Paul Simon: Graceland

Paul Simon's Graceland on vinyl
Paul Simon's Graceland on vinyl

WHEN I FINALLY got myself a record player (a gift from herself, no less), I made one simple rule. Only buy the albums you want from the artists you love and listen to. No stocking up for the sake of stocking up, if you get me.

One of the definitive albums of my upbringing is Paul Simon’s 1986 release, Graceland. At the time it was his seventh studio album, and while it spawned party hits still played to this day like Graceland and You Can Call Me Al, it’s in the likes of Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes, Homeless and album opener The Boy In The Bubble where you’ll find great riches.

Holidays away were only completed by the playing of Graceland wherever we journeyed. I’ve owned it on tape, CD, have the live concert DVD, went to see him perform the hits live and told myself when I go out for a new record, when the time comes, he’ll be among the first in line.

So picking up the Music On Vinyl 180gm edition in Rollercoaster Records one Saturday afternoon during the AKA Fringe Festival was a no brainer. I wasn’t expecting to find it in the shop but at the same time there was no way I could go home without it once it was in my hands.

It’s packaged with a printer inner sleeve, the audio has been remastered and it sounds as good now as it did back in the late 80s.


Side 1

  1. “The Boy In The Bubble”
  2. “Graceland”
  3. “I Know What I know”
  4. “Gumboots”
  5. “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes”

Side 2

  1. “You Can Call Me Al”
  2. “Under African Skies”
  3. “Homeless”
  4. “Crazy Love Vol II”
  5. “That Was Your Mother”
  6. “All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints”
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