Ever since then I have always wanted another copy, but the vinyl was never in stock anywhere in South Africa ever again. It became available on cd, but I somehow never had the compunction to purchase it in digital form. Just last week while lying in bed one morning I happened to be thinking about the old record collection and this album in particular and regretted never being able to find it in glorious black vinyl again.
However, I had some spare time before a meeting downtown today at around lunch time and decided to pop into a little second hand store just to have a look around and kill some time when lo and behold I unearthed a copy of Simon and Garfunkel's concert in Central Park! I was almost too nervous to check the state of the vinyl surface in case it was too scratched up to make it worth the 50 Krona price tag, but I checked... and besides being very dirty and dusty there was not a scratch in sight. Halleluja! Even the original souvenir booklet was there and in great condition.
|12 Page Souvenir Booklet|
The album was recorded on Saturday September 19th 1981 on the large central open space of Central Park in front of 500 000 people after only three weeks of (apparently tense) rehearsals. The recording of the concert was released five months later on February 16th 1982 and sold incredibly well worldwide with sales of close to 4 500 000 earning many Platinum and Gold sales in a variety of countries.
|Inside the Gatefold Cover|
After getting it home I carefully cleaned both the discs and actually got quite emotional when the first side fired up with the sounds of the crowd fading in and the mayor of New York, Ed Koch, announcing "Ladies and gentlemen, Simon and Garfunkel". It was like finding an old friend after a long absence! (The album, not Ed K.)
1. Mrs. Robinson
2. Homeward Bound
4. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
5. Scarborough Fair
1. April Come She Will
2. Wake Up Little Susie
3. Still Crazy After All These Years
4. American Tune
5. Late in the Evening
1. Slip Slidin' Away
2. A Heart in New York
3. Kodachrome / Maybellene
4. Bridge Over Troubled Water
1. Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover
2. The Boxer
3. Old Friends
4. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
5. The Sound of Silence
On a final note, the album maintains the authentic sound of a live recording by not being over worked during post production but has enough good sound quality to be enjoyed for the musical content as well.
I am a very happy music listening chappy right now!