Monday, February 28, 2011

Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

In the history of rock and pop, there are watershed moments that one can look back on and say, "this was important". That also happened in year long blocks as well...stretches of time that a series of events occurred that shaped history. 1970 was one of those years, where between break-ups and death, the face of music
changed forever. It was not a surprise that Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were having problems and were going in totally different directions artistically. They had split once already when the song "Sounds of Silence" had been remastered and shot up the charts. This time it was evident that the end was near. Am not sure if these things were on his mind as Simon wrote these words, but nevertheless, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" became one of the biggest sellers of the decade and has become one greatest songs of the Rock/Pop era. Interestingly enough, Paul and Art both have commented that thought the vocals suited Simon's voice much better. For my money....I'm glad it turned out the way it did....


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