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Graceland [25th Anniversary Edition]
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Album: Graceland [25th Anniversary Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Boy in the Bubble, The
2)    Graceland
3)    I Know What I Know
4)    Gumboots
5)    Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
6)    You Can Call Me Al
7)    Under African Skies
8)    Homeless
9)    Crazy Love, Vol. II
10)    That Was Your Mother
11)    All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Paul Simon (vocals, guitar); Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, General M.D. Shirinda, The Gaza Sisters, Joseph Shabalala (vocals); Adrian Belew (guitar, syntesizer guitar); Chikapa "Ray" Phiri, Daniel Xilakazi (guitar); Demola Adepoju (pedal steel); Forere Motloheloa, Jonhjon Mikhalali (accordion); Alex Foster (alto sax); Lenny Pickett (tenor sax); Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Earl Gardner, Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, Alan Rubin (trumpet); Rob Mounsey (synthesizer); Baghiti Khumalo (bass); Vusi Khumalo (drums); Lulu Masilela (tambourine); Youssou N'Dour, Makhaya Mahlangu Ralph McDonald, Babacar Faye, Assane Thiam (percussion).
  • Los Lobos: Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar); David Hildago (vocals, guitar, accordion); Steve Berlin (saxophone); Conrad Lozano (bass); Louie Perez, Steve Gadd (drums).
  • Engineers include: Roy Halee, Peter Thwaites, Mark Cobrin.
  • Aired on VH-1 and PBS, GRACELAND includes interviews, performances, and additional footage not previously seen.
  • 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.] ~ William Ruhlmann
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (11/89) - Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Best Albums Of The Eighties."

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.116) - Ranked #81 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Simon created an album about isolation and redemption that transcended 'world music' to become the whole world's soundtrack..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.91) - "Wisely, Simon made an intimately personal album rather than an explicitly political one, but GRACELAND was nevertheless a liberation."
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