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1969 Live [Best of, Live]

Simon & Garfunkel Audio CD
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When Simon & Garfunkel went out on the road in November of 1969 on what would be their last tour together for 13 years, the duo's popularity rivaled that of The Beatles. They embarked on the tour soon after completing Bridge Over Troubled Water, the album that would be their crowning glory and biggest seller. Bridge wouldn't be released until January 21, 1970, so their sets contained several songs from that album that the fans who packed their shows would be hearing for the first time. Several shows on the '69 tour were recorded in anticipation of what was earmarked to be their sixth album, the follow-up to Bridge. That live album never came to be and Simon & Garfunkel soon ended that early stage of their partnership. At these final shows Simon & Garfunkel gave performances that are as magnificent as any they ever offered. This set contains both acoustic and full band recordings from the tour, including an incredible version of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' along with inspired versions of all their big hits.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treasure Aug. 9 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've always loved Simon & Garfunkel, and find their live performances are often better than the studio ones. This collection is no exception. Brilliant.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concert Compilation April 10 2008
By Philip A.Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This disc,presently offered exclusively through Starbucks(or through Amazon Marketplace merchants selling promo copies) is a compilation from shows recorded on the duo's late 1969 tour,where they were combining familiar hits with a preview of songs from their forthcoming "Bridge Over Troubled Water" album.It is the only Simon & Garfunkel 1960's tour to employ a backing band,who are heard on a few songs in the middle of the show,though on a typical show,the added musicians were heard on more of the show than on this composite compilation show.

Simon & Garfunkel varied the set list from one night to the next,and unfortunately,this composite show doesn't feature all of the songs performed on this tour.Amongst the missing songs are "America","Fakin' It","Bye Bye Love","Poem on The Underground Wall" and the controversial,never-released "Cuba Si,Nixon No".

In some ways the unofficial "Back To College" CD(recorded direct to 2-track,during a filming at a University in Oxford,Ohio) provides a more accurate snapshot of this tour,a better set list and generally better performances.

Still,"Live 1969" is a decent addition to your Simon & Garfunkel Collection.Don't overpay for it though.By the mid-fall of 2008,it should be available from Amazon.com itself.You have two options at present:Starbucks Coffee dealers(or their website) or Amazon marketplace merchants.

I resent Sony/BMG for holding back the release of this disc for a year after the promo copies were sent out,just for the sake of setting up this pointless exclusive for a coffee shop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Spectacular Sept. 22 2010
By SCM - Published on Amazon.com
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This might be the best Simon and Garfunkel ever. They are at their absolute peak and one listen to this CD will remind you of just how massively talented both of these performers are - tremendous vocal range, brilliant song-writing, and near perfect harmony even while live. Oh, and the sound quality is shockingly crisp, clear and dynamic. It sounds like it was recorded last week. A true testament to their talent is hearing them call songs like Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Boxer a "song from our new album (about to come out)," hear the audience reaction of politely enthusiastic applause and then hear how moved the audience was after hearing that song for the very first time. Happening upon this CD on Amazon was like discovering a diamond mine. Buy it. Buy it. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before the egos went under the bridge Feb. 18 2010
By Gene Cisco - Published on Amazon.com
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One can only hope other surviving members of the 60's singers had the forethought to record a live record of such awesome beauty before the onset of ego separation pervades their output as the Simon & Garfunkel handlers did. This is the definitive live recording for this influentially social conscious duo to date. The addition of such senior stalwarts as Joe Osborne(base), Hal Blaine(drums), the late Larry Knechtel(keyboards, Mamas & Papas et al.)and Fred Carter(guitar)adds to the enjoyment very subtlely. Here, the gents are freely jubilant and in perfect pitch and soaring vocally like Torvil and Dean on ice through some of the early hits and soon-to-be-released gems like "Bridge Over Troubled Water," that are met in that case with tremendous roars upon completion. Get it while you can, because that kind of vocal gold is rare indeed, diminishing with each rappin' Grammy. Lordy.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has it really been 40 years? Nov. 10 2009
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album - if you can find it Jan. 5 2009
By Mark B. Hanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I found this album last month at a record collectors' convention for under $10, and I have to admit it's one of the best CD purchases I've made. It's a concert recording from late 1969, just after they finished the Bridge Over Troubled Water album, and just before Columbia released it.

It's also the only (legitimate) live recording of them playing with a band - on a few of the cuts.

For me the highlight is Garfunkel's singing "Bridge Over Troubled Water". He starts out quietly - almost tentatively, but winds up the final chorus singing even more powerfully than on the studio version. A real tour de force!

And the audience, who seemed strangely subdued at the beginning of the disc, clearly recognizes the quality of this (for them) new song - they just roar afterward.

The only unheard track on this disc is their take on the Everly Brothers song, "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine". Well done - but then the Everlys were one of the primary influences on S&G's own harmonies.
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