Monday, July 29, 2013

Simon and Garfunkel: Bridge over Troubled Water

"Beneath its crisp surface, the album told two separate, if converging, stories. The first was the tale of one person, Simon, following his newfound world-music muse. ... In terms both personal and veiled, the album also laid out another story, nothing less than the rise and fall of a friendship. The two men's shared mutual love of the Everly Brothers emerged in a version of 'Bye Bye Love.' (In another sign of the way Simon was toying with record-making rules, they turned the ebullient clapping of an audience at one of their 1969 shows into a rhythm track, which was tacked onto a studio-sung cover of the oldie.) 'The Only Living Boy in New York' described Simon's ambivalent feelings about Garfunkel leaving for Mexico to film Catch-22. (Calling Garfunkel 'Tom' was a furtive nod to their Tom and Jerry days, but few made the connection, since the duo excluded any references to those days and records from press releases.) 'So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright' referred to another of Garfunkel's outside-music passions, architecture. In a telling moment, Simon and [co-producer Roy] Halee were heard shouting 'So long, Artie!' during the song's fade-out" (David Browne, Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970).

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