Starbucks to release Simon & Garfunkel live CD

Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:33am EDT
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By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - The Simon & Garfunkel live album originally due last September via Columbia/Legacy has been revived as a Starbucks exclusive, beginning March 25. A release to traditional retail outlets is expected in the fall.

"Live 1969" is drawn from previously unreleased recordings from Simon & Garfunkel's November 1969 U.S. tour, which turned out to be the duo's last for more than a decade.

The shows were taped with the intention of releasing a live album to follow up the January 1970 release of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," but that project never materialized until now.

The album includes early live versions of songs from "Bridge," including "Why Don't You Write Me," "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" and a spine-tingling rendition of the title track. Also featured are classics such as "Homeward Bound," "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" and "The Boxer," plus a cover of the Gene Autry-popularized "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine."


<p>Paul Simon (R) and Art Garfunkel perform at a show celebrating the music of Paul Simon at the Warner Theater in Washington, May 23, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed</p>