The Concert In Central Park
Warner Brothers Records, 1982
REVIEW BY: David Bowling
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 11/04/2008
Most people have forgotten what a big deal Simon & Garfunkel’s free concert in
By 1981, Simon & Garfunkel had taken on a legendary status, and so on
The Concert In Central Park found the duo updating their sound with a full band, including synthesizers and a brass section, providing backing.
The album also shows just what wonderful vocalists Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were and how perfectly they fit together. It also proved that they could provide perfect renditions of their songs live without relying on any studio recording techniques.
The song selection was impeccable. The concert begins with “Mrs, Robinson” which quickly established the fact that Simon & Garfunkel are alive and very well. “Homeward Bound,” “
Side two begins with the gentle folk hit “April Comes She Will” and then moves to an Everly Brothers tribute song, “Wake Up Little Susie.” They had based their original sound upon that of the Everlys and were one of the few artists who were able to mimic them perfectly.
The “Kodachrome/Maybelline” medley was an inspirational pairing of two songs that don’t seem to fit together. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” just soared out into the night with some of the purest vocals ever captured live.
The concert ends with the poignancy of “Old Friends,” the goofiness of “The
The Concert In Central Park was and remains one of the best live albums ever recorded. It captured one of music’s legendary duos at their best and also showed what the music world had been missing.