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25

Jul

Rare Concert Recording: Paul Simon but (Mostly) Friends Perform at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008

An ultra-rare concert recording featuring mostly Paul Simon tunes has surfaced up on Concert Vault, “the world’s greatest collection of vintage concert recordings”.

In April 2008, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (in New York City) hosted a month-long series of concerts that honored Paul Simon and his catalogue. Drawing mostly from the works of Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints, Paul Simon and his band joined various artists and musicians as they performed an evening full of his tunes. The cornucopia of artists featured Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Vusi Mahlasela, Cyro Baptista, Kaïssa, Luciana Souza, and David Bryne (of Talking Heads).

Paul Simon performs at Brooklyn Academy of Music (April 2008)  Paul Simon and Friends perform at Brooklyn Academy of Music (April 2008)

The nearly 2-hour concert featured the following setlist (with lead singers noted in parentheses):

  1. [Opening set by Ladysmith Black Mambazo]
  2. The Boy In The Bubble (Vusi Mahlasela)
  3. [unidentified Ladysmith Black Mambazo song]
  4. Gumboots (Paul Simon)
  5. Under African Skies (duet with Vusi Mahlasela and Kaïssa)
  6. Proof (Kaïssa)
  7. She Moves On (Kaïssa)
  8. The Coast (Kaïssa)
  9. Cool, Cool River (Paul Simon)
  10. O Vendedor de Sonhos (Paul Simon and Luciana Souza)
  11. Spirit Voices (Paul Simon with Luciana Souza)
  12. Can’t Run But (Luciana Souza)
  13. Born At The Right Time (Luciana Souza with ensemble singers)
  14. I Know What I Know (David Byrne)
  15. You Can Call Me Al (David Byrne)
  16. Homeless (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
  17. Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes (Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
  18. Graceland (Paul Simon)
  19. That Was Your Mother (Paul Simon)

Listen to the concert

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Photo credit: Paul Fornier

29

Oct

Forty-four years ago on October 29, 1968, Simon & Garfunkel performed at Ohio University.

More photos and a first-person commentary: http://www.capecentralhigh.com/ohio/covering-simon-and-garfunkel/

Photo of Simon and Garfunkel in concert at Ohio University on October 29, 1968imageimage

Photo credit: Ken Steinhoff (retired newspaper photographer)

Stumbled across on simonandgarfunkel

05

Apr

Audio supplement to an earlier post, "There’s been a change of identity or roles in our group."

Courtesy of melodysustainin:

“For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her,” Live at the Hollywood Bowl, 8/23/1968

Paul Simon: There has been a change of identity or roles in our group… In our new capacity I am now the heavy of the group. I make nasty comments and kick kids and do things like that. And Art has now become our sex symbol. One newspaper referred to him as a frightened gazelle. At this juncture, the frightened gazelle will sing ‘For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her.’

Related scrapbook post: 

16

Feb

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Simon & Garfunkel’s The Concert in Central Park. The double-album charted #1 in 4 countries while peaking within the Top 10 in over 10 countries.
Personal blogger Martin Maenza recaps that eventful night - track by track - with a side of personal commentary.
Where were you when you first intimately listened to this concert (album)?

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Simon & Garfunkel’s The Concert in Central Park. The double-album charted #1 in 4 countries while peaking within the Top 10 in over 10 countries.

Personal blogger Martin Maenza recaps that eventful night - track by track - with a side of personal commentary.

Where were you when you first intimately listened to this concert (album)?

19

Sep

Twenty-nine years ago on this day, Simon & Garfunkel performed in New York City’s Central Park before more than 500,000 people.

"Central Park has always been a site for concerts… Under Park Commissioner Gordon Davis, the Great Lawn [of Central Park] hosted two large concerts in 1980 and 1981—Elton John and Simon & Garfunkel."

Photo credit and reference: “Concerts in Central Park,” New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_about/parks_history/concerts.html

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What is your favorite song performed that magical evening?

Twenty-nine years ago on this day, Simon & Garfunkel performed in New York City’s Central Park before more than 500,000 people.

"Central Park has always been a site for concerts… Under Park Commissioner Gordon Davis, the Great Lawn [of Central Park] hosted two large concerts in 1980 and 1981—Elton John and Simon & Garfunkel."

Photo credit and reference: “Concerts in Central Park,” New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_about/parks_history/concerts.html

What is your favorite song performed that magical evening?