The Concert in Central Park is the first live album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, released in February 1982 on Warner Bros. Records. It was recorded in September 1981 at a free benefit concert in Central Park, New York City, where the pair performed in front of more than 500,000 people. Proceeds went toward the redevelopment and maintenance of the run-down green space in the middle of Manhattan. This concert and album marked the start of a short-lived reunion for Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. The concept of a benefit concert in Central Park had been proposed by Parks Commissioner Gordon Davis and promoter Ron Delsener. Television channel HBO agreed to carry the concert, and worked with Delsener to decide on Simon and Garfunkel as the appropriate act for this event. Besides hit songs from their years as a duo, their set-list included material from their solo careers, and covers. The show consisted of 21 songs, though two were not used in the live album. Among the songs performed were the classics "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "The Boxer"; the event concluded with a reprise of Simon's song, "Late in the Evening". Ongoing personal tensions between the duo led them to decide against a permanent reunion, despite the success of the concert and a subsequent world tour.

The album and a film were released the year after the concert. Simon and Garfunkel's performance was praised by music critics and the album was commercially successful; it peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 album charts and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The video recordings were initially broadcast on HBO, and were subsequently made available on VHS and DVD.

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Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
The Concert in Central Park 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 9 Geffen Records GEF 88575 [none]
The Concert in Central Park 2×Vinyl 10 + 9 Geffen Records GEF 96008
The Concert in Central Park CED 21 CBS Video 07464380462
The Concert in Central Park CD 19 Geffen Records CDGEF 88575 5099708857523
The Concert in Central Park CD 19 Geffen Records CDGEF 96008 5099709600821
The Concert in Central Park CD 19 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across.) 3654-2 075992365420
The Concert in Central Park DVD-Video 21 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 202223 9 5099720222392
The Concert in Central Park Digital Media 19 Legacy (Legacy Recordings)


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