“Ladies and Gentlemen, I’ve got an important announcement to make. I wanna introduce one of the.. great talents of the 20th century actually. The one and only, Paul Simon.” . Paul Simon comes out and I’m sure noone would know what to expect.
Relax in your chair and enjoy this wonderful version of ‘Sound of Silence”. The camera work is excellent as is the sound. The song begins with a slow musical intro; The beautiful melody of the classic song. Dylan and Simon honing in on each other having a musical conversation with their guitars.
Singing with Bob Dylan would not be the easiest thing and you have probably heard evidence. This time Bob closely follows Simon and provides at times well timed backup vocals using good notes. For the better part of the song Simon’s and Dylan’s eyes are locked in together allowing them to work in harmony.
After the first verse the pedal steel and drums kick in – David Kemper and Larry Campbell are fantastic players. If you have read previous posts on DylanTube you would know I love Larry Campbell’s steel playing. He makes that four-legged guitar cry.
After the 2nd verse Bob walks over to his amp and picks up one of his harmonicas and plays some strong lines full of emotion.
I’m glad we have a video of this performance!
Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence
“Fools” said I
“You do not know, silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
In the wells of silence
1. O Babe, It Ain't No Lie (acoustic) 2. Mr. Tambourine Man (acoustic) (with harp) 3. Masters Of War (acoustic) 4. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (acoustic) 5. Tangled Up In Blue (acoustic) 6. All Along The Watchtower 7. Just Like A Woman 8. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again 9. Not Dark Yet 10. Highway 61 Revisited 11. Love Sick 12. Like A Rolling Stone 13. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (acoustic) (with harp) 14. Not Fade Away Bob performed the following 3 songs with Paul Simon during Paul's set. 15. Sounds Of Silence (Duet with Paul Simon - Bob on harp) 16. I Walk The Line (Duet with Paul Simon - Larry on fiddle) 17. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Duet with Paul Simon - Larry on fiddle) 18. Forever Young (Duet with Paul Simon) source : https://www.expectingrain.com/dok/set/99/06/9906lists.html