All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints (Early Version) (Early Version)
Label: Legacy Recordings
By searching out South African musicians and collaborators, Paul Simon reconnected with both his audience and the joy of making music. This life-affirming album saw Simon abandoning confessional lyrics while maintaining a personal vision. Such fine songs as "Boy in the Bubble," "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" and "Graceland" have lived on long past any controversy the album once encountered. In addition to several process-revealing demos, the 25th anniversary edition of Graceland contains a nearly 10-minute chat with Simon who revisits key moments in the music's storied genesis.