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Title Live In Monterey 67/80
Label Grapefruit
Catalog Number [not known]
Source Live at Monterey Pop Festival, 16 June 1967 and live at Tower Theater, 7 October 1980, Philadelphia, PA (Paul Simon and band)
Mastered from soundboard tapes.
Performers Paul Simon - guitar, vocals
Art Garfunkel - vocals (16 June 1967 only)
Steve Gadd - drums (7 Oct 1980 only)
Tony Levin - bass (7 Oct 1980 only)
Richard Tee - keyboards, vocals (7 Oct 1980 only)
Eric Gale - guitar (7 Oct 1980 only)
X-Ref Live At The Tower
Quality SUP-/9.5 (1980)
EX-/8.5 (1966)
Monterey Pop Festival - 16 June 1966:
1. Intro by John Philips (The Mamas and The Papas) (0:23)
2. Homeward Bound (2:48)
3. At The Zoo (2:23)
4. - Intro - (1:31)
5. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) (2:14)
6. For Emily Whenever I May Find Her (2:26)
7. The Sound Of Silence (4:13)
8. Benedictus (3:34)
9. - Intro - (0:53)
10. Punky's Dilemma (2:22)

Tower Theater - 7 October 1980:
11. Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard (3:03)
12. Ace In The Hole (5:44)
13. Something So Right (4:15)
14. One Trick Pony (4:06)
15. Jonah (5:00)
16. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (4:13)
17. Late In The Evening (4:07)
18. American Tune (3:33)
19. Love Me Like A Rock (3:39)
20. The Boxer (5:02)
This CD is a great release. Its title is misleading, as it claims (inaccurately) that Simon's 1980 performance is from the Monterey Pop Festival. Indeed, Simon's solo show (from the "One Trick Pony" tour) is from Philadelphia, and was filmed for a video release. This CD was produced during a 14-month Australian law loophole in the early-1990s that allowed ROIOs to be released - legally - as long as a consumer warning (to the effect of "the artist didn't approve of this tape and it might be of inferior quality") featured prominently on the label.

Monterey Pop Festival: a watershed performance for Simon and Garfunkel, they closed the first night of the three-day festival. This show features one of the first readings of "Punky's Dilemma." Likely due to this, Simon altered the lyrics of "At The Zoo" to make a "cereal cycle." As Paul and Artie mused, "a bowl of Rice Crispies ain't what it used to be." This recording is very nice, with wonderful stereo separation of Paul and Artie's voices.

Tower Theater: from Simon's "One Trick Pony" tour and filmed for video release, this is the full-length set list (less "Still Crazy After All These Years"), as opposed to the Live At The Tower ROIO and the "On The Radio" transcript disc from Westwood One. The band sounds great, and the performances are spirited.

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