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Jul 28, 2015 | Legacy Recordings and Columbia Records Celebrate Johnny Mathis's 80th Birthday with Release of Johnny Mathis: The Singles on September 25, 2015

Definitive Four Disc Anthology Brings Together 87 Non-LP and Compilation-Only Tracks including Landmark Hits "It's Not For Me to Say," "Chances Are" and "The Twelfth of Never"

Jul 28, 2015

NEW YORK, July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Columbia Records will celebrate the 80th birthday of legendary crooner Johnny Mathis with the release of Johnny Mathis: The Singles, a definitive four disc anthology, on September 25, 2015. Pre-order available here http://smarturl.it/mathis_singles

Johnny Mathis: The Singles, a definitive four disc anthology to be released on September 25, 2015.

Born September 30, 1935, a then-teenaged Johnny Mathis signed with Columbia Records in 1956, first entering the Pop charts with his inaugural Columbia single, "Wonderful! Wonderful!" the following year.  Peaking at #14, "Wonderful! Wonderful!" laid the foundation, and predicted the future, for one of the most remarkable careers in pop music history, leading to a string of singles successes which includes perennials like "It's Not For Me To Say," "Chances Are," "The Twelfth Of Never" and many others.

Johnny Mathis: The Singles brings together, for the first time in one anthology, every Johnny Mathis recording which was first issued for the singles market, as well as tracks released exclusively on compilations (1958's Johnny's Greatest Hits, considered the first "greatest hits" collection ever created by the music industry, 1959's More Johnny's Greatest Hits and 1981's The First 25 Years--The Silver Anniversary Album).

31 of the 87 tracks on Johnny Mathis: The Singles, are being released on CD for the very first time.  The four-disc anthology compiles, for the very first time, every non-LP single side released for the label between 1956 and 1981.

"When over the course of a career you record as many songs as I have recorded, you tend to forget a few," said Johnny Mathis. "Revisiting this music was a complete surprise. I was thrilled beyond belief that some of the songs that I recorded specifically for single records, some of which had simply disappeared once they had been released, are now going to be heard again. Listening to this collection, not only was I amazed at how great it sounds, but I was being reminded of some songs I had totally forgotten. It is my greatest hope that my fans will share my enthusiasm."

Johnny Mathis is one of the longest-running artists on the Columbia Records label, with 17 million RIAA certified album and singles sales in the US alone.  A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music transcends passing fads and trends, Johnny Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories -- from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music both sacred and secular -- assuring his reputation as one of the most enduring traditional pop vocalists in music history.

Perhaps best-known for his landmark singles (three of his recordings--"Chances Are," "It's Not For Me To Say," and "Misty"--have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame) Mathis was one of the very first musical artists to embrace the album concept and record fully-realized thematically and sonically coherent collections of songs.  His 1958 release, Johnny's Greatest Hits inaugurated the ongoing "greatest hits" anthology phenomenon becoming one of the most popular albums of all time after spending an unprecedented 490 continuous weeks (almost ten years) on the BILLBOARD Top Albums Chart; 1959's Heavenly spent 295 consecutive weeks on the same chart.  Johnny Mathis was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Mathis had 18 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1963 and 19 Top 40 albums between 1957 and 1978.  He has earned 10 gold, 4 platinum and 2 multi-platinum awards from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

Mathis was a star student athlete in San Francisco who sang weekends at a local jazz club. Columbia Records' George Avakian was in attendance during one performance, and famously wired back to the label office: "Have found phenomenal 19-year old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts." After his jazzy debut LP was largely ignored upon its release in 1956, Mathis began working closely with Columbia's vice-president and producer Mitch Miller to develop an unbeatable lush pop style, picking romantic ballads that made extensive use of his recognizable, vibrato-heavy croon.

During his time on Columbia, Mathis was essentially recording for two markets: the singles market and the albums market. While he would enjoy success in both realms, it was his non-LP singles that first introduced the world to his distinct gifts: in 1957, his first Columbia single "Wonderful! Wonderful!" peaked at No. 14; follow-up "It's Not For Me To Say" rose to No. 5, and "Chances Are" topped the charts.

Altogether, Mathis logged 18 singles on Billboard's Top 40 between 1957 and 1963 (and has seen 43 of his singles chart on Billboard Hot 100 from 1957 to 1981). After a tenure on his own Global label from 1963 to 1967 (initially distributed by Mercury and chronicled by Legacy in The Complete Global Albums Collection box set), Johnny returned to Columbia, where he records to this day.

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Johnny Mathis: The Singles

Disc 1
When Sunny Gets Blue
Wonderful! Wonderful! (#14)
It's Not For Me To Say (#5)
Warm And Tender
Chances Are (#1)
The Twelfth Of Never (#9)
Wild Is The Wind (#22)
No Love (But Your Love) (#21)
When I Am With You
Come To Me
All The Time
Teacher, Teacher (#21)
Let It Rain
A Certain Smile (#14)
Call Me
Stairway To The Sea
You Are Beautiful
Let's Love
Someone (#35)
Very Much In Love
I Look At You (bonus track)
The Flame Of Love (bonus track)

Disc 2
Small World (#20)
You Are Everything To Me
The Story Of Our Love
The Best Of Everything (#62)
Cherie
Starbright
All Is Well
Hey Love
My Love For You (#47)
Oh That Feeling
How To Handle A Woman
While You're Young
Jenny
You Set My Heart To Music
Should I Wait
Laurie, My Love
Wasn't The Summer Short?
There You Are
Christmas Eve
My Kind Of Christmas
Sweet Thursday
One Look
Unaccustomed As I Am
Marianna
I'll Never Be Lonely Again

Disc 3
That's The Way It Is
Gina (#6)
I Love Her That's Why
What Will My Mary Say (#9)
Quiet Girl
Every Step Of The Way
Sooner Or Later
All The Sad Young Men
I'll Search My Heart
Don't Talk To Me
Long Winter Nights
Among The First To Know
Night Dreams
Whoever You Are, I Love You
For All We Know
The Last Time I Saw Her
Wherefore And Why
Darling Lili
Sign Of The Dove
Christmas Is…
I Was There

Disc 4
Ten Times Forever More
Evie
Think About Things
If We Only Have Love
This Way Mary
Sometimes
I
Take Good Care Of Her
Walking Tall
Turn The Lights Down
The Very First Christmas Day
Christmas In The City Of The Angels
The Lord's Prayer
When A Child Is Born
Nothing Between Us But Love
It Doesn't Have To Hurt Every Time (bonus track)
There! I've Said It Again (bonus track)
Three Times A Lady (bonus track)
The Way You Look Tonight (bonus track)

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Jul 24, 2015 | Tenor Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis Releases Days Of FreeMan, A Tribute To His Hip-Hop Roots -- Album Available Now

"I didn't grow up a hip-hop head, but where I grew up in Buffalo, New York, on Freeman Street, the sound of 1990s hip-hop was ubiquitous," James Brandon Lewis says. "I decided to go back and explore that time through music."

Jul 24, 2015

NEW YORK, July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Visionary composer and tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis's bravest, yet most palpable artistic feat, Days Of FreeMan, opens with a poignant and profound introductory monologue from a maternal sage. She says: "The best thing of living is living who you are. You can't be somebody else; you gotta be what God gave you to be and who you are. You look in the mirror and see yourself and say 'I'm James Brandon Lewis."' Next, bass and drums congeal around the sapphire melodic motif of "Brother 1976," recalling one of those jazzy jewel-like hooks from a 1990s Native Tongue hip-hop jam. The effect is like 1990s hip-hop's fascination with jazz being spit back by a prodigious jazz innovator. Welcome to Days Of FreeMan (OKeh) available July 24, 2015.

For his third album, James uses ideas from 1990s hip-hop to masterfully weave together threads of cultural identity, cross-generational identity, and personal reflection.

Days Of FreeMan is imaginatively organized in chapters with classic hip-hop style breaks and interludes functioning as chapter breathers. Like the cross cultural and generational mosaic on Freeman Street proper, the album invites the listener into many dialogues. It is a nod to 1990s hip-hop, and explores rhyme-scapes and the musical conventions of that golden age of hip-hop in a revolutionary way. The album also explores hip-hop as a culture through taking inspiration from the original four pillars of hip-hop: dance, rapping, graffiti, and DJ-ing.

The album also loosely functions as a memoir with an underlay of nostalgia for the carefree boyhood days of fly nicknames, basketball, and those first encounters with the transformative power of music. Adding to the power and emotionality of this thread on growing up, are pontifications on love, identity, and God peppered throughout the album, culled from informal conversations James recorded with his grandmother, Pearl Lewis.

James's immersive creative process to realize his vision for Days Of FreeMan include pouring over hip-hop documentaries for up to eight hours a day, and dissecting albums by KRS-One, Digable Planets, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, A Tribe Called Quest, Medeski, Martin & Wood, along with fearless jazz trumpeter Don Cherry's 1985 album Home Boy and Lauryn Hill's 1998 masterpiece the Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

How all of this preparation plays out musically is stunning. For years instrumentalists held fast to the lofty notion of "singing through the instrument," but on Days Of FreeMan, James aspires to MC through his tenor. The album's title track perfectly captures the clipped cadence of a master MC with speech-like phrases and a long flowing solo that conjures up a blazing freestyle battle rap session. "Black Ark" traces the legacy of hip-hop from the balmy and pioneering dub explorations of Lee "Scratch" Perry in Jamaica ("Black Ark" is the name of his famed studio) to the burgeoning sounds of hip-hop blaring out in the Bronx.  On "Lament for JLew," in five vigorous minutes James ties together the dual lineages of classical music to hip-hop and classical music to rock using original classical-flavored motifs to illustrate the overlaps.

The second to last track of Days Of FreeMan is the political and timely "Unarmed With A Mic" and is a reminder of hip-hop's power as a form of protest music. On this track, James plays with seething sentimentality. The album concludes with "Epilogue," a reprise of the infectious melody of the opening track "Brother 1976."

On the album, James is accompanied by drummer Rudy Royston. Both took the weighty undertaking of album deeply, researching 1990s hip-hop jams for inspiration and vision. Their attention to the vocabulary of the era James sought to explore, and their panoramic musicality and sympathetic musical skills, match James's artistic ideal to authentically and thoroughly fuse genres and cultures without pandering to trends in jazz-groove records. The record also features a guest spot from the gifted freestyle rapper Supernatural on the track "Days Of FreeMan."

Days of FreeMan is one of James Brandon Lewis's most ambitious works and his most accessible. Reflecting on this intriguing duality he says: "The artist is charged with taking creative risks, but the universe lined up this time and I was able to connect with my audience conversationally."

About James Brandon Lewis
James Brandon Lewis is one of the modern titans of the tenor sax. Hailed by Ebony Magazine as one of "7 Young Players to Watch," James has shared stages with such icons as Benny Golson, Geri Allen, Wallace Roney, Grammy® Award-winning singer Dorinda Clark Cole, and the late "Queen of Gospel Music," Albertina Walker. In bold contrast, James has also worked with such intrepid artists as Weather Report bassist Alphonso Johnson, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver, Charles Gayle, Ed Shuller, Kirk Knuffke, Jason Hwang, Marilyn Crispell, Ken Filiano, Cooper Moore, Darius Jones, Eri Yamamoto, Federico Ughi, Kenny Wessel, Marvin "Bugalu" Smith, and Sabir Mateen. In addition, he has collaborated with the dance company CircuitDebris under the direction of Mersiha Mesihovic. James attended Howard University and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Currently, James resides in New York City where he actively gigs as a sideman and leads his own ensembles. In NYC, he is a co-founder of "Heroes Are Gang Leaders" with poet Thomas Sayers Ellis—a collective of poets and musicians—and he is a member of the collective "Dark Matter," a conceptual musical collaboration exploring that which is invisible but is detected by it's gravitational effects. Outside NYC, James is an active national and international touring artist. Some career highlights are playing such esteemed festivals as Winter Jazz Festival/OKeh Records showcase with William Parker and Gerald Cleaver; The Eric Dolphy Festival with an ensemble featuring Grachan Moncur III, Richard Davis, Andrew Cyrille, Angelica Sanchez, Ted Daniel, and Alfred Patterson; and Princeton University as part of Fred Ho's "Journey to the West," an interdisciplinary dance and music project.

Tracklisting:



1. Foreword

8. Break II

15. Break IV

2. Brother 1976

9. Wilson

16. Able Souls Dig Planets

3. Of Dark Matter

10. Lament for JLew

17. Speaking from Jupiter

4. Black Ark

11. Break III

18. Unarmed with a Mic

5. Break I

12. Bamako Love

19. Epilogue (Brother 1976)

6. Days of FreeMan

13. Boom Bap Bop


7. Bird of Folk Cries

14. Steelo


 

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Jul 16, 2015 | Record Company Swag Never Looked So Good!

Legacy Recordings Offers Music Fans Historic Artist and Label Merchandise Online at Shop.LegacyRecordings.Com

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Jul 16, 2015

NEW YORK, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is opening up the SME archives to access 125 years-worth of creative artwork, photos and graphics to serve as source material for the most exciting line of historic record label merchandise to ever be made available to the public.

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Shop.LegacyRecordings.com, Legacy's new online emporium, presents music fans with a variety of practical and aesthetically-pleasing merchandise offerings incorporating and/or inspired by historic label designs, logos, album covers, promotional swag, artist biographies and more.

The exclusive merchandise lines offered through Shop.LegacyRecordings.com incorporate artwork and design elements from contemporary and historic labels in the Sony Music family--including Columbia Records, Epic Records, Groove, Kama Sutra Records, OKeh Records, RCA Victor and Silvertone Records. 

Branded high-quality merchandise items offered include: cell phone cases for iPhone and Galaxy phones; T-shirts (adult sizes in 100% super soft combed cotton); messenger bags; mugs; magnets; journals and more.

In addition to its current offerings, Shop.LegacyReocrdings.com will soon be making available a variety of fashionably branded home decor products including decorative pillow cases, sheets, shower curtains, duvets and fleece blankets.

Shop.LegacyRecordings.com is currently showcasing a special Johnny Cash store offering T-shirts, mugs, magnets, photo prints, Galaxy and iPhone cases, silky fabric covered journals and messenger bags emblazoned with iconography bearing the unmistakable look of the Man In Black.

New artist collections will be regularly added to Shop.LegacyRecordings.com to keep music fans coming back for the best record label merchandise ever.

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Jul 16, 2015 | David Gilmour To Release New Album, "Rattle That Lock" Friday, September 18, 2015

FIRST NORTH AMERICAN DATES IN 10 YEARS ANNOUNCED

Jul 16, 2015

NEW YORK, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --  David Gilmour has announced that his new solo album Rattle That Lock will be released worldwide on Friday, September 18, 2015 on Columbia Records.  The album will be available for preorder and the first single, also titled "Rattle That Lock" will be released on Friday, July 17, 2016.

DAVID GILMOUR TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM,

Additionally David Gilmour's first North American dates in ten years were announced today.  The "David Gilmour Live 2016" concert  appearances will take place in March & April with stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and New York. Ticket buyers will be among the first to receive the new album, as every ticket purchased online will include a Rattle That Lock CD.

The "Live 2016" appearances will be David Gilmour's first live concert dates since the "On An Island" tour in 2006, and will follow his UK and European tour this September/October. All tickets for the North American Tour dates go on sale Friday, July 17, 2015 (exact times listed below).

March 24, 2016 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles – on sale 12pm (PST)
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B004EE9EA7F4F7C

March, 31 2016 – Air Canada Center, Toronto – on sale 10am (EST)
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004EEADDA29010

April 8, 2016 – United Center, Chicago – on sale 12pm (CST)
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/04004EEAA319243C

April 11, 2016Madison Square Garden, New York – on sale 10am (EST)
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/3B004EEA22A81FCF

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone.

Rattle That Lock is David Gilmour's fourth solo album and follows his 2006 #1 in the UK record On An Island. The primary lyricist for the new album is Gilmour's long-term writing partner, Polly Samson, and it is co-produced by David Gilmour and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera.  Rattle That Lock's striking cover has been art directed by Dave Stansbie from The Creative Corporation under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell from Hipgnosis.

RATTLE THAT LOCK tracklisting:

  1. 5 A.M. (Gilmour)
  2. Rattle That Lock (Gilmour/Samson/Boumendil)
  3. Faces Of Stones (Gilmour)
  4. A Boat Lies Waiting (Gilmour/Samson)
  5. Dancing Right In Front Of Me (Gilmour)
  6. In Any Tongue (Gilmour/Samson)
  7. Beauty (Gilmour)
  8. The Girl In The Yellow Dress (Gilmour/Samson)
  9. Today (Gilmour/Samson)
  10. And Then.....(Gilmour)

The title track, "Rattle That Lock", will be heard for the first time on BBC Radio 2 in the UK on Friday, July 17 and will be available immediately to download and stream worldwide. The song begins with the four notes, created by Michael Boumendil, which precede announcements at French SNCF railway stations which Gilmour recorded on his iPhone at Aix-en-Prevence station.  Samson's lyrics are inspired by Book II of John Milton's Paradise Lost, which is also featured in her recent acclaimed novel, The Kindness.  The single also features The Liberty Choir and singers Mica Paris and Louise Marshall.

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Jul 15, 2015 | Legacy Recordings Set to Release 'Simon & Garfunkel - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection' on 180gram Audiophile Vinyl and 'Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park' on CD/DVD for the First Time and 12" Vinyl

PBS to Air "Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park" Film in August 2015

Jul 15, 2015

NEW YORK, July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will commemorate five decades of Simon & Garfunkel's extraordinary sound with two special career-defining collections to be released on August 7, 2015. Simon & Garfunkel - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection features six 12" LPs, newly remastered and struck on 180gram audiophile vinyl, with a 20-page booklet and photo poster, housed in a deluxe collectible library box. The long out-of-print Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park will be available for the first time on DVD as part of a collectible CD/DVD set, as well as a 12" 180gram audiophile vinyl LP.

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Simon & Garfunkel's The Complete Columbia Albums Collection vinyl and The Concert in Central Park CD/DVD are now available for preorder:

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PBS has announced that it will air "The Concert in Central Park" (a full-length film originally broadcast on HBO in 1982) during its August Pledge Week (please check local listings).

The most comprehensive 12" vinyl Simon & Garfunkel anthology ever assembled, The Complete Columbia Albums Collection includes the duo's five Columbia Records studio masterpieces (first released between 1964 and 1970) as well as Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits, their all-time best-selling title. Originally released in June 1972, two years after the duo split up, Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits--a mix of 10 studio tracks (nine of them singles) and four (then) previously unreleased live recordings--sold more than 14 million copies in the US alone.

The new CD/DVD and 12" vinyl release of The Concert in Central Park (recorded in 1981) has been remastered for its CD/DVD and 12" vinyl release. Simon & Garfunkel's historic 1981 reunion concert drew more than half a million fans to New York's Central Park and was originally released as an album for Warner Bros. in February 1982.

Each of the discs housed in the Simon & Garfunkel - Complete Columbia Albums Collection comes in a 12" sleeve replicating the original album artwork. Each of the albums in the boxed collection has been remastered and struck on 180gram audiophile vinyl.

These six Columbia Records albums are the essential recordings which defined Simon & Garfunkel's distinctive harmonic sound and Paul Simon's probing lyrical sensibilities for a succession of generations who've come of age listening to the duo's culturally transformative music.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, each born in 1941, grew up three blocks away from each other in Kew Garden Hills, Queens, New York and met in grade school in 1953 when they were both cast in the same school play. Simon, a guitarist and aspiring songwriter, and Garfunkel, an extraordinary singer with a pure tenor range and uncanny intonation, began performing together as "Tom and Jerry" in the mid-1950s, releasing their first professional recording in 1957.

The duo's original sound, initially influenced by the harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the insistent rockin' rhythms and poetic swing of Chuck Berry, made a quantum leap during the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the early 1960s. Paul Simon's songwriting developed along provocative and topical lines when the pair recorded Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.--their first album as "Simon & Garfunkel" and their first for Columbia Records--in 1964.

Though S&G's debut reached only a small audience when first released, one of its tracks, "The Sound of Silence"--a haunting acoustic recording illuminated by the signature solo and harmony vocal blends S&G invented and perfected--had been overdubbed with electric instruments and released to radio, unbeknownst to either Simon or Garfunkel. The electrified version of "The Sound of Silence" became a massive hit, one of the archetypal anthems of an emerging folk-rock movement. Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. was re-released in January 1966, alongside Simon & Garfunkel's second studio album, Sounds of Silence, which included the electric hit single version of the song.

"The Sound of Silence" launched a long unbroken chain of hits and album successes for Simon & Garfunkel. "I Am a Rock," a song that first appeared on The Paul Simon Songbook, became an enormous smash in its Simon & Garfunkel incarnation.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, S&G's third studio album, was released in October 1966 and generated five singles.

"Mrs. Robinson," another anthemic Paul Simon composition, became the centerpiece for the soundtrack to "The Graduate," the iconic generational film directed by Mike Nichols.

"Mrs. Robinson" was also included on Simon & Garfunkel's fourth studio album, Bookends, which hit #1 in the US and the UK, becoming the pair's first #1 album. Simon and Garfunkel upped the ante once again with Bridge Over Troubled Water, an album that hit #1 all over the world following its release in January 1970. Their fifth, and last full studio album, Bridge Over Troubled Water featured a title track that ranks with the most beautiful songs ever written, made unforgettable through one of the most emotionally uplifting vocal performances ever recorded. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" brought the two partners' gifts to their highest expression. The album has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

Going out on the high note of Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel broke up their musical partnership to pursue individual musical, artistic and personal directions.

Simon and Garfunkel have reunited periodically for special musical events, notably a free concert in New York's Central Park in 1981, captured in The Concert in Central Park and a select series of "Old Friends" shows in 2004.

When Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for a one-off performance on the Great Lawn of New York's Central Park in 1981, the high-profile event drew one of the largest audiences ever assembled for a single concert. The show incorporated breath-taking full-band arrangements of Simon & Garfunkel's best-loved songs into a fan's dream set-list featuring incredible selections from Paul Simon's and Art Garfunkel's solo repertoires.

The 1981 Simon & Garfunkel reunion came into being when New York City officials decided to hold a free public concert to help the nonprofit Central Park Conservancy raise awareness and money for desperately needed renovations to the park, then in a state of serious decline. The right choice to headline the concert would have an enormous impact on the future of the city and the rebirth of Central Park.

Simon & Garfunkel, quintessential New Yorkers, embodied the spirit of the city, the times and generations of music lovers. "Unlike many of the Gotham-bred pop stars of their generation who made it big," wrote Stephen Holden in his review of the concert for Rolling Stone. "[Simon and Garfunkel] stayed around the city, continuing to assimilate its cultural resources, recycle them and give them back."

Simon & Garfunkel took to the Great Lawn on September 19, 1981, with a diverse set that drew upon their classic works as well as selections from Paul and Art's solo catalogs, many performed with dramatic new arrangements augmented with an expanded, 11-man band including notable session players Pete Carr (guitar), Anthony Jackson (bass), Richard Tee (piano), Rob Mounsey (synthesizers) and Steve Gadd (drums). An early rainfall did not deter audiences; an estimated 500,000 people were in attendance, exceeding initial expectations and becoming one of the largest concert audiences of all time.

In 1982, The Concert In Central Park was released as a double album and broadcast on HBO. Fans and critics were unanimous in their praise of the concert, while the duo would be inspired to embark on a world tour in the spring of that year. As the decade continued, donations inspired by the concert helped restore the park to its current state, with concerts still regularly held on the Great Lawn in the spirit of Simon & Garfunkel's magical night more than three decades ago.

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Simon & Garfunkel created one of pop music's most distinctive vocal harmony signature sounds and their biggest hits--including "The Sound of Silence" (1964), "I Am a Rock" (1965), "Homeward Bound" (1965), "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" (1966), "A Hazy Shade of Winter" (1966), "Mrs. Robinson" (1968), "Bridge over Troubled Water" (1969), "The Boxer" (1969), and "Cecilia" (1969)--have topped the charts all over the world. Simon & Garfunkel are the recipients of several Grammy Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Simon & Garfunkel - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
Wednesday Morning, 3.A.M. (originally released October 19, 1964, Columbia Records)
Sounds Of Silence (originally released January 17, 1966, Columbia Records)
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (originally released October 10, 1966, Columbia Records)
Bookends (originally released April 3, 1968, Columbia Records)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (originally released January 26, 1970, Columbia Records)
Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits (originally released June 14, 1972, Columbia Records)

Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park (recorded September 19, 1981; originally released February 16, 1982, Warner Bros.)

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