- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 22, 2005
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Eagle Rock Ent
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland
is a landmark record. Recorded in New York and South Africa, Graceland
not only sold 14 million copies and was named Album of the Year at the 1986 Grammy Awards, but it also brought the sound of South African music to audiences around the world. Graceland
soared to number three in the U.S. album charts and topped the U.K. and South African charts for many weeks.
The dramatic story of Graceland is told here in Paul Simon's own words along with electrifying footage of Simon performing songs from the album including the title track "Graceland," "Under African Skies" (with Miriam Makeba), "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo), plus footage from the distinctive videos of "You Can Call Me Al" and "Boy In The Bubble." This acclaimed film shows how a career setback for Paul Simon precipitated the inspiration for African musicians he met, and how by collaborating with them a triumphant album was created. In Paul Simon's own words: "That was what Graceland had - an unusual degree of understanding amongst people who had just met."
Singer-songwriter Paul Simon had been on the cutting-edge of pop music throughout most of the 1960s and the '70s, first as half of the seminal folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, and then as a well-received solo artist. But the rise of 1980s rock and new wave saw a decline in Simon's commercial success, and the singer responded by experimenting with different musical styles--most notably, world beat--that culminated in his adventurous 1986 masterpiece GRACELAND. The album's fusion of American folk-rock songwriting and buoyant South African rhythms not only broke new ground in pop music, but became Simon's biggest-selling solo record and introduced Western audiences to the South African band Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This episode of the CLASSIC ALBUMS series examines the making of Simon's groundbreaking work through interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, and live performances of album tracks such as "Boy in the Bubble," "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," "You Can Call Me Al," and "Under African Skies."