Paul Simon’s “Graceland”

Paul Simon’s “Graceland” is his seventh studio album released on August 12, 1986.

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Track listing : 1.The Boy in the Bubble (Forere Motloheloa, Paul Simon) – 03:59 . 2.Graceland (Paul Simon) – 04:48 . 3.I Know What I Know (General MD Shirinda, Paul Simon) – 03:13 . 4.Gumboots (Lulu Masilela, Jonhjon Mkhalali, Paul Simon) – 02:44 . 5.Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (Joseph Shabalala, Paul Simon) – 05:45 . 6.You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon) – 04:39 . 7.Under African Skies (Paul Simon) – 03:37 . 8.Homeless (Shabalala, Paul Simon) – 03:48 . 9.Crazy Love. Vol. II (Paul Simon) – 04:18 . 10.That Was Your Mother (Paul Simon) – 02:52 . 11.All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints (Paul Simon) – 03:15 .

Musicians : Paul Simon – acoustic guitar on (1 – 11), guitar on (5 – 7), lead vocals, synclavier on (3 – 4), six-string electric bass on (6), background vocals on (1 – 2 – 4 – 6 – 9) . Adrian Belew – guitar synthesizer on (1 – 6 – 9) – guitar on (7) . Alan Rubin – trumpet on (6) . Alex Foster – alto saxophone on (5) . Alphonso Johnson – bass on (10) . Alton Rubin – Jr. – drums on (10) . Alton Rubin – Sr. – accordion on (10) . Assane Thiam – percussion on (5) . Babacar Faye – percussion on (5) . Bakithi Kumalo – bass on (1 – 2 – 5 – 6 – 7) . Barney Rachabane – saxophone on (4) . Cesar Rosas – guitar – backing vocals on (11) . Conrad Lozano – bass on (11) . Daniel Xilakazi – lead – rhythm guitar on (4) . Dave Bargeron – trombone on (6) . David Hidalgo – guitar – accordion – backing vocals on (11) . David Rubin – washboard on (10) . Demola Adepoju – pedal steel guitar on (2) . Diane Garisto – backing vocals on (4) . Earl Gardner – trumpet on (5) . Forere Motloheloa – accordion on (1) . Isaac Mtshali – drums on (5 – 6 – 7 – 9) . James Guyatt – percussion on (5,6 – 7) . Johnny Hoyt – saxophone on (10) . Jon Faddis – trumpet on (6) . Jonhjon Mkhalali – accordion on (4) . Joseph Shabalala – vocals on (8) . Kim Allan Cissel – trombone on (6) . Ladysmith Black Mambazo – vocals on (5 – 8) . Lenny Pickett – tenor saxophone on (5) . Lew Soloff – trumpet on (6) . Linda Ronstadt – additional vocals on (7) . Lloyd Lelose – bass on (9) . Louie Pérez – drums on (11) . Lulu Masilela – tambourines on (4) . Makhaya Mahlangu – percussion on (1 – 2) . Michelle Cobbs – backing vocals on (4) . Mike Makhalemele – saxophone on (4) . Morris Goldberg – penny whistle on (6) – soprano saxophone on (9) . Petrus Manile – drums on (4) . Ralph MacDonald – percussion on (4 – 6 – 7 – 11) . Randy Brecker – trumpet on (6) . Ray Phiri – guitar on (2 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 9) . Rob Mounsey – synthesizer on (1 – 6) . Ronnie Cuber – bass – baritone saxophone on (6) . Sherman Robertson – guitar on (10) . Steve Berlin – saxophone on (11) . Steve Gadd – additional drums on (11) . Teaspoon Ndela – saxophone on (4) . The Everly Brothers – additional vocals on (2) . The Gaza Sisters – vocals on (3) . Vusi Khumalo – drums on (1 – 2) . Youssou N’Dour – percussion on (5) .

Production Produced by Paul Simon . Roy Halee – Engineer . Mike Reilly – Engineer . Dan Ricci – Editing, Mixing . Ruggiero – Editing, Mixing . Steven Strassman – Assistant Engineer . Peter Thwaites – Assistant Engineer . Greg Calbi – Mastering, Remastering . Mark Cobrin – Assistant Engineer . Andrew Fraser – Assistant Engineer .

Packaging : Isaiah Wyner – Photography . Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff – Art Direction . Kim Champagne – Design . Harrison Funk – Photography . Rachel Gutek – Design . Gary Heery – Back Cover Photo . Rob Klein – Photography . Jeri McManus – Art Direction .

Recorded October 1985-June 1986 .

Released on August 12, 1986 by Warner Bros.

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Pitchfork
It’s easy to overstate what Graceland was. It wasn’t the first world-music album, as some critics claim. But it was unique in its totaland totally natural, synthesis of musical strains that turned out to be not nearly as different from each other as its listeners might have expectedand the result resonated strongly around the world and across generations. […]

Drowned in Sound
Simply put, its fusion of South African styles with Simon’s ear for a melody and memorable lyric resulted in a masterclass of modern pop music […]

The Guardian
Paul Simon’s Graceland: the acclaim and the outrage This time, he had been even bolder, recording several of the tracks in South Africa with black musicians who were then little-known in the west. But as Simon knew all too well, this was a highly controversial move, because South Africa was still a white-run apartheid stateand many other western musicians were playing an active role in trying to bring the system to an end. […]

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