Graceland Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Graceland is Paul’s seventh studio album released in the summer of 1986, and was a huge global success: #1 in almost every country it was released in and to this day still tops Greatest Album of All Time charts. Includes singles “Graceland”, “Diamond On The Soles Of Her Shoes” and “You Can Call Me Al”.
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The album works best when listened to as a whole experience, rather than sampled track by downloaded track - like having a full meal rather than just eating the beans one day, and the sauce on another occasion. Only when the whole is savoured and digested can the extraordinary blend of complimentary musical styles be appreciated, and the grand creation be enjoyed and fully understood.
Now the 1986 CD release was in every way superb, containing a dynamic range allowing for the subtleties of the unusual instrumentation and vocal combinations to shine, with plenty of light and shade. The 2004 `re-mastered' CD was overall `louder' than the earlier mix, lacked the depth and contrast of the original and was definitely not an improvement. Unfortunately this `25th anniversary remaster' (actually the 26th anniversary, not the 25th) CD is, if possible, even worse. It's another victim of the `loudness war' destroying the subtleties of thoughtful and complex music by compressing the dynamic range, resulting in little difference between loud and quiet sections, diminishing its emotional power and - compared to the 1986 original - making it a tiring experience for the listener.Read more ›
I need not mention that Graceland is a classic album, because it helped catalyse a faux-world music genre during the 1980's and, in the process, sought to take advantage of the new CD format. As such the original album is mixed beautifully, featuring production techniques that truly test the listeners dynamic range. The end result is an album that never tires; it sounds just as fresh today as what it did years ago.
This is partly the reason why it has been given a '25th Anniversary Edition' release, in order to celebrate its continued appeal. What a massive pity then that Warner Bros. decided to, quite literally, compress the music to death in order to make the recordings louder than they originally were, and in doing so, have squashed those legendary dynamics.
When comparing this release to the original CD from 1984, the results are baffling. Percussion instruments that were once audible are now a feint (or hollow) noise in the background, while the sounds around it are just a mash with little separation. 'I Know What I Know' and 'Gumboots' are the two biggest culprits, with the guitars less prominent in the mix and more subdued, thus making the songs sound less complex. Melodically they are still obvious, but the rhythm is completely altered.
'The Boy in the Bubble' has already been mentioned by another reviewer - the very first 'tom' strike about 8 seconds into the song was almost startling on the original album release as it was so much louder than the accordion. Yet in this edition, it is quite literally the same volume as the accordion before it...Read more ›
The audio quality is astounding, simply astounding! EVERYTHING you could want it to be and more. Crisp, clean and full. Not a click or hiss, wonderfully remastered... Buy it, you will not regret it.... I'm still crazy after all these years....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are two albums in existence that I can say every song is eqaully as good as the last. Dire Straites - Brothers in Arms and this little gem. Read morePublished 19 days ago by J. Morgan
Record arrived within 24 hours! It's a gift so haven't actually played it but looks good!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
First heard this album when I was growing up, it was always played in our car (albeit in cassette format back then) and has brought back great memories.Published 1 month ago by Phil Sellors
Paul Simon. You can't go wrong and this is one of his seminal albums. Better than Stranger to Stranger and cheaper as well. Enjoy.Published 1 month ago by Dr. G. A. Trimble
Simply Simon and simply superb. Even better than we remembered it. Just love the flow of the cd and the wonderful rhythms.Published 1 month ago by Carters
Classic collection, expertly sung and well recorded. Unmissable.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer