Simon and Garfunkel - the Concert in Central Park on DVD
Now heres a blast from the past!
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel put aside whatever their differences are and/or
were long enough to perform at this classic event, in front of a huge crowd
in New York Citys Central Park.
This September, 1981 performance saw Paul and Art backed up by abundant talent,
with music produced by their longtime record producer Roy Halee. The whole,
the sum of the parts, is a wonderful concert - even though Simon doesnt
appear to be having a particularly good time during most of the concert - or
at least not nearly as much fun as Garfunkel is.
Of course, during the concert Simon has reasons to be a tad - shall we say
low reacting? As hes performing away peacefully, some whacko jumps on
stage from the audience and really freaks Simon out, coming very close to the
entertainer before security catches up with him and scurries him away.
We would have freaked out, too!
Nearly all of the classic S&G songs are here as well as selected Simon
solos (one of which Art gets to sing), including Mrs. Robinson, Homeward Bound,
America, Scarborough Fair, April Come She Will, Wake Up Little Susie, American
Tune, Late in the Evening, Slip Sliding Away, A Heart in New York, Kodachrome,
Maybellene, Bridge Over Troubled Water, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, The Boxer,
Old Friends/Bookends, Feelin' Groovy, The Sound of Silence, Late in the Evening,
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, and Still Crazy After All These Years.
We dont know if it was an ego thing or what, but we were disappointed
that none of Garfunkels solo songs were included. Wed have loved
to hear titles such as Travellin Boy, Disney Girls,
and the like - but twas not to be. We also would have preferred it if
the backup band helped out on The Sound of Silence, always having
preferred the up tempo version, but such is life.
Oh well, what songs there are (and to be fair, there are plenty) are well performed
and youll definitely get your moneys woashioned TVs
aspect ratio of 4x3 and that means owners of 16x9 TVs will have to stretch
and/or zoom it to fit their screens.
Audio is Dolby Digital stereo and its okay. We doubt there was a lot
of remastering effort put into this, so the audio doesnt have the punch
it could, but were only disappointed because were such audio/video
Now, Fox, how about releasing The Who Rocks America - Toronto 1982?
Simon and Garfunkel, The Concert in Central Park, from 20th Century Fox Home
Starring Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel
Produced by James Signorelli, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg
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