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    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. Liner Note Author: Paul Simon. Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Amigo Studios, Los Angeles; Master-Trak Enterprises, Crowley, LA; Ovation Studios, Johannesburg, RSA; The Hit Factory, New York. Arrangers: Chikapa "Ray" Phiri; Paul Simon. 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 2011 remastered version added bonus tracks.] ~ William Ruhlmann


    Dimensions 6.0x4.0x0.5
    Country Of Origin United States
    UPC 886978425027
    Runtime 53 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Rock & Pop
    Sub Genre Singer/Songwriter
    Label Legacy
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Boy in the Bubble, The
    • 2. Graceland
    • 3. I Know What I Know - (featuring General M. D. Shirinda/Gaza Sisters)
    • 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
    • 12. Homeless
    • 13. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
    • 14. All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints [Early Version]
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Simon, Paul

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