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To say that this is the best Simon & Garfunkel album will perhaps offend a lot of fans who love their acoustic folk-pop of the late 60s. But it is, and their most accessible, too.
It was recorded a decade after the break-up of the duo, and features a full backing band, complete with a subtle, well-used horn ensemble, and Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel perform truly excellent versions of classics like "Mrs Robinson", "The Sound Of Silence", "Homeward Bound", "The Boxer" and a magnificent "Bridge Over Troubled Water".
And the presence of Art Garfunkel (and the fine backing band) makes for some superb live renditions of several of Paul Simon's best solo tunes, especially "Still Crazy After All These Years", "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard" and "Slip Slidin' Away", which features Garfunkel's masterful harmony vocals.
This album is much more lively than the duo's strictly acoustic outings from the 60s, and it is highly recommended as one of the very best live albums of the 80s, one that really adds something to the artists' legacies.
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on 16 November 1999
All the S&G tracks that you love in a way that is unusually familiar, without the clinical finish that the studio provides, i mean this is a good way. Every track is a gem!!
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on 4 March 2002
I first purchased this recording in 1982 on Vinyl, now sadly worn. There is no second best on this recording, each track , the producing and editing, and the final packaged delivery is just superb. The complimentary talents of these two individual poets/composers remind us of days when harmony and culture mattered most. The highlights include "America", "A Heart in New York" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - all three for the sheer reaction of the crowd who were fortunate to be present on 19th September 1981. Some of us including myself were barely old enough to remember anything prior to "Troubled Water" but this recording captures S & G at their very best, reaching out, providing hope, and then leaving the world with something to grab hold of. S & G seemingly were broken up but came back together for a moment in time - thankfully David Geffen had the sense to record this moment for us. We can only but guess what could have been recorded by S & G after this concert but alas it was not to be. The endless Greatest Hits comps that have been released only have proved one thing and that S & G are as popular today and will live on - as will this wonderful concert. As the night air makes way for the dawning of another day, Central Park returns to normal. But for a second there, did I hear S & G singing out into the night?
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on 15 May 2001
Having been a fan of the duo for some time, I felt that this album was a must have, but was worried that the live versions would not be the same. Well, they're not, they're even better. The atmosphere is great, and the reworked tracks are often even better than the originals. "The boxer" is one of my favourite tracks anyway, but this recording is just incredible. Why did they have to split?
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on 23 February 2013
We gave this CD five stars for its sound quality is very good indeed! The songs are unforgettable and this CD is a 'must have' in all Simon and Garfunkel’s Collection!
We got the DVD separately which is a companion for this CD! We loved it, too! We recommend this CD not only because of the aforementioned reasons but because the atmosphere of a real live concert involves everyone listening to it. Five Stars, no doubt!
Warmest regards,
Eliezer, Elizeu and Maria Conceicao, Brazil.
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on 15 September 2013
I first really got into Simon and Garfunkel after watching this concert on TV in the 80s. I hadnt particularly been drawn to them up to that point.

Wow did that change instantly when i heard all these songs. Only once had the same immediate liking for a group since, The Beautiful South. S&G were simply brilliant in this concert, their voices sublime, a live performance that exceeds a studio recording of the same songs in my view. A resounding 10 out of 10 from me.
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on 8 July 2015
I understand that Simon And Garfunkel's career was not taking off, so in 1965 Paul Simon toured the UK as a solo artist and was suddenly recalled to the US when an electric backing was added to The Sounds Of Silence and it was all upwards from there on. Also he wrote Homeward Bound while waiting a northern rail station, quite clearly he was homesick.
Anyway after their 1970 split they went their separate ways and therefore this 1981 reunion was eagerly awaited. To my ears they did not disappoint.
Apart from the two sons mentioned above there are favourites including Mrs Robinson, America, Scarborough Fair, April Come She Will, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Boxer, Old Friends and The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy).
Paul sings some of his solo recordings, by far the best for me are American Tune and A Heart In New York.
So if you want 19 Simon And Garfunkel songs from 1965 to 1981, this is for you.
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on 18 July 2011
This is truly one of the best live albums - and in fact one of the best albums of any type - that has ever been released. Flawless and stunning - both Simon and Garfunkel, and their backing band which includes the legendary Steve Gadd on drums, are on absolutely top form. This isn't just an album of songs, it's a piece of history. Enjoy!
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on 13 February 2013
Probably the definitive Simon & Garfunkel album - a must have. I had forgotten just how good this album is.
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on 22 October 2015
If only............they would do another!! 10/10 absolutely fantastic!!
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