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The Concert in Central Park, released in February 1982 on Warner Bros. Records, is the first live album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. It was recorded in September 1981 at a free benefit concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York City, where the pair performed in front of more than 500,000 people. A film of the event was shown on TV and released on video. Proceeds went toward the redevelopment and maintenance of the park, which had deteriorated due to lack of municipal funding. The concert and album marked the start of a three-year reunion of 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 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 Laserdisc, CED, VHS and DVD. A single was released of Simon and Garfunkel‘s live performance of The Everly Brothers‘s song "Wake Up Little Susie", which reached No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, and is the duo's last Top 40 hit.

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Album + Live

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The Concert in Central Park2×12" Vinyl10 + 9
Geffen RecordsGEF 88575[none]
The Concert in Central ParkCD19
CBS/Sony (imprint used in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia 1968–1991; also used in Spain until 1997)25DP 51434988009609157
The Concert in Central Park2×12" Vinyl10 + 9
Geffen Records36AP 2271~2
The Concert in Central Park2×12" Vinyl10 + 9
Geffen RecordsGEF 88575[none]
The Concert in Central Park2×12" Vinyl10 + 9
Geffen RecordsGEF 96008[none]
The Concert in Central ParkCD19
3654-2[none]
The Concert in Central ParkCED21
CBS Video07464380462
The Concert in Central ParkCD19
  • DE1988-05-06
Geffen RecordsCDGEF 885755099708857523
The Concert in Central ParkCD19
  • GB1988-05-23
Geffen RecordsCDGEF 960085099709600821
The Concert in Central ParkCD19
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)3654-2075992365420
The Concert in Central Park (BMG club edition)CD19
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), BMG Direct3654-2, D 244006[none]
The Concert in Central ParkDVD-Video21
  • XE2004-07-05
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)202223 95099720222392
The Concert in Central ParkDigital Media19
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)
The Concert in Central Park (Deluxe Edition)CD + DVD-Video19 + 21
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88875078782888750787828
The Concert in Central ParkMiniDisc19Geffen RecordsMD 885755099708857585
The Concert In Central ParkCD19Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CDASF 1411426001208293007
(unknown)
The Concert in Central ParkCD19
Geffen RecordsCD 885755099708857523

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included in:The Complete Albums Collection
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/27817 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/Simon_And_Garfunkel:Concert_In_Central_Park_(1981) [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/simon_and_garfunkel/the_concert_in_central_park/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/15678/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000195378 [info]
Wikidata:Q671182 [info]

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