Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Simon & Garfunkel Live In Central Park

One of the most memorable performances I've ever attended was Simon & Garfunkel's free benefit concert in Central Park, September 19, 1981. Above they sang "Scarborough Fair," the traditional English ballad included on their classic "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme" album (1966).


Michael J. Mand said...

As a business venture, the "free" concert was an act of marketing genius, as the duo did quite well off the sales of the albums, cassettes and videos - no CDs at that time. Other performers were to follow suit. Leaving my motivational cynicism behind, the concert was a magnificent musical success, as S & G were in top form and everybody I know who attended - I wasn't there - gave the performance rave reviews. (Disclaimer: I went out and bought the album as soon as it was released, and have subsequently replaced it with a CD....with no regrets.)

Jeff Tone said...

Though the critical reception was positive, one dissenter said something along the same lines: "Robert Christgau of The Village Voice dismissed the album as 'a corporate boondoggle—a classy way for Warner Bros. artist Simon to rerecord, rerelease, and resell the catalogue CBS is sitting on.'"

Regarding S & G being in "top form": "The duo were disappointed with their performance, particularly Garfunkel, who felt that he sang poorly."

Well, I was there. The concert was wonderful! Yes, the recording testifies to that!