Concert in the Park

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Paul Simon's Concert in the Park
Live album by Paul Simon
Released November 5, 1991
Recorded August 15, 1991
Genre Rock
Length 117.22
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Janis Wenk
Paul Simon chronology
The Rhythm of the Saints
(1990)
Paul Simon's Concert in the Park, August 15, 1991
(1991)
Songs from The Capeman
(1997)

Paul Simon's Concert in the Park is a live album released in 1991 by Paul Simon. It provided a survey of his two most recent albums, Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints, and also drew liberally from his earlier songbook including a number of tunes from the Simon and Garfunkel era. 600,000 people were initially claimed to have attended the show, which was held in Central Park, New York City on August 15, 1991, though later estimates downgraded the number to less than 100,000.[1] The concert was similar to The Concert in Central Park, a reunion concert for both Simon and Garfunkel held ten years earlier.

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Robert Christgau (dud)[2]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "The Obvious Child"
  2. "The Boy in the Bubble"
  3. "She Moves On"
  4. "Kodachrome"
  5. "Born at the Right Time"
  6. "Train in the Distance"
  7. "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"
  8. "I Know What I Know"
  9. "The Cool, Cool River"
  10. "Bridge over Troubled Water"
  11. "Proof"

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "The Coast"
  2. "Graceland"
  3. "You Can Call Me Al"
  4. "Still Crazy After All These Years"
  5. "Loves Me Like a Rock"
  6. "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"
  7. "Hearts and Bones"
  8. "Late in the Evening"
  9. "America"
  10. "The Boxer"
  11. "Cecilia"
  12. "The Sound of Silence"

The band[edit]

Special Guests: Briz, Grupo Cultural OLODUM and Chevy Chase join Paul, dancing to "You Can Call Me Al".

Formats[edit]

This title was released in both audio and video formats.

  • As a double live-album, it was released on CD, cassette and vinyl LP.
  • Both VHS and Laserdisc formats were released with "Cecilia" omitted from the VHS and both "Cecilia" and "The Coast" omitted from the Laserdisc

This title has never been released on DVD and is the only Paul Simon video not to be released in this format. This could be due to the contract with Pioneer that restricted the re-issue of concerts by artists signed to Warner on any future format. In July 2011 a Facebook campaign [3] has been started to request a release of the concert on DVD and Blu-ray.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dwyer, Jim (July 23, 2008). "Great Lawn: A Bubble of History Bursts". New York Times. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Paul Simon". Robert Christgau. 
  3. ^ Bodo (July 23, 2011). "Facebook campaign". [1].