Paul Simon - Graceland (Vinyl)

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Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Graceland, Paul Simon's groundbreaking album that continues to influence and inspire generations. Originally released in 1986, Graceland was Paul Simon’s 7th and most successful, multi-million selling solo studio album. Pressed onto standard black vinyl, includes download code.


Paul Simon's penchant for allegory, metaphor, clever phrasing, brilliant composition and the embrace of world music all combine on Graceland. In a decade drenched in deplorable drum machines, synths and melancholy faux-boys with bad hair, this album is a shining beacon of musical craftsmanship in an oily sea fouled by the flotsam and jetsam of power-pop, new wave, hair bands and rap crap. Simon takes us on an extraordinary journey through African-themed songs with the inestimable assistance of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, truly one of the unique vocal groups of the time. Listen to the stunning harmonies on a song like "I Know What I know", one can't help but appreciate the fundamental qualities of this album.

Featuring a stellar cast of musicians including Los Lobos, Linda Rondstadt, Adrian Belew, Youssou N'Dour, The Everley Brothers, and the aforementioned Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Simon's Graceland is fun ("You Can Call Me Al"), reflective ("Under African Skies"), wryly observant ("Crazy Love, Vol. II" or "The Boy in the Bubble"), and musically varied (the fascinating African a capella of "Homeless", as opposed to the creole vibe of "That Was Your Mother", for instance), and Simon's lyrical genius is readily apparent. Throw in the paean to Elvis "Graceland", and the beautiful "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes", and the compositional qualities of Paul Simon are readily apparent. Graceland is a mellow, moving and gratifying - an essential album - and one of the few reasons to listen to any music from the 80's, because the music transcends the decade.

By: Dark_Elf

A1 The Boy In The Bubble
A2 Graceland
A3 I Know What I Know
A4 Gumboots
A5 Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
B1 You Can Call Me Al
B2 Under African Skies
B3 Homeless
B4 Crazy Love, Vol. II
B5 That Was Your Mother
B6 All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints

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