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Paul Simon: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (2007)

Not Rated | | Music | TV Special 27 June 2007
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In May of 2007 the Library of Congress gathered an unprecedented group of musicians together in Washington, D.C., to honor Paul Simon as the first recipient of the Gershwin Prize for ... See full summary »

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Yolanda Adams ... Performer
Marc Anthony ... Performer
Shawn Colvin ... Performer
Bob Costas ... Performer
Jessy Dixon Jessy Dixon ... Performer
Jerry Douglas ... Performer
Art Garfunkel ... Performer
Philip Glass ... Performer
Charles Grodin ... Performer
Alison Krauss ... Performer
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, ... Performer
Lyle Lovett ... Performer
Stephen Marley Stephen Marley ... Performer
Dianne Reeves ... Performer
Paul Simon ... Performer
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In May of 2007 the Library of Congress gathered an unprecedented group of musicians together in Washington, D.C., to honor Paul Simon as the first recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Alison Krauss, Stevie Wonder, Lyle Lovett, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Marc Anthony, Art Garfunkel and a host of others joined Paul onstage in a multicultural tribute to the music of a great American artist and a great American art form. This gala event, called "the greatest night of popular music ever presented in our nation's capital," was beautifully filmed and captured with stunning 5.1 Surround Sound for a truly pure concert experience.

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Performances from this 2007 awards show were later made available on Netflix under the title, "Paul Simon and Friends." See more »

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What I saw was great!
2 March 2009 | by Babys-manSee all my reviews

I saw only about 10 - 15 minutes of this. I came in near the beginning of Alison Krauss doing "The Boxer". My first thought was: "Oh, no! Not a bluegrass version; what will they think of next". I stayed with it, though, and was heartily rewarded. In retrospect, bluegrass is a good choice for "The Boxer", and Krauss delivered. In particular, Krauss' fiddle during the bridge was very moving. My only complaint was that the song was done as a duet. The harmonies were beautiful but the singer in "The Boxer" is supposed to be so very lonely, and the second voice seems contrary to that theme. That's a very minor point, though.

Next came Lyle Lovett doing "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover ". Wow, what a horrible programming choice! Lovett did a great job, but the manipulation, deceit, and superficial emotions that are at the heart of "50 Ways .. " left me feeling disgusted. I remember when "50 Ways ... " first came out. It was hip, slick - seemed really sophisticated and clever. Coming right after "The Boxer", though, made it seem juvenile and prurient.

James Taylor and the Dixie Hummingbirds restored the mood with a genuine-sounding "Slip Slidin' Away". Great stuff! I really enjoy seeing talented performers working together - just thinking of how much they must be enjoying themselves makes my enjoyment all the greater.

I definitely will watch this all the way through, and probably increase my score - except this time I'll FF through "50 Ways ... "!


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