Simon & Garfunkel's live output is extensive (courtesy of the multiple reunion one-off shows and reunion tours), but the live recordings from their heydays in the 1960s are scamp. There was the 2002 release of "Live from New York City 1967", which was ok, but not great. Then came this album, finally released in 2007, which was recorded on their November, 1969 tour (a few months before the release of their final studio album "Bridge Over Troubled Water").
"Live 1969" (17 tracks; 59 min.) is an incredible time-capsule of Simon & Garfunkel being at the top of their game. From the opening sounds of "Homeward Bound", they have NEVER better sounded that this in concert. Check out for example, "Scarborough Fair/Cantide", where their vocals are simply angelic. But of course the best part of this collection are the 4 songs that Simon & Garfunkel are previewing from the upcoming "Bridge Over Troubled Water": "Song for the Asking" and "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" sound pretty much like the studio versions to be released (great banter by Art about his love for Frank Lloyd Wright and asking Paul to write a song about him). The true eye-openers on here, though, are "The Boxer" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water", which they bring just the two of them, not the full fledged-out studio versions with orchestra, and these tunes are simply jaw-dropping. Wow. Two musicians fully confident of their live in concert skills.
For any serious fan of Simon & Garfunkel, "Live 1969" is a MUST HAVE, period. It simply blows my mind that this was recorded exactly 40 years ago, I mean, for real? This live album sounds timeless, period.