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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227480325
  • Catalog Number: 74803

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Simon Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, 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
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Rob Mounsey Synthesizer, Keyboards
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Barney Rachabane Saxophone
Alex Foster Alto Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
The Boyoyo Boys Group
Ademola Adepoju Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Dave Bargeron Trombone
Steve Berlin Saxophone
Randy Brecker Trumpet
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
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 Drums
Joseph Shabalala Vocals, Lead
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 Bass, 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
Mike Makhalemele Saxophone
Alonzo Johnson Bass
Technical Credits
Paul Simon Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Greg Calbi Mastering
Roy Halee Engineer
Los Lobos Contributor
Jeri McManus Art Direction
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
Chikapa "Ray" Phiri Arranger
General M. D. Shirinda Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nuances of of the grinding soul

    I never tire of these Simon tunes, and rev the volume to absorb a spiritual mix of the music of the Sacred Harp that twists with cajun flavors and African movement and crowing sounds of wildness. Graceland, the central piece, is like a hymn sung under water, and parts of "diamonds" burble undercurrent pounding as Sacred Harp passages perch in the 60s itself, the last real vestiges of this style. The album is a masterpiece, and Simon will probably never equal this gut burst of melody and rhythms that pierce -- a kind of music that comes from the inside of those who explore to believe and invent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another great Album

    I still remember the music video of "You can call me Al" by Paul Simon. It sound it to me a cool rhythem. When I found this in my Fathers Vinlys and CDS stack or Stand. I heard the Album. I heard the album. A cool and best Rhythem to hear or to do mixing or if you work in a jockey or mixing. Do a mix in "I know what I Know", "Gumboots", I think all of the song. But the hardest thing to find this is the Vinly version. To me, this album that Paul Simon did the best album I heard. My first time hearing a Paul Simon album, but I heard all the records of Simon and Gartfunkel. This album is my first time hearing a Paul Simon album, and hearing Moccosa (music from Africa)Jive and music from Africa.I will try to by The rhythm of saints, I heard a review of this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Paul Simon RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love "Graceland", even today, when the album is over 15 years old. The African beat is great, and the lyrics are so imaginative ("there's a girl in New York city who calls herself a human trampoline")! I loved loved loved "You Can Call Me Al", "The Boy in the Bubble", "Under African Skies", "Crazy Love, Volumn 2" (yet another example of Simon's brilliant lyrics: "Fat Charlie the Archangel sloped into the room"), and "Homeless" with Ladysmith Black Mambazo!!! I'm really partial to "You Can Call Me Al" because of the wicked awesome trumpet part!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply the Best

    This might be the best fusion of rock, folk, and world/African music ever. This was my favorite album when I was a kid, and it's still my favorite now that I'm 20 years old. It was groundbreaking in 1986, and it's just as great today. This album is probably the foremost example of why Paul Simon is a master musical artist. Every song is great, and I never get tired of listening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best of albums from the year I was born

    When I came from the hospital in 1986, I listened to Bruce Cockburn records. There I was only a few days old, sitting on the floor, grooving. Then a big break came for me. My parents put on this album by Paul Simon and boy did they get a reaction out of me! I immediately stood up and took my first step unaided while trying to dance to The Boy In The Bubble. 15 years later, I still like that album, buy a copy of the enhanced CD, play it over and over and never get tired of it. Paul Simon really made the world aware of South African music when he gave us this album. It was very interesting to here a former folk singer based in New York go international. The music of South Africa is really full of rhythm. Even when there's another artist trying to go international, Graceland can beat it. It's one of the greatest albums ever made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    america's best

    a keeper, one of the conerstones of contemporary american music. if everyone ''got it'' like simon ''gets it'' there would be no lousy albums

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fabulous Buy!

    This is one of my favorite albums. A great culmination of world music, including a hint of modern American folk. This album is great to listen to in the car, at home, by yourself, or with friends. Truly wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simonization of World Beat

    Simon once again proves his lyrical sweetness and gives us a fun introduction to world beat.

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    Posted September 26, 2009

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