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CD: Original 11-song album
DVD: Controversial “Songs Of America” CBS-TV special of 1969,
plus a brand-new documentary, The Harmony Game: The Making of Bridge Over Troubled Water, featuring interviews with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, and their collaborators
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER: 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION’s full-color, 24-page booklet will include rare photography, memorabilia, and separate liner note essays that will provide overviews of the album production (written by former A&R executive and current TV music supervisor Michael Hill) and the “Songs Of America” TV special (written by Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Anthony DeCurtis).
“Songs Of America” (running time approximately 60 minutes) is a beautiful visual document that had it’s first and only broadcast November 30, 1969, on the CBS television network. The special features footage of Simon & Garfunkel on stage, in the recording studio, and traveling on tour. Interviews and performances are intertwined with news footage from the period, some of it deemed too controversial by original sponsor Bell Atlantic (a subsidiary of AT&T), who in the end refused to air it. Included is footage from the period of Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, activist Cesar Chavez, and the Poor People’s March on Washington. The film is a fascinating depiction of two artists struggling to define their role within a society that is splintering apart.
Alongside “Songs Of America” on the DVD will be the newly-created documentary, The Harmony Game: The Making of Bridge Over Troubled Water. This insightful feature tells the story behind Simon and Garfunkel’s last studio album, Bridge Over Troubled Water. The album has its legacy shrouded in rock n’ roll mythology with legendary tales of inspiration, innovation and separation. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel share the journey in their own words and reflect back on its impact 40 years later. The feature includes never-before-seen footage, photos and memorabilia.