Graceland [Bonus Tracks]

Graceland [Bonus Tracks]

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by Paul Simon
     
 

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An inveterate musical explorer, Paul Simon has experimented with elements of gospel, doo-wop, and Inca folk music throughout his 30-year career. But his experiments hit a nerve as never before on this 1986 recording. Simon's use of several South African styles, plus a little zydeco and Mexican rock, helped nurture a mainstream interest inSee more details below

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An inveterate musical explorer, Paul Simon has experimented with elements of gospel, doo-wop, and Inca folk music throughout his 30-year career. But his experiments hit a nerve as never before on this 1986 recording. Simon's use of several South African styles, plus a little zydeco and Mexican rock, helped nurture a mainstream interest in world music that remains strong to this day. Moving beyond appropriation, Simon met the exotic styles halfway, insinuating the rhythms into the mix to create a supple, beguiling synthesis. A landmark recording, Graceland won a bundle of awards and helped launch a substantial Western presence for South African groups like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Malathini and the Mahotella Queens.

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. [In 2004, Warner Strategic Marketing reissued Simon's studio albums as remastered editions with bonus tracks, packaged in cardboard digipacks. Like the other Simon reissues in this series, the remastering is excellent. Graceland has three bonus tracks, all previously unreleased. There's a demo of "Homeless" that consists largely of Simon singing the chorus over an acoustic guitar; there's a spare unreleased version of "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" that's close to being Simon's vocal and rhythm track from the released version; finally, there's an "Early Version" of "All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints" that sounds closer to a full-on Los Lobos track than the finished version.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227890421
catalogNumber:
78904

Tracks

  1. The Boy in the Bubble  - Paul Simon
  2. Graceland  - Paul Simon
  3. I Know What I Know  - Paul Simon
  4. Gumboots  -  Boyoyo Boys
  5. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes  - Paul Simon
  6. You Can Call Me Al  - Paul Simon
  7. Under African Skies  - Paul Simon
  8. Homeless  - Paul Simon
  9. Crazy Love, Vol. 2  -  Stimela
  10. That Was Your Mother  -  Twisters
  11. All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints  - Paul Simon
  12. Homeless  - Paul Simon
  13. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes  - Paul Simon
  14. All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints  -  Lobos

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synclavier,6-string bass,6-string Electric Bass
Ladysmith Black Mambazo   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Adrian Belew   Synthesizer,Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
Everly Brothers   Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Rob Mounsey   Synthesizer
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Barney Rachabane   Saxophone
Alex Foster   Alto Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Boyoyo Boys   Various
Ademola Adepoju   Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Berlin   Saxophone
Kim Cissel   Trombone
Michelle Cobbs   Background Vocals
Steve Gadd   Drums
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Diane Garisto   Background Vocals
Morris Goldberg   Soprano Saxophone,Penny Whistle,Soloist
David Hidalgo   Guitar,Accordion,Vocals
Lobos   Various
Conrad Lozano   Bass
Ratau Mike Makhalemele   Saxophone
Isaac Mtshali   Drums
Youssou N'Dour   Percussion
Ray Phiri   Guitar
Sherman Robertson   Guitar
Cesar Rosas   Guitar,Vocals
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Alton Rubin   Accordion,Drums
Joseph Shabalala   Vocals
Assane Thaim   Percussion
Vusi Khumalo   Drums
Makhaya Mahlangu   Percussion
Dave Rubin   Washboard
Ronald E. Brecker   Trumpet
Babacar Faye   Percussion
Gasa Sisters   Vocals
Johnny Hoyt   Saxophone
Lloyd Lelose   Bass
Petrus Manile   Drums
Lulu Masilela   Tambourine
Jonhjon Mkhalali   Accordion
Forere Motloheloa   Accordion
Teaspoon Ndlela   Saxophone
Leonard Pickett   Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Xilakazi   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Louie Pérez   Drums
Bakithi Kumalo   Bass,Bass Guitar
Chikapa "Ray" Phiri   Guitar
David W. Bargeron   Trombone
Mike Makhalemele   Saxophone
Alonzo Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Paul Simon   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,co-arranger,Audio Production
Greg Allen   Reissue Design
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Roy Halee   Engineer
Bill Inglot   Remastering
Joseph Shabalala   Composer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Lulu Masilela   Composer
Jonhjon Mkhalali   Composer
Forere Motloheloa   Composer
Jeri McManus   Art Direction
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Art Direction
Chikapa "Ray" Phiri   Arranger,co-arranger
Eddie Simon   Management
Daniel Hersch   Remastering
General M. D. Shirinda   Composer

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