Simon & Garfunkel
Live From New York City 1967 (Columbia/Legacy)
Before the 1981 concert in Central Park, there was this, an earlier live recording from the folk duo that mellowed the world with such hits as “The Sound of Silence” and “I Am a Rock.” Those tracks are here along with 17 others, including the rare “A Church Is Burning,” a cut never before released in the U.S. This disc simply iterates the fact that these guys could harmonize like no other.
The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years (Warner Bros., $65)
Mr. Davis is boxed up once again in this four-disc collection covering the latter period of the jazz virtuoso’s life (1985-1991). Joining the trumpeter on rare studio and previously unissued live tracks are David Sanborn (alto sax on “Portia”), Wayne Shorter (“It’s About That Time”), and Chick Corea and Shorter (“Footprints”). Keep the Miles coming.
Days of Speed (Epic)
Recorded during his 2001 European tour, this 18-track single disc covers 25 years of material. From his early days in the Jam to his time spent with the Style Council to his solo stuff, it’s all represented here in a live performance that runs close to 70 minutes and is the first-ever live acoustic album from this Brit songwriter. The encore version of “Town Called Malice” proves that song — and Weller — are timeless.
— JAMES E. MAYFIELD