In May of 2007 the Library of Congress gathered an unprecedented group of musicians together in Washington, D.C., to honor Paul Simon as the first recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Alison Krauss, Stevie Won... more »der, James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Marc Anthony, Art Garfunkel and a host of others joined Paul onstage in a multicultural tribute to the music of a great American artist and a great American art form.
This gala event, called the greatest night of popular music ever presented in our nation s capital, was beautifully filmed in high definition and captured with stunning Dolby TrueHD for a trulysuperior concert experience.
Introduction Bob Costas
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover Lyle Lovett
The Boxer Alison Krauss, Shawn Colvin and Jerry Douglas
Mother and Child Reunion Stephen Marley
Under African Skies Miriam Makeba and Paul Simon
*Clip from Paul Simon Graceland: The African Concert (Zimbabwe, 1987)
Homeless Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Mrs. Robinson Paul Simon
*Clip from Yankee Stadium Tribute To Joe DiMaggio (April 25, 1999)
Slip Slidin Away James Taylor and The Dixie Hummingbirds
Sunday Morning With The SensationaL Nightingales (Poem) Billy Collins and The Dixie Hummingbirds
That Was Your Mother Buckwheat Zydeco and Lyle Lovett
Homeward Bound Paul Simon and George Harrison
*Clip from Saturday Night Live (November 20, 1976)
Still Crazy After All These Years James Taylor
El Condor Pasa Marc anthony
Late In the evenIng Marc Anthony
Gone At Last Yolanda Adams and Jessy Dixon
Something So Right Dianne Reeves
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin Groovy) The Muppets (Grover and Elmo)
Graceland Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Bridge Over Troubled Water Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel
Father and Daughter Paul Simon
Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder
Loves Me Like A Rock Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder with The Dixie Hummingbirds
This was a bit slow and boring at times BUT it featured a huge variety of musicians that you know and love. The Joe DiMaggio song was great! A must for music fans!
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Ramona | Europe | 05/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This concert is a real treat. Great performances from Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, James Taylor, Marc Anthony and others. Paul Simon's band played superb and also the guest musicians played wonderful. You could see everyone had a very good time on stage. A great tribute to Paul Simon and his music. Very worthwhile to buy this DVD."
Great Performances Honoring a Special Performer!
Dr. Don Olsen | Denver, PA | 07/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A very special DVD. Using Simon's own band to back up the other artists performing his songs was a brilliant move, as it maintained the integrity of his works in their new forms. It did seem like the videographer (or editor) was enamored of Simon's band manager Mark Stewart, as he appears prominently in an extraordinary number of scenes. The inserted clips of Simon singing "Mrs. Robinson" at the Yankee Stadium tribute to DiMaggio was as awkward here as it was originally. The clips of Simon's recorded duets with Miriam Makeba and George Harrison were priceless, welcome additions. The only real downer of the whole experience was Philip Glass's piano mangling of "Sounds of Silence". It was tortured and barely recognizable! Overall, this purchase was well worth the money!"
G. Eppich | Farmington, MN USA | 06/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I caught the original broadcast when it was first aired, then made sure I saw each rebroadcast. I was extremely excited when I finally found it was being being released on DVD. I had been waiting for 2 years to get another chance to see this great concert. Lyle Lovett, Marc Anthony and Stevie Wonder, to name a few amazing performances.
Great songs, great arrangements, and you can tell the guest performers are having a ball, too! A definite A+."
Great Looking and sounding Blue Ray
Peter Neski | New York, NY United States | 07/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I Only wish that last Live Simon and Garfunkel Video,was anywhere near this for Picture and sound,This is one of the best Blue Rays I own in terms of Picture(video that is)"
Eclectic and exhilarating.....a gust of fresh air
Chhan Thuan Kiat | Brunei Darussalam | 07/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Firstly, a tiny caveat; Paul Simon, the recipient of the Gershwin Prize for popular Song isn't the main performer in this High Definition concert disc, his very talented friends are. Yes Simon does appear live but only in the last 5 songs (plus 3 notable clips from the past). But what friends these are ! Culturally and stylistically diverse, they rock the evening with exuberant performances of his songs and just about blow the enraptured audience away. Lyle Lovett starts proceedings with his typical laid back vocals in 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover followed by a countrified Boxer ala Alison Kraus and Jeremy Douglas, different but quite enjoyable. The South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing Homeless and what a revelation they are--smooth a capella singing with infectious charm and boundless energy. The soloists who really grabbed my attention have to be James Taylor whose easy going Slip Slidin Away and haunting Still Crazy After All These Years greatly impress and Marc Anthony with a soulful El Condor Pasa and a high -octane Late In The Evening which nearly steals the evening. Great stuff. In no small measure, the evening's success may be credited to the fantastic back up Band, whose pounding percussion, pulsing guitars and thumping bass propell the aural excitement to fever pitch. And what a glorious Audio recording they are accorded in this Blu Ray disc. Play this one through a proper 5.1 speaker set -up via suitable electronics, pump up the volume and the Dolby TrueHD will give you goose-bumps....it is that good. Listen, for example to the band upping the tempo when Paul Simon duets with Stevie Wonder in a foot-stomping rendition of Me And Julio By The Schoolyard. As if that isn't enough adrenaline, in the next act, Simon, Wonder, the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Band work up a veritable storm with Loves Me Like A Rock. What a blast! Yes, Paul we love you, all is groovy."