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What started as a suggestion for Paul Simon to play a concert in New York's Central Park blossomed, on September 19, 1981, as a full-blown Simon and Garfunkel reunion after an 11-year hiatus, and now proves a priceless snapshot of two of America's greatest folk-rock performers. (It's also the rightful bookend to Simon and Garfunkel's acoustic Live from New York City, 1967.)
Performed with a who's-who of East Coast session aces before a record-setting crowd of half a million fans, The Concert in Central Park finds its stars just shy of their 40th birthdays and very much in their primes, their voices sweet and pure and their playing relaxed, perfectly in tune and in synch. The show features a mix of S&G and solo Simon tunes, including all the songs that appear on the CD, with the addition of a reprise of "Late in the Evening" and the first live performance of Simon's "The Late Great Johnny Ace." This is classic material from start to finish, 87 minutes of unmitigated beauty. --Michael MikesellFrom the Back Cover:
On September 19, 1981, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel set foot on a stage in front of half a million adoring fans who were gathered in Central Park in New York City to witness musical history. These two wonderful entertainers who left us a legacy of music during the turbulent sixties had not played together in over a decade. After 11 long years, the sounds of silence were finally broken. It was obvious this was going to be a special night, singing such beautiful classics as "Mrs. Robinson," "Homeward Bound," "Feeling Groovy," "America," and "The Sounds of Silence," as if they'd never been apart. The night flowed with a moving history of their music, and a tender rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" brought rousing applause. A solo performance by Garfunkel includes "April Come She Will" and "Scarborough Fair." Paul Simon sings his light-hearted view of life, "Still Crazy After All These Years." The musical magic of Simon and Garfunkel had returned, like the warm smile of a long lost friend. Approx. 87 minutes, color, 1982.
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