Graceland

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle including its controversial aspect during the apartheid days was a powerful marketing tool and that the catchy music succeeded in presenting listeners with that magical combination: something they'd never heard before that nevertheless sounded familiar. As eclectic as any record Simon had made, it also delved into zydeco and conjunto-flavored rock & roll while marking a surprising new lyrical ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle including its controversial aspect during the apartheid days was a powerful marketing tool and that the catchy music succeeded in presenting listeners with that magical combination: something they'd never heard before that nevertheless sounded familiar. As eclectic as any record Simon had made, it also delved into zydeco and conjunto-flavored rock & roll while marking a surprising new lyrical approach presaged on some songs on Hearts and Bones; for the most part, Simon abandoned a linear, narrative approach to his words, instead drawing highly poetic "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes", abstract "The Boy in the Bubble", and satiric "I Know What I Know" portraits of modern life, often charged by striking images and turns of phrase torn from the headlines or overheard in contemporary speech. An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919841220
  • Catalog Number: 198412
  • Sales rank: 20,941

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Boy in the Bubble (3:59)
  2. 2 Graceland (4:51)
  3. 3 I Know What I Know - Gaza Sisters (3:13)
  4. 4 Gumboots - The Boyoyo Boys (2:44)
  5. 5 Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (5:51)
  6. 6 You Can Call Me Al (4:40)
  7. 7 Under African Skies (3:37)
  8. 8 Homeless (3:48)
  9. 9 Crazy Love, Vol. II - Stimela (4:19)
  10. 10 That Was Your Mother - Rockin' Dopsie & The Twisters (2:52)
  11. 11 All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints - Los Lobos (3:18)
  12. 12 Homeless (2:30)
  13. 13 Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (4:41)
  14. 14 All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints [Ve (3:18)
  15. 15 The Story of Graceland (9:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Simon Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synclavier, 6-string Electric Bass
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Vocals
Adrian Belew Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
The Everly Brothers Vocals
Linda Ronstadt Vocals
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Rob Mounsey Synthesizer
Barney Rachabane Saxophone
Alex Foster Alto Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Steve Berlin Saxophone
Steve Gadd Drums
Earl Gardner Trumpet
Diane Garisto Background Vocals
Morris Goldberg Soprano Saxophone, Penny Whistle, Soloist
Conrad Lozano Bass
Isaac Mtshali Drums
Youssou N'Dour Percussion
Sherman Robertson Guitar
Cesar Rosas Guitar, Vocals
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Alton Rubin Accordion
Joseph Shabalala Vocals
Assane Thaim Percussion
Vusi Khumalo Drums
Makhaya Mahlangu Percussion
Ronald E. Brecker Trumpet
Babacar Faye Percussion
Johnny Hoyt Saxophone
Lloyd Lelose Bass
Petrus Manile Drums
Lulu Masilela Tambourine
Forere Motloheloa Accordion
Teaspoon Ndlela Saxophone
Leonard Pickett Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Xilakazi Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Louie Pérez Drums
Bakithi Kumalo Bass
Chikapa "Ray" Phiri Guitar
David W. Bargeron Trombone
David Rubin Washboard
Mike Makhalemele Saxophone
Demola Adepoju Pedal Steel Guitar
Kim Allan Cissel Trombone
Lewis Michael Soloff Trumpet
Bakiti Kumalo Bass
Ronald E. Cuber Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Alton Rubin Jr. Drums
Alonzo Johnson Bass
Gaza Sisters Vocals
Michele Cobbs Background Vocals
David Hildago Guitar, Accordion, Vocals
Jonhjon Mkhaladi Accordion
Technical Credits
Paul Simon Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Liner Notes, Original Album Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering, Remastering
Roy Halee Engineer
Bill Inglot Transfer Assistant
Joseph Shabalala Composer, Lyricist
Lulu Masilela Composer
Forere Motloheloa Composer
Jeri McManus Art Direction
Gary Heery Back Cover Photo
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
Chikapa "Ray" Phiri Arranger
Eddie Simon Management
Steve Berkowitz Producer
Jeff Kramer Management
Mike Reilly Engineer
General M. D. Shirinda Composer
Mandy Eidgah Marketing
Jennifer Feinberg Marketing
Jonhjon Mkhaladi Composer
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