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KODACHROME AT THE TOKYO DOME - LIVE BROADCAST FROM JAPAN 1991 By the beginning of the 1990s, Paul Simon had achieved one of the most spectacular career comebacks in the history of modern music. Having enjoyed considerable success since parting ways with his former partner Art Garfunkel in 1970, Simon had become frustrated and demoralised with the lack of commercial success of his 1983 album, Heart and Bones. However, after travelling to South Africa to record the legendary Graceland, the composer once again found himself adored by critics and fans alike as the record hit the No. 1 spot in charts across the globe and earned two Grammy awards.
With the video for the hit single You Can Call Me Al introducing him to the new MTV generation, the 45 year old Simon was again at the forefront of the pop world. His next album, The Rhythm of the Saints, followed on 16th October 1990. Although not as successful, the record was still considered an apt successor to Graceland, blending elements of Afro-Brazilian sounds with Simon s expertly-crafted pop/rock songs; South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo once again made an appearance.
The album went double Platinum in the U.S., and was the subject of two Grammy nominations. In support of the album, Paul Simon embarked on the massive Born at the Right Time Tour, which included his free performance in Central Park, New York on 16th August, almost a decade after Simon & Garfunkel s reunion gig on the same spot. The 1991 show spawned a live album along with an Emmy award-winning TV special, and Simon himself would refer to the event as ...the most memorable moment of my career .
The tour continued around the world, reaching the Tokyo Dome on 12th October, from where the recording of this CD originates. Broadcast live on FM radio, the set list is a literal treasure trove for any discerning Paul Simon fan, with Simon & Garfunkel classics including Mrs. Robinson , Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Sound Of Silence rubbing shoulders with later period favourites such as Call Me Al , The Obvious Child and Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes .