Imagine: Simon & Garfunkel: The Harmony Game

Imagine: Simon & Garfunkel: The Harmony Game



Oh, this is lovely to watch. It’s like a warm bath in sweet harmonies and big booming echo and timeless songs. That echo, which resonates around so many Simon and Garfunkel songs, was no accident, it seems: this film hears from the engineer-producer Roy Halee whose obsession with different kinds of echo led to recording the boom of the drum in The Boxer next to a lift shaft and the wordless chorus (the “lie-la-lie”) in a chapel.

The programme is nominally a story about how the album Bridge Over Troubled Water came together but it works as a broader profile, with many lovely recollections of how the songs evolved: look out for the scene where Paul Simon remembers the long night spent mucking about at home with a tape recorder and some friends that produced the off-kilter rhythm track for Cecilia. “We may have lost track of time,” he admits with a smile.


The story of Simon and Garfunkel's 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water, made during a particularly creative period in the duo's career, but which turned out to be their final studio LP. The film covers all aspects of the record's creation, from technical breakthroughs to the emotional feelings the artists had for each other, and features recent interviews with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and their collaborators, including manager Mort Lewis and drummer Hal Blaine.
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