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Ep.41 – Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)

ARTIST: Simon & Garfunkel
ALBUM: Bridge Over Troubled Water
RELEASED: 26 January 1970
LABEL: Columbia

Episode 41: Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel). McCartney In Goal is the podcast that debates and dissects the great albums of popular rock music, using a competitive knock-out format. Today we’re discussing, Bridge Over Troubled Water which is the fifth (and final) studio album by Simon & Garfunkel, released in January 1970 on Columbia Records. It contains the well-known Simon & Garfunkel hits: “The Boxer”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Cecilia” and “The Only Living Boy In New York”. 

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel saw the end of the productive recording relationship between Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. It was their fifth and final album together. Art Garfunkel was starting to develop a career as an actor, which is referenced in the song Only Living Boy In New York. Many of the songs hint at the declining relationship between Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, which in truth had often been strained during their partnership together. This album is considered to be their best work and was their most successful. 

>>> Topics discussed: 

00.37 – Welcome to our podcast 

02:55 – First qualifier: El Condor Pasa (If I Could) v Song For The Asking 

03:43 – [MUSIC] El Condor Pasa (If I Could) 

06:45 – [MUSIC] Song For The Asking 

09:44 – Second qualifier: So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright v Why Don’t You Write Me

11:22 – Who is Roy Halee? What did Roy Halee contribute to Simon & Garfunkel’s career? 

16:11 – [MUSIC] So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright 

18:16 – Third qualifier: Baby Driver v Bye Bye Love 

18:22 – [MUSIC] Bye Bye Love 

20:00 – Which songs were left off the album? 

22:12 – Who were Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel? 

24:22 – Is ‘Statusful’ a scrabble word? 

26:13 – What is a smoking bullet? 

27:50 – The long-standing rivalry between Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel 

28:58 – The odd cover choice for Bridge Over Troubled Water 

30:23 – How did Simon & Garfunkel get their big break? Who was Dick Summers? 

32:09 – First quarterfinal: El Condor Pasa (If I Could) v Bridge Over Troubled Water 

34:44 – [MUSIC] Bridge Over Troubled Water 

40:27 – Second quarterfinal: The Boxer v Why Don’t You Write Me 

41:56 – Third quarterfinal: Baby Driver v The Only Living Boy In New York 

43:20 – [MUSIC] Baby Driver 

45:27 – Fourth quarterfinal: Cecilia v Keep The Customer Satisfied 

46:15 – [MUSIC] Keep The Customer Satisfied 

49:05 – First Semi-final: Bridge Over Troubled Water v The Boxer 

52:37 – Second Semi-final: Cecilia v The Only Living Boy In New York 

54:10 – [MUSIC] Cecilia 

58:06 – Final: The Boxer v The Only Living Boy In New York 

58:18 – Is Bridge Over Troubled Water a great album? 

1:00:47 – [MUSIC] The Only Living Boy In New York

1:10:01 – [MUSIC] The Boxer 

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