Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water Columbia half-speed mastered LP


Free U.S. shipping!  A 1980 U.S. half speed mastered pressing of Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel, issued as part of Columbia’s Mastersound series.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition U.S. half speed mastered audiophile pressing of Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel.

This album was issued as part of Columbia’s short-lived “Mastersound” series in the early 1980s.

About this copy: This copy of Bridge Over Troubled Water is a 1980 pressing on the Columbia label.

The cover is VG++ with slight corner and edge wear.  The included Mastersound insert is M-.

The disc is VG++ and close to M-, with a couple of faint scuffs from the inner sleeve.  There are a few spindle marks on the labels.  The record has clearly had little play and has been well cared for.

A nice copy of a scarce Simon & Garfunkel LP.

Background: This particular pressing of Bridge Over Troubled Water was part of Columbia Records’ short-lived (1980-1983) audiophile series, in which they released a number of then-new and vintage titles in high-quality, half speed mastered editions in order to compete with Mobile Fidelity and Nautilus.

These records were mastered with both the tape deck and the cutting lathe running at half speed, which produces deeper bass and better imaging than standard pressings. In addition, these records, which sold for a substantial premium over the regular pressings of the album, were pressed on high quality virgin vinyl. Mobile Fidelity’s audiophile pressings are better known than those from Columbia, but Columbia’s half speed mastered pressings are, for the most part, exceptionally good ones, and this album is no exception.

Released in 1970, Bridge Over Troubled Water was the fifth and final studio album by Simon & Garfunkel.

The album was their most successful, reaching #1 on the album charts in at least ten countries, and selling some ten million copies worldwide. gave Bridge Over Troubled Water a 5 star review:

Bridge Over Troubled Water was one of the biggest-selling albums of its decade, and it hasn’t fallen too far down on the list in years since. Apart from the gospel-flavored title track, which took some evolution to get to what it finally became, however, much of Bridge Over Troubled Water also constitutes a stepping back from the music that Simon & Garfunkel had made on Bookends — this was mostly because the creative partnership that had formed the body and the motivation for the duo’s four prior albums literally consumed itself in the making of Bridge Over Troubled Water. … The public in 1970 — a very unsettled time politically, socially, and culturally — embraced it; and whatever mood they captured, the songs matched the standard of craftsmanship that had been established on the duo’s two prior albums. Between the record’s overall quality and its four hits, the album held the number one position for two and a half months and spent years on the charts, racking up sales in excess of five million copies.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
HC 49914
Year of Release: 1980
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in