Paul Simon Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition 180g LP
TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal
Michael Fremer Rated 10 out of 10 for Music, 10 out of 10 for Sound!
Grammy Winning Album! Pressed at RTI!
Collectible Poster & Limited Time MP3 Download of Album + 3 Bonus Songs!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 71/500!
25th Anniversary Reissue of Paul Simon's Ground-Breaking Album "Graceland" Which
Features the Hit "You Can Call Me Al".
"In many ways, Graceland was the most extraordinary experience in my entire
career.... The insight into rhythm was the great gift that I received from
making the trip to South Africa, and collaborating with African musicians."
-- Paul Simon
The story of the making of Graceland and the controversy it created, is told in
"Under African Skies," a full-length documentary from two-time Emmy and Peabody
Award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger. The film debuted at the 2012 Sundance
Film Festival, kicking off the year-long celebration commemorating the 25th
anniversary of Simon's musical and cultural achievement with Graceland.
The universal appeal of the music of Graceland proved more powerful and enduring
than the political hotbed attending its creation. In 1986, the album sold 14
million copies worldwide, and received universal praise from critics around the
Paul Simon, a 12-time Grammy Award-winner, and composer of then two
Grammy-awarded albums of the year (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After
All These Years) traveled to South Africa to record with local artists. Simon
and the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo subsequently performed on TV's
Saturday Night Live and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.
By January of 1987, "You Can Call Me Al" was everywhere and Graceland won Album
of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 1987. Then, in an unprecedented carryover,
the album garnered the Grammy for Song of the Year with its title track in 1988.
The album generated three hit singles and kept Paul Simon and the Graceland tour
on the road for five years.
During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors
and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which ("Bridge Over Troubled
Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland") were albums of the
year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as
half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is a member of The Songwriters Hall of
Fame, a recipient of their Johnny Mercer Award and is in the Rock n' Roll Hall
of Fame as a member of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist. His song "Mrs.
Robinson" from the motion picture "The Graduate" was named in the top ten of The
American Film Institute's 100 Years 100 Songs.
"Prior to Graceland, the music of South Africa was largely unknown outside
the country, except to a small minority of world music fans ..." — Peter
"Graceland continues to provide rewards to its listeners and remains a
pivotal listening experience for writers, artists and fans. "Paul Simon's
Graceland played a greatly significant role in removing the standoffish dread
Western culture harbored toward South Africa during its internal struggle
against apartheid, humanizing both a country's soul-searching hunger for
liberation and its simultaneous outpouring of cathartic creative expression."
— Timothy White, Billboard
"If there’s an album easily pointed to as one that not only stood the test of
time, but sounds fresher than ever, it would be Graceland. Repeated plays do not
diminish the listening pleasure thank to the musical content and Roy Halee’s
superb engineering." - Michael Fremer
"This lacquer cut processed and pressed at RTI on 180 gram vinyl sounds
dramatically superior to the original in every way. The overall tonal balance is
far superior. The low bass is as powerful as on the original but much better
controlled. If the opening drum “thwacks” on “Boy In the Bubble,” don’t sound
deep, ultra-tight and tuneful, blame your system, not the record. You are
guaranteed to hear heretofore hidden musical details and parts that on the
original slipped through the musical cracks." - Michael Fremer,
www.analogplanet.com, Music 10/10, Sound 10/10!
"...[Q]uiet-as-a-whisper LP... the tribal rhythms, percolating guitar lines, midrange thump of Baghiti Khumalo's fretless bass, and haunting vocal incantations of Ladysmith Black Mambazo are as fresh today as when first introduced to mainstream audiences." - Greg Cahill, The Absolute Sound, October 2012
• 25th Anniversary Edition of the Grammy Winning Album!
• 180 Gram Vinyl
• Mastered at Sterling Sound
• Pressed at RTI
• Collectible Poster
• Limited Time MP3 Download of Album + 3 Bonus Songs
• Includes 1986 Liner Notes by Paul Simon
1. The Boy in the Bubble
3. I Know What I Know
5. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
1. You Can Call Me Al
2. Under African Skies
4. Crazy Love, Vol. II
5. That Was Your Mother
6. All Around The World or The Myth of Fingerprints