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Ohio 1969 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; November 11, 1969. Very good remastered soundboard.

Thanks to grner1 for sharing the show at Dime.

grner1 noted:

There is [an earlier] version of this show that claims to possibly be from a tape source but has the same sound quality as previous Yellow Dog bootleg copies. It is also missing about two-and-a-half minutes of talk on track 16 (before Song For The Asking). This new version is complete and with better sound quality than the previous versions of this show shared here. It has also been remastered to seamlessly remove some minor flaws.

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This is a soundboard CD and tape (in stereo, no less) of a November 11, 1969, performance at Miami University in Oxford, OH, by the duo, backed by a full band, on what was their final tour. If they sound a little strained, it’s probably because it was fairly clear to all concerned, even if they hadn’t formally decided it yet, that this was close to the end of their partnership - the banter from the stage is less freewheeling that in previous concert appearances and, although their voices are fine, they don’t sound comfortable working with a band on-stage, at least not compared with how they sounded on their two-man tours of prior years.

On the other hand, it is a chance to hear six of the Bridge Over Troubled Water songs done live, much of it sounding gorgeous (”So Long Frank Lloyd Wright” and “Why Don’t You Write Me,” in particular, come off very well, and “The Boxer” comes complete with the extra verse), plus a seventh, “Cuba Si, Nixon No,” a hard-rocking track in a Chuck Berry mode (musically, at least) that never made the final cut on the LP, as well as their version of “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine.”

Of course, trying to do “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and have it come off as anything more than a shadow of the studio production is a hopeless task, but the depth of Art Garfunkel’s performance almost transcends the limitations of what any band could possibly do with the accompaniment on stage. It’s also interesting to see which songs from their earlier repertory were still in their concert set - there’s no sign of “The Dangling Conversation” or “Scarborough Fair,” but “Fakin’ It,” “At the Zoo,” “For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her,” and “Poem on the Underground Wall” are still here, interspersed with perennials like “Sound of Silence,” “Mrs Robinson,” and “Homeward Bound.” The acoustic tracks work the best, but it’s still a good document of the duo’s little acknowledged stage work. -

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tape source > unknown transfer info > CD received in trade > Pro Tools (normalize, minor seamless fixes and tracking) > WAV files > xACT (Flac level 8 files, tagged with sector boundaries verified
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Track 01. Mrs Robinson 3:18
Track 02. talk 1:29
Track 03. Fakin’ It 3:35
Track 04. The Boxer 5:29
Track 05. So Long Frank Lloyd Wright 3:11
Track 06. Why Don’t You Write Me? 3:36
Track 07. Silver Haired Daddy 3:17
Track 08. Cuba Si Nixon No 3:28
Track 09. Bridge Over Troubled Water 5:46
Track 10. The Sound of Silence 4:44
Track 11. Bye Bye Love 2:30
Track 12. Homeward Bound 3:04
Track 13. talk 3:25
Track 14. At The Zoo 2:15
Track 15. America 3:47
Track 16. talk 3:35
Track 17. Song For The Asking 1:45
Track 18. A Poem On The Underground Wall 3:53
Track 19. For Emily Whenever I May Find Her 2:29
65 mins

Paul Simon - vocals, guitar
Art Garfunkel - vocals
Fred Carter Jr - guitar
Joe Osborn - bass
Hal Blaine - drums
Larry Knechtel - keyboards

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  1. 8 Responses to “SIMON AND GARFUNKEL - OHIO 1969”

  2. Rumor has it this was a duo of a Big Un and a Lil Un

    By U L E on Mar 30, 2023

  3. With Art being the Big Un and Paul the Lil Un

    By U L E on Mar 30, 2023

  4. Who starts these rumors?

    By Jocko P on Mar 30, 2023

  5. Hey Jocko P, rumors recently circulating that it is your very own self who keeps starting these rumors. We all know you are an attention seeking numbnut - so stopping asking stooopid questions!

    By HHH on Mar 30, 2023

  6. Good afternoon all, my nuts is full and my ass needs filling. Any volunteers?

    By Walter on Mar 31, 2023

  7. Who starts these rumor s?

    By Jocko P on Mar 31, 2023

  8. I’ll suck your nuts dry Walter!

    My Lil Un won’t fill your ass unless you’re a rabbit, but the upside is that you won’t have any problems sitting down or shitting after I fill it.

    By U L E on Mar 31, 2023

  9. Hey Jocko P, rumors recently circulating that it is your very own self who keeps starting these rumors. We all know you are an attention seeking numbnut - so stopping asking stooopid questions!.

    By HHH on Mar 31, 2023

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