27 Songs, 1 Hour 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This recording of Paul Simon’s celebratory 2012 London concert is notable for including most of his landmark 1986 album, Graceland. Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s rousing harmonies light up “Homeless,” while many of the album’s original players from South Africa re-create the springy rhythms and exuberant instrumentation. On other career highlights, Simon is upbeat (“Kodachrome”) and playful (“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”), while the crowd echoes his haunting acoustic rendition of “The Sound of Silence” until it sounds like a hymn.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

This recording of Paul Simon’s celebratory 2012 London concert is notable for including most of his landmark 1986 album, Graceland. Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s rousing harmonies light up “Homeless,” while many of the album’s original players from South Africa re-create the springy rhythms and exuberant instrumentation. On other career highlights, Simon is upbeat (“Kodachrome”) and playful (“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”), while the crowd echoes his haunting acoustic rendition of “The Sound of Silence” until it sounds like a hymn.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings
Stan the man!!!

Stan the music man unusual

I recently saw Art Garfunkle & I saw Paul Simon on the Graceland tour. Paul was awesome, art not so much!!!!!!

music city citizen

nice album art

I havent heard any of the songs yet (because they're not available yet) but I like the album cover art - colorful, easy to read, with a nice dramatic sky. I'm looking forward to hearing The Sound of Silence. I have collected 12 digital versions of that song, all with Paul Simon, some acoustic, some electric, some in concert, some with Art Garfunkel, etc. - They're all quite different and they're all quite good!

tanyandave

Is this a bootleg?

The songs, of course, are flawless. But it sounds like it was recorded with a handheld cassette recorder, not plugged into the sound board.

About Paul Simon

There are musical storytellers—and then there’s the low-key but wildly ambitious Paul Simon, who copyrighted his first song with partner Art Garfunkel when they were in their early teens. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1941, Simon mixed the mass appeal of ’50s rock ’n’ roll with the introspection of the singer/songwriter era, opening up a universe of emotional terrain previously unexplored in popular music. (Just listen to the playful poetry of 1968’s “Mrs. Robinson” or the existential ache of “The Sound of Silence”—songs you could whistle along to, or subject to rigorous literary analysis.) Though he was originally associated with folk, Simon is a remarkably eclectic artist, drawing variously on gospel and jazz, Brazilian batucada, and, perhaps most famously, South African township music. His landmark 1986 album, Graceland, helped build a bridge for his collaborators Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, and Miriam Makeba during the height of apartheid. For as uplifting as his music can be (think: the chorus chant of “Cecilia,” the rocksteady of “Mother and Child Reunion,” and the bright horns of “You Can Call Me Al”), at its heart is a profound bittersweetness. Embarking on his farewell tour in 2018, Simon celebrates an inimitable career spent mining themes of aging, separation, and loss with a muted reserve, suggesting that all things—good and bad—do pass.

HOMETOWN
Newark, NJ
GENRE
Pop
BORN
October 13, 1941

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