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Live From New York City, 1967

July 16, 2002 | Format: MP3

$11.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 16, 2002
  • Release Date: July 16, 2002
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 58:10
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  • ASIN: B0018R4HQW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,722 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Having been a long-time Simon & Garfunkel fan, the best thing about "Live From New York City, 1967" is that there are only (3) instruments on this CD - Paul's voice, Art's voice, and Paul's acoustic guitar. The vocal and guitar sound quality is outstanding.
The only live S & G performances I had ever seen/heard was the "Concert in Central Park". While the music was good, the tension between the duo was very evident. This live CD gives insight into what a Simon & Garfunkel concert was like in the early days - the stage banter reminds me of a very small music club setting.
If you are a Simon & Garfunkel fan or merely enjoy good folk music, "Live From New York City, 1967" is definitely worth listening to!
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(4&1/2 stars) I'm not sure why it took 35 years for this live recording to be released, but it turns out to be a marvelous document of the classic folk duo's magical chemistry. The sound quality is remarkable, a pristine environment that faithfully captures their inspired harmonies, Paul's acoustic guitar strumming, and even their occasional small boo-boos. (This was recorded live after all.) Hearing Art sing "For Emily" is always spine-tingling, but especially from this era when he was at the very pinnacle of his art. And of course all the hits reminded me yet again what a gifted songwriter Paul was, especially "Homeward Bound," "the Sound of Silence," and "I Am A Rock." The way Paul's harmony line on "Rock" stays on the same note for most of the first verse is such an amazingly subtle but effective idea.
Art's between-song patter is amusing, particularly his explanation of the album cover for the Wednesday Morning record. Anthony DeCurtis also provided some informative and well written liner notes.
Of course it's important (and obvious) to note that this concert occurred prior to some of their later hits such as "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "El Condor Pasa," but live versions of those can be heard elsewhere.
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The music and performance is sublime, capturing Simon & Garfunkel on their home turf on the cusp of broadening fame. This same material has appeared on easy-to-find bootlegs in the past, but not with this crisp, clear sound quality. Skip the "deluxe" packaging offered on an alternative edition of this CD unless a cardboard digipak sleeve with a shiny finish is important to you; the contents are otherwise the same as the regular jewel-case edition.
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Four elements make up this classic live recording: Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, an acoustic guitar and an enthusiastic audience. As the liner notes state, seats were set up on stage behind the duo to allow for more people. Thus, the concert sounds very intimate, particularly when Paul and Art talk to the audience between songs. For example, Art goes into a lengthy discussion of taking pictures for their first album cover. Hundreds of pictures were taken of them in a New York subway, standing in front of a wall as subway trains speed by. It wasn't until the photo session was over that they finally noticed what was written on the subway wall. According to Art, it was "the old, familiar suggestion." This elicits laughter and applause. He goes on to explain how a couple of years later Paul's recollection of the incident inspired him to write the song "A Poem On The Underground Wall." Their moving performance of that song is a highlight of this concert.

I especially enjoyed their live version of "A Hazy Shade Of Winter." With only the acoustic guitar for accompaniment, the song took on a folk-rock feel missing in its studio version. A real rarity is their performance of "You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies." Only available as a single B-side, the studio version was finally included in the "Old Friends" box set. Another rare song in the box set is a live version of Paul's song "Red Rubber Ball," which was taken from the same 1967 concert. Why Columbia Records chose not to add it to this CD is a mystery to me, since there was plenty of time left to include it. For that matter, I can't understand why it took them 35 years to release this CD. Whatever the reasons, I'm very glad they remastered the recording and released this CD. Like a bottle of fine wine, this intimate concert recording has improved with age. Savor every minute of it!
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The title for this review is from a Larkin poem about the beginning of World War I, but it applies as well to anyone who can remember 1967. This CD is of a live concert from that year when Simon & Garfunkel were stars but not (as the liner notes point out, superstars). The set list is based on their first 3 albums and thus represents their folk background. Long-time fans of the group will appreciate having live version of some of their more obscure songs. The two are backed only by Paul Simon's guitar -- this CD is further evidence that Simon has never gotten sufficient respect for his skills as a guitarist. The sound quality is extremely good, perhaps because of absence of amplified instruments. S & G show that their trademark harmonies are not merely a product of the studio (where I believe that they were double tracked so that most of the songs really had four voices on them), but could be performed live as well.
The liner notes point out that this was a special time, when the 60's still seemed boundless with possibilities, and before drugs, the increasing violence of political protest, and the increasing horrors of the Vietnam war had taken their toll. Still, the extremely high quality of the music and the performance make this far more than an exercise in nostalgia. It is certainly not a case of aging stars scraping the barrel to make a few more dollars out of their past. It's a shame that this recording wasn't released decades ago; we should be glad to have it now.
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