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Graceland [CD]

Paul Simon Audio CD
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During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland") were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is an ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Sep 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros Records
  • ASIN: B00000E9O7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Boy In The Bubble
2. Graceland
3. I Know What I Know
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 Round The World Or The Myths Of Fingerprints

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The melding of South African styles and Simon's trademark sensibility made for one of the most intriguing albums--not to mention commercial hits--of the 1980s. At once lively, thoughtful, gorgeous, and tough, Graceland acknowledges splits both in South Africa's social fabric and in Simon's personal life (the title track is a clear descendant of the earlier "Hearts and Bones", a song about the singer- songwriter's brief marriage to Carrie Fisher). Humour is hardly absent from the mix, though; witness the addled "I Know What I Know" and the fable-like "You Can Call Me Al". --Rickey Wright

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Paul Simon ~ Graceland

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Massively overcompressed, overloud remastering 2 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Doing a waveform & audible analysis of my 1986 CD compared to this 2011 re-release, the results are shocking, absolutely massive compression has been applied to this in a race to the loudness wars, resulting in distortion & subtleties of the voices and instruments simply disappearing compared to the original. I am not an anti-remasterer, there are great remasters out there, but this is not one of them, stick to the 1986 CD if you want the best from this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put: Perfect! 22 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
I can honestly say that this was the first album that i listened to over and over again, and still after the 4th time i was picking up lyrics and phrases that i had not heard before.
The music is lovely and crisp on the ear and is full of rythem and style that is sadly becoming lost in todays electric tunes.
Paul Simon has lost none of his style and panache in this, and it still stands out as one of the greatest and most loved albums of all time.
Simply perfect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album ever! 22 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to this album since I was a baby, and it is absolutely fantastic! Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes is my favourite song in the world- it always calms me down. Ladysmith Black Mambaso are good in their own right, but with Paul Simon they reach a whole other level. The harmonies and the guitar are amazing. I can't say nice enough things about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original 1986 recording 16 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes magnificent music can be let down by meaningless lyrics, and sometimes significant words are undermined by trite tunes, but this `Graceland' CD is magnificent from all standpoints. Haunting melodies and moving messages are blended together via Paul Simon's innovative integration of African and American styles - great rhythms, great lyrics, great solos, great duets and great backing. It is captivating listening, and for those seeking to join in there is a full print of songs on the CD sleeve. All tracks are glorious - from the introductory drum beats of `The Boy In The Bubble' to the final plaintive and poignant poetry of `All Around The World' (The Myth of Fingerprints'). Between is a variety of instruments and styles such as the percussion on `Graceland', backing vocals on `I Know What I Know', duet on `Under African Skies', African singing on `Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes' and `Homeless', up-tempo for `Gumboots', integration of penny-whistle on `You Can Call Me Al', syncopated sounds on `Crazy Love' and use of accordion on `That Was Your Mother'. This truly masterful CD is awe-inspiring and makes compelling listening. In the past `Graceland' was produced on cassette, and subsequently it has been subject to re-mastering - but this original CD is the pre-eminent edition - it is a genuine classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who am I to blow against the wind. 31 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I realised I had not heard this album in a long time when a rare radio moment reminded me of it. A quick browse on Amazon and I soon purchased the original recording on cd to replace the long lost tape that rattled around numerous dashboards decades earlier. Paul Simon is a talented musician and a convoluted but occasionally visceral lyricist,however, as before, the pull of this album for myself is the fantastic rhythms and rich harmonies.The artists involved in the album and location of the recording meant that Paul and his fellow musicians became politicised and he is considered perhaps equally brave and naive for releasing it in the manner he did. In spite of this the music is brimming with humanity and fun; it cannot be danced to purely as a western beat would encourage instead the songs urge the listener to invent their own unique form and this is often hilarious and liberating. Paul Simon strikes me as a stubborn and fastidious fellow and if he orchestrated every note of this record to reverberate as it does then he is a genius, if the arrangements blossomed from the seeds of happenstance and cultural ambiguity then he is still a genius.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Classic 27 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
One of the classic albums of all time. Graceland is a fusion of wonderful lyrics and haunting melodies.
Paul Simon has crafted a gem of an album that would grace any record collection. From the sublime "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" with its collection of astounding vocal efforts matched with a peerless tune, to the up-tempo sharpness of "You Can Call Me Al" this is an all time great.
The description of 'Classic Album' is often over used but once in a while a true classic does come along....this is one of those few, rare times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great music not so great CD 27 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good to have the music again but unfortunately two of the tracks keep sticking which is a pain - but it wasn't expensive so I guess I can put up with it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
What initially appears to be the straightforward exploitation of a yet untapped resource, soon evolves into a skilled and tasteful blend of ethnic-pop story telling, with the unmistakable signature of Simon still dominant throughout. Predictable, busy African guitar and those superb 'Mambazo' chorals conspire with flawless upbeat consructions to make this a completely safe purchase for the sorry few of you who don't already own a copy.
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