may be one of the best songs lyrically and musically ever written and will probably be played on my funeral, since it is so beautiful.

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5

The instrumentals were absolutely fantastic. The whole album was really well orchestrated. Amazing vocals throughout the album. Bridge Over Troubled Water gave me goosebumps. I also really love the rhythm of Baby Driver.

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5

Why is this making me think of the TV show Scrubs? Being retired and dancing on a cruise ship in the bahamas. Yt ppl music I don't want to rate this high bc I don't want anyone to get the impression I like this kind of music but for what it is this album is solid

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5

An all-time classic of soft, emotional heart moving music. You just have to be in the right mood for it.

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5

bridge over troubled water is such a big song, so grand, it takes you everywhere. we listened to this album growing up. I think my mom has the live version. I love cecilia. the boxer is a great song I've always liked. they're really good at making you feel sad on some of these songs. and then they can be so upbeat and happy. the duality of man. it's a great album. i love only living boy in new york. this is a good album to listen to on a rainy day.

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5

A Classic

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5

Great 10/10

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5

S&G fucking rock, personally. Bridge over Troubled Water is such a heartpulling althem, and pretty much every song on this album I'd listen to on repeat. Great stuff!

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5

After first hearing “This is Paul Simon” off this list, I feel like they definitely were better together. Paul is great on his own, but together they just achieve new levels of something that can only be described as pure pleasure. Not even my kind of music but this made me inexplicably happy when listening. Songs like The Boxer and Why Don’t You Write Me really didn’t have to go that hard. As a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture style, it is safe to say that So Long FLW was a tribute song I never really knew I needed, even though it felt like a sort of joke. Favorites: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Cecilia, The Boxer, Baby Driver, So Long Frank Lloyd Wright, Why Don’t You Write Me

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5

great album; The Only Living Boy in New York was the B side to Cecilia

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5

Funky

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5

Can you not give it five stars? There's a five-star set of songs here, only perhaps let down by the throwaway live cover. Truly splendid.

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5

Truly amazing album, with almost every song a classic. And incredible production.

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4,5/5

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4

great album

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4

Hieno levy täynnä klassikoita!

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4

Maybe not the best album for surgery day....but good nonetheless.

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4

timeless classic

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4

Fantastic!

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4

There's a lot in this album. So many soft, sweet, sad songs interspersed with upbeat toe-tappers. Some of the best S&G songs are on this album, along with a few songs that easily could have been singles 4/5

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