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Simon and Garfunkel / Bridge Over Troubled Water limited gold vinyl

Simon & Garfunkel / Bridge Over Troubled Water 50th anniversary gold vinyl

Sony are issuing Simon and Garfunkel‘s 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water as a limited gold-coloured vinyl pressing next month.

It was the duo’s fifth and final album and as well as the classic title track, it features ‘Cecilia’, ‘The Boxer’ and ‘The Only Living Boy In New York’.

The album will be pressed on limited edition gold-coloured vinyl for its 50th anniversary. Gold is a tricky colour to get right and the mocked up image the label have created which is shown above, is probably a rather optimistic reading of how this will look! Update: see actual product below.

There doesn’t appear to be any other activity around this anniversary, which is a little disappointing. A CD+DVD was issued back in 2011 for the 40th anniversary.

Bridge Over Troubled Water will be reissued on 14 February 2020.

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Simon & Garfunkel

Bridge Over Troubled Water – 50th Anniversary Edition [VINYL]

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Side 1
1. Bridge over Troubled Water
2. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
3. Cecilia
4. Keep the Customer Satisfied
5. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright

Side 2
1. The Boxer
2. Baby Driver
3. The Only Living Boy in New York
4. Why Don’t You Write Me
5. Bye Bye Love
6. Song for the Asking

66 responses to Simon and Garfunkel / Bridge Over Troubled Water limited gold vinyl

  1. Mark Phillips says:

    Re: Coloured Vinyl
    Nobody has mentioned that, when, in 1948, RCA in the US first launched their 7 inch 45 rpm single format into the world, to counter the Columbia Lp, they were in a range of 8 colours (including black) which signified the genre of music they contained.

    This lasted less than 2 years and black vinyl quickly become the norm.

  2. Robbert says:

    Why Sony Music does not relaunch a SACD disc with Quadraphonic 4.0 Surround, Stereo 2.0 and Mono mixes, all mixes from analog master tape converted to DSD files high definition, must be wonderful, 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition SACD !!!

    Send a request to Dutton/Vocalion: https://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/
    They release a lot of SACD’s a.o. Art Garfunkel’s Angel Clare and Breakaway

  3. Blakey says:

    Best sounding ‘gold’ vinyl’ is the clear gold vinyl US 12′ of The Stone Roses’ ‘Fools Gold’.

  4. AnalogPlanet says:

    Why Sony Music does not relaunch a SACD disc with Quadraphonic 4.0 Surround, Stereo 2.0 and Mono mixes, all mixes from analog master tape converted to DSD files high definition, must be wonderful, 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition SACD !!!

    • Mathew Lauren says:

      @AnalogPlanet

      Sony Japan tried to release the Quad mix of “BoTW” in Nov. 2017 on SACD (4.0 DSD) in the (now) lauded 7” mini-Lp, Cardboard Sleeve, Jpnse RE (multi-SACD series) format (e.g. Santana, Miles Davis 4.0 / Billy Joel X 2 and Carole King in 5.1), but it got nixed last minute. Check it out for yourself online. Lots of conjecture. NO confirmation of if it was nixed by artist, label, legal/contractual ($£) or all the above.

      Maybe, someday, we’ll get it!

      Cheers.

  5. Jeffro says:

    Yes, this is apparently the only physical-media product tied in to the anniversary (and I know this is the “hold the music in your hands” site) but S&G fans will want to note that a 4-track “Digital EP” of Live at Carnegie Hall 1969, featuring songs from the BOTW album, was released to streaming services yesterday. Maybe a physical release for RSD could be in store (pardon the pun)?

    • KB says:

      Ooh I really hope the live 1969 gets a vinyl release for sure! There was a 2 X 45rpm analogue master released if BOTW a year or so ago which one would imagine us the better pressing however it was extremely costly. Hard to beat the sound of my mint first US press….

  6. Jarmo Keranen says:

    Now there’s a new live EP Live At Carnegie Hall 1969 in digital services. It was recorded about month before Bridge Over… LP was released. It contains tracks Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Boxer, So Long Frank Lloyd Wright and Song For The Asking.

  7. Andy Barnes says:

    Isn’t the point with any special coloured vinyl editions / picture discs / shaped discs etc. etc. that record companies are, at the end of the day, profit-making businesses. They are not charities. In a business sense it is good to ‘create demand’ for a product – why sell one copy when you could sell two?!
    Re-issues of a long existing album on ‘gold’ (I do agree that the use of the term gold is debatable!) vinyl makes a perfect business model: least amount of effort and outlay for most amount of income and profit – what business owner wouldn’t want that with their product?!
    Whether we like it or not a good, successful businesses need to make profits – remember it keeps many people in work – I’m sure the record pressing factories are all now fully staffed! Re-issues, special editions, coloured vinyl issues etc are one of the ways that profits can be made!
    You pays your money, you takes your choice! No-one’s forcing anyone to buy it!
    However, one thing I would say is that businesses/companies have a responsibility to advertise their products correctly – so if the actual ‘gold’ vinyl disc that arrives falls short of the advertised image used by the record company in their photos, then you have a right to ask for your money back I would say….it will certainly be interesting to see what arrives given the advertised image in this case…
    As a ten year old lad back in the 1970’s, the thing that got me into record collecting was seeing a record pressed in red transparent vinyl after a couple of years just assuming records were only made of black vinyl! – I have never lost that excitement when browsing through records and coming across such ‘treasures’ of different coloured vinyls, picture disc versions etc etc! Long may record companies continue to produce a whole range of exciting pressings of the same album – hunting them down is part of ‘the thrill of the chase..’!!!

  8. Pete says:

    Of several ‘gold’ vinyl discs I own, the only one that sounds good is Viva Hate [Morrissey] the others, from Editors to Bowie to Abba all have unacceptable amounts of surface noise or sound dull. I do love coloured vinyl discs and generally have no issues with playback, the recent enough white vinyl press of Pixies Beneath The Eyrie is superb sounding. I just wish that companies would stop overpricing records… what’s the chance of that happening :)

  9. Jurg says:

    An album as great as this deserves so much more. If this is the only thing they will release to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary, it will be very dissapointing. But the year is young so there is still a little hope.

  10. Peter Muscutt says:

    On the subject of coloured vinyl, I wonder who originally first decided to press albums/recordings on black vinyl – if we accept that “standard” black vinyl has been coloured to get it to that stage…I wonder why clear vinyl wasn’t “a thing” if it meant less work in the production process? There’s doubtless an answer out there, but if anyone wants to find out, I’m all ears!

    • Jim Edwards says:

      Peter Muscutt, in Japan transparent red was the norm.

      • Colin says:

        I have a Japan red vinyl on (yes Apple) of Sgt Pepper which sounds amazing. Japan certainly know how to do vinyl!

    • Paul Taylor says:

      It’s actually quite simple. Like car tyres, it’s the composition of the rubber/vinyl that makes them black. Mostly carbon for durability, which may explain why some coloured vinyl has inferior sound.
      That said, poor quality black vinyl can happen when recycled vinyl rather than virgin is used, meaning impurities can contaminate the compound and manifest themselves as clicks or other surface noises. Black vinyl is not dyed, despite claims to the contrary by many people on many forums!
      Picture discs are a different story. The playing surface is pre-pressed onto a film of plastic similar to a flexi-disc and placed on top of a ‘sandwich filling’ of paper pictures and vinyl stiffener. Process is not conducive to audiophile quality!

    • colinthebruce says:

      Could it be that black makes it easy to see the track separation? And ont he rubbish gold vinyl point yes my Abba Gold is yucky yellow. Best coloured record I have is my 7″ China Crisis absolutely silver Working with fire and steel and not bad quality either. (which makes me realise their stuff is long overdue re-release editions…

  11. Laura says:

    The Brown Album by Primus pressed by Music on Vinyl is true gold vinyl, nothing I’ve ever seen before or since comes close.

  12. Guy says:

    ‘Gold’ vinyl = brown. ‘Silver’ vinyl = grey.

    Unless they are the ‘real’ metal versions that artists get for selling 25 copies or however many it is these days.

    • Andy Barnes says:

      Yes – I’m surprised that ‘Trading Standards’ authorities haven’t waded in to the debate… and record companies having to bill their products as …’available on sort of near-gold-ish colour vinyl’…!! Rather than, as the sticker on my copy of latest Jeff Lynne ELO vinyl album stated – ‘On 180 gram gold vinyl’, which lead me to believe that for £45 I was getting a true 24ct gold treasure…!!!!

      Joking aside, should record companies be forced to use another term (e.g ‘Golden’) so that there’s no mistake of confusing just a colour with the actual precious metal…? Or just that they must always bill the product as ‘gold-coloured’ rather than just using the word ‘gold’ on its own….

      Continue the debate folks…..!

  13. Chris Squires says:

    I have bought this album three times in the last year.
    MFSL onestep Ultra Disc
    HMV Blue Vinyl
    As part of the CD album box set

    The MFSL is utterly sublime and would buy it again in a heartbeat. Wish I’d got two. The HMV was a day on which I got a bit over excited, how many of us have gone into a shop on a particular day, with a fixed budget, only to find that upon escape you have spent at least twice what was intended. It does sound good though. Not as good as the MFSL, but good enough.
    Along with others here the Gold Vinyl I have, ABBA, Ant and something else that escapes me right now, I have found it to be…. well… odd, to say the least. I guess it’s the necessary metallic hue that can’t be achieved. Silver, with similar requirements, is much more forgiving.

  14. Wayne Olsen says:

    Ordered. If all my “BRIDGES” were laid end to end I could walk to the U.K.

  15. David Bly says:

    Regarding re-releases and what they have on them, or what the bring to the “table”, I can see different sides of the equation.

    I will readily admit that I will buy a coloured vinyl edition of an old album (that is unchanged in terms of content) if I particularly like that particular colour, especially if it’s not too expensive. For a single disc… $20 – sure… $25 – OK… $30 – maybe… $35 or more – the disc better damn well be hand-delivered to me by the artist(s).
    If there are extras I will be more forgiving on the price.

    Where I have a bit of a problem is when you have competing versions, and especially when they are not all available from the same place(s). To the general public, version 1 is available, but then version 2 is only available from the artist’s website, #3 only from their label, #4 only from Amazon. #5 only from record shop A, #6 only available from record shop B, etc. etc., etc., ad infinitum.

    Quite a few times I have bought a version that I particularly liked, only to find out later there’s one I’d like better around also. Only a couple of times have I bought more that one of these. More often I just end up getting pissed about this.

    I should throw in a plug here for Paul and SDE as being a great help in sorting out these things, but also I have to say that even Paul may not be able to keep track of all these variations, especially some only available in various US stores.

    Meanwhile, directly regarding “Bridge…”, the other day I was in a thrift store when they have all their used CDs at $1 (cassettes are 50¢), and I saw old, original CD copies of both “Bridge…” and “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme”. These we both original US pressings* of the CDs, which I do not have (I have all the S&G albums on later bonus editions, plus the box set of the complete Columbia albums).

    Eventually, even though they were only $1, I put them back, as I also had picked up 17 other discs. At this point, I know I don’t really have to have everything, and as S&G are not one of my favourite groups, I can let them go.
    Now if it were original US versions of Beatles CDs, I would get them, even though I have all of them. That would be a rare case where I might get something for the resale value.
    Now watch as i go back to that place and change my mind on the S&G CDs cause there’s nothing else there that day that I want!

    Meanwhile, a musical note – I’m not a big fan of the title track, but I do believe that “The Boxer” is one of S&G’s best and one of Paul Simon’s best songs.

    …and the fighter still remains.

  16. Jeff says:

    To rebuttle this earlier comment..

    T says:
    January 21, 2020 at 14:15
    Why do people always have to cry and whine about something that they can just ignore or just simply NOT buy and just carry on with their lives?

    I understand what you are saying…Correct, surely no one has to go put and buy it, just because it is up for sale. However, my concern is the efforts and energy wasted in trite, reissues that bring no new content or value, while that same energy from the record company could be placed towards that same artist (or yet another) in areas where addtional unheard content could be released instead.

    If they are going to go thru all of the ffort on a project, make it worth doing!

  17. shane says:

    Dont underestimate the desire for big fans for new versions of something they love and have already! I personally reached the limit but others may not and also this could just be the 3rd version they have. That is a market too

  18. Martin says:

    My view for what it is worth is that the issue with these releases is that they are not limited and often are re-re-re-re-released again and again in different colours

    It must be only 6 months since the HMV blue vinyl release – which I might add was still in stock in the Middlesbrough store on Saturday last week. In addition the premuim pricing is a bit of a joke now, reasonably priced ok

  19. Antonio Hernandez Garcia says:

    There is a lot of great albums of the 90s and 00 still no availables on vinyl because were the times of the CD and now with the revival of the LP always reedited the albums over and over again.

  20. Noel says:

    This came out on blue vinyl barely six months ago!

  21. Jarmo Keranen says:

    When will they release the version that comes with the miniature bridge? Or bridge shaped vinyl?

  22. Ken Evans says:

    dumb question – If PVC is naturally clear, then why is most vinyl black?

    • Fred Holmes says:

      They put carbon black in it in the manufacturing process – I think it makes for a better compound on which to press the disc. That said there are some excellent sounding coloured vinyl records as well as some stinkers.

  23. T says:

    Why do people always have to cry and whine about something that they can just ignore or just simply NOT buy and just carry on with their lives?

    • Jarmo Keranen says:

      Because life is must more interesting when you have possibility to cry and whine and then just carry on with your life!

  24. Dave says:

    Maybe a bridge too far !!

  25. Gisabun says:

    Non-black vinyl is a marketing gimmick. Some times you don’t know how many were produced when it says “limited”. From the comments, good luck in getting anything close enough to call gold – for example.
    You are paying a premium for what? If you think it is an “investment”, problem is that you have to sell it at one point. Most used record stores couldn’t care less. That leaves the suckers on eBay, Amazon Marketplace and others where there could be global competition.
    And I’ve said it before: nothing beats Blu-ray Audio.

  26. James Kelly says:

    Thanx Michael. Finally a GRAND FUNK fan! :-)

  27. rashers says:

    Utterly pointless. The least Columbia could have done was to get Kevin Gray or Bernie Grundman to do an all analogue remaster from the original tapes, and press it onto 200g black or clear vinyl. BOTW water has sold 25 million copies since it was released – mostly on vinyl – you can get an original AAA European or American pressing for <€10/$19/£8 – in excellent condition. There must be 400 versions of this album out-there. I can see SG fans all over the world rubbing their hands saying "oh yes – a digitally sourced BOTW on GOLD vinyl for €25 – hmm – must have…."

    • Keith says:

      And only 6months or so since the HMV blue vinyl edition! I love the album but not that much!

    • Normand says:

      Bridge Over Troubled Water was cut from the original 1/4″ analog master tapes by Bernie Grundman on Classic Record’s “ALL TUBE” stereo cutting system and pressed on Classic’s now legendary 200g Super Vinyl ProfileClarity vinyl for maximum playback fidelity (also available on Classic Record 180g LP and on 4 × 12″ Vinyl 45 RPM). All these three editions were released in 1999. I bought the 200g edition and it has an astonishing sound, which easily beats my old Canadian edition of 1970. For sure, I don’t need another one ;-)

  28. Steven Roberts says:

    Oh FFS.

    How about a blu-ray featuring the album in hi-res mono, stereo and 5.1, instead of this ‘gold’ turd?

    Lazy, lazy, LAZY.

  29. Jonathan says:

    thanks but no thanks: even though it looks very fancy, i’ll stick to the 70s copy my mother’s gave me a few years ago straight from her personal collection.

  30. Dean says:

    Last weekend we had an article about the madness of record companies with CD and Vinyl releases. I think we ignore the madness of the people buying this nonsense. There is no good reason to have Vinyl other than good old black (although, admittedly, a black album is actually a colored album too, since PVC is naturally clear). That record companies are making pink, silver, splatter Vinyl and so on, along with Gold, is a tedious sleight of hand to promote exclusivity. It screams “it’s an investment!”, but musically does precisely zero.

    Yet people are buying it, fueling this ridiculous carousel where a particular album can be released over and over and over again, except in different colors, in order to maintain the high price point. It’s pure marketing, and that’s bad enough. That people buy into it is also pretty sad, imo. Put another way, a lot of time the people buying these are part of the problem.

    On another note – back in ye old days, there was a gold Vinyl version of Ian Dury’s New Boots and Panties. It was the worst slab of Vinyl I ever heard. It was gold, but the surface noise sounded like a bag of snakes had been added to the mix. LOL

    • David M Smith says:

      Ha ha I had that gold edition of new boots and panties as well. It was virtually unplayable. I was heartbroken as I wasted my birthday money on it

      That said I am still a sucker for coloured vinyl and picture discs. ( First one of those I bought was my best friend s girl by the cars)

      • Brixet says:

        The closest I’ve come to falling for this coloured “vinyls” w@nkery is buying the recent Unknown Pleasures reissue because it came in a new sleeve design – red vinyl I think. Can’t recall playing it. Saddo!

      • Paul Taylor says:

        I’ve also got that gold edition of NBAP and it plays perfectly with no surface noise whatsoever. I had another couple of gold & silver records at the same time that sounded awful. I must’ve been lucky with Mr Dury!

    • Jarmo Keranen says:

      I own first album of Wreckless Eric in ten inch version. It’s chocolate brown and the surface noise sounds like it was made in real chocolate!

      • David M Smith says:

        Yikes I have that one as well. Waited at the railway station when the stiff tour came to Glasgow and got it signed. Unfortunately was to young to attend the gig

      • Simonf says:

        I’ve also got the Wreakless Eric 10″ in brown. Mine sounds perfect. It’s just the luck of the draw; I have and have had black vinyl albums with appalling surface noise, and coloured vinyl/pictures discs that all sound absolutely fine but as the late great John Peel once wisely pointed out “Life itself has surface noise” – and I have that entire quote on a rather fine T-shirt to boot!

  31. andrewR says:

    When did coloured vinyl become sonically acceptable?
    For years any body talking hi fi would dismiss coloured vinyl as inferior
    Now if it isn’t coloured its not worthy of buying. This is quite apart from the whole
    £26 for a fifty year old lp with no extras at all arguement .

    • Howie says:

      After buying, and taking straight back, the yellow vinyl version of the latest Michael Kiwanuka release, I stay clear of coloured vinyl now. It was the worst pressing I have ever heard.

    • Mark R says:

      Apparently it’s a myth as all vinyl is coloured. It’s naturally clear, so in theory it should sound the same.

      • daveid76 says:

        I think it’s more picture discs that are notoriously bad. If coloured vinyl is playing bad then it’s just a bad pressing anyway

  32. Michel Kempes says:

    The Gold vinyl of GFR – we’re an American Band is GREAT.. … One of the best ever since

  33. JasonC says:

    There was a version released in 2011 which was 2CDs and a DVD: the album, an unreleased Live 1969 album and the DVD with a new documentary and the buried tv special from 1969 (About 2.5 hours of video). A very generous set with a small booklet and I’ve just checked my Amazon order of it: £12.99 when it came out.

    It seems there was a sweet spot circa 2009-11 when there were some great value reissues, like Oldfield’s Tubular Bells 2CD/DVD, or the first round of Suede 2CD/DVD sets. It speaks to the evolution of the boxset over the past decade because if they’d sat on that S&G material and only released it now, I can’t imagine it would be so cheap this time around. Boxsets with less content then that now retail for much more. The 2020 version of that BOTW box would be Album cd/live cd/documentary dvd and vinyl with large form book: €59.

    Anyways, pick up the 2011 set if you can everyone, short of a 5.1 mix, it’s great!

  34. Andrew Scoffin says:

    Agree if the vinyl looks as good as the pic then it will be the first gold vinyl to shine, all previous attempts I’ve bought are very dull

    • Urs says:

      I’m usually a big fan of coloured vinyl, but I really don’t like these so-called “gold” pressings. I’ve seen a few of them and not a single one looked actually golden. It’s often more yellow or brownish and quite ugly most of times.

  35. Rich E says:

    Every gold vinyl I’ve had, from Elvis to Ant to Bowie has been crushingly poor in execution. Thus this is an easy swerve for me.

  36. JohnM says:

    I have the original album at least four times (vinyl, 3 different CD editions) including the 40th anniversary set. Can’t think why I might want more than that, let alone a coloured vinyl release.

  37. Saar Freedman says:

    There was a 24K gold Cd back in the 90’s so I guess the gold motif is not new.

    but as for Vinyl Nothing can beat the Audio Fidelity double LP 45RPM pressing. I wish they’d re-release this instead of this uninspiring “goldish” vinyl.

    • Gisabun says:

      @Saar Freedman:
      Color on a CD generally does nothing.
      The Bowie studio and live album box sets have a slightly off-yellow [not quite gold] color on the underside. Don’t think it improves anything.

      • Saar Freedman says:

        Gisabun actual 24 karat gold cds were at least thought to have better sound. that’s what Audio Fidelity used for all their superb remasters.

  38. Fogarrach says:

    anyone and everyone reading this needs to pick up a copy of Paul Simon’s the capeman.

    The capeman is one of Paul’s greatest albums and it’s tragic that so much of it remains pretty much unavailable to cd buyers.

    Paul (Simon)if you read this, what about releasing a full superdeluxe of that project. And this time, start the show in London!

    Keep the custom….. :)

  39. H says:

    I was looking forward to something special but this seems like nothing more than a cynical marketing ploy to cash in with a minimum of effort.If the company can’t be bothered to mark this iconic release properly they shouldn’t have bothered with anything.Heres hoping it’s treated with the contempt it deserves.

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