SIMON & GARFUNKEL Live From New York City, 1967 (2007) & Live 1969 (2009)


Live From New York City, 1967 (2007)
Live 1969
(2009)
Two Guys

Being a rockin’ 60s teen, Simon & Garfunkel weren’t exactly the coolest act to embrace, even though their radio hits were unparalleled. So, in 1970, when a pal offered to loan me all their albums, I was on board. To my amazement, all of those incredible hits came from only five albums (in reality, only four). I was stunned. Only 58 songs (or so) make up the legacy of the original Simon & Garfunkel, and that number includes folk covers, traditional arrangements and oddities. I’m hard pressed to think of an example, besides The Beatles, of such a high concentration of quality material. Credit Art Garfunkel’s perfect voice and composer Paul Simon’s stingy, infuriating perfectionism. These two excellent live recordings offer an overview of that singularly unique relationship. Live From New York City, 1967, encapsulates S&G Phase I, captured on the Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme tour. There are not many surprises, as their consistent quality was a given, though, they do perform the rare B-side, “You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies,” and preview “A Hazy Shade Of Winter,” from the upcoming Bookends (and the start of S&G Phase II). Live 1969 offers a slightly different dynamic as Paul & Art, on their last tour together before splitting up, would bring a small band along for the ride (appearing on only a few tracks here) to premiere material from their upcoming, Grammy-busting masterwork, Bridge Over Troubled Water. Hearing Artie on the title track, with piano accompaniment before its release, is simply sublime. You can’t go wrong with either and both are worth your investment of time. Get Live From New York City, 1967 and Live 1969 cheap @ Amazon.


LIVE FROM NEW YORK CITY, 1967
He Was My Brother
Leaves That Are Green
Sparrow
Homeward Bound
You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies
A Most Peculiar Man
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
The Dangling Conversation
Richard Cory
A Hazy Shade Of Winter
Benedictus
Blessed
A Poem On The Underground Wall
Anji
I Am A Rock
The Sound Of Silence
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
A Church Is Burning
Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.

LIVE 1969
Homeward Bound
At The Zoo
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
Song For The Asking
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
Scarborough Fair/Canticle
Mrs. Robinson
The Boxer
Why Don’t You Write Me
So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine
Bridge Over Troubled Water
The Sound Of Silence
I Am A Rock
Old Friends/Bookends
Leaves That Are Green
Kathy’s Song

 

4 Comments

  • 1
    Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2010 - 20:07 | Permalink

    Get them HERE.

  • 2
    tfriend
    January 8, 2013 - 13:25 | Permalink

    Any chance of a re-up? The MF links no longer work.

    • 3
      Willard
      January 8, 2013 - 14:27 | Permalink

      New links up, thanks.

  • 4
    tfriend
    January 8, 2013 - 14:42 | Permalink

    Thanks!

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