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Japan: ca. mid- to second half of 1976

Was anyone buying this LP and hoping for an audio witness of a rare Simon & Garfunkel mini-reunion on a London concert stage disappointed when listening to this? …  In December of 1975, while on tour in Europe, Paul Simon recorded a live TV special in a BBC studio (not on the 27th and not at the Palladium). As part of the finished program, two clips from Simon & Garfunkel’s appearance on Saturday Night Live from 18 October ’75 were edited in: “The Boxer” and “Scarborough Fair”. As the YouTube videos show, this special was also broadcast in Japan (were Simon had toured as early as April 1974) . This is the soundtrack of that TV special.


Side 1: Still crazy after all these years / Homeward Bound / I do it for your love / 50 ways to leave your lover / Toots Thielemans: Bluesette
Side 2: Loves me like a rock/ Some folks’ life’s roll easy / (Simon and Garfunkel SNL/75} The Boxer + Scarborough fair / My little town / American Tune

Paul Simon plus the following musicians:

Davin Sanborn – Alto Sax
Toots Thielemans – Guitar
Richard Tee – Electric Piano
Tony Levin – Bass Guitar
Steve Gadd – Drums

Cover photo taken at the 1972 McGovern benefit, as these images show:


1972 mcgovern benefit color


Paul Simon Japan 74 stub



Harrison Simon Live From New York Death 352

Recorded November 18, 1976 – NBC TV Studios, New York, NY

A1     George Harrison, Lorne Michaels, Don Pardo, Paul Simon – Opening         
A2     Paul Simon –     Still Crazy After All These Years         
A3     Paul Simon –     Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover        
A4     George Harrison, Paul Simon –     Here Comes The Sun        
A5     George Harrison, Paul Simon –     Homeward Bound
A6     George Harrison –     Crackerbox Palace (promo video soundtrack)
B1     Paul Simon –     Something So Right        
B2     Dan Aykroyd, Paul Simon –  Skit    
B3     George Harrison –     This Song (promo video soundtrack)    
B4     Paul Simon –     Bridge Over Troubled Water

In other words, someone videotaped the broadcast episode and used that to master this bootleg LP. This is not even the rehearsal tape as I had thought, which would have at least offered a rare recording.

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): XXXX 532-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): XXXX 532-B

“17 1/2 minutes of the Saturday Night Live taping exists as a fair quality audience tape. Most of the performances are fragmentary and consist of little more than a single line. Better quality excerpts of the recording (which appears n its most complete form on [the CD] Living In The Underground) can be found on the 2LP set Somewhere In Utopia. The performances included in the broadcast do not appear on the rehearsal tape.”

1. Here Comes The Sun (2 passes)                                                                                                                   2. Homeward Bound
3. By Bye, Love                                                                                                                                                        4. Don’t Let Me Wait Too Long                                                                                                                             5. Yesterday                                                                                                                                                             6. Bridge Over Troubled Water                                                                                                                             7. Rock Island Line                                                                                                                                                8. Ride Of The Valkyries                                                                                                                                          9. Here Comes The Sun

[Madinger, Easter: Eight Arms To Hold You, p. 456]

An episode transcript with still images can be found here:


Also found on the net is this release with the intriguing number that shuffles the one used by Death:

Simon & Harrison Live For The Record 352

As this clearly came out in 1977 but the Wizardo 350 numbers did the year before, I do not believe this is a previously unknown WRMB 352 release.

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Note the TAKRL 900 series typeface for the album title. This LP sticks out like a sore thumb among the HH releases. Perhaps it was really produced by someone else or later than the others,

Side 1: Run That Body Down/ Was A Sunny Day/ Cecilia/ El Condor Pasa/ Duncan/ Death In Santa Cruz
Side 2: Mrs. Robinson/ Congratulations/ Kodachrome/ Homeward Bound/ Mother And Child Reunion/ Sounds Of Silence

Matrix #: HH SIMON 1/2; SOUND QUALITY:  B/C+ (audience)

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May 19, 1973 Saturday
Civic Center,
Santa Monica, Ca. USA

Audience Mono
Teac X-1000R > Tascam CD-RW900
Low Gen Reel > CDR > EAC Secure > Audacity (edits) > CD Wave (tracks) > FLAC
Total Time – 86:03
Thanks to the taper!
Transfer and encoding by Steve Hopkins

Note: this recording is far from ideal, but quite listenable nonetheless…
it’s mono, it’s paused between most songs, there’s mic noise, although
mostly between songs, and the crowd is loud relative to the music…
but this is the only recording of a complete concert from Simon’s 1973
tour that i know of, so i thought it should be shared…also included
in torrent file, a scan of my reel box with an ad for Simon’s Boston
concert earlier that same month…enjoy!

Disc One 65:17
01. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard (cut in) 2:25
02. Run That Body Down 2:50
03. Was A Sunny Day 3:43 >
04. Cecilia 1:29
05. American Tune 4:52
06. El Condor Pasa 4:55
07. Duncan 6:22
08. Death In Santa Cruz – Urubamba 3:48
09. Good Bye Song – Urubamba 2:19
10. The Boxer 5:44
11. Mrs.Robinson 2:50
12. Congratulations 3:56
13. Kodachrome 4:17
14. Homeward Bound 2:55
15. Something So Right 4:15
16. Mother And Child Reunion 4:14
17. Sounds Of Silence 4:16

Disc Two 20:46
01. Nobody But Jesus – Jesse Dixon Singers 2:47
02. Jesus Is The Answer – Jesse Dixon Singers 2:56
03. Bridge Over Troubled Water 7:19
04. Loves Me Like A Rock 3:28
05. America 4:15

Paul Simon launched his first solo tour without his longtime collaborator Art Garfunkel on May 6, 1973. The tour kicked off just a day after the release of the singer’s third studio album “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon.”