Friday, March 26, 2010
Bridge Over Troubled Water: Downes vs. Benfold
My highly esteemed colleague Gary Benfold has lost his marbles. Foolishly he has claimed that the cover version of Bridge Over Troubled Water by Elvis Presley is greater than the original sung by Art Garfunkel.
"What nonsense!" I hear you cry, and believe me I share your disgust. I know that Elvis was the king, but Art's vocal is simply untouchable.
What can I say? As I have rolled these things over in my mind the suspicion has grown. After all, Gary is from Yorkshire, so what does he know about good music? Let him speak about flat caps, and whippets, and we will listen. I, on the other hand, am Welsh, from the Principality, the very land of song.
Will he respond? We wish to hear from him the sound of silence.
Once again, here is Art:
And here is Elvis:
We also have this wild card entry from Eva Cassidy:
Apologies to Adrian Reynolds of the Proclamation Trust who loves the Hear'Say version. YouTube say that "Embedding has been disabled by request" on that one. I'm not surprised.
Here's an odd clip of Simon & Garfunkel rehearsing the song in 1969: