Graceland

~ Release group by Paul Simon

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Graceland12" Vinyl11
  • XE1986-08-29
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)925 447-1075992544719
GracelandCD11
  • DE1986-08-29
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)925 447-207599254472
Graceland12" Vinyl11
  • US1986-09-01
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)1-25447075992544719
Graceland (made in West Germany)CD11
  • US1986-09-01
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9 25447-2075992544726
GracelandCD11
  • JP1986-10-25
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)32XD-4434988014301435
GracelandVinyl11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9254471075992544719
GracelandCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)7599-25447-2075992544726
GracelandVinyl11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)925 447-1075992544719
GracelandCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WBCD 16026001491152425
GracelandVinyl11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WX 52075992544719
GracelandCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)925 447-207599254472
Graceland (BMG club release)CD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)9 25447-2, D 172315[none]
GracelandCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9 25447-2075992544726
Graceland (made in West Germany)CD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)W2-25447075992544726
GracelandEnhanced CD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)CDW 46430093624643029
GracelandEnhanced CD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9 46430-2093624643029
GracelandCD14
  • US2004-07-27
Rhino (reissue label)R2 78904081227890421
Graceland (expanded & remastered)CD14
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)81227890429325583025594
Graceland (digipak)CD14
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)R2 78904081227890421
Graceland (remastered)CD14
Rhino (reissue label)8122-78904-2081227890421
GracelandCD14
  • JP2006-09-20
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-124174943674065264
GracelandCD11
  • US2007-03-06
Rhino (reissue label)R2 748030081227480325
GracelandCD14
  • DE2011-10-21
Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Aug 5, 2004 - Oct 1, 2008; do not use if a specific sub-label is available), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697842502, 8869784502886978425027
GracelandBlu-spec CD14
  • JP2011-11-23
Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.)SICP 20348
Graceland (2004 Re-issue)Digital Media14
  • XW2012-06-01
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)[none]
Graceland (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)Digital Media17
  • XW2012-06-01
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)0886443445680
GracelandDigital Media11
  • XW2012-06-01
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)
Graceland (25th anniversary edition)CD17
  • XE2012-06-04
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88691914712886919147124
Graceland (25th anniversary edition)CD17
  • GB2012-06-04
Sony CMG (subsidiary of SME UK, add only UK releases)88691914712886919147124
Graceland (25th anniversary edition)CD + DVD17 + 1
  • CA2012-06-05
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88691954542886919545425
Graceland (25th anniversary edition)CD15
  • XE2012-06-05
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88691984122886919841220
Graceland (25th anniversary edition)2×CD + 2×DVD11 + 6 + 22 + 18
  • US2012-06-05
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697977152886979771529
Graceland (25th anniversary edition)Digital Media17
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)886443612365
Graceland12" Vinyl11
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88691914721886919147216
GracelandVinyl11
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88691914721888750830814
GracelandCD14
Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)88765457652887654576521
GracelandCD11CDW 46430093624643029
Graceland (approx. 1990 or earlier)CD11Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)7599-25447-2, 925 447-2075992544726
Promotion
Graceland12" Vinyl11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)P-133114988014421515
(unknown)
GracelandCD11
  • -1986
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)W2 2544707599254472

Relationships

part of:CFNY: Top 10 Albums of 1986 (number: 6) (order: 6)
Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 22) (order: 22)
Grammy Award: Album of the Year nominees (number: 1987 winner) (order: 29)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 46) (order: 46)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 69) (order: 69)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 71) (order: 71)
Wikipedia:fr: Graceland (album) [info]
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/55658 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/983q [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/paul_simon/graceland/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000195707 [info]
Wikidata:Q1027822 [info]

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Today it's hard to remember the controversy surrounding this classic album on its original release in 1986. Equally, it's hard to credit just how low Paul Simon stood in the musical hierarchy back then. His work up to the mid-80s had not caught the public imagination; his glory days distant memories. Then came that trip to South Africa…

The impact of Graceland on its release has been rarely equalled in rock'n'roll - arguably only Elvis' 68 Comeback Special packed the same punch. Has there ever been a better opening brace than The Boy in the Bubble and Graceland? Is there not something wholly irresistible about You Can Call Me Al? Has Simon ever matched the poignancy of Homeless? Or the sheer exuberance of Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes?

Graceland gave Simon a third bite of the cherry, following the Simon & Garfunkel years and a glittering 70s solo career. It may well stand as the pinnacle of his remarkable half-century career. Simon recently admitted that he felt that the album's title-track was the best song he'd ever written.

With the furore surrounding the recording of Graceland, the sheer quality of this groundbreaking record is too often overlooked. And just to qualify: Simon may have been naive and arrogant, but he did not break the cultural boycott when he went to record in apartheid South Africa.

What he did was embrace the music of that troubled nation and put it on a world stage. Marrying the ebullience of township jive to his own innate pop sensibilities, Simon fashioned a record which was truly, blindingly original, and - listening to it a quarter of a century on - modern and timeless.

In truth, the audio disc of this anniversary edition disappoints, primarily because Paul Simon is a notoriously painstaking writer; what inspires him ends up on the finished album. So extras here extend to five demos of Graceland titles - three of which were available on the album's 2004 reissue (You Can Call Me Al and Crazy Love are new, but instrumental) as is Simon narrating The Story of Graceland. Also included is the engrossing documentary Under African Skies, which follows him back to a liberated South Africa.

Forget the boycotts and controversy, and marvel once again at the magic that Simon conjured up on Graceland.