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Graceland Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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The best loved songs include The Boy In The Bubble, Graceland, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes and Under African Skies, but the rest hold great charm too. The most rootsy African sounds surface on I Know What I Know with the soulful vocal infusions of The Gaza Sisters.
Paul Simon has always successfully integrated exotic sounds in his music to create great beauty: Andean flutes in El Condor Pasa, reggae in Me And Julio Down By The School Yard and in Mother & Child Reunion, and Latin/South American sounds in Rhythm Of The Saints, but Graceland is his towering achievement as a solo artist, a truly exceptional album with a power and beauty that transcends all musical boundaries.
It's a lot of money for little new stuff, but the book is nice and the new DVD is interesting. Truth be told however, I am having a little buyers remorse. I probably just should have bought the new DVD on its own, but even the DVD is a bit disppointing. I am wondering why the DVD focuses so much on the rehearsals for what looks to be a great reunion show, but then we are not trated to the show itself.
I firmly believe one should listen to cut 17 on the CD, The Story of "Graceland" as told by Paul Simon, before listening to "Graceland" or viewing the DVD. I have listened to cut 17 three times and wish I had studied music when I had the opportunity so I can have a better understanding of Paul Simon's narration. I give it 5 stars because the entire package deserves the highest rating.
It's not hard to see why this album was so easily accepted by the western music buying public. With an elite cast of musicians that would eclipse most festivals, these were either musicians that were already huge on the musical circuit, or due to become big after having a hand in this recording...so people such as: Linda Ronstadt (Vocals), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Vocals), Youssou N'Dour (Percussion), Los Lobos' - Cesar Rosas (Vocals, Guitar), all contributed to the construction of this album, and their performances are beautifully captured (especially Ladysmith Black Mambazo, backing vocals, on some tracks) and remains a remarkably powerful album. Possibly because the album covers so many bases. (Possibly in an effort to appeal to as wide an audience as possible). And so it proved to be as eclectic a record as Paul Simon ever recorded.Read more ›
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Great album, terrible LP quality. I ordered this from Amazon and was excited to play it when it arrived. There were multiple skips even on the first playing. Read morePublished 4 days ago by J. Chad Davis
I was expecting the concert to be in DVD format. I will keep my order and would like to order the DVD version od GRACELAND.
I am very upset. This item was listed as new, and as I presented it to my husband as a gift, we realized the entire vinyl was scratched completely and did not even get through one... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chelsea Scott
I keep posting late reviews! Sorry! I love this CD, am very pleased. It arrived quickly, is great quality. I'm very pleased!Published 3 months ago by ckgurley
I enjoy the way Paul Simon (the master artist musician) pulled together different cultures and their music styles to create this album.Published 4 months ago by Pastrami Jer