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Editors’ Notes

Simon & Garfunkel would soon go their separate ways but for these performances, recorded just after the recording but before the release of their final album Bridge Over Troubled Water, the duo sound as harmonious as ever. They’re occasionally supported by a crack back-up group of musicians from the Wrecking Crew, including drummer Hal Blaine and keyboardist Larry Knetchel (later of Bread fame), but most tracks settle on just Simon’s acoustic guitar and the duo’s vocals. Simon’s later compositions, “Song for the Asking,” “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” all new to the ears of their audience, show the incredible growth and scope of his own already substantial talents. The older material is equally gripping: audience pleasers “Homeward Bound, “The Sound of Silence,” “I Am a Rock,” “Leaves That Are Green” and “Kathy’s Song” are all clear standards. The recordings were intended for a live album, so producer Roy Halee ensures an impeccable sound throughout. The only wonder is that it took four decades to see this release considering the high caliber of the recording and material.

Customer Reviews

'69 LIVE, Eh?

I just picked this up - Remastered in 2008. Apparently this was there last tour for 13 years. This 17 show compilation was recorded in Nov of 1969. Bridge Over Troubled water 9Their Crowning Glory) would come out on Jan 21, 1970. This Live recording was supposed to follow 'Bridge & be their 6th album. Nope - because the partnership disolved & the rest is history. Even so - this live set caputures S & G @ thier peak! This is how they sounded just as they reached the top of the world. Their creativity, energy & chemistry were poerty in motion. They captured the times & did so in a timeless historic ageless manner that holds up today as fresh & meaningful as it did FORTY Years Ago. WOW MAN - Now That's HEAVY ain"t it? Stay Groovy Man. Peace - Out! hahahaha don't worry - the songs hold up much better than those far out cliche's.

Live 69

The fun thing about this is the nuance differences in the live performances. There are just enough differences to be worthy of adding to a collection that includes the studio or standard versions, esp. BOTW. Their harmony is truly truly amazing. Pauls writing and voice and Arts absolutely one of a kind voice makes them and this collection worth having.

Great Recording!!

My mother bought this as an impulse purchase for a road trip we went on. I've always loved Simon & Garfunkel, but I've never been crazy about concert albums. This recording is truly remarkable. I'm sure a lot of time was put in to remaster it, because it sounds unbelievably clear. They include a few moments where Paul and Art speak in their subdued voices to the audience, explaining bits and pieces of their songs. These parts were great, and definitely helped capture the decade. All in all, you really can't go wrong with this.

Biography

Formed: 1964 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel crafted a series of memorable hit albums and singles featuring their choirboy harmonies, ringing acoustic and electric guitars, and Simon's acute, finely wrought songwriting. The pair always inhabited the more polished end of the folk-rock spectrum and was sometimes criticized for a certain collegiate sterility. Many also feel that Simon, as both a singer and songwriter, didn't truly blossom until he began his own hugely...
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