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Graceland - 25th Anniversary Edition

Paul Simon

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Twenty-five years since Paul Simon's Graceland made its deep impact on popular culture—introducing South African music to many listeners who hadn't previously heard its buoyant rhythms and vocal complexity—the album receives the anniversary treatment. The original album remains a stylistic adventure that hasn't lost its power and has aged quite well. Simon added touches of zydeco and collaborations with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Los Lobos to a songwriting style that leaned heavily on poetic license and fractured narratives among the surprises. The anniversary edition includes demos, alternate takes, videos, and Simon himself telling the story of Graceland. The extras illuminate Simon's creative process, but it's the final versions of the songs—from the straightforward rock 'n' roll of the title track to the mystical vocal weaves of "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," "Gumboots," and "Homeless"—that gave the '80s some of its most soulful music, in a decade more often remembered for its technical innovations.

Customer Reviews

Still crazy about this album after all these years...

Classic. Timeless. Life changing. My happy music. Paul Simon's best album and probably one of the best in 50 years. Amazing lyrics and awesome grooves with incredible musicians that Paul introduced the western world. This kind of collaboration was a triumphant musical accomplishment.


This album opened the eyes of the rest of the world to the sounds and beats of Africa. His incredible blend of impeccable lyrics and infectious rhythms make this one of the greatest albums of all time!


When you listen to the none sense other young people listen to these days it comforts me to know such music as Graceland exists in the same universe


Born: October 13, 1941 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Paul Simon is one of the most successful and respected songwriters of the second half of the 20th century. Rising to fame in the mid-'60s, Simon's songs were mature and literate, but also melodically engaging, and spoke to the concerns and uncertainties of a generation. As the 1960s gave way to the '70s and '80s, Simon's work tended to focus on the personal rather than...
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Graceland - 25th Anniversary Edition, Paul Simon
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Jun 01, 2012

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