Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Simon & Garfunkel – Village Vanguard

Simon & Garfunkel - Village Vanguard

Simon & Garfunkel
“Village Vanguard”
1965-1969
Studio Outtakes
Live Performances
BBC Sessions

Download: FLAC/MP3

 

Lineage:

Mastered from soundboard tapes, off-line and off-air sources -> Cassette -> CDR -> CDR -> EAC -> WAV -> FLAC

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

 

Tracks 01-02: Studio out-takes 1966-1967
Tracks 03-09: Live from Carbondaile, Ill, Nov 08, 1969
Tracks 10-15: “Sing Out” T.V. Special from Canadian Television 1966
Tracks 16-19: Studio Rehearsal 1966
Tracks 20-25: BBC London 1966: track 22 On The Side of a HILL has been already composed
in 1963 for Art Garfunkel by Paul Simon and Art gives a beautiful redention of this anti-war song!

 

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. ~

A new disc for the end of 1999, Village Vanguard gathers a lot of important material, some fairly common to the ROIO collector, some new to the more
“public” ROIO market.

The various studio outtakes and rehearsals have appeared before on other releases in the same sound quality.
The most striking of these is “Overs,” which has a unique organ line and very early lyrics – vastly diferent from the final version of the song.

It’s nice to get “Bad News Feeling” and “I Wish You Could Be Here” with Paul Simon performing – the latter is more commonly available in a version by The Cyrkle.
The highlight of this disc is the 9 November 1969 material. This concert, performed a few days prior to the Miami University show and immediately after the wrap of principal recording for Bridge Over Troubled Water, has a high energy level. This show was likely the first live performance of “Song For The Asking,” as Artie notes that Paul “just finished” the song. Unlike the Miami University show, there is no backing band here, likely due to the fact that studio recording tookplace in Los Angeles the day before this show. The recording quality of this section is the best on the disc, though not as clean as that of the aforementioned Miami U. show.

The other material on this disc – the “Sing Out” TV show and the BBC programme – are well-done, though the recording quality is typical of any off-air recording of the time: fairly low-fidelity, but quite listenable.

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Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Simon & Garfunkel – Washington, D.C. (12/14/03)

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Simon & Garfunkel w/The Everly Brothers
MCI Center
Washington, DC
December 14, 2003

Download: FLAC/MP3

Source: DPA 4060 mics > Sony PCM M1
Transfer: Sony DTC-ZE700 > optical cable > JVC XL-R2010 CD-RW (44.1 Hz)
Editing: Soundforge (tracking) > WAV > TLH [SB’s aligned] Flac level 8
Traders Den 10/05/16 + from the collection of Sean S.
Transferred and Tracked by kingrue upload 924

Previously there was an ALD version of this show that had noticable hiss, static.

What I have here is a newly released Audience source.

The Everly Brothers were introduced partway into the concert, sang 3 songs and were joined by S&G for Bye Bye Love.
(*) Everly Brothers
(**) Everly Brothers with Simon & Garfunkel

01 America (Intro)
02 Old Friends
03 Hazy Shade Of Winter
04 I Am A Rock
05 America
06 At The Zoo
07 Baby Driver
08 Kathy’s Song
09 Hey Schoolgirl
10 Wake Up Little Susie (*)
11 Dream (*)
12 Let it Be Me (*)
13 Bye Bye Love (**)
14 Scarborough Fair
15 Homeward Bound
16 The Sound Of Silence
17 Feelin’ Groovy
18 Mrs. Robinson
19 Slip Sliding Away
20 El Condor Pasa
21 Keep The Customer Satisfied
22 The Only Living Boy In New York
23 American Tune
24 My Little Town – Missing
25 Bridge Over Troubled Water
26 Cecilia
27 The Boxer
28 Leaves That Are Green
29 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)

Total Time = 126:10 min

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Neil Young & Simon and Garfunkel – Los Angeles, CA (03/01/93)

Neil Young With Simon & Garfunkel
March 1, 1993
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California
Concert For The Children’s Health Fund

Download: FLAC/MP3

SBE fixed with TLH.

Neil Young set:

From Hank To Hendrix
Mr. Soul
World On A String
Pocahontas
Harvest Moon
One Of These Days
Sugar Mountain
Stringman
After The Gold Rush
Helpless* (w/Simon & Garfunkel)
Only Love Can Break Your Heart* (w/Simon & Garfunkel)

Simon & Garfunkel set:

The boxer
America
Homeward bound
Scarborough fair
Cecilia
American Tune
El Condor pasa
So long, Frank Lloyd Wright
Bridge over troubled water
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
Mr. Robinson
The Sound of silence (With Neil solo at the electric guitar)
Old friends

Notes from original uploader

13 years ago I reiceved a DAT from KEN DIXON (Ohio) with this nice show (don’t remember if he was the taper or if he have made a DAT clone for me). I transfered in 1995 the DAT on CD-AUDIO with my standalone PIONEER PDR-05 (connected with an optical cable), so This transfer was just maded (this time a rip from CD-AUDIO in secure speedy with EAC). Talking with ROEL, he have suggested to upload it as in the past this show (only partial, so not complete) was treeded (..or seeded ??) in low quality sound.
As this show contain some gems as “Stringman” and a rare duets with Simon & Garfunkel (on Helpless and Only love can Break your Heart) and a really emotional “Sound of Silence” with Neil on solo electric guitar, I’m happy to share this really particular show, specially in this quality.

Bootleg Bonanza: Simon & Garfunkel – Miami University (11/11/69)

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Simon & Garfunkel
11/11/69
Miami University
Oxford, OH

Mrs. Robinson
Fakin’ It
The Boxer
So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
Why Don’t Ya Write?
Silver Haired Daddy
Cuba Si-Nixon No
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Sounds of Silence
Bye Bye Love
Homeward Bound
At The Zoo
America
Song For Asking
Poem On Wall
For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Simon & Garfunkel – Tufts University (03/11/67)

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Simon and Garfunkel
March 11, 1967
Tufts University
Cousens Gymnasium
Medford, Massachusetts

Soundboard recording from reel – probably 2nd or 3rd gen. reel. More dynamic range and less hissy sounding than the previous seed. Also includes an extra minute and a half of a partial “Leaves They Are Green” that’s missing from the previous copy and from most lists of this show on the web. This copy was gone through carefully to seamlessly remove many clicks and other minor flaws, and has not been circulated from this source before. There is still quite a bit of tape hiss, but not as loud or in the way of the music as on the other copy.

01 [1:52] The Leaves That Are Green [cuts in]
02 [2:46] Paul Simon talk
03 [3:30] Sparrow
04 [3:00] Homeward Bound
05 [2:13] You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies
06 [3:14] A Most Peculiar Man
07 [3:01] Red Rubber Ball
08 [3:28] The Dangling Conversation
09 [2:59] Paul Simon talk
10 [2:06] The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
11 [3:32] Richard Cory
12 [0:37] Art Garfunkel talk
13 [3:11] Benedictus
14 [1:16] Paul Simon talk
15 [3:43] Blessed
16 [2:24] Art Garfunkel talk
17 [2:48] A Poem On The Underground Wall
18 [3:55] I Am A Rock
19 [3:19] Anji
20 [5:18] The Sound of Silence
21 [2:49] For Emily Whenever I May Find Her
22 [4:33] A Church Is Burning
23 [2:43] Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.
total: 68:17

Notes: This show has been traded as various dates and places but most call it Tufts University ’66 or march 11, 1967. My reel was labeled “Tufts University Fall 1966” but evidence found on the web shows the date as March 11, 1967. There is an article and ad from the MIT University newspaper that mentions that they are playing that week but does not say that they also played at Tufts in 1966, so I am assuming that March 11, 1967 is the likely date of this recording. I have included those 2 pdf files, plus a poster that I found on the web as part of some artwork. My reel was recorded right around the time that this tape first circulated widely in the late ’70’s. I think it was originally given out by someone who worked at the show. It was not supposed to be traded, but was soon leaked by someone and then bootlegged extensively after that.
Transfer: Revox A700 > Macintosh with Digidesign AudioMedia III sound card > Pro Tools (normalization, minor “nip and tuck” edits and tracking – no equalization or noise reduction) > AIFF files > xAct (Flac level 8 files with sector boundaries verified).