Robert Richman/Paul Simon/Joseph Shabalala - Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition

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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. Audio Remasterer: Greg Calbi. Liner Note Authors: Jesse Kornbluth; Paul Simon. Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London, England (03/06/1985); Amigo Studios, Los Angeles, U.S.A. (03/06/1985); Master-Trak Enterprises Crowley, LA, U.S.A. (03/06/1985); Ovation Studios, Johannesburg, R.S.A. (03/06/1985); The Hit Factory, New York, U.S.A. (03/06/1985); Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/10/1985/01/??/2012); Amigo Studios, Los Angeles, U.S.A. (10/10/1985/01/??/2012); Master-Trak Enterprises Crowley, LA, U.S.A. (10/10/1985/01/??/2012); Ovation Studios, Johannesburg, R.S.A. (10/10/1985/01/??/2012); The Hit Factory, New York, U.S.A. (10/10/1985/01/??/2012). Director: Joe Berlinger. Editor: Joshua Pearson. Photographers: Rob Klein; Peter Thomsen; Harrison Funk; Mark Sexton; Louis Vincent; Isaiah Wyner; Luise Gubb; Paul Simon. The simple answer to the question, "What made Graceland the most successful album of Paul Simon's solo career and one of the best albums of the 1980s?" is that 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. But there was more to it than that. For one thing, the album, as eclectic as any Simon had made, also delved into zydeco on "That Was Your Mother" (on which Simon was accompanied by Good Rockin' Dopsie & the Twisters) and into conjunto-flavored rock & roll on "All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints" (on which he was accompanied by Los Lobos). For another, beyond its aural delights, Graceland marked a surprising new lyrical approach (though it was presaged by some songs on Hearts and Bones, if anyone was listening). 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. When combined, the unusual musical contexts and surprising lyrics (along with Simon's own ease and confidence as a singer) made for a creative rebirth for an artist already known for a string of artistic accomplishments. As a result, Graceland went multi-platinum, won Grammys for Album of the Year and Record of the Year (for the title song), and became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured. (Besides, it has a good beat and you can dance to it.) [The 25th Anniversary edition of Graceland arrives in several

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    UPC 886919147124
    Runtime 67 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Rock & Pop
    Sub Genre Singer/Songwriter
    Label Legacy
    Producer Akil Brown; Joe Berlinger; Justin Wilkes; Jon Kamen; Sara Enright; Amy Goldberg; Paul Simon
    Number of Discs 2
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Boy in the Bubble, The
    • 2. Graceland
    • 3. I Know What I Know - (featuring General MD Shirinda & The 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. 2
    • 10. That Was You Mother
    • 11. All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints
    • 12. Homeless
    • 13. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes [Alternate Version]
    • 14. All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints [Early Version]
    • 15. You Can Call Me Al - (previously unreleased)
    • 16. Crazy Love - (previously unreleased)
    • 17. Story of "Graceland", The - (previously unreleased)
    Disc 2
    • 1. How We Begin to Remember
    • 2. Comparing Notes
    • 3. Chance in a Million, A
    • 4. I Know What I Know
    • 5. Different Perspective, A
    • 6. He Is My Brother
    • 7. Roy Halee Goes to Work
    • 8. London Sessions
    • 9. Do You Think People Are Going to Like This?
    • 10. Immediate Praise?
    • 11. Setting a Tone of Hope
    • 12. Zimbabwe
    • 13. Roots of the Rhythm Remain, The
    • 14. Whoopi Goldberg [Bonus Extended Interview]
    • 15. Harry Belafonte [Bonus Extended Interview]
    • 16. Ray Phiri [Bonus Extended Interview]
    • 17. Barney Rachabane [Bonus Extended Interview]
    • 18. Hugh Masekela [Bonus Extended Interview]
    • 19. You Can Call Me Al [Music Video]
    • 20. Boy in the Bubble [Music Video], The
    • 21. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes [Music Video]
    • 22. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes [Saturday Night Live, November 22, 1986]
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Performer(s)s John Selolwane, Bakithi Kumalo, Albert Mazibuko, General M.D. Shirinda, Gaza Sisters, Tony Cedras, Barney Rachabane, Sonti Mndebele, Forere Motloheloa, Okyerema Asante, Isaac Mtshali, Joseph Shabalala
    Stars Jon Pareles
    Makeups Susie Sobol, Louie Zakarian, Holly Ernst
    Directors Joe Berlinger
    Hosts Hilton Rosenthal, Ezra Koenig, Koloi Lebona, Quincy Jones, Peter Gabriel, Rostam Batmanglij, Amer Araim, Wally Serote, Ray Phiri, Lenny Waronker, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Paul Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Tomson, Roy Halee, Philip Glass, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dali Tambo, David Byrne, Lorne Michaels, Chris Baio, Paul McCartney, Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg
    Hairstylists Holly Ernst, Susie Sobol, Louie Zakarian
    Director of Photographys Robert Richman
    Country of Origin United States
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