Ranked 81/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
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 and the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed on 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 Simon and the Graceland tour on the road for five years. Graceland and songs like "The Boy in the Bubble," "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," "You Can Call Me Al" and the title track are beacons of cultural unity and remain a pivotal listening experience over 25 years later!
Paul Simons 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 countrys soul-searching hunger for liberation and its simultaneous outpouring of cathartic creative expression. Timothy White/Billboard
In many ways, Graceland was the most extraordinary experience in my entire career, notes Simon. The insight into rhythm was the great gift that I received from making the trip to South Africa, and collaborating with African musicians.
LP Track Listing:
- The Boy in the Bubble
- I Know What I Know
- Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
- You Can Call Me Al
- Under African Skies
- Crazy Love, Vol. II
- That Was Your Mother
- All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints