Concert in the Park

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Ten years after playing a free concert in New York's Central Park with Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon returned, backed by the New York session musicians and the native musicians from South Africa and Brazil who had enlivened his solo work. The show was filmed and recorded, and the audio release was a 23-track double-disc set running nearly two hours. Half the selections came from his Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints albums, but unlike the Graceland Tour of 1987, the Born at the Right Time Tour of 1991 made room for Simon's earlier solo work as well as a few Simon & Garfunkel songs. Simon made such stylistically various material work together by front-loading the ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Ten years after playing a free concert in New York's Central Park with Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon returned, backed by the New York session musicians and the native musicians from South Africa and Brazil who had enlivened his solo work. The show was filmed and recorded, and the audio release was a 23-track double-disc set running nearly two hours. Half the selections came from his Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints albums, but unlike the Graceland Tour of 1987, the Born at the Right Time Tour of 1991 made room for Simon's earlier solo work as well as a few Simon & Garfunkel songs. Simon made such stylistically various material work together by front-loading the set with the newer stuff and rearranging some of the older solo stuff, so that "Kodachrome," for example, was refitted with a guitar line courtesy of Graceland player Ray Phiri. Wisely, except for a becalmed Africanization of "Cecilia," Simon didn't monkey with the S&G songs, most of which came at the end of the set. But Simon also toned down the Brazilian percussion that had dominated the Saints material and sang it more convincingly, so that "Born at the Right Time," for example, was far more effective than it had been in its studio version. On the whole, then, Concert in the Park managed to be an enjoyable and surprisingly cohesive career summary.
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  • Release Date: 11/5/1991
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992673723
  • Catalog Number: 26737

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Simon Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Michael Brecker Saxophone, EWI
Barney Rachabane Saxophone, Whistle (Instrument), Penny Whistle
Mingo Araujo Percussion
Cyro Baptista Percussion
Chris Botti Trumpet
Briz Vocals
Tony Cedras Accordion, Keyboards
Don Chacal Percussion
Steve Gadd Drums
Armand Sabal-Lecco Bass
Vincent Nguini Guitar
Ray Phiri Guitar
John Selolwane Guitar
Richard Tee Keyboards
Maxine Willard Waters Vocals
Oren Waters Vocals
Julia Vocals
Maxine Vocals
Julia Waters Vocals
Sidinho Moreira Percussion
Technical Credits
Paul Simon Composer, Producer
Dave Morgan Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Roy Halee Engineer, Remixing
Lorne Michaels Executive Producer
Jeff Ross Producer
Joseph Shabalala Composer
Richard Travali Engineer
The Waters Contributor
Jay Vicari Engineer
Mike Wolf Engineer
Ian E. Hoblyn Producer
Louis J. Horvitz Director
Janis Wenk Producer
Stacey Foster Engineer
David Staub Engineer
Lauren Harris Director
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The New Songs Shone

    The only flaw I found in this 1991 live set was that the older numbers sometimes broke the flow of Paul Simon's then new world-beat songs. Chestnuts like Cecilia that had Latin arrangements blended much better. Don't let that stop you from buying this fine 2 CD concert. After this Simon retreated from his African and Brazilian experiments and became a rather isolated from the pop mainstream, except for his reunions with Art Garfunkel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    I own the cds and the video. I love hearing different arrangements of songs that I've already heard. I like the opening song, "The Obvious Child." That's an excellent opening song. I enjoy seeing Oludom and Briz on that song. I also adore Vincent's lightning fast fingers. I also adore Ray Phiri. Paul Simon is a master at guitar and singing and songwriting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Paul Simon's Concert in the Park

    Greatest album ever made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album!

    This concert is an awesome showcase of most of Paul Simon's best music from the early S&G days through 1991. The songs are at once musically beautiful and fun, and the concert atmosphere captured on the recording adds to the tunes. The rhythms are fast and powerful, the melodies are excellent, and the songs are classic. This is probably my favorite CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best album i own

    I enjoy just about every genre of music that exists, but I hadn't heard Simon's ''Graceland'' album until about four years ago. The music intrigued me, and I decided to buy a Simon album of my own. I wanted an album that had some of his older music, as well as music from ''Graceland,'' and I found this album almost accidentally. I decided to buy it in spite of the steep price of a double CD, and it has become my favorite album. I have listened to it over and over, and never get tired of it. There are many different kinds of songs on the recording, and I love the world percussion that drives many of the songs. If you like any of Simon's music and are interested in world music as well, this album is perfect for you! I still vow it is the best CD purchase i ever made.

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