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Art Garfunkel: Across America

1 rating: 4.0
1997 "live" audio CD release

Blessed with a beautifully ethereal voice, Art Garfunkel has suffered in his post-Paul Simon career because of a choice of songs and musical settings that mistake preciousness for subtlety. Happily, his new album remedies that problem. Nine of the 16 … see full wiki

1 review about Art Garfunkel: Across America

Kick back and enjoy one of the great voices in pop music.

  • Dec 21, 2008
Art Garfunkel has always been one of my favorite solo artists. That is why I was absolutely flabbergasted to discover "Across America" at my local library.  For some strange reason, I was not even aware that this disc was ever released.  What makes that all the more remarkable is that my wife and I actually saw him in concert during his '96 summer tour when this "live" recording was made.  One can only conclude that this disc was not very widely promoted nor was it an especially big seller.

But none of that matters much. I found "Across America" to be a joyous experience featuring a varied menu of 16 wonderful tunes.  Not surprisingly, about half the songs are from Arthur's magical days with Paul Simon. Included are memorable versions of hits like "Homeward Bound", "Scarborough Fair" and "Sounds of Silence".  Then of course there is the remarkable "Bridge Over Troubled Water" as only Art Garfunkel can sing it. It still sends chills up and down my spine even to this day!  You will also find a number of tunes from Garfunkels solo career including "Bright Eyes" and the haunting "All I Know".  Add to that a neat duet with the legendary James Taylor and a memorable version of the Beatles "I Will" and you will begin to understand why I am so enthusiastic about this CD.  Art Garfunkel has always been a fan of 1950's rock and roll and doo wop so it is quite appropriate that the disc concludes with his version of the Jesse Belvin classic "Goodnight My Love".  Now I am not a big fan of "live" recordings.  But "Across America" is the exception to that rule and is destined for a special place on my CD shelf.  After a long and difficult day at work I can assure you that this is just what the doctor ordered.  So just sit back, relax and enjoy.  Whether this disc sold 1000 copies or 10,000,000 is really of no concern to me.  "Across America" is a winner in my eyes.  Highly recommended.

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