The Classic 45 RPM version is SUPERB, but sadly, long out of print. If you can find it, buy it.
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The original Columbia pressing itself is somewhat inconsistent. There are some relatively good sounding cuts such as "Cecilia", "El Condor Pasa", and "The Only Living Boy in NYC". Conversely, there are some dogs such as "The Boxer", "Bridge", and "Keep the Customer Satisfied" which are lean and compressed.
I doubt any of the reissues are better.
FWIW, the original pressing of their best album, "Bookends", is spectacular. Makes you wonder what Paul Simon and Ray Halee were smoking during "Bridge".
I've never heard an issue, CD or LP, of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" that sounded particularly good. Always baffled me, since "Bookends" and "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme" (earlier records) sounded so great. I noticed the same thing with The Who. "Tommy" is a better recording than anything that came after. "Face Dances" is actually on par with "Tommy" (although the music is not on par, but comparisons to "Tommy" aren't fair, even for The Who!).
Those are strings at the very end and, though they don't distort, or at least I don't hear any at this point, I think that Garfunkel's voice just before those ending stings on the word "mind" does distort just a tiny amount, as though the limiting amp on his vocal was pushed up against the wall. Also, there's a hint of shrillness, and on both my Helikon and Argo i do I hear it, at this point in the recording.
Back then it was popular to push tape into the red but it could also be the caused by the cutting of the lacquer or the pressing itself. The vocals were recorded "hot" as most pop recordings were in those days. In any case I can live with this relative to all the other vinyl anomalies; it's a labor of love.