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Paul SimonGraceland

Label:Legacy – 88691914721
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Record Store Day, Reissue, Remastered, 25th Anniversary Edition, 180 g
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Funk / Soul, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Afrobeat, Folk

Tracklist

A1The Boy In The Bubble
AccordionForere Motloheloa
Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Paul Simon
Bass GuitarBakithi Kumalo
DrumsVusi Khumalo
Engineer [Assistant Engineer]Mark Cobrin, Peter Thwaites
Guitar Synthesizer [Synthesizer Guitar]Adrian Belew
PercussionMakhaya Mahlangu
SynthesizerRob Mounsey
Words ByPaul Simon
3:59
A2Graceland
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Paul Simon
Bass GuitarBakithi Kumalo
DrumsVusi Khumalo
Engineer [Assistant Engineer]Mark Cobrin, Peter Thwaites, Steven Strassman
Pedal Steel Guitar [Pedal Steel]Demola Adepoju
PercussionMakhaya Mahlangu
Words By, Music ByPaul Simon
4:48
A3I Know What I Know
Engineer [Assistant Engineer]Mark Cobrin, Peter Thwaites
Synthesizer [Synclavier]Paul Simon
Words ByPaul Simon
3:13
A4Gumboots
AccordionJohnson Mkhalali
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Diane Garisto, Michelle Cobbs, Paul Simon
DrumsPetrus Manile
Engineer [Assistant Engineer]Mark Cobrin, Peter Thwaites
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar [Rhythm]Daniel Xilakazi
PercussionRalph MacDonald
Performer [With]The Boyoyo Boys
Synthesizer [Synclavier]Paul Simon
Tambourine [Tambourines]Lulu Masilela
Words ByPaul Simon
2:42
A5Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
Alto Saxophone [Alto Sax]Alex Foster
Bass GuitarBakithi Kumalo
DrumsIsaac Mtshali
Engineer [Assistant Engineer]Mark Cobrin
Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax]Leonard Pickett*
TrumpetEarl Gardner
Words By [Beginning By]Joseph Shabalala, Paul Simon
Words By, Music ByPaul Simon
5:34
B1You Can Call Me Al
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Paul Simon
Bass GuitarBakithi Kumalo
Bass Saxophone [Bass Sax], Baritone Saxophone [Baritone Sax]Ronald E. Cuber*
DrumsIsaac Mtshali
Electric Bass [Six-String Electric Bass], 6-String Bass [Six-String Electric Bass]Paul Simon
Engineer [Assistant Engineer]Mark Cobrin
Guitar SynthesizerAdrian Belew
PercussionRalph MacDonald
SynthesizerRob Mounsey
Tin Whistle [Pennywhistle Solo], Soloist [Pennywhistle Solo]Morris Goldberg
Words By, Music ByPaul Simon
4:34
B2Under African Skies
Bass GuitarBakithi Kumalo
DrumsIsaac Mtshali
Engineer [Assistant Engineer]Mark Cobrin, Steven Strassman
PercussionRalph MacDonald
Words By, Music ByPaul Simon
3:34
B3Homeless
Engineer [Assistant Engineer]Andrew Fraser
Lead Vocals [Lead Singer]Joseph Shabalala
Performer [With]Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Words By, Music ByJoseph Shabalala, Paul Simon
3:45
B4Crazy Love, Vol. II
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Paul Simon
Bass GuitarLloyd Lelose
DrumsIsaac Mtshali
Engineer [Assistant Engineer]Mark Cobrin, Peter Thwaites
Guitar SynthesizerAdrian Belew
Performer [With]Stimela
Soprano Saxophone [Soprano Sax]Morris Goldberg
Words By, Music ByPaul Simon
4:17
B5That Was Your Mother
Bass GuitarAlonzo Johnson
Engineer [Assistant Engineer]Mark Miller (2)
SaxophoneJohnny Hoyt
WashboardDavid Rubin
Words By, Music ByPaul Simon
2:51
B6All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints
AccordionDavid Hidalgo
Acoustic GuitarPaul Simon
Bass GuitarConrad Lozano
DrumsLouie Perez
Drums [Additional Drums]Steve Gadd
Engineer [Assistant Engineer]Mark Cobrin, Steven Strassman
PercussionRalph MacDonald
Performer [With]Los Lobos
SaxophoneSteve Berlin
Words By, Music ByPaul Simon
3:15
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Comes with a printed inner sleeve, which has lyrics and credits, and a 36"x24" poster. May include a download card and/or a '25th Anniversary Edition" card. On the outer shrink wrap front are 2 stickers - 25th hype and 'RTI HQ-180'. There are two different versions of the 25th hype sticker with the most obvious difference being with or without 'Record Store Day April 21 2012' at the bottom of the sticker.

Initially sold as a Record Store Day First Release on 4/21/2012 with 'Record Store Day April 21 2012' at the bottom of the sticker. It was subsequently released on 5/6/2012, along with other 25th Anniversary releases, but without the 'Record Store Day April 21 2012' at the bottom of the sticker.

[Back cover]
This Reissue ℗ & © 1986 & 2012 Paul Simon.
This package consists of previously released material.

[Inner sleeve]
Originally Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York
All songs Copyright © 1986 Paul Simon Music BMI

{Track details}
A1 <> (Some instruments) Recorded at Ovation Studios Johannesburg, R.S.A.; (Some instruments, Backing vocals) Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, U.S.A.
A2 <> (Instruments) Recorded at Amigo Studios, Los Angeles, U.S.A.; (Vocals) Recorded at Amigo Studios, Los Angeles, U.S.A. and at The Hit Factory, New York, U.S.A.
A3 <> (Vocals) Recorded at Ovation Studios Johannesburg, R.S.A.; (Synclavier) Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, U.S.A.
A4, B4 <> (Some instruments) Recorded at Ovation Studios Johannesburg, R.S.A.; (Some instruments, Backing vocals) Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, U.S.A.
A5, B1 <> Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, U.S.A.
B2 <> (Instruments) Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, U.S.A.; (Vocals) Recorded at Amigo Studios, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
B3 <> Recorded at Abbey Road Studios London, England
B5 <> Recorded at Master-Trak Enterprises Crowley, Louisiana, U.S.A.
B6 <> (Some instruments; Vocals) Recorded at Amigo Studios, Los Angeles, U.S.A.; (Some instruments) Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, U.S.A.

[Labels]
© ℗ 1986 & 2012 Paul Simon

[Poster]
© 2012 Sony Music Entertainment

[RTI HQ-180 sticker]
PREMIUM VINYL PRESSING HQ-180®

[25th hype sticker]
Paul Simon Graceland 25th
The original GRACELAND LP
Anniversary edition of Grammy®-winning album
High quality 180-gram vinyl
Includes collectible poster PLUS download MP3s of full album + 3 bonus songs

Runouts are etched except 'STERLING' is stamped.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 8691-91472-1 6
  • Barcode (Scanned, UPC-A): 886919147216
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Other (Innersleeve identifier): 88691914721SV1
  • Other (Poster identifier): 88691914721I2
  • Other (Hype sticker identifier): 88691914721S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): 88691914721A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): 88691914721B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): 88691914721-A RE1 20315.1(3)... STERLING RKS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): 88691914721-B RE1 20315.2(3)... STERLING RKS

Other Versions (5 of 262)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Graceland (LP, Album, Stereo, Embossed Sleeve)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records925 447-1, WX 52, WX52Europe1986
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Graceland (Cassette, Album, White Shell)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. RecordsWX 52 C, 925 447-4UK & Europe1986
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Graceland (LP, Album, Club Edition, Carrollton Pressing)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. RecordsW1-25447, 9 W1-25447US1986
Graceland (LP, Album)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records925 447-1, WX 52Europe1986
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Graceland (CD, Album)Warner Bros. Records925 447-2Europe1986

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Reviews

  • 3sand7s's avatar
    3sand7s
    My copy is quiet, flat, centered & purchased new from AS/AP. Incredible detail, transparent, & can pick out any player in the soundstage. I do not have another pressing to compare to and not sure why I would want to top it. Must own!
    • HiFiDom's avatar
      HiFiDom
      Nice pressing. Very clear with good dynamics. Some minor clicks here and there, but no major flaw. Quite satisfied with my copy. 4.4 / 5
      • KEkstrom's avatar
        KEkstrom
        A very nice pressing. I enjoyed every minute of my listen. The album is quiet, has nice separation, the clarity is amazing. No complaints from me.
        • MJChivy's avatar
          MJChivy
          Edited 8 months ago
          I am going to go against the grain here on this one. While it sounds great, I think my original mint pressing is not only quieter (by a long shot since I think RTI is overrated), but has better clarity is some parts, and punchier. It sounds great, don't get me wrong, but I am left at this point in deciding if I want to listen to my original or the remaster that's noisier. I feel I shouldn't have to make that call if it's as good as everyone says, but unfortunately I do.

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          • Gee_Money's avatar
            Gee_Money
            Yeah, gonna echo the wows here. One of the best sounding records I own, right up there with the 2015 Grundman remaster of Brubeck's Time Out. Immersive and transporting soundscapes from one composition to the next. Wonderful clarity—which could imperil lesser musicians to being outed as not quite masters of their crafts—is no traitor to Simon and his costars. It is astounding to hear like you're in the studio with them—particularly seated between the percussion and bass sections, given their special clarity and precision.

            Corny as it sounds, all I could ask for is for the chimes and bells and other incidental flourishes and filigrees to be brought forward a little bit, to be a little more twinkling in their brilliance. Like shooting stars in Simon's constellations of sound.

            5/5 from me.
            • Lekkere_Boterham's avatar
              I think that you can't hear a better version of this album. Unless a 45 RPM UHQR would be made but apart from that I think that this is the most astounding version available.

              A good alternative would be the We Are Vinyl pressing, which was the one I had before, but the problem with that pressing is that it has very hot treble and a bit of sibilance. But it does come close to this pressing but it doesn't achieve the clarity and air between instruments like this one.
              • bvanpelt's avatar
                bvanpelt
                This pressing is phenomenal. Very quiet and Paul's voice is very clear, focused in the middle of soundfield. The other instruments do a fine job of flanking Mr Simon. This is probably the best I've heard this album, and I have owned it in one or other form over the years.

                This comes with a poster of the front cover, and the lyrics are on the inner record sleeve.
                • bennaimd's avatar
                  bennaimd
                  sounds kinda bad considering all the hype. Low resolution in treble is particularly noticeable
                  • GaboWabo's avatar
                    GaboWabo
                    I have bought this 10 years ago and I never gave it a serious listen. Today, this is an excellent remaster and the vinyl is quiet. Highly recommend this, for the price, you do not need to get any other copy.
                    • simepro's avatar
                      simepro
                      I agree that this is an excellent repress. I was listening to this as compared to the original. There is however something that is missing. I think this is digital. The original just seems more natural. I am keeping both.

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