Saturday, 21 October 2017

Simon & Garfunkel - Village Vanguard (1965-1969) [SBD]






Simon & Garfunkel
'Village Vanguard'
Studio Outtakes / Live / Sessions (1965-1969)

Soundboard Recordings
Encoded: 320 Kbps MP3

https://www.discogs.com/Simon-Garfunkel-Village-Vanguard/release/9540848

Track List: (Artwork Included)
01 For Emily
02 Overs
03 Homeward Bound
04 At the Zoo
05 America
06 Song for the Asking
07 A Poem on the Underground Wall
08 For Emily
09 Anji
10 Richard Cory
11 The Sound of Silence
12 Homeward Bound
13 A Most Peculiar Man
14 He Was My Brother
15 I Am A Rock
16 I Wish You Could Be There
17 Blessed
18 Bad Blues Feeling
19 Cloudy
20 Can't help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
21 Sparrow
22 The Side of a Hill
23 I Am A Rock
24 A Church is Burning
25 Anji

A very interesting and worthwhile, though not superb, collection of 27 live performances and outtakes, spanning 1966 through 1969. Two three studio outtakes from 1966 to 1967
There's also a version of "Overs" with considerably different lyrics than the one that turned up on Bookends.
Then there are a few songs from a 1966 "studio rehearsal," though the cover doesn't say whether this is a recording, TV, or radio studio, and some of them sound like Paul Simon solo tracks, with no evidence of Garfunkel. Anyway, these too are noteworthy for including two songs that never appeared on their albums: the nice, folky ballad "I Wish You Could Be Here" and "Bad Blues Feeling," the latter of which shows the influence of Simon's 1965 stint in Britain with its Bert Jansch-type licks. Six songs from a 1966 BBC appearance again yield rarities with a cover of Tom Paxton's "I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound"; the anti-war "On the Side of a Hill," which never made it onto any S&G albums; and
"A Church Is Burning," which only came out on Paul Simon's 1965 solo LP, The Paul Simon Song Book. The nine songs from a November 1969 concert don't have any otherwise unavailable numbers, but do boast the best sound quality of anything on the CD. This bootleg isn't solely notable for the rare compositions, though. The sound is very good at best and very listenable at worst. The performances are fine, and there are renditions of famous hits like "Homeward Bound," "Sounds of Silence," and "I Am a Rock" dotted throughout the program.

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