The Concert in Central Park – Simon & Garfunkel – 1982

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Album The Concert in Central Park by Simon & Garfunkel
Album The Concert in Central Park by Simon & Garfunkel

The Concert in Central Park is the first live album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, released on February 16, 1982, by Warner Bros. Records. It was recorded on September 19, 1981, at a free benefit concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York City, where the pair performed in front of 500,000 people. The concert and album marked the start of a three-year reunion of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, who had split up in 1970.

The concert was organized by Parks Commissioner Gordon Davis and promoter Ron Delsener, who wanted to raise funds for the restoration and maintenance of the park, which had deteriorated due to lack of municipal funding. The duo agreed to perform together for the first time in over a decade, despite their personal tensions and artistic differences. They rehearsed for three weeks with a band of eleven musicians and backup singers.

The concert featured 21 songs, including hits from their years as a duo, such as “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and “The Boxer”, as well as solo material from both Simon and Garfunkel, such as “Slip Slidin’ Away” and “A Heart in New York”. They also covered songs by other artists, such as “Wake Up Little Susie” by The Everly Brothers and “Late in the Evening” by Paul Simon, which closed the show. The concert was filmed and broadcast on HBO and later released on video.

The album and film were well received by critics and fans alike, and the album peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 album charts and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. The concert also sparked a worldwide tour by Simon and Garfunkel in 1982-1983, but they did not record a new studio album together and eventually parted ways again.

The Concert in Central Park is considered one of the most iconic live albums of all time. It is praised for its performances, its atmosphere, and its historical significance. The album is still highly regarded by fans and critics today.

The personnel of the album The Concert in Central Park by Simon & Garfunkel, released in 1982, are as follows:

  • Paul Simon – vocals, guitar, producer, arranger
  • Art Garfunkel – vocals, producer, arranger
  • David Brown – guitar
  • Pete Carr – guitar
  • Rob Mounsey – synthesizer
  • Richard Tee – keyboards
  • Anthony Jackson – bass
  • Steve Gadd – drums
  • Grady Tate – drums
  • Dave Tofani – saxophone
  • Gerry Niewood – saxophone
  • John Eckert – trumpet
  • John Gatchell – trumpet
  • Roy Halee – engineer, producer, remix
  • Phil Ramone – producer
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • John Mathias – assistant engineer

Source: Wikipedia

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