Paul Simon and Friends, Paul Simon: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

simondvd_phixr.jpgOn May 23 in Washington D.C. a star-studded cast of musicians paid tribute to Paul Simon as he received the first ever Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.   This D.V.D. features performances by Stephen Marley, Lyle Lovett, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Stevie Wonder, Buckwheat Zydeco, Art Garfunkel, and many more that will leave your jaw on the floor.   This career spanning concert shows archival clips of some of Paul Simon’s most famous performances (His performance with George Harrison on Saturday Night Live) and has both newer and older artists giving their own interpretation of   Paul Simon classics. (For example: a :Jazz version of “Something so Right“, a Gospel version of “Gone At Last”, and a Bluegrass version of “The Boxer.” )   Shout! Factory has made a great choice in distributing this title on D.V.D., because if you even have the faintest interest in Paul Simon, this is a must own D.V.D.

Set List:
Introduction – Bob Costas
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Lyle Lovett
The Boxer – Alison Krauss, Shawn Colvin and Jerry Douglas
Mother And Child Reunion – Stephen Marley
Under African Skies – Miriam Makeba and Paul Simon
clip from Paul Simon Graceland: The African Concert (Zimbabwe, 1987)
Homeless – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Mrs. Robinson – Paul Simon
clip from Yankee Stadium tribute to Joe DiMaggio (April 25, 1999)
Slip Slidin’ Away – James Taylor and the Dixie Hummingbirds
Sunday Morning With The Sensational Nightingales (poem) – Billy
Collins and the Dixie Hummingbirds
That Was Your Mother – Buckwheat Zydeco and Lyle Lovett
Homeward Bound – Paul Simon and George Harrison clip from Saturday
Night Live (November 20, 1976)
Still Crazy After All These Years – James Taylor
El Condor Pasa – Marc Anthony
Late In The Evening – Marc Anthony
Gone At Last – Yolanda Adams and Jessy Dixon
Something So Right – Dianne Reeves
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) -The Muppets (Grover and Elmo)
Graceland – Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes – Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Bridge Over Troubled Water -Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel
Father And Daughter -Paul Simon
Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder
Loves Me Like A Rock – Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder with the Dixie Hummingbirds
Sounds Of Silence – Philip Glass

Review By: Shawn Alexander Roy

[Rating: 3/5]

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