Live in New York City

Live in New York City

by Paul Simon
     
 

When it came time to cut a live album documenting his supporting tour for his excellent 2011 album So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon did what he always does: he set up shop in his hometown of New York City. Previously, he -- either with or without Art Garfunkel -- released albums recorded at massive venues like Madison SquareSee more details below

Overview

When it came time to cut a live album documenting his supporting tour for his excellent 2011 album So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon did what he always does: he set up shop in his hometown of New York City. Previously, he -- either with or without Art Garfunkel -- released albums recorded at massive venues like Madison Square Garden or Central Park, but Hear Music's 2012 Live in New York City -- available either as a two-CD/one-DVD set or simply as a double CD or single DVD -- was recorded at the comparatively intimate Webster Hall and, appropriately enough, the performance feels comparatively cozy, Simon striking just the right blend of playing for himself and playing for the audience. He showcases a nice chunk of So Beautiful or So What -- "Dazzling Blue," "So Beautiful or So What," "Rewrite," "The Afterlife," roughly half of the album -- and about half of Graceland, often opting for album tracks over hits (no "You Can Call Me Al" or "Graceland," but "That Was Your Mother" and "Gumboots" both make the cut), and when he does dip into such standards as "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Mother and Child Reunion," "Slip Slidin' Away," and "Still Crazy," he finds subtle little ways to inject a bit of groove into their well-worn contours. Simon is pleasing the crowd without pandering, and he winds up with a live album that's lively, slightly surprising, warm, and undeniably fun.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2012
Label:
Hear Music
UPC:
0888072341227
catalogNumber:
34122
Rank:
122

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Obvious Child
  2. Dazzling Blue
  3. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
  4. So Beautiful Or So What
  5. Mother And Child Reunion
  6. That Was Your Mother
  7. Hearts And Bones
  8. Crazy Love, Vol. 2
  9. Slip Slidin' Away
  10. Rewrite

Disc 2

  1. The Boy In The Bubble
  2. The Only Living Boy In New York
  3. The Afterlife
  4. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
  5. Gumboots
  6. The Sound Of Silence
  7. Kodachrome
  8. Gone At Last
  9. Late In The Evening
  10. Still Crazy After All These Years

Disc 3

  1. The Obvious Child
  2. Dazzling Blue
  3. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
  4. So Beautiful or So What
  5. Mother and Child Reunion
  6. That Was Your Mother
  7. Hearts and Bones
  8. Crazy Love, Vol. 2
  9. Slip Slidin' Away
  10. Rewrite
  11. Boy in the Bubble
  12. The Only Living Boy in New York
  13. The Afterlife
  14. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
  15. Gumboots
  16. The Sound of Silence
  17. Kodachrome
  18. Gone at Last
  19. Late in the Evening
  20. Still Crazy After All These Years

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Mark Stewart   Guitar,Saxophone,Vocals,Wind Instruments
Tony Cedras   Guitar,Trumpet,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
Vincent Nguini   Guitar,Vocals
Andy Snitzer   Synthesizer,Flute,Glockenspiel,Saxophone
Mick Rossi   Percussion,Piano,Harmonium,Hammond Organ
Bakithi Kumalo   Bass,Percussion,Vocals
Jim Oblon   Guitar,Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Simon   Composer
George Marino   Mastering
Joseph Shabalala   Composer
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Lulu Masilela   Composer
Forere Motloheloa   Composer
Phil Gitomer   Engineer
Charlie Campbell   Engineer
Martyn Atkins   Director,Camera Operator
Ryan Smith   Mastering
Matt Valentine   Camera Operator
James Pluta   Producer
Joel Singer   Engineer
Jürg Walther   Camera Operator
Robert Smith   Executive Producer
Bill Akerlund   Camera Operator
Johnson Mkhalali   Composer
Alexandra Daniels   Script Supervisor
Rick Robertson   Camera Operator

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