Simon & Garfunkel

Sounds of Silence Live [Bootleg]

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Taped at a New York City performance from 1966, this CD captures the duo in the wake of their first wave of success, with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme just completed and a couple of serious hits under their belt. The repertoire, performed by the duo alone, ranges freely across their first three albums, as far back as "Sparrow" and "The Church Is Burning" and up through and including "The Dangling Conversation," "The 59th Street Bridge Song," and the oft-forgotten B-side "You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies" (which comes off better here than it does on the actual single). The quality is generally decent, although there is some overload when the acoustic guitar really starts booming over the sound system that was in use at the time. The conversation between songs is easygoing and often quite funny, as the pair is obviously enjoying playing to a hometown audience.