Rockin Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters - Zydeco Man (CD, Album)
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Simply wonderful fun This is the best of the joy music can bring to an otherwise ordinary day. One person found this helpful. This CD is the best one to date and I have all of his. There is a Album) and flow to this album that I've not heard before. He has really grown in his performing as have the Twisters.
In his previous CDs there was an ego thing that showed through, but in this one as I said his maturity shows loud and clear. A thoroughly good listen. Anthony is a force to be reckoned with.
His accordion is talking through this whole CD. Altogether a terrific musical adventure. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Great price and prompt delivery. Kennedy and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Throughout the recording process, Simon remained unsure of the album's thematic connection.
He kept dozens of yellow legal pads with random words and phrases he would combine in an attempt to define the album. He derived the album title from the phrase "driving through Wasteland", which he changed to "going to Graceland ", a reference to Elvis Presley 's Memphis home. Simon believed it represented a spiritual direction: just as he had embarked on a physical journey to collect ideas in Africa, he would spiritually journey to the home of the rock "forefather" to revitalize his love for music.
I don't like the idea that people who aren't adolescents make records. Adolescents make the best records. Except for Paul Simon. Except for Graceland. He's hit a new plateau there, but he's writing to his own age group. Graceland is something new. That song to his son is just as good as 'Blue Suede Shoes': 'Before you were born dude when life was great. Graceland was released by Warner Bros. By JulyGraceland had sold six million copies worldwide.
The cover art depicts an Ethiopian Christian icon from the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum dating to around Initial reviews of Graceland were positive. Rolling Stone 's Rob Tannenbaum characterized it as "lovely, daring and accomplished. Simon has fashioned that event into the rock album equivalent of a work of literature. Retrospective reviews have continued to be positive. According to AllMusic 's William Ruhlmann, " Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were Album).
These songs are astute and exciting, spit-shined with the gloss of production that bears a lot of hallmarks of the era but somehow has refused to age. Taken as a whole, the album offers tremendous insight into how we live in our world and how that changes as we get older.
Simon fashioned a record which was truly, blindingly original, and — listening to it a quarter of a century on — modern and timeless. Graceland was ranked 81st on the list of Rolling Stone magazine's Greatest Albums of All Timeas "an album about isolation and redemption that transcended 'world music' to become the whole world's soundtrack. Following the album's success, Simon faced accusations by organizations such as Artists United Against Apartheid anti-apartheid musicians including Billy BraggPaul Wellerand Jerry Dammers and James Victor Gbehoat the time the Ghanaian Ambassador to the United Nations that he had broken the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against the apartheid regime in South Africa.
I didn't ask the permission of the ANC. I didn't ask permission of Buthelezi, or Desmond Tutu, or the Pretoria government. And to tell you the truth, I have a feeling that when there are radical transfers of power on either the left or the right, the artists always get screwed.
He lives in designated hotels for whites. He spends money the way whites have made it possible to spend money there. The money he spends goes to look after white society, not to the townships.
There was no abuse. He came at the right time and he was what we needed to bring our music into the mainstream. Some criticized Simon for not addressing apartheid in his lyrics. Simon responded: "Was I supposed to solve things in a song? Inthe controversy was revived when Simon returned to London for a 25th-anniversary concert celebrating the album. In contrast, Simon received praise for encouraging South African music from Hugh Masekelaone of South Africa's most prominent Album) and an exiled opponent of apartheid, who subsequently toured alongside Simon and Miriam Makeba.
South African jazz musician Jonas Gwangwa criticized the notion that Simon was responsible for making South African music popular, asking: "So, it has taken another white man to discover my people? Some critics viewed Graceland as colonialistwith Simon appropriating the music of another culture to bring to the global market. How could Simon approach them as equal partners when their own government demanded that they treat him as a superior?
What was unusual about Graceland is that it was on the surface apolitical, but what it represented was the essence of the anti-apartheid in that it was a collaboration between blacks and whites to make music that people everywhere enjoyed. It was completely the opposite from what the apartheid regime said, which is that one group of people were inferior. Here, there were no inferiors or superiors, just an acknowledgement of everybody's work as a musician. It was a powerful statement.
InAndrew Mueller of Uncut wrote: "Apartheid was of course a monstrosity, but it would be absurd to suggest that Simon's introduction of South Africa's music to the world prolonged it and quite plausible to suggest that it did some small amount to hasten its undoing.
Simon defended Ronstadt, saying: "I know that her intention was never to support the government there She made a mistake. She's extremely liberal in her political thinking and unquestionably antiapartheid. Simon refused to perform on the antiapartheid single " Sun City ", as the demo had included a list of names shaming artists who had performed at the resort, including Ronstadt's, and as he felt Graceland would be "my own statement". The cultural boycott against South Africa was lifted infive years after Graceland 's release.
At the invitation of anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela and with the African National Congress's support, Simon and his band played five shows, beginning at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.
Before the first concert, hand grenades were thrown into the office of promoter Attie van Wyk, who had booked Simon for the shows. The office was destroyed and no one was hurt. Simon held a clandestine meeting with AZAPO representatives, offering them proceeds from the tour, but no agreement was reached.
Hundreds of demonstrators threatening violence protested one concert. It was protected by policemen and went on without incident. Van Zandt said he persuaded them that murdering Simon would not help them achieve their goals, and mollified them by saying he was attempting to "unite the music community" against apartheid.
Dopsie felt Simon had derived it from his song "My Baby, She's Gone", and was not credited, but decided not to take legal action. Saxophone player Steve Berlin felt they deserved writing credits:. We go into the studio, and he had quite literally nothing. I mean, he had no ideas, no concepts, and said, "Well, let's just jam. Paul goes, "Hey, what's that?
According to Berlin, when he contacted Simon about the lack of credit, Simon responded: "Sue me. See what happens. Then six months passed and Graceland had become a hit and the first thing I heard about the problem was when my manager got a lawyer's letter. I was shocked. Advocates for Graceland feel its music transcends the racial and cultural barriers of its production. The latter faced particular criticism that their debut album was too similar to Gracelanddue to its origins in African music.
Simon later defended the band, remarking, "In a way, we were on the same pursuit, but I don't think you're lifting from me, and anyway, you're welcome to it, because everybody's lifting all the time.
That's the way Rockin Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters - Zydeco Man (CD grows and is shaped. There was the almost mystical affection and strange familiarity I felt when I first heard South African music.
Later, there was the visceral thrill of collaborating with South African musicians onstage. Add to this potent mix the new friendships I made with my band mates, and the experience becomes one of the most vital in my life.
All tracks are written by Paul Simonexcept where noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Paul Simon. Initial recordings were made in JohannesburgSouth Africa. Library of Congress, Washington, D. Retrieved Rolling Stone. The New York Times. Retrieved November 22, Retrieved February 4, Sound on Sound. Retrieved November 21, National Geographic. Retrieved 9 February September 3, US : Warner Bros. Somebody cry, why, why, why? The Village Voice. New York City : 77— ISSN X.
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