Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water

7 Jan

Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water DS332f front

Transfer from a pristine Japanese pressing

Release: DS332f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II



13 Responses to “Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water”

  1. John February 29, 2016 at 21:50 #

    An album I haven’t listened to in years. A case of burn-out, I’m afraid. And it still feels a bit “sickly sweet” as I dive into it again. I mean they are mostly all wonderful songs – but I overplayed them for so long. The title track sounds suitably ethereal across all four speakers with nice presence and centered-ness too. And Frank Lloyd Wright and Baby Driver have some really nice, discrete stuff going in the rears. I guess my favorite track was a bit disappointing – as the crash after the “Lie-de-lies” in The Boxer felt a bit remote – lacking the presence I usually associate with that song. BUT so very nice to hear this former favorite in this format – thanks for the transfer. I’d forgotten how sad and lovely Only Living Boy is – and the background vocals and electric guitar across the rears was very special!

  2. rayshackleford June 16, 2014 at 02:27 #

    Great to hear Paul, Artie and Roy Halee’s work the way they heard it back when this was released.

  3. quadraholic May 27, 2014 at 17:49 #


  4. Owen Smith January 15, 2014 at 16:49 #

    Great music, and it does sound like a pristine copy. As admsh says, the quad mix leaves a little to be desired and it could have made much better use of quad, but it is what it is. Ironically I found the title track to be the most disappointing in that regard, whereas some other track mixes were quite good.

  5. gulliverity January 12, 2014 at 01:32 #

    I have a copy from a 4-track source. Curious to see how this one sounds. Considering how O.D.’s “Pearl” turned out better than the 4-track version I also had, I won’t be surprised by more sterling results from “the Master!”

    • oxforddickie January 12, 2014 at 09:52 #

      From what i can remember, the 4 channel tape had problems, but i’m curious to hear your view, positive or negative.

      • jumpinflakjackjack May 27, 2014 at 19:10 #

        The 4 channel from the original Columbia tapes has a lot of ‘room rumble’. The high frequencies are very crisp, though, and the imaging
        is pretty spectacular. It turned a nothing song, ‘Frank Lloyd Wright’ into an intimate little chamber piece. The title track misses the
        thundering crash that one would expect, but 4-channel is often a
        process of winnowing as much as showcasing. ‘Celia’ sounds so clear that the wood blocks seem to be in the room. I could never listen to that song till I got Dickie’s 4-channel Columbia master copy…

        • oxforddickie May 27, 2014 at 19:29 #

          Have read your comment a couple of times, and am a little confused. My release was from a pristine Japanese copy of the album. I do know of the copy of the master tape that was around some years ago, but i found something of an unpleasant listen, the tape was not in good condition!

          • jumpinflakjackjack May 27, 2014 at 19:52 #

            The tape has flaws, but has the distinction of being a
            master tape that was never released in that form.
            It was part of the series that included Pearl, Barbra Joan,
            Abraxas, and a few others that were smuggled out as
            Columbia was abandoning discreet open reel tapes for
            the more popular SQ format on vinyl. It has a lot of
            subsonic rumble that can be troubling with a subwoofer.
            Listening to the album in true Quad minimizes that effect
            and heightens the separation. I enjoy those old open reel
            masters for the high frequency clarity more than anything.
            It’s what has gone missing in so much of the digital era.
            The .iso has a DTS 24/96 that is exceptionally transparent.
            The Simon and Garfunkel seems to be a more finished work
            when abandoned than Barbra Joan, but maybe less than
            the Abraxas and Pearl — maybe they were finished up to go
            onto 8-Track. I have the original .iso, but I don’t know how
            to share it as a torrent…

            • oxforddickie May 27, 2014 at 20:03 #

              I have most of those ‘releases’ somewhere on a hard drive, never listen to them because of the level of eq-ing done to them.

              And to halt requests for me to release them on the blog, i’m afraid that will never happen. I want nothing to do with the ‘old guard’, all they’d see is me ‘stealing’ their work. A quiet life, i want………

  6. admsh January 8, 2014 at 13:14 #

    Beautiful! I’ve had a copy from a Q8 source until now, the quality of this copy is by leaps and bounds so much better. The mix leaves a lot to be desired of course but what can you do… Thank you so much!

  7. joeerand January 7, 2014 at 20:11 #

    Something epic for the new year. Thank you! And thanks for all the freebies over the holidays.

  8. zaphod2359 January 7, 2014 at 01:03 #

    Wow one of my favorites!Thank you!

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