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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating glimpse into the world of a song writing genius..., 23 Oct. 2008
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This review is from: Graceland - Classic Albums [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
A Rockumentary about a land mark album made by one of the finest song writers of our time, featuring input and comment by Paul Simon, guest musicians and commentators cannot fail to be entertaining.

The Classic Album shows have one notable difference from the average programme of this genre. The Classic album series is not just a collection of cheap thrown away programmes dominated by a cheesy commentary over a string of fuzzy repeated images with bad quality sound bites and quotes. The series has excellent production values featuring original footage, which centres around getting the old multi track tapes out, and separating out the parts (and in some cases playing along to them or performing the demo version) to demonstrate how the finished product was arrived at. It is this is invaluable part of the show that demonstrates Paul Simon's song writing ability and imagination, and his ability for building the performances from locally recorded live performance tapes to the final polished product. What is also interesting is a reminder of how the music being made reflected social attitudes and issues of the time particularly with regard to social oppression in South Africa.

My appreciation of Graceland has grown since watching this DVD. This DVD is a reflection by those involved in the creation of the album, and a fascinating insight into the making and production of the end product, and contains valuable interviews with Paul Simon, the Everly Brothers, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and other local musicians who contributed. We learn that the Bass Solo during `You can call me Al, is in fact a solo of two halves, the second half being part one looped backwards, we hear that Paul Simon describes the Album's title track as `the best song he has ever written' with only one lyric he would change, and how the accordion used in `Boy in the bubble' was only able to be recorded in the key the musician played it on because that was how he played it!

There are many more revelatory moments in the show which a true fan is guaranteed to enjoy. I am, I did and so will you.
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