Graceland [Bonus Tracks]

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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. [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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227890421
  • Catalog Number: 78904
  • Sales rank: 241,643

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Simon Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synclavier, 6-string bass, 6-string Electric Bass
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Vocals, Guest Appearance
Adrian Belew Synthesizer, Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
The 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
The 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
Los 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, Rhythm
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
Dan Hersch Remastering
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
General M. D. Shirinda Composer
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