Barely two years after the Live From New York City, 1967
, we find a set of Live recordings here that just shows how Bookends
and the forthcoming Bridge Over Troubled Water
had taken S&G to a new level. This set confirms the complete journey in their story as a duo.
Contrary to folklore, S&G didn't break up as such - they merely went to explore their own solo paths, periodically returning to say hello together (with the Simon and Garfunkel: the Concert in Central Park [DVD
]of 1981 being the greatest reunion).
This 1969 offering is remarkable in every way - lyrically, musically, timing and relevance. An incredible varied selection that was the landscape and majesty of S&G from 1964 onwards as far as the Columbia years were concerned.
If I have one concern, it is about the acknowledgement of Roy Halee which to my mind is very minimal in the sleeve notes to this CD. Roy's contribution though being mentioned, was vital to this set and it is alarming that his name does not appear in the closing credits after the excellent essay by Bud Scoppa. If it wasn't for Roy, we wouldn't be listening to this set. Not sure what happened during the final proofing at Sony/Legacy but sorry people, Roy should have had centre stage in the credits list.
I have no concerns as to the music poetry of S&G. This is an incredible set of live recordings.