Graceland

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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.
The Boy In The Bubble
Graceland
I Know What I Know
Gumboots
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
You Can Call Me Al
Under African Skies
Homeless
Crazy Love
Vol. II
That Was Your Mother
All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints
Format: LP
Label: Legacy Sony Music
Catalogue numbers: 88985422401

Companies:
Record Company-We Are Vinyl
Copyright (c)-Paul Simon Music
Phonographic Copyright (p)-Sony Music Entertainment
Copyright (c)-Sony Music Entertainment
Manufactured By-Sony Music Entertainment International Services GmbH
Distributed By-Sony Music Entertainment

Barcodes & Identifiers:
Barcode-8 89854 22401 1
Barcode-889854224011
Label Code-LC 02361
Rights Society-BMI
Rights Society-BIEM/GEMA
Matrix / Runout-MOVLP 1445 12769 1A
Matrix / Runout-12769 2B MOVLP 1445
Media Condition: Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)


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