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Classic Album Review: Simon & Garfunkel | Live From New York City, 1967

The folk-pop icons unearth a pristine hour-long show from their glory days.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Before the pyro and flash pots, before the dance routines and video screens, before the cherry-pickers and flying harnesses, concerts used to be about — believe it or not — music. No, really.

Just check out this vintage hour-long set from ’60s folk icons Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel and you’ll see what I mean. Armed with only their two voices, one acoustic guitar and a set list of timelessly beautiful material — including Homeward Bound, The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy), A Hazy Shade Of Winter, I am A Rock and The Sound Of Silence, to name a few — they hold a Big Apple audience in the palm of their hand for the duration of this 19-song set. A bit of a buzz in one track (presumably part of the reason why this set languished in the vault for so long) is the only slight blemish on an otherwise pristine and classy document that effortlessly shows most of today’s concerts for the soulless circus spectacles they are.