(2012) Graceland (25Th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Paul Simon

... read moreWith Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle (including its...

01:08′:09″ 17 Songs

1
The Boy In The Bubble
Paul Simon
4:00
2
Graceland
Paul Simon
4:51
3
I Know What I Know
Paul Simon
3:14
4
Gumboots
Paul Simon
2:45
5
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
Paul Simon
5:49
6
You Can Call Me Al
Paul Simon
4:41
7
Under African Skies
Paul Simon
3:37
8
Homeless
Paul Simon
3:49
9
Crazy Love, Vol. Ii
Paul Simon
4:20
10
That Was Your Mother
Paul Simon
2:53
11
All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints
Paul Simon
3:26
12
Homeless (Demo)
Paul Simon
2:32
13
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (Alternate Unreleased Version)
Paul Simon
4:43
14
All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints (Early Version)
Paul Simon
3:17
15
You Can Call Me Al (Demo)
Paul Simon
2:04
16
Crazy Love (Demo)
Paul Simon
2:31
17
The Story Of "Graceland" As Told By Paul Simon
Paul Simon
9:37
Released 04 June 2012, ℗ 2012 Paul Simon under exclusive license of Sony Music Entertainment

Review

With Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle (including its controversial aspect during the apartheid days) was a powerful marketing tool and that the catchy music succeeded in presenting listeners with that magical combination: something they'd never heard before that nevertheless sounded familiar. As eclectic as any record Simon had made, it also delved into zydeco and conjunto-flavored rock & roll while marking a surprising new lyrical approach (presaged on some songs on Hearts and Bones); for the most part, Simon abandoned a linear, narrative approach to his words, instead drawing highly poetic ("Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"), abstract ("The Boy in the Bubble"), and satiric ("I Know What I Know") portraits of modern life, often charged by striking images and turns of phrase torn from the headlines or overheard in contemporary speech. An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured. [A 2011 remastered version added bonus tracks.] ~ William Ruhlmann