This is the original album cover art design.
No. 18, Entertainment Weekly, 100 Greatest Albums Ever; No. 43, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000; No. 71, Rolling Stone, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time;
No. 85, Rate Your Music, The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time; No. 124, Billboard, The 300 Best-Selling Albums of All Time.
Centre image from Ethiopia, The Christian Art of an African Nation: The Langmuir Collection, Peabody Museum of Salem by Elizabeth Cross Langmuir,
Stanisław Chojnacki, Peter Fetchko, Peabody Museum of Salem. Photo by Mark Sexton. Album produced by Paul Simon. Warner Brothers 1986.
Recorded between 1985–86, Graceland features an eclectic mixture of musical styles, including pop, rock, a cappella, zydeco, isicathamiya, and mbaqanga.
Simon created new compositions inspired by the recordings made in Johannesburg, collaborating with both African and American artists. Simon faced controversy
for seemingly breaking the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against the apartheid regime in South Africa at the time. In addition, some critics
viewed Graceland as an exploitive appropriation of their culture. Following its completion, Simon toured alongside South African musicians, combining the
music of Graceland and their own music.
Despite the controversy, Graceland was a major commercial hit. His highest-charting effort in over a decade, Simon's return to the forefront of popular music was
considered a remarkable comeback. It attracted rave reviews from music critics, won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and sold over 16 million copies
worldwide. Graceland has been called one of the best albums of the 1980s, and is present on list of "greatest" albums by multiple publications. It was added to
the National Recording Registry in 2007 for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important." More
(A) The Boy in the Bubble - Graceland - I Know What I Know - Gumboots - Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
(B) You Can Call Me Al - Under African Skies - Homeless - Crazy Love, Vol. II - That Was Your Mother - All Around the World or The Myth of Fingerprints