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 Xil......more
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 so...
Paul Simon, Graceland, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years, Negotiations and Love Songs 1971-1986
Jackson C. Frank, The Beatles, Martin Carthy, Milton Nascimento, Bob Dylan, Caetano Veloso, The Moonglows (US), The Everly Brothers, Johnny Maestro, The Soul Brothers, Dion, Rick Nelson, Elvis Presley, Fela Kuti, Bert Jansch, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
John Denver, David Byrne, Joan Baez, Peter Case, Ginger Baker, Al Stewart, Leonard Cohen, John Hiatt, Chris de Burgh, Stephen Stills, Tim Buckley, John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful), Johnny Clegg, Billy Joel, Fred Neil, J.D. Souther, John Prine, Phil Collins, Richard Thompson, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter Gabriel, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Laura Nyro, Van Morrison, Donovan, David Crosby, Steely Dan, Randy Newman, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Art Garfunkel, James Taylor (Soft Rock), Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys), Cat Stevens, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Steve Forbert, Neil Diamond, Los Lobos, Sting, T-Bone Burnett, Youssou N'Dour, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Graham Nash
1 Boy in the Bubble, The
3 I Know What I Know - (featuring General M. D. Shirinda/Gaza Sisters)
5 Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
6 You Can Call Me Al
7 Under African Skies
9 Crazy Love, Vol. II
10 That Was Your Mother
11 All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints
13 Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
14 All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints [Early Version]
Rock & Pop
Number of Discs:
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
53 : 50
The Everly Brothers; Los Lobos; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Youssou N'Dour; Alan Rubin; Jon Faddis; Ronnie Cuber; Linda Ronstadt; R
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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