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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Legacy/Sony
  • ASIN: B004KBSQBA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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 Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints
  12. Homeless (Demo)
  13. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (Unreleased Version)
  14. All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints (Early Version)

Product Description

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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This Grammy Award-winning album from 1986 is usually considered to be Paul Simon's crowning achievement in a stellar career with many high-points. His peerless songwriting and poignant lyrics are fused with intelligent use of folk and brass instruments: Zulu Mbaqanga rhythms, the Ladysmith Black Mambazo choir showcasing their a capella style, plus the Zydeco creole music of Louisiana; the Everly Brothers, Linda Ronstadt and Los Lobos also feature in cameo performances. It's absolutely gorgeous and hasn't aged a day in 26 years.

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.
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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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By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2012
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It's quite baffling how studios get away with it in this day and age, yet the persistent efforts to make their albums as loud as is iPod-inducingling possible is frustrating, short changing even.

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...
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Although this was the third reincarnation of this album that I've bought ( I know what you're thinking,sucker!)', this is definately the best. Sound quality is much improved over the last 'remastered' offering. Why couldn't they have gotten it right the first time? The bonus tracks are also worth the inclusion, especially the insrumental demo of 'Crazy Love'. Love the sound of the guitaring. If you love the music of Paul Simon, and especially this album, then upgrading to this copy is a must!!
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I cherish my original vinyl LP album and play it 'very' infrequently, relying instead on an audio cassette which must be on it's last legs it's been played so much. Watching BBC's 'Imagine' last week I was stirred into looking for this album. Ordered before I headed for bed, it has just been delivered.

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....
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I bought this CD after seeing a recent TV programme about Paul Simon actually making this LP. I realised that I missed my old LP and hearing this glorious music. However, as several reviewers have said, the sound is poor and does not give the atmosphere and impact of the original recording. A few of the later tracks do improve in sound quality, but I shall listen to this CD in the car where the mediocre sound doesn't matter too much.
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