Paul Simon - Graceland
cat # 88691914721
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Remastered
High Quality 180 Grm Vinyl
Poster + MP3 of album and 3 bonus songs
25th Anniversary Edition
Released: Apr 2012
Genre: Folk, World, & Country, Funk / Soul
Style: Afrobeat, Folk
A1 The Boy In The Bubble (3:59)
A2 Graceland (4:48)
A3 I Know What I Know (3:13)
A4 Gumboots (2:42)
A5 Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (5:34)
B1 You Can Call Me Al (4:39)
B2 Under African Skies (3:34)
B3 Homeless (3:45)
B4 Crazy Love Vol II (4:17)
B5 That Was Your Mother (2:51)
B6 All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints (3:15)
Prior to the release of Graceland in 1986, Paul Simon was already a musical superstar. From his 60's days as one half of Simon & Garfunkel to his solo work the 70's, he created some of the most memorable songs in music.
Through it all, the basis of his music was an acoustic guitar and deeply rooted in American sounds like doo wop, folk or jazz.
When one heard the South African rhythms that came from Graceland, the last person you'd expect them to come from would be Mr. Simon. The lyrical content of the album is no surprise as Mr. Simon is one of the best in the business, but the musical backing is fresh, new and vibrant.
"The Boy In The Plastic Bubble" just explodes out of your speakers and for some reason the song reminds me of a carnival.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo adds stirring vocals to the sublime "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" while adding a plaintive almost mournful sound to "Homeless".
Linda Ronstadt supplies a fine harmony vocal on "Under African Skies" while Los Lobos assists on the albums closer "All Around The World". "You Can Call Me Al" had a hilarious video with Chevy Chase but beside having a good video, the song is as bouncy and catchy as anything he's ever recorded.
He not only uses South African beats, but he explores zydeco music on "That Was Your Mother" and stays at home on the title track.
Graceland is the peak of Paul Simon's long and illustrious career.
This film tells the story of Paul Simon's landmark 1986 album, Graceland. Recorded in New York and South Africa, Graceland not only sold 14 million copies, but it was also named Album of the Year at the 1986 Grammy Awards. It brought the sound of South African music to audiences around the world. This acclaimed film shows how a career setback for Paul Simon precipitated the inspiration for Graceland, how he learned so much from the South African musicians he met, and how, in collaboration, a triumphant album was created
Paul Simon - Graceland, concert Zimbabwe / South Africa
Paul Simon - Diamonds on the soles of her shoes /zimbabwe
I love it when south africans sing – beautiful and poetic
Paul Simon - The Boy In The Bubble
- Live in Zimbabwe, 1987
Paul Simon - I Know What I Know