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

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

Director: Linda Mendoza Cast: Bob Costas, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss

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Gershwin Prize for Popular Song performer Paul Simon is honored in this concert staged in Washington, D.C. by the Library of Congress, and featuring and unprecedented group of talented musicians. Shot in Dolby TrueHD, this multi-cultural tribute to Simon features appearances by Art Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, George Harrison, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss, and, of course, the guest of honor himself, Paul Simon.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2009
UPC: 0826663113273
Original Release: 2007
Source: Shout Factory
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 44,873

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Costas Actor
Lyle Lovett Actor
Alison Krauss Actor
Shawn Colvin Actor
Jerry Douglas Actor
Stephen Marley Actor
Miriam Makeba Actor
Paul Simon Actor
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Actor
James Taylor Actor
Dixie Hummingbirds Actor
Bill Collins Actor
Buckwheat Zydeco Actor
George Harrison Actor
Marc Anthony Actor
Yolanda Adams Actor
Jessy Dixon Actor
Dianne Reeves Actor
Art Garfunkel Actor
Stevie Wonder Actor
Philip Glass Actor

Technical Credits
Linda Mendoza Director
Peter Kaminsky Executive Producer
Bob Kaminsky Executive Producer
Allen Kelman Producer
Jeff Kramer Executive Producer
Mark Krantz Executive Producer
Cappy McGarr Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Paul Simon and Friends: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Pop
2. Introduction: Bob Costas [2:26]
3. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover: Lyle Lovett [4:24]
4. The Boxer: Alison Krauss, Shawn Colvin, and Jerry Douglas [5:56]
5. Mother and Child Reunion: Stephen Marley [3:51]
6. Under African Skies: Miriam Makeba and Paul Simon Clip From Paul Simon Graceland: The African Concert (Zimbabwe, 1987) [2:55]
7. Homeless: Ladysmith Black Mambazo [4:37]
8. Mrs. Robinson: Paul Simon Clip From Yankee Stadium Tribute to Joe Dimaggio (April 25, 1999) [3:12]
9. Slip Slidin' Away: James Taylor and the Dixie Hummingbirds [4:37]
10. Sunday Morning With the Sensational Nightingales (Poem): Billy Collins and the Dixie Hummingbirds [3:17]
11. That Was Your Mother: Buckwheat Zydeco and Lyle Lovett [4:15]
12. Homeward Bound Paul Simon and George Harrison Clip From Saturday Night Live (November 20, 1976) [2:47]
13. Still Crazy After All These Years: James Taylor [3:59]
14. El Condor Pasa: Marc Anthony [3:10]
15. Late In the Evening: Marc Anthony [4:28]
16. Gone At Last: Yolanda Adams and Jessy Dixon [4:52]
17. Something So Right: Dianne Reeves [5:24]
18. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy): The Muppets (Grover and Elmo) [1:46]
19. Graceland: Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas [8:24]
20. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes: Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo [7:37]
21. Bridge Over Troubled Water: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel [5:14]
22. Father and Daughter: Paul Simon [4:27]
23. Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard: Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder [3:44]
24. Loves Me Like a Rock: Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder With the Dixie Hummingbirds [6:31]
25. Sounds of Silence: Philip Glass [2:51]

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Paul Simon and Friends: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to play this one on my computer because my Samsung Blu-Ray player would not play the soundtrack. This disc has very good video and audio tracks. I especially liked Allison Kraus and Dianne Reeves. The 59th Street Bridge Song performed by the Muppets was delightful.
From_Coastal_Georgia More than 1 year ago
Excellent performances by Paul Simon and a wide range of other artists performing his songs. Fabulous back-up band. Contrary to another review, no problems were experienced with the Blu-ray disc. Sound and video quality are very good. This performance provides a great overview of Simon's 40+ year career. Even if you are a long-time fan/listener who is very familiar with Simon, experiencing the full range of styles he has embraced within his body of work in a single concert is an elightening experience. Although I have enjoyed Simon's own performances of his work for many years, I believe his compositional talent is showcased to an even greater extent when you hear the songs performed by other artists who are among the best within their specific genres. For example, when Stephen Marley performs "Mother and Child Reunion", it comes across as Marley performing a bona fide reggae classic...much more than just a tribute performance of a "reggae-influenced" Paul Simon song. The performances by other artists reveal just how deeply and legitimately Simon's compositions embraced each of the wide-ranging styles. Separating Simon the performer from Simon the songwriter in this way truly validates his selection as the first recipient of the Gershwin Prize.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This DVD would not play on our new Samsung DVD player. We could see the opening, but when we selected a scene and pressed "play", the sound stopped. We could see the DVD, but could not hear anything. I really wanted to rate it "zero" stars, but I don't know if that is an option. I think this whole batch of DVDs may be defective. We had bought one at Sam's that would not work and returned it to the store. A salesman opened a new DVD in the store and tried to play it there---that one would not play on their store player, so he was taking all of his off the shelf. He refunded our money. My son went to B&N to buy one for my husband's birthday. Alas, it was defective as well.