A comparison this morning between a dearly loved folk-rock original, released 52 years ago, and a bluegrass reinterpretation of it released some 38 years later.
Simon and Garfunkel were legends in the American music industry back in the 1960's. Their final album together, "Bridge Over Troubled Water", was released in 1970. According to Wikipedia, "It was the best-selling album in 1970, 1971 and 1972 and was at that time the best-selling album of all time." One of my favorite tracks from it, which was released as a single the year before the album, is "The Boxer".
In 2007, Alison Krauss, Shawn Colvin and Jerry Douglas, along with the Union Station Band, performed a bluegrass-style rendition of "The Boxer" that became widely popular. Note the instrumentation, particularly towards the end.
I enjoyed the bluegrass version as much as the original.
Finally, since we have room, let's enjoy the title track from "Bridge Over Troubled Water". It's been a favorite of mine ever since it was released.
It's strange to think that song, and the eponymous album, are fifty-one years old. They feel as fresh and powerful as they did way back then. How many of you remember that time?