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Description: I I essential recording The melding of South African styles and Simon's trademark sensibility made for one of the most intriguing albums--not to mention commercial hits--of the '80s. At once lively, thoughtful, gorgeous, and tough, Graceland acknowledges splits both in South Africa's social fabric and in Simon's personal l ... (more)
Manufacturer: Rhino Records
Release date: 27 July 2004
Number of discs: 1
EAN: 0081227890421 UPC: 081227890421
Pop (2), Rock (2), African (2), 1986 (2), Legendary (1), Iconic (1), Folk (1), South Africa (1), Paul Simon (1), Singer/songwriter (1), 1980s (1), Mp3 (1), Folk-rock (1), Music Mecca 9 (1), Released 1986 (1), Defining (1)
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""Frustrated by the experience of writing good songs that didn't come to life in the studio, Simon set out "to make really good tracks," as he later put it. "I thought, 'I have enough songwriting technique that I can reverse this process and write this song after the tracks are made.' " Simon risked severe criticism by going to South Africa (then under apartheid) and working with the best musicians from the black townships. With the fluid energy and expertise of guitarist Ray Phiri and the vocal "

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"“The story goes that Simon heard a tape called Gumboots: Accordion Jive Hits, Volume II and immediately hopped a flight to Soweto to learn more about the township jive called mbaqanga. It's not true (it was months before he went to South Africa) but it is the most spontaneous thing the world's most rational songwriter is even rumored to have done, and that sense of liberation and adventure is all over Graceland. In addition to throwing his ears open to a host of new players and singers—Ladys"

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