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Concert in The Park [Live]

Paul Simon Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. The Obvious Child
2. The Boy In The Bubble
3. She Moves On
4. Kodachrome
5. Born At The Right Time
6. Train In The Distance
7. Me And Julio Down By The School Yard
8. I Know What I Know
9. The Cool, Cool River
10. Bridge Over Troubled Water
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Coast
2. Graceland
3. You Can Call Me Al
4. Still Crazy After All These Years
5. Loves Me Like A Rock
6. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
7. Hearts And Bones
8. Late In The Evening
9. America
10. The Boxer
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The Concert in Central Park is a live album by Simon & Garfunkel. On September 19, 1981 the folk-rock duo reunited for a free concert on the Great Lawn of New York's Central Park, attended by more than 500,000 people. They released a live album from the concert the following March (Warner Brothers LP 2BSK 3654; CD 3654). It was arranged by Paul Simon and Dave Grusin, and produced by Simon, Art Garfunkel, Phil Ramone and Roy Halee. "Mrs. Robinson" - 3:52 "Homeward Bound" - 4:22 "America" - 4:47 "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" - 3:22 "Scarborough Fair" (traditional, arr. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel) - 3:52 "April Come She Will" - 2:37 "Wake Up Little Susie" (Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) - 2:19 "Still Crazy After All These Years" - 4:04 "American Tune" - 4:33 "Late in the Evening" - 4:09 "Slip Slidin' Away" - 4:54 "A Heart in New York" (Benny Gallagher, Graham Lyle) - 2:49 "Kodachrome/Maybellene" (Simon, Chuck Berry, Russ Fratto, Alan Freed) - 5:51 "Bridge over Troubled Water" - 4:48 "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" - 4:23 "The Boxer" - 6:02 "Old Friends / Bookends Theme" - 2:57 "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" - 2:01 "The Sounds of Silence" - 4:13

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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The first time I listened to this album I was very dissapointed. At the time I bought this I was a fairly new Paul Simon fan and was not quite used to his shy voice. When I heard it I thought it took away from the intensity from such songs like "You Can Call Me Al", "Me and Juilo Down by the Schoolyard", "Late in the Evening" Etc. But after repeated listenings I slowly over the course of time began to enjoy it more and more. Then I was playing it more than any other cd I had. I enjoyed the percussion on this album more than anything else. Later on I bought the video to this concert. For anyone who enjoys the simon and garfunkel stuff more I would not recomend this because the Versions of "Bridge over Troubled Water and Ceceila" are totally different. Anyone who enjoyed Graceland or the Rthym of the Saints will love this. Buy this one now. Other Paul Simon titles I recomend are "You're the One", "Graceland", and "Live Rhymin"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album...lots of energy! July 19 2000
Format:Audio CD
I own almost all of Paul Simon's albums and this 2 CD set is the one I play the MOST. It has quite a few of the older songs that Simon is known for, arranged differently. 'Sound of Silence', the last song in the collection, is presented with only Paul on lead bass and S. African bassist Ray Phiri supporting. After years of hearing the other arrangement with Art G., this one sends chills up my back. 'The Boxer' is sung in a relaxed, laid back manner, but it is still a classic.
Among the other songs, the concert opens with 'The Obvious Child' and its pounding drums; a great opening song. Next up is 'The Boy in the Bubble' a real crowd pleaser. 'She Moves On' features jazzman Michael Brecker on sax. Other great songs are 'Hearts and Bones' and 'Late in the Evening', which will have you tapping your feet. Ladysmith Black Mambazo did not do the 'Born At the Right Time' tour of which this concert is a part. But, 'Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes', which they helped to make well known, is still a great song, it has a rousing ending with all the drums and percussion pieces.
The band behind Paul is awesome. Aside from Michael Brecker and Ray Phiri there's master drummer Steve Gadd and Richard Tee (now deceased) on keyboard, among others. Paul's voice is better on this album than on many previous ones, and the song order is just right, from up-tempo to slower tunes and back again.
The only criticism I have is that Paul was not more careful about post-production. He should have had more of the crowd noise deleted from the master tape, but he didn't. The noise was left in, and there is a bit too much of it. You can still hear the music very well, though.
This album is full of energy and is well worth the money. The compliation albums that came after this set are not as good as this one, that's why I play this the most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album...lots of energy! July 19 2000
Format:Audio CD
I own almost all of Paul Simon's albums and this 2 CD set is the one I play the MOST. It has quite a few of the older songs that Simon is known for, arranged differently. 'Sound of Silence', the last song in the collection, is presented with only Paul on lead bass and S. African bassist Ray Phiri supporting. After years of hearing the other arrangement with Art G., this one sends chills up my back. 'The Boxer' is sung in a relaxed, laid back manner, but it is still a classic.
Among the other songs, the concert opens with 'The Obvious Child' and its pounding drums; a great opening song. Next up is 'The Boy in the Bubble' a real crowd pleaser. 'She Moves On' features jazzman Michael Brecker on sax. Other great songs are 'Hearts and Bones' and 'Late in the Evening', which will have you tapping your feet. Ladysmith Black Mambazo did not do the 'Born At the Right Time' tour of which this concert is a part. But, 'Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes', which they helped to make well known, is still a great song, it has a rousing ending with all the drums and percussion pieces.
The band behind Paul is awesome. Aside from Michael Brecker and Ray Phiri there's master drummer Steve Gadd and Richard Tee (now deceased) on keyboard, among others. Paul's voice is better on this album than on many previous ones, and the song order is just right, from up-tempo to slower tunes and back again.
The only criticism I have is that Paul was not more careful about post-production. He should have had more of the crowd noise deleted from the master tape, but he didn't. The noise was left in, and there is a bit too much of it. You can still hear the music very well, though.
This album is full of energy and is well worth the money. The compliation albums that came after this set are not as good as this one, that's why I play this the most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Album July 6 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Where to begin! Let me first say that I am a huge fan of Paul Simon, so I'm probably not the most objective opinion... That said, Paul Simon's Concert In The Park is my favorite CD for a couple reasons: It is a great introduction to Simon for those two people on earth unfamiliar with his work, and, more important, it offers brilliant renditions of both Simon's greatest hits from the Garfunkel years as well as new takes of his lesser known songs. I love the African and South American sounds Simon explores, I love the band that's behind him, but most of all, I loooove the music! Buy this CD--I promise you won't be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still amazing after all these years!
I have just bought this album, after hearing a few songs from it, and I think it is the greatest arrangement of the greatest Paul Simon songs ever released. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by SheffieldAl
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The title says it all, old favorites with new energy along with new classics that illustrates his eclectic talent.
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Sean Ramey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Well the title said it, its not your average live concert recording. It has new favorites along with exciting takes on old ones, and one of Simon's better solo versions of Bridge... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Sean Ramey
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Reasons to Buy This Album
1. It's Paul Simon 2. It is one of the best live albums ever recorded. 3. Ladysmith Black Mombaza 4. Awesome percussion 5. Huge sounding wall-of-sound horn section 6. Read more
Published on April 11 2001 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars paul simon, the greatest musician to set foot on the planet
i think paul simon is the greatest musician ever. this concert is a plethra of his music and the evolution of his career, featuring songs from the simon and garfunkel days to his... Read more
Published on May 2 2000 by jonathan clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Simon's Concert in the Park
it is the greatest arrangement of his songs i've ever heard.I am the biggest Simon fan out their and that is a great collection his best hits on it and i hope his next album we'll... Read more
Published on April 20 2000 by billy ralph
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing. Simply chanting familiar lyrics.
I love Simon, but in this concert, he seems to be simply chanting the familiar lyrics, and leaving these classic melodies undiscernible. I won't listen to it again. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best concery albums
This was great! I loved the coast,the cool, cool river,Kodachrome, and oh heck i loved them all!
Published on Sept. 6 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
I love Paul Simon so I love this album.It "describe" Paul Simon's works very good. I love it, especially "America", the different "Bridge over troubled... Read more
Published on Sept. 2 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic double live album.
This concert is fantastic. I went to see Paul two weeks ago and when I listen to this I feel like I am there at the concert again!
Published on July 25 1999
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