Offered for sale is a still sealed BMG record club issue of Paul Simon’s 1986 LP, Graceland.
About this copy: This copy of Graceland is a still sealed pressing that was issued through the BMG record club. As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The record is identical to the standard Warner Brothers issues that were sold in stores, except that it has a small piece of text on the back cover that says “MFD. by BMG Direct Marketing under license.”
The shrink wrap is completely intact, with no rips, tears or punch holes. The upper left hand corner of the cover is bent.
A nice copy of a classic album, and one that rarely turns up still sealed.
Background: After a bit of a lull in sales and airplay with the 1983 Hearts and Bones, Paul Simon took a completely different approach and worked with South African musicians to create the 1986 LP Graceland.
The result was his biggest-selling album ever, being certified 5 times platinum and reaching #3 on the American pop albums chart. Graceland also won a Grammy award for Album of the Year.
With Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle (including its controversial aspect during the apartheid days) was a powerful marketing tool and that the catchy music succeeded in presenting listeners with that magical combination: something they’d never heard before that nevertheless sounded familiar. As eclectic as any record Simon had made,…Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured.
You can listen to the song “You Can Call Me Al” here: