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Live from New York City, 1967
     

Live from New York City, 1967

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by Simon & Garfunkel
 

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This fascinating 19-song collection is more than just the only full concert document of Simon & Garfunkel at the peak of their career; it's also a chronicle of the time, a snapshot of an era when folk tradition was entering the pop-rock mainstream, as evidenced by the disc's deft juxtaposition of sociopolitical screeds, old-fashioned troubadour tales, and neo-Brill

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This fascinating 19-song collection is more than just the only full concert document of Simon & Garfunkel at the peak of their career; it's also a chronicle of the time, a snapshot of an era when folk tradition was entering the pop-rock mainstream, as evidenced by the disc's deft juxtaposition of sociopolitical screeds, old-fashioned troubadour tales, and neo-Brill Building love songs. You'd be hard pressed to find a more naked recording -- which is certainly a compliment. The acoustics of Lincoln Center, one of America's most renowned musical performance spaces, allow the simple elements (nothing but the duo's crisp harmonies and Simon's ringing acoustic guitar) to resound with both power and grace. Deftly mixing their poppiest material (like the breezy "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)") with the sort of offbeat interludes that made them a favorite among folk connoisseurs (the medieval-sounding "Benedictus" and the fleeting take on Davey Graham's jazzy instrumental "Anji"), Simon & Garfunkel were clearly at the top of their collective game on this evening. Effortlessly shifting from booming power ("I Am a Rock," the classic "John Cory") to incredible delicacy ("Leaves That Are Green," the Garfunkel-carried "For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her"), S&G exhibit both the mortar that held them together and the fissures that ultimately tore them apart.

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Recorded on January 22, 1967, at Lincoln Center in New York, four of these 19 songs were on the 1997 Old Friends box set, but the rest were unissued until the 2002 appearance of this release. The duo performs acoustically, without accompanists (as was usually the case in their concerts), on a fine-sounding and well-delivered set that doesn't contain any revelations, but is nonetheless an excellent document of their live work as they reached their prime. Certainly a Simon & Garfunkel fan could have hardly wished for a better song selection, as it features all the major hits and most of the best album tracks that the pair had recorded prior to 1967: "The Sound of Silence," "I Am a Rock," "Homeward Bound," "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)," "Richard Cory," "A Hazy Shade of Winter," "The Dangling Conversation," "Anji," and "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her." Some of the more offbeat moments, however, lie in less-celebrated songs like "Leaves That Are Green," "Benedictus," and "He Was My Brother." Only two of the cuts, though, would qualify as relatively seldom-heard tunes: "A Church Is Burning," which Paul Simon put on his 1965 U.K.-only solo album but was not recorded for release by Simon & Garfunkel, and the uncommonly tough-minded "You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies," which would be a 1967 non-LP B-side (of "Fakin' It"). Numerous live Simon & Garfunkel bootlegs had circulated before this release, so the pair's concert sound will not come as a shock to hardcore fans, but it's great to have a classy, above-board document of their live presence.

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Release Date:
07/16/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646151327
catalogNumber:
61513

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Live from New York City, 1967 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Picked up the new release ''Simon & Garfunkel Live from New York City''. This is indeed a fine album. Recorded live at The Philharmonic Hall on January 22, 1967 it is a brilliant salute to the end of the folk era and introduction to the new sound of the 60's, all this with just two guys singing in harmony with each other and a single acoustic (albeit very well played) guitar. There are nods to Black American history lessons and songs that raise questions about life and the meaning of living. Looking at once to the past and also to the future there are sound poems and poems that sound nice but probably mean nothing. They reveal slices of life and play with harmonies and the art of music. It is a well-packaged CD with 3 1/2 pages of very intelligent liner notes and 19 tracks of very cleanly recorded music. The fans are clearly appreciative in the polite pre 60's manner. After a particularly rambunctious applause for what probably was then or soon to be a worldwide radio hit Simon in a fake British accent playfully chides the audience to ''Shut up you've had your fun!'' The re release is a welcome reminder that even though we had our fun in the 60's some don't mind the risk of being told to shut up when we talk about it. The stuff stands up very well. A must listen to for anyone over 40 or persons interested in the genre.