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During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland") were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B008UTV6S8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Obvious Child
2. Dazzling Blue
3. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
4. So Beautiful or So What
5. Mother & Child Reunion
6. That Was Your Mother
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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
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Disc: 3
1. The Obvious Child
2. Dazzling Blue
3. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
4. So Beautiful or So What
5. Mother & Child Reunion
6. That Was Your Mother
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Editorial Reviews

A stunning live performance by the legendary Paul Simon featuring performances of some of his most beloved and classic songs as well as newer selections from his critically acclaimed 2011 release, So Beautiful or So What. This 3 disc package features a DVD of the show, which was filmed at NYC s Webster Hall, as well as 2 audio-only CD discs containing all the music from the incredible concert event.

Customer Reviews

Great double cd and dvd.
Garfield
He seems to be able to just keep turning out really great new songs - maybe not every album, but certainly this one is excellent.
Vivian Tremayne
I watched some of the DVD on YouTube as well before purchasing.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lefty on September 20, 2012
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Paul Simon is the consummate artist/musician; a guy that still cranks out fantastic new music after 50+ years in the business. For me, it was a no-brainer to pick up this new CD/DVD combo package. I've been a Paul Simon fan since I was a kid, and I've been to more than a few of his concerts, including the opening show for this tour (Seattle, April 15, 2011). The music from the Webster Hall concert does not disappoint. The band is tight, Simon is in excellent voice, and the song set is outstanding! My only regret is that some major tunes performed that night were cut for this release: Vietnam (a song by Jimmy Cliff), Mystery Train, Wheels, Peace Like a River, Questions for the Angels, Road to Nowhere (with David Byrne) and You Can Call Me Al(with David Byrne). The saddest deletion for me is Mystery Train. I heard Simon say on "Center Stage" (talk show in NY) that Mystery Train is his favorite Rock N' Roll song, and in another interview, he said that 60% of his music is based on Mystery Train. Amazing! No wonder there are so many Elvis references in his movie "One Trick Pony". Anyway, it would have been great for Paul to make all the songs from this wonderful Webster Hall concert available on this release. Nevertheless, what is released is exceptional and well worth buying.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gengler VINE VOICE on September 19, 2012
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Paul Simon's music has been a part of my generation's life for so long that it's possible that he's taken for granted by some. This magnificent collection of songs, none from what I consider his lovely, though musically immature, S&G period - save for an obligatory Sounds Of Silence and the resurrected Only Living Boy From New York - stands as a testetament to Simon as songwriter. There is a reason why he was awarded the Gershwin Prize for American Popular Music my friends. And that reason is that his singular muse, his distinctive style, his constant and continual pursuit of new musical vistas has made him the country's greatest composer of popular song. Yes - above Bob Dylan, and on equal footing with Stephen Sondheim.

The songs included in this concert rank with Simon's best, particularly those from So Beautiful or So What. Dazzling Blue is an exquisite gem, and The Afterlife retains its vitality and witty rhythmic wordplay ("hey, what you say, it's a glorious day - by the way how long you been dead? Maybe you maybe me maybe baby makes three but she just shook her head")

The Obvious Child starts things off with a slower tempo than the original - bringing a sense of majesty to its powerful rhythmic foundation. No slowdown for That Was Your Mother - it remains joyful, and its shufflin' Cajun rhythm will still make you jump up and dance. And its during this song - the sixth on the CDs - that the band gels into a groove and really comes alive. Slip Slidin' Away has more poignancy now that our generation is in its fifth or sixth decade. I could go on and on.

That said, it should be noted that Simon himself seems to be thoroughly enjoying himself - something not to be taken for granted. Never a dynamic performer who seeks to ingratiate himself with his audience (i.e.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stafford Steve on September 20, 2012
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If you were fortunate enough to see the PBS/BBC broadcasts from Webster Hall then you are in for a returning treat. I last saw Paul Simon live on the main stage at Glastonbury, and though I enjoyed it, being out doors, bright and open I felt he was at times singing to the wind, necessarily on autopilot. Once indoors at Webster Hall the material becomes less iconic and yet more wonderful. The band (as ever) is fantastic, particularly the array of percussion which I enjoyed rather than merely tolerated. As usual the guitarists were more than just first class, and, like Paul Simon himself, were clearly enjoying themselves. If you are still unsure about the legacy of the 1960s and hesitate to venture into Paul Simon's material then this is a fine place to take the plunge. If you are merely an aging folkie, like me, then this will enthrall. It is too bright to be nostalgic, too exiting merely to recall better times. I really did think of the old Cajun cry: Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Birdman on January 12, 2013
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Paul Simon reissues are a self-contained industry. Sony's reissues of Simon's studio recordings have revealed the warmth of original performances. Compilations by Sony and Warner, in comparison, have been repetitive, less consistent and dependable. But now we have this deeply moving, energizing release, and Lazarus emerges from the dead.

When I first listened to audios of this 2011 Webster Hall concert, I was transfixed in about two minutes. After that, I could not divert my attention from the brilliance of this composer's imagination, or this performer's understated heart. The sonics are very fine. The content is generous: roughly 85 minutes of concert audio on two CDs, and a complete DVD of the Webster performance.

One of my favorite albums of 2012 was RANDY NEWMAN LIVE IN LONDON (NONESUCH) a wrenching, beautiful album and DVD by a master composer and performer. In this performance, Paul Simon clears the bar Newman did in his extraordinary performance; but where Newman relied on a grand piano and back-up chamber orchestra, Simon turns to his guitar and a street-smart back-up band. His set list spans the peaks of the Simon and Garfunkel Years, taps the best of his work at CBS and Warner, and touches recent compositions, too.

In his rendition of "The Only Living Boy in New York" the melancholy those of my of my generation feel about the past strikes like a Mack truck. Simon's performance is so thoughtful and heartfelt, and his set list so well-chosen, that listeners of all generations must pause and wonder. We're happy that an innovator still creates, sings, and inhabits legendary spaces like Webster Hall, in which the ghosts of Simon's forbears performed and recorded their work.
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S&G played a week at the theater in Madison Square Garden. Has this ever been relaesed on CD or LP.This was about 10-12 years ago.We remember the show being excellant
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