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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simon & Garfunkel

1970

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Bridge Over Troubled Water

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

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

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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

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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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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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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9/10

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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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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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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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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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Classic

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

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Iconic, important, wonderful

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

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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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"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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They went out on top here.

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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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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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Bij gebrek aan 6 sterren...

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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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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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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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Een voor een allemaal fantastische nummers.

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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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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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6/10

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

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Solid

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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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Definitely deserves a spot on this list

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Absolutely fabulous album from start to finish

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classic

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

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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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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

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

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

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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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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

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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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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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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Beautiful

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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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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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10/10 art

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4,5/5

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great album

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Hieno levy täynnä klassikoita!

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4

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

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timeless classic

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Fantastic!

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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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I liked it a lot. But some songs not as much

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I love Simon and Garfunkel

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Beautiful smooth album. Lovely to work on homework with or chill on the couch

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3.7

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Also easy listening. Pretty folksy. I like it though. Had heard a couple of these prior

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Very good album. It had known hits and was rounded out with other catchy songs. Good time all around.

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Knew I liked this one already

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Familiarity: 7/10 Notes: Acoustic joy and playful harmonies. This is the way Real Rating 7.5/10

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Beste album van een geweldig duo, zitten zo veel hits op

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4

Yes please! Such a great record. Just classic.

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Every song on here is great

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Eclectic album. Starts off with the slowest, most emotional song, and gets you comfortable with the idea that the rest of the album will carry that catharsis forward. It doesn't; it becomes largely cheery and folksy, dipping back down into more introspective territory occasionally as welcome breaks. It shouldn't work, but it does. Recommended season: Autumn

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Folk

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Solid folk album, favorite track was The Boxer.

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Great album for the time period. 7/10.

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Gran descubrimiento estos

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It's Simon and Garfunkel, what can I say?

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Two of my favourite songs of all time on this super album 👌

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Dit album is een echte klassieker, voor de liefhebbers, luister Bridge over the troubled water eens van Willie Nelson..

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Great for a Monday!

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Recognized one song from a Mumford & Sons cover! Nice to hear the original. Lots of varied songs.

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Very calm, nice music

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Really enjoyed If I Could

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Dit album heeft mijn beeld van Simon & Garfunkel fel verbeterd. Eindelijk nog eens een album met wat variatie.

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Reminded me of Fleetwood Mac at times. Definitely high-quality songwriting, so rich in ideas. Mainly acoustic, but it also incorporates strings, flutes, brass. Bridge over troubled water is a masterpiece of a song.

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Number of classics in here. The Boxer is one of my favs. Worth the 4 star alone.

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Bye bye love feels like it was shoehorned in, plus I think Bridge Over Troubled Water should surely be at the end of the album (doesn't feel like an opening track). However this is an undeniable gem of an album.

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Easy going catchy folk

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Tiene canciones absolutamente arrebatadoras como toda la cara a. Pero algunas M.O.R. hacen que no pueda ser un disco perfecto. Las mejores: la titular, The Boxer, Cecilia.

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I'm generally a fan, but probably haven't heard this album as much as their earlier ones, nor as much as Paul Simon's solo records. It's good. Less folk and more soft rock. Lots of stuff that Simon would develop later on his own. I don't think this is a high point of his career, and I definitely prefer "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" (which is also on the 1001 list). However, it's still got the S&G magic. I never understood how a live cover song made it onto this album. It doesn't belong at all.

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very pleasant listen

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Really liked this album!

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Love this album, it's wonderful.

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Great album. Has my second favorite Simon & Garfunkel song on it: The Boxer. Highlights: Bridge Over Troubled Water, El Condor Pass, Cecilia

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I didnt know the song BOTW had a second half. That song gave me shivers. The rest was great but not totally my cup of tea.

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Good album. These two have great harmonies and instrumentals. Their styles is not really my cup of tea but great overall album.

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I know most of the songs. New ones to me: Keep the Customer Satisfied - actually quite nice, but not exactly a classic. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright - drippy. Baby Driver Why Don't You Write Me Bye Bye Love Song for the asking. The only living boy in new york and the boxer are amazing songs, of course.

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Classic alert!!

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Surprising how many of the "other" songs I recognised It's a good album

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the title track is amazing. for the most part the rest of the album is pretty good but its short plus there's two random live songs

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I'm not sure if I've heard this album all the way through or not. There are several tracks I can sing along with, and just as many that seemed like a first listen. I like Simon and Garfunkel. I would choose to listen to this album again.

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I mean, it’s good, but Simon and Garfunkel just aren’t up my alley. I think it had something to do with the timbre of their vocals or the instrumentation of their songs. 8/10

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This music is special, quietly. I like "El condor pasa", "Cecilia" and "The boxer".

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Good although over very quickly! Only one I’m not keen on is El Condor Pasa

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Not the biggest fan of Simon & Garfunkel. 4 stars for Cecilia, my favorite song of theirs.

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Classic.

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good one

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Less cohesive than bookends or sounds of silence but interesting compositions (el condor, Cecilia, the boxer) and unique transitions (customer satisfied). These two love making music together and it’s always fun and interesting from soft melodies to large crescendos or cannons. Bridge over, el condor, the boxer,

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I enjoyed this album. Was solid from start to finish, my favourite song from it being Cecelia. Some of the other tracks didn't really stand out to me, though.

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Not flawless, but beautiful in many places.

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A loved album for a long time.

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folk at its peak

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I found it hard to get into the right mood to properly enjoy this album - I eventually got there while staring at a troubled bridge over some disappointingly calm water, and it was only then I could properly appreciate the litany of hits this album has to offer. It didn't quite do enough to make it to one of my favourites, but it came close.

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Finally, reprive from the curse of the Spotify remasters! This is easy for me, grew up on this album. I love it. People used to dunk on Simo and G-funk for being twee, but after two decades of Mumford and Sons and Sigur Ross I find it much easier to situate these two dorks in some kind of post-psychedelic what-were-our-roots-again, maybe-sometimes-ringo-was-right tradition, like Harvey Nillson. Also, my Anna once went to a Halloween party as this album cover - she wore Paul's clothes and made a cutout of Art's head to wear like a headband. It was great. Happy memory (I went as Animals, with battersea headpiece and tiny pig on a wire). standout track - only living boy in new york

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bangers, couple of weird ones in the middle to keep it interesting

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7/10

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Hi-Cecilia, Keep the Customer Satisfied Lo-The Boxer It's the S&G you all know and love.

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Includes some of the classics like title song and America.

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Ceciiiiliia

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Really great

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aw pretty

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Another classic album I’d never listened to. It’s really good and I quite enjoyed it. Fav: bridge over troubled water, quite a few others

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4.2 - fantastic album. Some real “song’s songs” on it. “Boxer”, “Cecilia”, “only living boy in New York”… the listening experience holds up 50+ years after the original release.

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buen disco. algo lento

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Great album!

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eldist vel

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Clássico.

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I can understand why S & G broke up, a folk duo can only do so much. This album kind of tells that. I mean, once you hear the fist song (the title track) there really isn't anywhere to go from there. I really think they should have put this as the last song, as it gives a bigger finish to the album. As an opener, it's like... great, NOW what? Most of the other songs are not on a level of that first one, although some do come close: "The Boxer" being one. "Cecilia" I have heard WAY too many times for some reason. So yeah, I had heard this album a good deal, I just think shooting your wad with the title track makes it tough to go on afterwards.

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1970. Cecilia, The Boxer

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Definitely an album that is an important landmark among classics like Sgt. Pepper and Are You Experienced? Simon & Garfunkel isn't in my usual rotation but made me a fan. Definitely for fans of the Beatles, Beach Boys and The Zombies.

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This was different from my expectations 1. Less vocal harmonies overall than I would expect from S&G. 2. More orchestration as well, and variation in orchestration across songs. 3. Bridge over Troubled Water is just a decent song. I liked the rest of the album more. 4. Cecilia is a banger. 5. Why Don't You Write Me is also a banger, and I was surprised to see it the least-listened-to song on the album (according to Spotify). It reminded me of late Beatles output. Very good album. I'd give it a 3.7/5 if I could.

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Melancholy but good

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classic

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Largely excellent

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An extremely solid album from beginning to end. The overall quality does ebb and flow, but the quality is never poor - you either have excellent tracks like 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Cecilia', 'The Boxer', or 'The Only Living Boy in New York', or tracks that are thoroughly enjoyable.

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Classic

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Tonally, this album is a little strange, combining two of the most profound pop songs ever recorded with a hodgepodge of styles that sometimes work, and sometimes don't. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "The Boxer" are both such hauntingly beautiful songs, they practically bear the weight of the whole album. It almost doesn't matter what the other songs are. There are a few other solid songs on here though. "El Cóndor Pasa" and "Song for the Asking" are both incredibly pretty, and Cecilia is simply one of the most fun, exuberant songs ever put to record. The rest of the songs are a mixed bag, with some interesting creative excursions and some borderline hokey pop-rockers. The live "Bye Bye Love" cover is a head scratcher as to why they included it. Overall I really enjoyed the album, but it teeters on the line between being eclectic and being unfocused. It should come to no one's surprise that it was Simon & Garfunkel's last studio album, but what a way to go out. Fave Songs: Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Boxer, Cecilia, Song for the Asking, El Cóndor Pasa (If I Could), Song for the Asking, The Only Living Boy in New York

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4.5/5

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I like this album. A lot of very pleasant songs to listen to. The Frank Lloyd Wright one was pretty weird. My favorite song that I didn’t already know was The Only Living Boy In New York. They always make me think of IB film class because The Graduate was the first movie we ever watched.

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super schönes Album bzw. Klassiker auch halt, kann mir keiner was sagen

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Great album full of memorable tracks. The boxer being my favorite.

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Pierwsze 3 utwory złoto, dalej różnie. Słucha się bardzo przyjemnie. 4.5/5

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Another great album! We've had a few from Simon sans Garfunkel, this is our first from the legendary duo. It's definitely one of their most acclaimed, and there are plenty of jams on here that I enjoyed, including ones I haven't heard before. But those I have are definite classics, like "The Boxer," the title track, and the cover of the Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love." Great harmonies from these guys, and just excellent songwriting and instrumentation. Always a pleasant experience. Favorite tracks: Cecilia, The Boxer, Baby Driver, Bridge Over Troubled Water, So Long Frank Lloyd Wright. Album art: Iconic for sure, and I will never get over how funny Art's position behind Paul is. He looks like a shadow, a demon. Maybe he's just being cheeky, or maybe it's a metaphor for how often forgotten and left behind is as the world praises Paul Simon (let's be honest, we're probably not getting a solo Garfunkel record on this list). 4.5/5

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Well done you 2 ! Loved the boxer, Troubled Water and Cecilia were great songs too. The had such calming music. Both were a bundle of talent.

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This was a big album back in my grade school days. Our babysitters were teenagers and would be listening on their portable transistor radios

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Very beautiful!

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I didn't realize that DJ Shadow sampled from this album. Now I gotta go back and listen to some of his earlier stuff! I digress. These guys had an uncanny creative sensibility because this album is back-to-back earworms. The album doesn't seem to follow any particular theme as it bounces between subdue (i.e. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright', and 'The Boxer') or bubbly and bright (i.e. 'Cecilia', 'Keep the Customer Satisfied', and 'Baby Driver') tracks, but they ultimately blend together nicely into a well rounded collection. It's a solid album from start to finish that has endured for 50 years, and I'm sure it will hold it's beloved status for another 50, and then some.

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Me first and gimme gimmes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGma3NrCFVA

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This is a GREAT album (with a BAD cover photo)! It contains many of S&G's best-known songs: "Bridge Over Troubles Water", "El Condor Pasa", "Cecilia", "Keep The Customer Satisfied" and "The Boxer". These songs make the album worth anyone's time alone. The album is paced a bit unevenly, as all the big songs are to be found in the first half. The last couple of tracks fail to reach the same hights, but are a nice listen nonetheless. The track order is the problem here. BOTW would have worked much better as the final track. In it's place, The Boxer would have been a fitting opener. El Condor Pasa's ideal place would be the beginning of side two. And the weaker songs could have been mashed in between. I have seldom seen a running order that was just so wrong on multiple levels, but there it is. Oh, well, it's still a great album. 4/5

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Relaxing listen

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Some classic songs

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Ihan nättejä biisejä. Ei varsinaisesti sitä mitä yleensä kuuntelee niin vaikea arvioida, mutta räväytetään kolmonen.

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Better than I thought it would be but didn't stand out that much

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Lots of classic hits. Mellow album that's safe for an open office environment

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All of their songs have this underlying melancholia, and I do love some melancholy. Quite a lovely listen, nice and relaxing, familiar sounding, safe and comfortable.

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That wasnt too bad

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Decent mellow singer-songwriter album.

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A lovely album that hits its stride moreso on the uptempo tracks than the broodier ballads. Whether sparse or wall-to-wall in production, the foot-stompers like "Cecilia" have an undeniable genuineness and joy that's hard to find nowadays

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I get why people like S&G, but most of the songs are boring to me. Bridge Over Troubled Water is a prime example, lots of people like it but I'd rather listen to something like "The Boxer". There are a few Simon & Garfunkel songs that I really like, but there are a lot on this album I don't care for at all. Nothing is bad here, but personally listening enjoyment is a 3.

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doesnt really hit for me- but still a classic

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Is a classic but not totally my jam. Holly says, too country for her. Favorite song was If I could.

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Never have really loved Simon & Garfunkel. Can appreciate their hits every once in a while. "Baby Driver" was the most enjoyable track for me this time around, for whatever reason.

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Es un disco bonito. Muy bonito. Se escucha perfecto y tiene muchos instrumentos y sonidos distintos. Las letras me gustaron mucho, pero quitando las canciones 'movidas', las demás son demasiado lentas. Entiendo que no es mi estilo y por eso me parece demasiado lento el disco. Aún así se disfruta fácilmente. Songs: Keep the Customer Satisfied, The boxer, Baby Driver

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Good old ones

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Me ha sorprendida de algunas canciones que no conocian que eran ellos.

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Some of my favorite songs of all time. I don't love the entire album though.

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Niet onaardig, maar ik hoor er de 'klassieker' die het is niet in.

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Tof album. Ken deze niet zo goed als Bookends, maar ik vind hun sound geweldig!

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Nooit helemaal gedraaid, leuk plaatje wel.

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Cecilia

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Not bad, some solid tunes, but lacking some umph

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Pretty quiet, but enough interesting rhythms to make it okay. Also, a couple of familiar/pleasant songs. 3/5.

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I wonder where belle and Sebastian got their sound from? Oh yeah this. Weak streak lately.

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Some songs I really like and appreciate peppered with some songs I really detest - just not my general cup of tea at all

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Some brilliant songs, some that I didn't like at all.

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Hadn’t listened to a lot of Simon and Garfunkel before this except for a few hit singles. I didn’t think I would enjoy this too much for some reason, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was!

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This album is tough to judge. It has some very good tracks and some that don't do anything for me - and I'm not sure the ones I like are the ones that are critically acclaimed. Definitely not my favorite Simon & Garfunkel, but still worth a listen.

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There were some hits on this album, but overall it was just okay.

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Little odd, not my kind of music.

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Nice enough, but certainly didn't love it. In fact, there were a few tracks I didn't really like at all (El Condor Pasa, for one). It feels like they really nailed it with Bookends, but went too far with the production on this record and it just ends up a bit of a mess at times.

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Híjole, me aburrí en repetidas ocasiones. Me dio tristeza confirmar así un prejuicio que ya tenía contra Simon & Garfunkel. Y no es que no me guste la música aburrida, porque tengo ejemplos, pero acá no me dieron vida. Igual, yo respeto, claro que debe haber stans y a lo mejor sí son muy valiosos y yo solamente soy ignorante. La única canción que me movió algo fue "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright". 6/10

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Cecelia is a song I know but never known the name of, which is always fun to come across

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Pleasantly surprised, really did like this album. The chemistry between Simon & Garfunkel is beautiful to listen to. - @CJEdwardsx Loved the opening 4 tracks but thought the middle and end of the album were a step down in quality, also the over reliance on the guitar made a few songs one dimensional but a good album nonetheless. - Ali

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Ovviamente aspettavo i vecchi S&G al varco. Devo dire che l'ascolto non mi è dispiaciuto, le cose che avevo sentito me li avevano fatti immaginare molto più una pesantata di quello che invece sono, almeno in questo album. Niente di eclatante ma ho apprezzato la varietà e la loro precisione nel cantato. Nessun pezzo mi ha colpito particolarmente. Per me è un 2.5 che premio perché mi hanno un minimo sorpreso positivamente rispetto alle aspettative.

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Good stuff. Some classics

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top notch hangover cure

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On paper I hate this, and most of it does indeed suck-diddly-uck flanders, but I found myself liking bits of it. The Boxer is an undeniably good song, same with the title track. The rest of it ranged from boring to passable. 2.5/5.

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Sorry Art - still prefer Simon on his own.

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Iconic, but not really what I’m into, I started to get it though after a full listen through

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Appealing at the time, but it's lost much of its lustre through overplaying, over the last 50-odd years

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Great song writing but have never enjoyed their delivery

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Weirdly I got this album and Bookends back to back, forcing a comparison between two albums by the same artist. I rank them - and Graceland, the other Paul Simon album that's been generated so far - about the same. I like Paul Simon as a songwriter quite a bit, but to me he never cracks the ceiling into greatness. All of these albums hover around 3.75 for me, with Graceland probably being the best overall, but I do like the echoey, doomy drums on the title track of this album and The Boxer. They always felt weirdly industrial, an odd backdrop for folksy 60s music, almost like a precursor for some of Swans' 90s albums like White Light From the Mouth of Infinity or The Great Annihilator. That's a pretty left field association to make, and the average Simon and Garfunkel fan isn't probably going to find much tonal similarity to latch onto the majestic but joyless music of Swans, but these are my observations.

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A good enjoyable listen, very unique I think

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Albumet var delvis harmoniskt att lyssna på. Sången var det som gjorde det främsta arbetet enligt mig. Det instrumentala var funktionellt men inte ideellt. För mig var det till och med själsdödande. Det var lyssnebart och till och med lite njutsamt men samtidigt var det medioker, förglömligt och meningslöst. Efter att jag hörde albumet hade jag inga tankar eller åsikter och behövde anstränga mig för att tvinga fram synpunkter tills jag kom på att det var den passande synpunkten.

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It was ok.

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I’ve never been a fan of S&G but glad I was “forced” to listen to a whole album. Overall, not too bad. Started off too slow. I still probably won’t be going back to S&G anytime soon. Still, not too bad of an album.

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Very nice, smooth, lovely melodies and beautiful singing, but doesn't really get me in the feels.

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'The Only Living Boy in New York' might be the standout track for me on an album that is almost the perfect definition of pleasant background music, so much so that I hadn't realised it had finished until a song on the artist radio got my attention. Unlikely to deliberately put on again but absolutely wouldn't switch off if it was playing.

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I don't know what else to say other than it was fine. Feels like an album you need to be in a specific mood for and I couldn't meet it there.

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Quite a nice record. Lots of fun songs and good songwriting. 6/10

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Well, it has a few drop dead classics on it (title track, The Boxer, Cecilia), but is it generally just well-produced filler? Not so deep as it seems? It's not a surprise that it sold 25 bazillion copies, 'cause there's not much here to offend. great melodies, terrific harmonies, fantastically produced album. Glad I listened, but I feel no need to own.

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Kolejny Simon i Garfunkel na liscie, tym razem z najwiekszym komercyjnym sukcesem, czyli ostatnim krazkiem przed disbanded, czyli bridge over troubled water z 1970, ktory jest odejsciem od klasycznego brzmienia folkowego rocka duetu na rzecz eksperymentow z roznymi elementami muzyki popularnej, wiec znajda sie wstawki rock&rollowe jak na baby driverze, elementy reggae z why dont you write me, czy klawisze wyrwane z gospelowych kawalkow jak na otwierajacym tytulowym traku, nie zabraknie takze r&b czy jazzu z frankowego utworu, a to wszystko wymieszane z pomoca z dbaloscia o szczegoly, wiec poza trakiem numer 10, ktory byl nagrywany live na jakims uniwerku, wiec brzmi on calkiem inaczej niz reszta plyty, ciezko sie przyczepic do czegos od strony techninczej, ale jako calosc to plyta przypomina troche szukanie gemow w stosie wungla, bo chociaz to tylko 37 minut materialu, chociaz ale i tak wiecej niz wiekszosc poprzednich albumow duetu, to momentami plyta potrafi znudzic czlowieka na sile sprzedajac przesadnie bogate brzmienie, ale jesli doszukac sie akustykowych fragmentow tak klasycznych dla Simonowego brzmienia takimi gemami sa dla mnie opowiesc o biednym dzieciaku ktory staje sie bokserem, wiec trak the boxer, kolejnym bedzie the only living boy in new york, ktory po czesci wyjasnia dlaczego byl to ostatni material nagrany przez duet razem, pan Simon chcial tworzyc muzyke nadal, a Garfunkel postanowil wybrac kariere filmowa, co kolidowalo z stylem nagrywania duetu, wiec na traku pan Simon wylewa jak mu zle, ze Artie kreci filmiki zamiast byc razem z nim i robic muzyke, wlasnie te dwa z jedenastu kawalkow leca na plejke, fajnie jakby cos z starszych materialow duetu rowniez pojawilo sie na liscie, bo dwa albumy i dwa ostatnie trafilo, a jedak jak mam na mysli ten duet, to kojarze go raczej z wczesnymi akustykami i ambitniejszymi balladami, a nie z tak latwym sluchowiskiem jak wiekszosc bridge over troubled water

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Another mellow winner

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3/5

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Can't get past first song

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So far so good! I like Simon and Garfunkel so I’m excited to listen to the whole thing while cleaning. Okay cleaned and listened to the album! Two bangerz and the rest were pleasant but not really standing out, overall pretty good!

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Oh yes, a family favourite. The title track cuts deep every time, hard not to feel and sing along. Also love El Condor Pasa, Cecilia, The Boxer, and The Only Living Boy In New York. How can these all be from the same album!?

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Dúo con buenas voces. Melodías limpias y sencillas

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Not bad, but not really my cup of tea tbh.

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Reconozco que tiene exitazos, pero no me gustan los arreglos que me parecen artificiales hoy en día. Estas mismas canciones en un formato como el directo de Nueva York de 1967 me habría gustado más. En cualquier caso es un gran disco que hay que escuchar.

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Nice folk sound, I like it so far. Not too distracting, was able to work with it on.

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I like biting little tits. They break off in my mouth easily and are very crunchy. This record reminds me on biting little tits.

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Not bad, very relaxing, good lyrics

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There are some cracking tunes on this album. Bridge Over Troubled Water is not one of them. Do yourself a favour and skip the first track. Promise it gets better.

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Too indie for me. No constrast, too calm.

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Mais um álbum ok, muito parecido com os outros. Melhor música: The Boxer

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I'd got it in my head that that was a Phil Spector production and was always put off by how reverb soaked the title track was. Turns out Simon just wanted to sound like this. Listening to it through, I realize that I like a load of this album, just none of the Spector-inspired, echo chamber stuff. Still, it's no Bookends, but it's got great music on it. This is definitely in 3.5 territory, but I'll bump it down based on me probably not coming back to it any time soon.

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Bridge Over Troubled Water is just fantastic. Dramatic and epic. Their signature vocal harmonies are very nice. Some of the songs are a little goofy but enjoyable still. Lost me in the middle with some snoozers.

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Overall not bad. Has some of my least (Bridge Over Troubled Water) and most (Baby Driver) favorite S&G tunes.

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Ahh the harmonies. The Boxer and Cecilia are super strong songs. Still feels a little too earnest, but good stuff

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My least favorite S&G...

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Will I go to hell if I say I thought this was overrated and boring? I ask this because I feel like I am stuck at a Christian youth camp in the late 80s whenever I have to hear the title track

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It’s well known Paul Simon picks album tracks with Mad Libs - There’s no other way to get a bossa nova song about Frank Lloyd Wright. Anyways, love the hits could take or leave the rest.

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Me sorprendió. Creí que iba a ser un bodrio pero encontré la fuente de inspiración de algunos artistas que me gustan.

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Interesting and beautiful. I prefer some of their other hits, but glad to listen to this

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The title track is part of the modern canon, but there's so many versions they all merge together - not sure I've ever heard the album version before; it's definitely WAY overproduced and quite weak compared to more pared down covers. Discovered a DJ Shadow sample on El Condor Pasa too! Hiding in plain sight. I enjoyed this in the main but not something I'd ever choose to listen to

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What can I say that I didn't on the last S&G album. They are good guys but a little too folksy for my playlists. Fun to listen in the background especially hearing The Boxer from Mumford and Sons (who I think probably did it better). And did Baby Driver make it's way into the movie? Look, S&G are no different than Penn and Teller, or any other duo that you don't know who is who but you do know who they are, the tall einstein one and the short monty python one. Love the album cover too as it adds to that mystery.

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Garfunkel may be a good singer, but these songs are nothing special. Most are either simple guitar or piano melodies or your average folk-rock-something tunes.

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Not the best, patiko cecilia nes negidrejau originalo niekada

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Dull. If you put your thumb over Paul Simon's face, it makes Art Garfunkel look like he has massive moustache

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2.5

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nunca me ha gustado mucho y menos ahora que se que coverean el condor pasa, 3 rolas a la lista de rolas de los 1001 discos y ya

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I feel like this is supposed to deserve an automatic 5-star. But I didn’t like it. It was sad, boring, and lame. Sorry.

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Not a huge fan of this one, very hit or miss tracks.

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2.5 | Es un excelente disco de Simon & Garfunkel. Muestra de verdad la maestría como compositor que tiene Paul Simon, también recuerda que la voz de Art Garfunkel daba una mucho mejor dimensión a sus composiciones. La canción titular es una excelente canción que hoy en día podría hasta considerarse como dentro de los estándares americanos. El detalle en mi visión es que musicalmente no soy un gran fan del folk rock, toda la primera mitad del disco, a pesar de ser tan bien hecha y de ser buenas canciones es muy lenta para mis gustos. Termina siendo un disco que a mi me suena demasiado dulce... demasiado a música para tumbar búfalos que tomaron cafeína. Hay solo unos topes en Keep the Customer y Baby Driver para despertar y volver a bajar el ritmo. Muy buenas letras, música incluso original en su arreglo y muy bien hecho pero no es para mí. Ah! y nememen con El Condor Pasa... Si entiendo que era 1970 y nadie la conocía en EE.UU. Igual nememen.

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Like they tried to write a classic album by focus group. Aside from "Only living boy in New York" it has no conviction, and left me cold.

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Obviously talented but boring for me

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I understand how this is a good album, but I struggled to enjoy it. Prefer Simon on his own.

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Boring

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I have an abiding dislike for Paul Simon and this didn't do much to change that, but it was still worth a listen. Seems like they tried to break the mold a bit by sampling some other genres and adding some different instrumentation, but still to much fetishization of the voices at the expense of other elements.

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Non è che sia proprio esaltante sto disco a grandi tratti è un discreto polpettone. Per me è un 2.5, gli darei in questa scala un 3 giusto perchè uno dei pezzi si chiama Cecilia, ma poi ora risentendolo al volo mi sono reso conto che alla fine gli unici pezzi che risentirei sono Baby driver e Cecilia quindi 2. Il biondo c'ha veramente 'na faccia di merda.

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L'ascolto di quest'album viene rovinato subito alla seconda traccia con la loro versione di El Condor Pasa. Non voglio sapere neanche perché l'hanno fatto, ma suona davvero innaturale, e non mi pronuncio su quando cantano "Yes, I would, If I only could, I surely would", provo tipo odio. Per il resto ho trovato l'album abbastanza mediocre (mai quanto quello di John il picchiatore). So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright, è l'unica che mi ha colpito. Ci sono vari pezzi folk-country classici ma niente degno di nota.

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Good but snoozer

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Jack says it's quite gay Very hard to get through this one

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I guess there's some fun stuff on here. Clearly good, but it's not for me. Some of this is unlistenable. 2 stars for TOLBINY and Baby Driver

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What did I just listen to? I don't get it.

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Simon & Garfunkel's fifth & final album together released in 1970 and was their best and most effortless. This folk rock album contains some of their greatest hits and is certified 8 times platinum. This album also won 'Album of the Year' at the Grammy's. You can almost hear their impending break up in the musical production of the album, but at least they went out with a bang. Also, not my type of music at all, but still good.

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Sad... Sad... Oh Cecilia! Meh... Sad.. Sad... This is an album to listen to whilst staring into nothingness, but I'll be honest, there isn't a single track on this album which doesn't have a cover that is 100% better than the version on this album.

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Some classics but also some really dreary tracks that I'm not here for

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I don't know. I'm getting kinda tired of this american folk music on this 1001 list.

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Yes, good, but not my thing.

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What to say, … it would take a few more listens, but its much like crosby still nash and young. great talent, i know they are loved, not hitting that bar.

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Nice but bland

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genuinely thought that Cecilia was a Suggs original. never had a reason to think it was a cover. which brings me to the conclusion that yeah they do write a very good song. the problem is that their versions of the song are a bit shit. get someone else to do it. I'd genuinely rather listen to Suggs do a cod reggae version.

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I will be honest, and say I'm still not and have never been impressed with "Bridge over Troubled Water". Ofcourse, on this album you'll find several pop classics, but this album is far from a masterpiece. The title-track itself, and quite a few other songs, are immensely overproduced kitsch in my ears. Violins, choirs and the lot. There's a few plus points to the album as well ofcourse. Songs like 'The Only Living Boy In New York' is beautiful, but it doesn't save the album. It feels it's an album on multiple thoughts and might be known as one of the all-time classics. But not for me.

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I feel like maybe if I had lived in this era as a young adult I’d really vibe with this, but alas I didn’t. Not really my cup of tea, but not all of them can be.

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Nice vocals harmonies, as expected, and it is pretty easy to hear their influence on so much music that came after them, but the songs themselves aren't really doing much for me.

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Blah....

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boring!

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No me gustó mucho

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This is v boring

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I did not need this today, awful.

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I can see why this is popular and I can appreciate this for what it was at the time, but this is so goddamn sleepy. I have zero interest in listening again. 1/5

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Lots of songs I knew.

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Good

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