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Graceland
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2010
I decided to buy new versions of music I used to have in the 1980's and this was one of the first I got. In particular I remembered the title track, Homeless, and The Myth of Fingerprints. It was money well spent. The songs are as good as I remember and it feels to me like an album, not just a collection of songs. The tracks can be whimsical, melancholy or simple fun - sometimes all at the same time. In a funny way the album was nostalgic even when it was new. I can now enjoy that nostalgia again, if that makes any sense!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2002
This album will almost always figure in a "Best Albums Of All Time" poll. On its release in 1986 it became one of the highest selling albums of the 80s. This was for the simple reason that the African tinged pop music (any of which here could easily match the Simon & Garfunkel material) had never been done before. It's 1990 successor, the Rhythm Of The Saints, tried to continue in this vein but was nowhere near as successful. This is a classic. Buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This seamless blend of African pop and American folk styles is one of the most exquisite musical achievements of the 20th century. The melodies are exquisite and each and every one of the tracks is a classic. The best loved songs include The Boy In The Bubble, Graceland, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes and Under African Skies, but the rest hold great charm too. The most rootsy African sounds surface on I Know What I Know with the soulful vocal infusions of The Gaza Sisters. Paul Simon has always successfully integrated exotic sounds in his music to create great beauty: Andean flutes in El Condor Pasa, reggae in Me And Julio Down By The School Yard and in Mother & Child Reunion, and Latin/South American sounds in Rhythm Of The Saints, but Graceland is his towering achievement as a solo artist, a truly exceptional album with a power and beauty that transcends all musical boundaries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2012
A must-have replacement for the original cassette as the album is an all-time favourite of mine. Paul Simon is a musical wizard!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2009
Every track on this CD is brilliant. I have it on audio cassette and wanted the CD. "These are the days of miracles and wonder, this is the long distance call...." brilliant song writing, wonderful songs and melodies with the echoes of Elvis and Africa ebbing and flowing in between. Every home should have one.
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This seamless blend of African pop and American folk styles is one of the most exquisite musical achievements of the 20th century. The melodies are beautiful, the voices divine, and each and every one of the tracks is a classic.

The best loved songs include The Boy In The Bubble, Graceland, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes and Under African Skies, but the rest hold great charm too. The most rootsy African sounds surface on I Know What I Know with the soulful vocal infusions of The Gaza Sisters.

Paul Simon has always successfully integrated exotic sounds in his music to create great beauty: Andean flutes in El Condor Pasa, reggae in Me And Julio Down By The School Yard and in Mother & Child Reunion, and Latin/South American sounds in Rhythm Of The Saints, but Graceland is his towering achievement as a solo artist, a truly exceptional album with a power and beauty that transcends all musical boundaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2008
Yes...this is easily one of the most seminal and perfectly concieved albums of all time. If you have read the other reviews you should have ordered your copy by now. I'll add my tuppence by saying that personally I feel there's moments on this album that scratch the surface of divinity itself.

perfect.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2002
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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on 29 May 2015
Have just bought this week and given two or three listens to Graceland having always had a tainted view on 'world music'! The tainted view was due to Sting preaching and a local Carol service one Christmas when instead of singing Carols at one point we listened to the African drum group who to be honest couldn't play the drums. Graceland is a superb album with good tracks all the way through. The African influence on the Album enhances rather than dominates the music that Paul Simon has written and makes it an interesting intelligent album that deserves all the plaudits it received in the 80's. Including the greatest hits I have 3 Simon and Garfunkel albums released in the 60's. In less than a week I have bought Graceland and am awaiting with anticipation 'The Rhythm of the Saints'. Enough said of my conversion to Paul Simons version of World music!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2012
Love this amazing CD. Quality superb and all tracks excellent. Very good value for money. Best of all, my youngest children love it too and have been introduced to the new experience of the talented Paul Simon fused with breath-taking Black South African
musical talent.
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