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Across America

Art Garfunkel Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 May 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hybrid Recordings
  • ASIN: B000003MS8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,067,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Heart In New York
2. Crying In The Rain
3. Scarborough Fair
4. A Poem On The Underground Wall
5. Homeward Bound
6. All I Know
7. Bright Eyes
8. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
9. Bridge Over Troubled Water
10. Mrs. Robinson
11. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
12. I Will
13. April Come She Will
14. The Sound Of Silence
15. Grateful
16. Goodnight, My Love

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic live album 16 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
As the only live solo Art Garfunkel recording which actually made it to CD, Art and co. could not have picked a better recording to produce.
Each songs sounds excellent, with the band doing an excellent job, particualrly on A Heart In New York, Bright Eyes and El Condor Pasa.
Arts voice holds up well with every song, proving he still has it, and Bridge Over Troubled Water is boomed out at the top of his vocal range.
Feelin' Groovy is ever so sweet with his (then) 6yr old child James.
Sadly missing from this album is 'Cecilia', in which he duets with his wife, or 'Bride' Kim, but what is there is to be treasured. And only certain releases of the album includes 'I Only Have Eyes For You', but it is a fantastic track, which makes it a huge shame it is missing on some releases.
It is a must have for any Garfunkel or indeed any casual music fan.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing effort 10 Jan 2003
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
Art Garfunkel is one of the world's great male singers but it is not captured here.
The album is a live recording from an American tour in the late 1990s. The real problem is the production. It has been recorded as if it is heard from some way away so the backing track can rather drown out the vocal track. Also, rather than mixing one song into the next with crowd applause, most tracks are faded out, often before the end of the song or the beginning if the applause. This makes it disjointed.
All the right songs are there. Unfortunately Art seems to be playing to a home audience and being rather indulgent. He doesn't sound like he's made much effort in his singing.
There must surely be a better live release soon.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Grateful" for Art. 8 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The entire DVD is extraordinary. Art's voice is goose-bump gorgeous, his son is adorable, and the duet with James Taylor is wonderful. The entire performance is heartwarming and beautiful; however, the highlight is the song "Grateful". This song alone is worth the price of the DVD!! I've listened to it over and over again. Art's expressions and intonation are convincing that he, too, was deeply touched by this beautiful song written by John Bucchino. I was inspired to purchase this DVD after recently attending the S&G "Old Friends" concert. It served as a reminder of how very much I love Art Garfunkel's expressive warm voice. "Grateful" was recently released as a children's book containing a CD with a special studio recording by Art.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Art Garfunkel: live in concert 7 Sep 2005
By Stephen Verhaeren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In 1984, Art Garfunkel stated walking across the United States of America, I don't know if this is true, but he finally finished in 1996. In this concert, Art sings some of the songs from his days singing with Paul Simon, as Simon & Garfunkel, like El Condor Pasa (If I Could), Homeward Bound, Bridge Over Trouble Water, and Mrs. Robinson. And he does some of his solo songs, mostly a few like A Heart in New York, and he is even joined by his wife and son James, he sings with James The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy). There are 16 songs, and the cd is 50 minutes long. And he does a deut with James Taylor, that happned before or after this concert outside on Ellis Island, where this show is taking place. The musicians are

Eric Weissberg, Guitar, Mandolin, and Bass

Warren Bernhardt, Piano, Rhodes, and Synthesizer

David Biglin, Synthesizer and Vocals

Tommy Igoe Drums and Percussion

Kim Cermak Garfunkel Vocals

Michael Brecker Tenor Sax

James Garfunkel Vocals

Secial guest musician

James Taylor Vocals, and Guitar

So there are all the pefromers that you will see and hear in this concert. The song that James Taylor and Art Garfunkel does a duet on is Crying in the Rain. The first of the songs that are Simon & Garfunkel songs that is sung are here is Scarborough Fair. Garfunkel closes this concert with Goodnight, my love, and opens with A heart in New York. Crying in the rain is track #2, but in the concert it plays between All I Know and Bright Eyes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick back and enjoy one of the great voices in pop music 31 Jan 2005
By Paul Tognetti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Art Garfunkel has always been one of my favorite solo artists.
That is why I was absolutely flabbergasted to discover "Across America" at my local library. For some strange reason, I was not even aware that this disc was ever released. What makes that all the more remarkable is that my wife and I actually saw him in concert during his '96 summer tour when this "live" recording was made. One can only conclude that this disc was not very widely promoted nor was it an especially big seller.
But none of that matters much. I found "Across America" to be a joyous experience featuring a varied menu of 16 wonderful tunes. Not surprisingly, about half the songs are from Arthur's magical days with Paul Simon. Included are memorable versions of hits like "Homeward Bound", "Scarborough Fair" and "Sounds of Silence". Then of course there is the remarkable "Bridge Over Troubled Water" as only Art Garfunkel can sing it. It still sends chills up and down my spine even to this day! You will also find a number of tunes from Garfunkels solo career including "Bright Eyes" and the haunting "All I Know". Add to that a neat duet with the legendary James Taylor and a memorable version of the Beatles "I Will" and you will begin to understand why I am so enthusiastic about this CD. Art Garfunkel has always been a fan of 1950's rock and roll and doo wop so it is quite appropriate that the disc concludes with his version of the Jesse Belvin classic "Goodnight My Love". Now I am not a big fan of "live" recordings. But "Across America" is the exception to that rule and is destined for a special place on my CD shelf. After a long and difficult day at work I can assure you that this is just what the doctor ordered. So just sit back, relax and enjoy. Whether this disc sold 1000 copies or 10,000,000 it is a winner in my eyes. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight to your ears... 23 Jun 2006
By JRinPR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Simply stated, anybody who's a fan of Art Garfunkel (and Paul Simon as well), will not be disappointed. An excellent (and amazingly cheap!) buy.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recaptures the best qualities of his earlier performances. 15 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Art still seems to pining after Paul (tonight I'll play his songs again), but appears to have found a well of insight of his own, nicely works his son into the performance of one of his old tunes, and generally establishes himself as a legitimate solo talent.
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