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Title Out Of Africa
Label Pluto Records
Catalog Number PLR CD 9229
Source Live on "MTV Unplugged," New York, NY - 4 March 1992
Performers Paul Simon - guitar, vocals
Richard Tee - keyboards
Ray Phiri - guitar
Tony Cedras - guitar
Arman Sabal-Leco - bass
Steve Gadd - drums
Cyro Batista - percussion
Mingo Alaugo - percussion
Michael Brecker - woodwinds
Chris Bodie - trumpet
Quality SUP-/9.5
1. Born At The Right Time (5:23)
2. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard (3:52)
3. Graceland (5:08)
4. Still Crazy After All These Years (3:38)
5. Mrs. Robinson (3:31)
6. Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:45)
7. Something So Right (3:39)
8. The Boy In The Bubble (5:47)
9. Late In The Evening (5:40)
10. Homeward Bound (2:31)
Total Time 44:20
Paul's performance for "MTV Unplugged" was a memorable one for a number of reasons. It was the last time Paul performed with Richard Tee (who died in late-1992). It was the first time "Unplugged" had to be recorded in a large movie soundstage, Paul's touring band proving too large for most other recording venues. It was also the last concert of the "Born At The Right Time" tour, and thus the final appearance of Paul's ever-present "juju" doll.

The performance is spirited, and it seems as if Paul and the band had a sense that this would be their final performance together. Ray Phiri, Tony Cedras, Steve Gadd and Richard Tee are on fire this evening, and Paul seems to be very happy throughout. The percussionists give a boisterous performance. Tee's soulful piano work on "Bridge" is very moving. The only mark of error on this CD is that it was sourced from video and is somewhat compressed. Still, it's a helluva show - a postcard of Paul with one of his finest bands.

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