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countyman
(Pittsburgh Where Stanley lives now)
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 9:10
 

 roguewarer wrote:
Wow! Lowest is an "8". This is comforting. Excellent music and arrangement. Timeless. Simon still has it. Absolutely amazing music.

 
A little over 15 years later there are 204 votes of 7 or less, including 25 1's.  Must be that "younger generation".


squidish
(Underwater in Texas)
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 9:05
 

Grabs you like an anthem.
Typesbad
(El Segundo - Hey, whose wallet is this?)
Posted: Aug 29, 2017 13:27
 

 Grammarcop wrote:
On a recent edition of his radio show on the CBC, Randy Bachman (yes, that Randy Bachman) told the story of how the recording engineers got the echoing "BOOM" sound in this song. 

Paul Simon had a sound in his head — an effect that he wanted — and nothing they tried in the studio worked. So one evening, after everyone had left the CBS building in New York City, the engineers put a snare drum at the bottom of an elevator shaft and a microphone at the top — 22 stories up. 

BOOM! It worked.
 

 
I just made the sound with my mouth when I'd sing this to my kids when they were babies.  That worked too  Always made them laugh. Now they are both seniors. one in college the other in high school, and they still love S&G.
PRoeder61
Posted: Mar 29, 2017 16:14
 

 golfguy510 wrote:
During his performance at the Greek Theater in Berkeley on 6/3, Paul Simon announced the passing of Ali and then played The Boxer. Poignant.

 
To say the least.
Grammarcop
(A place with fresh water and great beer)
Posted: Feb 12, 2017 15:50
 

On a recent edition of his radio show on the CBC, Randy Bachman (yes, that Randy Bachman) told the story of how the recording engineers got the echoing "BOOM" sound in this song. 

Paul Simon had a sound in his head — an effect that he wanted — and nothing they tried in the studio worked. So one evening, after everyone had left the CBS building in New York City, the engineers put a snare drum at the bottom of an elevator shaft and a microphone at the top — 22 stories up. 

BOOM! It worked.
 
Weenus
(Auckland NZ)
Posted: Sep 25, 2016 18:20
 

 Beans24 wrote:
Ahhhh! Followed up a great song with one of my top five songs..... You always read my brain, RP. <3

 


golfguy510
Posted: Aug 25, 2016 7:04
 

During his performance at the Greek Theater in Berkeley on 6/3, Paul Simon announced the passing of Ali and then played The Boxer. Poignant.
Beans24
Posted: Jun 22, 2016 21:33
 

Ahhhh! Followed up a great song with one of my top five songs..... You always read my brain, RP. <3
S-curvy
(Lovely Alameda, the Isle of Style)
Posted: May 21, 2016 21:47
 

I remember when my parents first got this album.  The war was raging, some of their college friends went away, some came back alive, we protested, we carried on.  We hung out; we listened to Nashville Skyline, Sgt. Pepper's, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Beethoven, Bach, Miles, Wes.

I listen to RP and college raydidio religiously.  My 16-year old kvetches about RP's being too soft (hey, I'm in charge of the remote control and the whole-house sound system, hee hee), but he continues to place Lay Lady Lay, the last 4 Beatles albums, Simon & Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Miles, and Pucini up at the top with Sabbath, Led Zep, Mettalica, Kendrick, & Snoop.  Not long ago, after a couple of years of whining, he inquired about Alt-J (thx RP), and has now been hittin' it pretty good too.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, AND great music ... is ... GREAT.
Rock it RP!
chinaski
(Dallas, Texas)
Posted: May 21, 2016 21:33
 

eswiley2 said "wisdom beyond their years". So true. We Americans now of a generation gray haired and balding know all too well and have lived the many emotional and political truths Simon and Garfunkel conveyed through their songs. Perpetual thanks to Bill and RadioParadise for reminding us of such gems of our time.
Paul_Williams
(UK)
Posted: Dec 15, 2015 10:13
 

 black321 wrote:
Songwriters couldn't figure out the rest of the lyric?

 
Ah, but if they had, bet you wouldn't remember the song today.

Those "lie-la-lie"s and that reverbed drum really raise the song to hit status.

Wouldn't have chopped the tarts otherwise.
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Jul 11, 2015 16:17
 

imo, it's such a fabulous song, it makes all other sounds drop further back, every added sound to this track is so strong and stirring, and I have to say it's actually fun and filling 
eswiley2
Posted: May 27, 2015 8:21
 

The most amazing thing about a lot of their music (Sounds of Silence, Bridge over Troubled Water, The Boxer) is that when they wrote/performed these songs — they were just KIDS.

Wisdom far beyond their years.
Tippster
(Washington, DC)
Posted: Mar 24, 2015 18:06
 

 Zeito wrote:
I was reading this article when this song came on.  Paul and Edie apparently have a darker side.  http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/28/showbiz/paul-simon-arrested/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

 
Something off about her anyway (him too.)  Married when he was 50 and she was 25... {#Eek}
djengs
(near Texas)
Posted: Feb 03, 2015 21:39
 

 Proclivities wrote:

Like the last four minutes of "Hey Jude"?  There are probably enough lyrics, I always wondered how they got that cannon in the studio. {#Propeller}

 

i heard an interview with Art where he said the "cannon" was a kettle drum sped up a little. They spent fair amount of time getting it just so. I think the hit the whole song, perhaps the whole album, just as perfectly.
yurasuka
(just on the far side of nowhere)
Posted: Feb 03, 2015 21:38
 

 Andy_B wrote:
Absolutely the best Simon & Garfunkel ever.  A solid 10 heading for 11.

  
Absolutely!

zurcronium
(Not in Texas)
Posted: Jan 20, 2015 18:51
 

This may have been the first album I bought. Song brings me back to those interesting times. 
govna
(beantown)
Posted: Dec 03, 2014 7:40
 

prefect.
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Nov 19, 2014 3:53
 

 black321 wrote:
Songwriters couldn't figure out the rest of the lyric?

 
Like the last four minutes of "Hey Jude"?  There are probably enough lyrics, I always wondered how they got that cannon in the studio. {#Propeller}
marty88210
(Hovering south of Roswell in my personal UFO)
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 11:01
 

Nothing compares to "Bridge Over Troubled Water".
moodfood
(In a galaxy far far away)
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 11:01
 

timeless -- {#Sunny}
rdo
(DC)
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 11:00
 

Does anyone else hear the Prince of Denmark's March in there? Or actually...after more thought I think the theme song to the Olympic games?  
black321
(A sunset in the desert)
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 11:00
 

Songwriters couldn't figure out the rest of the lyric?
Susan_Amati
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 11:00
 

Songs about Simon fighting too poignant today.
Zeito
(Sieur du Lhut)
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 11:00
 

I was reading this article when this song came on.  Paul and Edie apparently have a darker side.  http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/28/showbiz/paul-simon-arrested/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Andy_B
(Living aboard, east coast Fla.)
Posted: Apr 14, 2014 5:06
 

 JuliaH wrote:
I believe this is the only song I've heard on RP that received virtually unanimous praise.  What an extraordinary song!

 
I think this is so as many of us have been there at some point in our lives.  The eternal struggle of life...
Andy_B
(Living aboard, east coast Fla.)
Posted: Mar 13, 2014 15:23
 

Absolutely the best Simon & Garfunkel ever.  A solid 10 heading for 11.
JuliaH
Posted: Feb 09, 2014 21:15
 

I believe this is the only song I've heard on RP that received virtually unanimous praise.  What an extraordinary song!
Peter_Bradshaw
(UK)
Posted: Jan 23, 2014 9:06
 

10, next please
kcar
Posted: Nov 20, 2013 23:16
 

 ycb661 wrote:
I love the chorus, rifle blast included

 
Not a rifle blast, though. Check out these two great pieces on the making of the song. 


http://www.bmi.com/news/entry/takes_from_the_top_recording_simon_garfunkels_the_boxer

The spirit of technical creativity continued weeks later back in New York City. In an effort to fulfill his love of big natural reverb, producer Halee rang up session drummer Hal Blaine, who eventually found himself standing alongside a large empty elevator shaft inside Columbia’s East 52nd Street studio building on an otherwise quiet Sunday afternoon.

“There we were with all these mic cables, my drums, and a set of headphones,” says Blaine. “When the chorus came around — the ‘lie-la-lie’ bit — Roy had me come down on my snare drum as hard as I could. In that hallway, right next to this open elevator shaft, it sounded like a cannon shot! Which was just the kind of sound we were after.”


From another very good article:

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2751

The legendary session drummer Hal Blaine created the huge drum sound with the help of producer Roy Halee, who found a spot for the drums in front of an elevator in the Columbia offices. As recounted in the 2011 Making of Bridge Over Troubled Water documentary, Blaine would pound the drums at the end of the "Lie la lie" vocals that were playing in his headphones, and at one point, an elderly security guard got a big surprise when he came out of the elevator and was startled by Blaine's thunderous drums. 


I just hope the guard got the chance to realize later that he'd witnessed musical history in the making.  
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Aug 18, 2013 21:16
 

http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/sports/photos/2013/02/04/ali-beatles-1964.jpg
Edit 6-3-16; R.I.P. Ali
coloradojohn
(A Mile High and then some, Cherry Creek, Denver)
Posted: Aug 18, 2013 20:13
 

I'm with ya, Bill -- I could probably never get tired of hearing this...  So symphonic, soaring, inspired; packs one hell of a punch, even now...
oldfart48
(boulder creek ca.)
Posted: Aug 18, 2013 20:11
 

there are very few 10s in the world. roy orbison .bo didley, chuck berry.......
djengs
Posted: Aug 18, 2013 20:11
 

 4merdj wrote:
"I am leaving, I am leaving
but the fight still remains!"
knot in my throat ...

 
actually "the fighter still remains" which is similar but open to more interpretation. Great song, great album.
Sloggydog
(UK)
Posted: Jul 18, 2013 9:18
 

The only reason it's not godlike is no God could make a song this good
Keef
(Confluence of the American River)
Posted: Jul 18, 2013 9:18
 

 paradisepig wrote:
Has to be a 10 ...it just has ...don't argue...{#Notworthy}

 
No argument here
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Jul 03, 2013 20:34
 

big stud Romeo Tuma wrote:
as good as it gets...  and what a truly great album...
 

I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...  time flies when we're having fun...  love this song...
 
helgigermany
(Germany)
Posted: Jun 02, 2013 0:48
 

Great album from a great pop music time!
msymmes
(Toronto, CA)
Posted: May 15, 2013 17:22
 

I might get tired of hearing this song some day.
 
grant
Posted: May 01, 2013 5:55
 

A brilliant album - originally released in January, 1970, not 1969 as indicated above.

This is the last album they recorded together before splitting up.  What a way to go out - in a brilliant flash of pure musical genius.

One of the reasons this album sounds so good is that many of the instruments were played by four members of the famous "Wrecking Crew" - Hal Blaine, Larry Knechtel, Joe Osborn and Gary Coleman.
paradisepig
(Inverness-Scotland)
Posted: May 01, 2013 5:30
 

Has to be a 10 ...it just has ...don't argue...{#Notworthy}
cactusjo
(NZ)
Posted: Apr 15, 2013 3:58
 

 ziakut wrote:
I absolutely love, love, love the folksy innocence of the beginning...leading into the la la la...part...and then the accompaniment becomes ominous and eerie all the while...keeping the happy "la la la la" at the end....then it returns to innocence again at the end....just *sigh* perfect!!! From an "8" to a rare...."10".

 

Yep......me too. Is in my top 10's
ziakut
(Slightly North of Obvlivion)
Posted: Apr 14, 2013 10:15
 

I absolutely love, love, love the folksy innocence of the beginning...leading into the la la la...part...and then the accompaniment becomes ominous and eerie all the while...keeping the happy "la la la la" at the end....then it returns to innocence again at the end....just *sigh* perfect!!! From an "8" to a rare...."10".
d-don
(Oregon)
Posted: Feb 27, 2013 15:23
 

"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest." Strikes some truth in the words on music from RP listeners. What a classic. Easy 10.
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:48
 

 rdo wrote:

Yeah, isn't it funny how you can have great power in a song without thunderous bass, huge amps, big hair, and screeching guitars?
On second thought, I may have to reconsider the part about big hair.  

Apparently, Paul and Art eventually reconsidered their hair options too.
s&g
triskele
(a strange land)
Posted: Feb 10, 2013 14:56
 

 handyrae wrote:
Nick Drake's Cello Song, followed by the Indigo Girls' Galileo, followed by S&G's The Boxer. Is Bill trying to prove just how pedestrian the Indigo Girls really are?
 
interesting....the same mix just played today
triskele
(a strange land)
Posted: Feb 10, 2013 14:55
 

this was the first record album that i ever bought with my own money. i know every note of every song to this day... love it.
joelbb
Posted: Feb 10, 2013 14:55
 

 slieve wrote:
This is one of the songs that made millions of people sit up and listen to music
 
This cut is a contender for "Best Folk Song Ever Recorded".  It would be a hands-down winner if Simon had resisted the over-orchestrated and far, far too long ending.  Still a terrific cut, some of Simon's best lyrics.
slieve
(Strabane Co Tyrone N Ireland United Kingdom)
Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:31
 

This is one of the songs that made millions of people sit up and listen to music
handyrae
(Zero Point Field)
Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:47
 

Nick Drake's Cello Song, followed by the Indigo Girls' Galileo, followed by S&G's The Boxer. Is Bill trying to prove just how pedestrian the Indigo Girls really are?