Bridge Over Troubled Water has sold over 25-million copies worldwide and was one of the biggest-
selling albums of its decade, topping the charts world-wide including 33 weeks at #1 and six years in
the chart in the UK alone. Perhaps the most delicately textured album to close out the 1960s from
any major rock act, Bridge Over Troubled Water, at its most ambitious and bold, was a quietly
reassuring album; at other times, it was personal yet soothing; and at other times still, it was just plain
It was certainly their most musically ambitious, with "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "The Boxer"
employing thundering drums and tasteful orchestration, and "Cecilia" marking one of Simon's first
forays into world music rhythms. It also caught the confused, reflective tenor of the times better than
almost any other popular release of 1970. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of this remarkable record,
this is a brand new 2CD/DVD configuration. On the DVD is Songs Of America (originally broadcast
, this TV special is comprised of footage of the 1969 tour. Songs of America has never
before been commercially available since it’s 1969 broadcast which TV sponsors refused to endorse
because of its distinct anti- Vietnam War message) and a brand new documentary about the making
of Bridge Over Troubled Water, featuring new 2010 interviews with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Roy
Halee and more key principles involved with making of the album.
The massive commercial success of Bridge Over Troubled Water -- it topped the charts for ten
weeks, won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, included four hit singles, and has sold more
than five million copies in the U.S. -- tends to exaggerate its significance in the Simon & Garfunkel
catalog. Actually, it's a step down from the masterpiece of Bookends, containing some filler, such as
the comic if slight "Baby Driver" and the pleasant if inessential live cover of the Everly Brothers'
"Bye Bye Love"; it also lacks the previous album's musical and thematic unity. Still, one is admittedly
splitting hairs when talking about an album that contains such classics as the title song and "The
Boxer," as well as such notable tunes as "Cecilia," "El Condor Pasa," and "So Long, Frank Lloyd
Wright." This is Simon & Garfunkel's most popular album because it legitimately spoke to its
audience, and much of it continues to set standards in thoughtful pop music decades later. [The 40th
Anniversary Edition of Bridge Over Troubled Water adds little in the way of music -- indeed, it strips
away the two bonus tracks (“Feuilles-O” and an alternate “Bridge Over Trouble Water”) added to the
2001 remaster of the classic -- but there is a handsome booklet and an additional DVD that contains
television special Songs of America, a documentary of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1969 tour
never rebroadcast since its original airing, as well as a new documentary about the making of the
01. Songs Of America - Originally aired on CBS
, and unavailable since its 1969 broadcast, this TV
special is comprised of footage of the 1969 tour, intimate backstage conversations, historic news
footage and more.
02. The Harmony Game - brand new documentary about the making of Bridge Over Troubled Water,
featuring new 2010 interviews with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Roy Halee and more key principles
involved with the making of the album.