Legacy Recordings
Release date
29 Aug 1986
Running length
34 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Paul Simon - The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 183,883
2 Paul Simon - Graceland 4:50 257,586
3 Paul Simon - I Know What I Know 4:45 134,625
3 Paul Simon with General M.D. Shirinda And The Gaza Sisters - I Know What I Know 3:13 20,639
4 Paul Simon with The Boyoyo Boys - Gumboots 2:44 20,952
4 Paul Simon - Gumboots 2:43 116,843
5 Paul Simon - Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5:44 215,263
6 Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al 4:40 477,065
7 Paul Simon - Under African Skies 3:37 152,208
8 Paul Simon with Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Homeless 3:48 20,639
8 Paul Simon - Homeless 3:48 122,040
9 Paul Simon - Crazy Love, Vol II 4:19 32,029
9 Paul Simon - Crazy Love Vol. II 4:19 10,087
10 Paul Simon - That Was Your Mother 2:52 113,320
10 Paul Simon with Good Rockin' Dopsie And The Twisters - That Was Your Mother 2:52 16,702
11 Paul Simon with Los Lobos - All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints 3:16 16,110
11 Paul Simon - All Around the The World or the Myth of Fingerprints 3:26 1,306
12 Paul Simon - Homeless (Demo) (Bonus Track) 2:28 973
12 Paul Simon - Homeless (Demo) 2:28 26,177
13 Paul Simon - Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (Unreleased Version) (Bonus Track) 4:41 392
13 Paul Simon - Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (Unissued version) 4:42 1,017
14 Paul Simon - All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints (Early version) 3:16 8,258
14 Paul Simon - All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints (Early Version) (Bonus Track) 3:18 262
Paul Simon - That Was Your Mother (Album Version) 2:52 190
Paul Simon - Graceland (Album Version) 4:51 319
Paul Simon - Crazy Love, Vol. II (Album Version) 4:19 176
Paul Simon - Homeless (Album Version) 3:48 199
Paul Simon - Under African Skies (Album Version) 3:37 229
Paul Simon - All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints (Album Version) 3:17 159
Paul Simon - Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (Album Version) 5:48 267
Paul Simon - Gumboots (Album Version) 2:45 216
Paul Simon - I Know What I Know (Album Version) 3:13 225
Paul Simon - The Boy In The Bubble (Album Version) 3:59 277
Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al (Album Version) 4:39 1,139

About this album

Graceland is an album released by Paul Simon in 1986. It was a hit in the UK topping the charts at #1. It also reached #3 in the US. The album won the Album of the Year Grammy award, while the title song won the Record of the Year Grammy award, for 1986 and 1987 respectively. In 2006, the album was added to the United States National Recording Registry, along with another 24 significant recordings that year.

Coming at a time when Simon’s musical career was at something of a low ebb following the disappointing public response to Hearts and Bones, the project was originally inspired by Simon’s listening to a cassette of the Boyoyo Boys instrumental “Gumboots”, lent to him by Heidi Berg, a singer-songwriter with whom Simon was working (and who would later become an award-winning jingle singer and writer). Simon later wrote lyrics to sing over a re-recording of the song, which became the fourth track on the album.

The group Los Lobos appear on the last track, “All Around the World or The Myth of Fingerprints.” According to Los Lobos’s saxophone player Steve Berlin, Simon stole the song from Los Lobos, giving them no songwriting credit:

“It was not a pleasant deal for us. I mean he quite literally — and in no way do I exaggerate when I say — he stole the songs from us… We go into the studio, and he had quite literally nothing.

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  • VadiushaKomarov

    rating 9/10

    23 Jun 9:33am Reply
  • XDRory

    Enough with the "ripping off" thing, all your favourite artist's music was inspired by their favourite artist's music, everything sounds like everything, the end.

    16 Jun 11:31am Reply
  • jorrit290

    Don't know why I kept myself from listening to this album till I found a brand new vinyl copy of it in the thrift store. Love this album and the South African influences! :-)

    5 Apr 6:11pm Reply
  • el_jpaulo

    Vampire Weekend made a great discography ripping this off

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
  • mordwyr

    These are the days of miracle and wonder. . .

    25 May 2014 Reply
  • p-hop

    When I was a kid, my mom would play Graceland when she was doing housework. Listened to it for the first time in like 15 years and I can still remember every song. Feel like this had a large effect on my musical preferences later in life. Thanks for reading.

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Dylanisgod2

    without fail i always come back to this album

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • rickysbutler

    Such a great hiking album.

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    It took me so long to realize this is a great album.

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    On constant rotation in Vampire Weekend's tour-bus. :P

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • Tron1276

    Essential part of my childhood.

    11 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    Why is the booklet in my CD version written mostly in Japanese? o__O

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • bwvv

    The very best album of the 1980s, hands down.

    18 May 2012 Reply
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    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    Very good but so overrated, his had better in my opinion.

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Indyalanjones1

    I cant help but love this album. The Shins, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys and a whole host of indie bands all owe there success to Graceland!

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • maccablue666

    this is the the very very very best i love this album xxxxxxxxx

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • lohrasb

    This album is amazing! wow! i fucking love it!

    30 Oct 2011 Reply
  • piraterie

    Soundtrack of my life. This has continually been in my top five favorite albums since it came out when I was five. I've gone through many copies in many formats. It never ever gets old.

    3 Sep 2011 Reply
  • bodomalo3

    Concert in the Park 1991 on DVD? Hey people, Paul Simons concert in the park is 20 years old now, and has never ever been released on DVD - although it is still available on VHS tape! Join our campaign, we want a release of this DVD: LIKE IT - join us

    31 Jul 2011 Reply
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