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Released during the tense final years of apartheid, Paul Simon's Graceland introduced the buoyant textures of South African township music to vast international audiences. Simon’s collaborative genius—which calls on Los Lobos, Zydeco legend Good Rockin’ Dopsie, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo—invented a new musical language and earned a 1987 GRAMMY® for Album of the Year. The fractured narratives and emotionally fragile characters are unforgettable—whether it's the divorcé and his kid en route to Graceland, the unattainable girl with diamonds on the soles of her shoes, or the soft-in-the-middle hero of “You Can Call Me Al."

Customer Reviews


Being a child that grew up in a large family with grandparents a 5 hour car trip away I appreciate this album as the only one all of loved!

One of my all-time favorites

I remember listening to this album when I was a child, played by my parents who were Paul Simon fans. I still enjoy it today. My younger brother was named after "Under African Skies!" I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Simon at my job, and even though it is very discouraged, I made it a point to tell him how big of a fan I was of him in general but especially this album. He thanked me with a smile and it made my day!

Clearly one of the best artists of our time.

I just watched the documentary of the making of this album. Gave me an even deeper understanding of what Paul Simon and the South African artists had to go through at the time. They are all persevered despite the political cries for the cultural boycott. Perhaps BigTimmyD should educate himself before reviewing an artist he clearly knows nothing about...the fact that he had to 'look this guy up to find out who he was' says it all! Buy the album!


Born: October 13, 1941 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Pop

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

Paul Simon was 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 the larger world, but he also expanded his musical palette, and helped introduce many rock and pop fans to world music. Paul Frederic...
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