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This review is from: Live 1969 (Audio CD)This disc,presently offered exclusively through Starbucks(or through Amazon Marketplace merchants selling promo copies) is a compilation from shows recorded on the duo's late 1969 tour,where they were combining familiar hits with a preview of songs from their forthcoming "Bridge Over Troubled Water" album.It is the only Simon & Garfunkel 1960's tour to employ a backing band,who are heard on a few songs in the middle of the show,though on a typical show,the added musicians were heard on more of the show than on this composite compilation show.
Simon & Garfunkel varied the set list from one night to the next,and unfortunately,this composite show doesn't feature all of the songs performed on this tour.Amongst the missing songs are "America","Fakin' It","Bye Bye Love","Poem on The Underground Wall" and the controversial,never-released "Cuba Si,Nixon No".
In some ways the unofficial "Back To College" CD(recorded direct to 2-track,during a filming at a University in Oxford,Ohio) provides a more accurate snapshot of this tour,a better set list and generally better performances.
Still,"Live 1969" is a decent addition to your Simon & Garfunkel Collection.Don't overpay for it though.By the mid-fall of 2008,it should be available from Amazon.com itself.You have two options at present:Starbucks Coffee dealers(or their website) or Amazon marketplace merchants.
I resent Sony/BMG for holding back the release of this disc for a year after the promo copies were sent out,just for the sake of setting up this pointless exclusive for a coffee shop.
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Initial post: Apr 9, 2009 4:45:51 PM PDT
M. Minter says:
I have listened to the samples of this upcoming album and have read the reviews. I agree with Mr. Cohen's opinion about the 1969 Miami University concert for two reasons: 1. I own a copy of "Back to College" and 2. I attended that concert that evening during my sophomore year at Miami. My date and I sat dead center in front of the stage, about five rows back. It was a memorable night. Buy this album for what it is, but get a copy of "Back to College" for the better performances.
Posted on Apr 15, 2009 10:21:33 PM PDT
J. D Suggs says:
Very well-expressed, and very helpful and insightful- thank you. I agree that the dignity and importance of a major archival release by an act of this stature, who have dipped into the vaults so little, is compromised a little when it's tied to an overpriced and pretentious cup of yuppie coffee. Nonetheless, I'm thankful for any such escapes from the vaults, and I'll enjoy it when it arrives, over a cup of instant.
Thanks, too, to M. Minter for more interesting comments, and I will certainly take up the helpful suggestion and seek out a copy of "Back To College" for the broader picture.
Posted on Jan 19, 2011 9:06:13 PM PST
I agree....why not release Cuba Si,Nixon No now?? I mean wtf. Oh but thats for the next double cd or the next box set Columbia puts out so us suckers will buy it.
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