Paul Simon Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition 180G Vinyl, Digital Download Card

Paul Simon Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition 180G Vinyl, Digital Download Card

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180g Vinyl Mastered at Sterling Sound & Pressed at RTI!
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 globe.

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 Gabriel

''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

* 180g Vinyl
* Mastered at Sterling Sound
* Pressed at RTI

1. The Boy in the Bubble
2. Graceland
3. I Know What I Know
4. Gumboots
5. Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes
6. You Can Call Me Al
7. Under African Skies
8. Homeless
9. Crazy Love, Vol. II
10. That Was Your Mother
11. All Around The World or the Myth of Fingerprints

UPC: 886919147216