"There must be some kind of way out of here, Said the joker to the thief"

- Bob Dylan
 
Album of the day (#3123): Graceland by Paul Simon

Goto page 1, 2, 3  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Forum Index -> Best Ever Albums -> Music
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message

albummaster
Janitor


Gender: Male
Location: Spain
Site Admin

#1 | Posted: 07/03/2019 20:00 | Post subject: Album of the day (#3123): Graceland by Paul Simon Reply with quote
Today's album of the day

Graceland by Paul Simon (View album | Buy this album)

Year: 1986.
Country:
Overall rank: 128
Average rating: 81/100 (from 1063 votes).


Thumbnail. Click to enlarge.


Tracks:
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 (Feat. Los Lobos)

About album of the day: The BestEverAlbums.com album of the day is the album appearing most prominently in member charts in the previous 24 hours. If an album, or artist, has previously been selected within a x day period, the next highest album is picked instead (and so on) to ensure a bit of variety. A full history of album of the day can be viewed here.
Back to top
Visit poster's website View user's profile Send private message

RoundTheBend
Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis



Location: Ground Control
United States

#2 | Posted: 07/04/2019 05:02 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Quote:
"1986 saw the release of an album that took world music to its ultimate peak of exposure, where Simon created an album about isolation and redemption that transcended world music to become the whole world's eclectic album.

With a mixture of musical styles, including pop, a cappella, and African roots genres, Simon created these magnificent compositions inspired by his journey to South Africa, collaborating with both African and American artists.

What I pay particular attention to on this great album is the bass of each song. The bass works as an unusual template here that I haven't heard this distinctive before - it sort of works as the essence of everything that happens on the album.

The production is also stellar - Simon, working with the best musicians from the black townships, brought a fluid energy and expertise to the soundscape with the help of guitarist Ray Phiri and not to leave out, "Ladysmith Black Mambazo" (who had their career basically based on the popularity of this album).

Here, Simon created an album about isolation and Apartheid and redemption that transcends world music. The bright grooves accompany the sharp, intelligent, strange and funny lyrics which altogether makes this one of my favorite albums of all time."


From user Calsper on this site. Some things I disagree with in this comment (Ladysmith Black Mambazo's career hinged on this)... and maybe some other claims that are difficult to prove, otherwise pretty spot on recap of album.
_________________
Classical Reviews
RYM
last.fm
Spotify Playlists
Discogs
Back to top
Visit poster's website View user's profile Send private message

Stover75



Gender: Male
Location: Bournemouth, England
United Kingdom

#3 | Posted: 07/05/2019 22:53 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Awesome album with great use of South African musicians, and like Seth's quote says, terrific and quirky lyrics.
Really a groundbreaking album by Paul Simon.

Plus I used to hear it in my parents car on long trips home to Scotland from our new home in the south of England, when I was a boy back in the late 80's. We used to travel up in the middle of the night to avoid traffic queues. I remember hearing Homeless as the sun came up one time. It was magical. The whole album was. Still is.
Back to top
Visit poster's website View user's profile Send private message

StefanR10



Gender: Male
Age: 24
Location: Deutschland
Germany

#4 | Posted: 07/07/2019 17:09 | Post subject: Simon Reply with quote
Good album after the Divorce of the great Simon and Garfunkel.
This album was the best of its year only surpass by Stevie Wonder
Back to top
Visit poster's website View user's profile Send private message

Skinny
birdman_handrub.gif




#5 | Posted: 07/07/2019 19:27 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Broke the boycott. Fuck him.
_________________
2019 in full effect. Come drop me some recs.
Back to top
Visit poster's website View user's profile Send private message

Tha1ChiefRocka
Staring Into The Middle-Distance



Location: Kansas
United States

#6 | Posted: 07/07/2019 19:52 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Skinny wrote:
Broke the boycott. Fuck him.


This album blows, but Paul Simon the human being seems like a good dude. Reverse your course.
Back to top
Visit poster's website View user's profile Send private message

baystateoftheart
Neil Young as a butternut squash



Age: 24
Location: Massachusetts
United States

#7 | Posted: 07/07/2019 20:00 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Tha1ChiefRocka wrote:
This album blows, but Paul Simon the human being seems like a good dude. Reverse your course.


Bad take. The music itself on this album is outstanding.
_________________
Add me on RYM
Back to top
Visit poster's website View user's profile Send private message

Tha1ChiefRocka
Staring Into The Middle-Distance



Location: Kansas
United States

#8 | Posted: 07/07/2019 20:09 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Nah, it's poo poo.
Back to top
Visit poster's website View user's profile Send private message

Romanelli
Bone Swah


Gender: Male
Location: The Spokane Valley
United States
Moderator

#9 | Posted: 07/07/2019 22:05 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Get over it already. You could do a hell of a lot worse in this world than Paul F&%#ing Simon. If you have to hate Paul Simon for something that happened in 1986 (probably before you were born), then you must hate pretty much everything and listen to just about zero music.
_________________
May we all get to heaven
'Fore the devil knows we're dead...
Back to top
Visit poster's website View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website

RoundTheBend
Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis



Location: Ground Control
United States

#10 | Posted: 07/07/2019 23:11 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Skinny wrote:
Broke the boycott. Fuck him.


And yet plenty of African musicians continued to work with him throughout his career.

Also find it hysterical the opinions voiced so far could be surmised as: dude is a douche, no he's not... then the album is garbage... no it's not. Laughing

I find that awesome by the way - stand your ground!
_________________
Classical Reviews
RYM
last.fm
Spotify Playlists
Discogs
Back to top
Visit poster's website View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic All times are GMT
Goto page 1, 2, 3  Next
Page 1 of 3
   Forum Index -> Best Ever Albums -> Music


 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Similar Topics
Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
This topic is locked: you cannot edit posts or make replies. Album of the day (#981): Graceland by... albummaster Music 13 07/26/2013 00:11 View latest post
Guest
This topic is locked: you cannot edit posts or make replies. Album of the day (#421): Graceland by... albummaster Music 13 01/09/2012 14:16 View latest post
Romanelli
This topic is locked: you cannot edit posts or make replies. Album of the day (#1802): Graceland b... albummaster Music 30 11/07/2015 05:34 View latest post
Guest
No new posts Album of the day (#2775): Paul Simon ... albummaster Music 15 07/22/2018 18:33 View latest post
RoundTheBend
This topic is locked: you cannot edit posts or make replies. [ Poll ] Bob Dylan vs Paul Simon or Van Morrison RoundTheBend Music 91 03/10/2013 03:17 View latest post
RoundTheBend

 
 

Powered by phpBB©



Copyright © 2005-2019 BestEverAlbums.com. All rights reserved.    Terms of Use  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Us  |   Advertising  |   RSS Feeds  |   Site Map