Graceland [25th Anniversary Edition]

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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. [A 25th Anniversary Edition was released in 2012.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919147216
  • Catalog Number: 191472
  • Sales rank: 9,897

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Boy in the Bubble
  2. 2 Graceland
  3. 3 I Know What I Know
  4. 4 Gumboots
  5. 5 Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
  6. 6 You Can Call Me Al
  7. 7 Under African Skies
  8. 8 Homeless
  9. 9 Crazy Love, Vol. 2
  10. 10 That Was Your Mother
  11. 11 All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Simon Primary Artist
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Guest Appearance
Adrian Belew Guest Appearance
The Everly Brothers Guest Appearance
Linda Ronstadt Guest Appearance
Ronnie Cuber Guest Appearance
Jon Faddis Guest Appearance
Randy Brecker Guest Appearance
Los Lobos Guest Appearance
Youssou N'Dour Guest Appearance
Alan Rubin Guest Appearance
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