Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Simon & Garfunkel perform live in New York City's Central Park September 19, 1981 with a crowd of half a million fans


I watched this live on TV and loved it. Eventually, I bought the VHS video. Now, I own the DVD. I still enjoy watching and listening to this concert.

Out of all the songs, the best one to me is the last one: Late in the Evening (encore performance) because of the fabulous band. I put my headphones on and blast away! TO ME, THIS IS THE GREATEST BAND SOUND EVER! - Chimp

Late in the Evening (encore performance)

This is the version of the same song, sung in the middle of this concert (the one above was the last ENCORE version):

What started as a suggestion for Paul Simon to play a concert in New York's Central Park blossomed, on September 19, 1981, as a full-blown Simon and Garfunkel reunion after an 11-year hiatus, and now proves a priceless snapshot of two of America's greatest folk-rock performers.

Performed with a who's-who of East Coast session aces before a record-setting crowd of half a million fans, The Concert in Central Park finds its stars just shy of their 40th birthdays and very much in their primes, their voices sweet and pure and their playing relaxed, perfectly in tune and in synch.

The two harmonize so well it's amazing and even though they were live, playing in front of a mammoth crowd, most of their songs sound like perfect studio takes.

Simon and Garfunkel - The Concert in Central Park (1982)

And here's a 1992 (11 years later) version by Paul Simon:


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