Concert in the Park

Concert in the Park

by Paul Simon
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Ten years after playing a free concert in New York's Central Park with Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon returned, backed by the New York session musicians and the native musicians from South Africa and Brazil who had enlivened his solo work. The show was filmed and recorded, and the audio release was a 23-track double-disc set running nearly two hours. Half the selections came from his Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints albums, but unlike the Graceland Tour of 1987, the Born at the Right Time Tour of 1991 made room for Simon's earlier solo work as well as a few Simon & Garfunkel songs. Simon made such stylistically various material work together by front-loading the set with the newer stuff and rearranging some of the older solo stuff, so that "Kodachrome," for example, was refitted with a guitar line courtesy of Graceland player Ray Phiri. (Wisely, except for a becalmed Africanization of "Cecilia," Simon didn't monkey with the S&G songs, most of which came at the end of the set.) But Simon also toned down the Brazilian percussion that had dominated the Saints material and sang it more convincingly, so that "Born at the Right Time," for example, was far more effective than it had been in its studio version. On the whole, then, Concert in the Park managed to be an enjoyable and surprisingly cohesive career summary.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/1991
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992673723
catalogNumber: 26737

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist
Michael Brecker   Saxophone,EWI
Barney Rachabane   Saxophone,Whistle (Instrument),Penny Whistle
Mingo Araujo   Percussion
Cyro Baptista   Percussion
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Briz   Vocals
Tony Cedras   Accordion,Keyboards
Don Chacal   Percussion
Steve Gadd   Drums
Armand Sabal-Lecco   Bass
Vincent Nguini   Guitar
Ray Phiri   Guitar
John Selolwane   Guitar
Richard Tee   Keyboards
Maxine Willard Waters   Vocals
Oren Waters   Vocals
Julia   Vocals
Maxine   Vocals
Julia Waters   Vocals
Sidinho Moreira   Percussion

Technical Credits

Paul Simon   Composer,Producer
Dave Morgan   Engineer
Roy Halee   Engineer,Remixing
Lorne Michaels   Executive Producer
Jeff Ross   Producer
Joseph Shabalala   Composer
Richard Travali   Engineer
Waters   Contributor
Jay Vicari   Engineer
Mike Wolf   Engineer
Ian E. Hoblyn   Producer
Louis J. Horvitz   Director
Janis Wenk   Producer
Stacey Foster   Engineer
David Staub   Engineer
Lauren Harris   Director

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Concert in the Park 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own the cds and the video. I love hearing different arrangements of songs that I've already heard. I like the opening song, "The Obvious Child." That's an excellent opening song. I enjoy seeing Oludom and Briz on that song. I also adore Vincent's lightning fast fingers. I also adore Ray Phiri. Paul Simon is a master at guitar and singing and songwriting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy just about every genre of music that exists, but I hadn't heard Simon's ''Graceland'' album until about four years ago. The music intrigued me, and I decided to buy a Simon album of my own. I wanted an album that had some of his older music, as well as music from ''Graceland,'' and I found this album almost accidentally. I decided to buy it in spite of the steep price of a double CD, and it has become my favorite album. I have listened to it over and over, and never get tired of it. There are many different kinds of songs on the recording, and I love the world percussion that drives many of the songs. If you like any of Simon's music and are interested in world music as well, this album is perfect for you! I still vow it is the best CD purchase i ever made.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This concert is an awesome showcase of most of Paul Simon's best music from the early S&G days through 1991. The songs are at once musically beautiful and fun, and the concert atmosphere captured on the recording adds to the tunes. The rhythms are fast and powerful, the melodies are excellent, and the songs are classic. This is probably my favorite CD!
glauver More than 1 year ago
The only flaw I found in this 1991 live set was that the older numbers sometimes broke the flow of Paul Simon's then new world-beat songs. Chestnuts like Cecilia that had Latin arrangements blended much better. Don't let that stop you from buying this fine 2 CD concert. After this Simon retreated from his African and Brazilian experiments and became a rather isolated from the pop mainstream, except for his reunions with Art Garfunkel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Greatest album ever made.