“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!