Old Friends Live on Stage

Old Friends Live on Stage

by Simon & Garfunkel

CD(German Import)

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When you've been friends for close to half a century, you get to, uh, know each other. At the time of their 2003 reunion tour, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were closing in on the 50-year mark of a personal relationship that, of course, includes their monumental on-and-off musical partnership. They bring an understandable sense of intimacy and mutual respect (despite their joking references to the rancor that inevitably surfaces between them) to this in-performance set that captures a particularly inspired and emotional appearance in their hometown of New York City. To their credit, the duo don't fall back on the tried and true, instead altering arrangements of classics that add dimension to longtime favorites. For example: Garfunkel rather than Simon takes the solo vocal on "Kathy's Song"; both men chime in on "American Tune," a signature song from Simon's solo career; the Everly Brothers, S&G's main early influence, join them for a rousing "Bye Bye Love"; and there are a multitude of changes in instrumental textures and rhythms. (The haunting theremin break in "The Boxer" stands out as an especially dazzling touch.) Both men sound wiser, yet still in strong command of their vocal powers -- their utterly distinctive harmonies remain unrivaled. The inclusion of a live version of their first adolescent hit (as Tom and Jerry), "Hey School Girl," and the addition of a recent studio recording of Simon's previously unheard "Child of the Planet" lends this outstanding album a full-circle tone, emphasizing the unique longevity and enduring strength of this essential pop music duo.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2004
Label: Columbia Europe
UPC: 5099751917328
catalogNumber: 5191732
Rank: 32096

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Simon & Garfunkel   Primary Artist
Art Garfunkel   Vocals
Paul Simon   Guitar,Vocals
Warren Bernhardt   Piano
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
Jorge Milchberg   Guitar
Pino Palladino   Bass,Bass Guitar
Larry Saltzman   Guitar
Rob Schwimmer   Keyboards,Theremin
Mark Stewart   Guitar,Cello

Technical Credits

Art Garfunkel   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Kooster McAllister   Engineer
Jorge Milchberg   Arranger,Composer
Kevin O'Connor   Drum Technician,Percussion Technician
David Wild   Liner Notes
John Alagia   Engineer
Howard R. Cohen   Public Relations
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Paul Special   Engineer
Danny Clinch   Cover Photo
Greg Thompson   Engineer
Tim Holder   Engineer
Jonathan Pollack   Lighting Director
Vincent Corry   Accounting
Daniel Alomía Robles   Composer
Alan Santos   Audio Production
Marshall Fawcett   Engineer
Jerry Kramer   Executive Producer
John Scher   Executive Producer
Scott C. Chase   Stage Manager
Dave Hill   Lighting Technician
Matthias Herr   Sound Advisor
David Morgan   Engineer
Eddie Simon   Executive Producer
Mike Farese   Contributor
Mark OHerlihy   Video Technician
Michael Kaye   Guitar Techician
Sean Binns   Video Technician
Justin Curtiss   Sound Crew
Walter "Biff" Daws   Engineer
Cliff Hannon   Video Technician
Dave Lammink   Video Technician
Danny Machado   Contributor
Aron Michalski   Guitar Techician
Dane Mustola   Video Technician
Kathleen Ferris Twitchell   Video Director
Stanley Twitchell   Video Engineer
Larry Yager   Stage Manager
Richard Allison   Engineer

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Old Friends Live on Stage 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bigedd More than 1 year ago
Saw the show live; this captures it perfectly.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The answer is quite a bit of both. I think the AMG review is closer to the mark than the B&N summary, although I feel that the band gives many of the songs more muscle than the original versions. However, the Central Park 1981 concert is a better showcase of S&G when their voices were still limber.
Rockmaven More than 1 year ago
I did not have the pleasure of seeing this show when S&G were on tour, however, judging from this CD/DVD package, I definitely missed out on an outstanding evening. They may be older, but they sound just as great, and in some ways, even better. The arrangements, the band, and Paul and Artie's voices are all in top form. The 1967 and 1969 live albums may be more revelatory, and the Concert in Central Park more eventful, but this set is truly a definitive document of a duo that still manages the capture the essence of their timeless material. Do yourself a favor and spring for the complete CD/DVD package. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The nostalgia factor aside, Old Friends: Live On Stage is a pleasant enough Simon and Garfunkle live concert album with a few outstanding renditions of classic Paul Simon songs but all in all the CD is a disappointment. Attempts to "freshen up' standards such as "Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water' pale in comparison to the peerless studio recordings. The duo's voices have obviously aged but the harmonies remain remarkably spectacular after all these years. The standouts on this album include "A Hazy Shade of Winter", "El Condor Pasa". "American Tune" and "My Little Town" : all four songs have smooth, uncluttered arrangements that beautifully showcase S&G's melded voices. The songs also happen to be (along with "Bridge Over Troubled Water") among the greatest works Paul Simon has ever written. Fans of Simon and Garfunkel should find much to enjoy on this two CD set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the best concerts i have seen in a long time, worth the time and money