Continuing the series on the Top 100 Albums of the 80's. Or at least the ones I have....
Continuing to work backwards, finally into the top 10:
#5 – Paul Simon - Graceland
As noted at Allmusic, Paul Simon's August 1986 release "succeeded in presenting listeners with that magical combination: something they'd never heard before that nevertheless sounded familiar". Graceland combined "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."
The album was hugely successful, reaching 5x Platinum in sales, reaching #3 on the US charts and winning 1987 Grammy for Record Of The Year. Interestingly, it only generated 1 Top 40 hit, "You Can Call Me Al" which made it to #23.
What I remember most from the time that Graceland was "current" was the political aspect. Recording in Apratheid-era South Africa, with black muscians. And violating the associated "cultural boycott". In late 1986, I was more interested in the impending arrival of my first child than South African politics, or pop music. Consequently, Graceland didn't make much of a splash in my consciousness. Oh, I thought "You Can Call Me Al" was a good song (with a better video). But I didn't dig deeper. It has only been in the past few years that I have come to know, and appreciate Graceland. It started with the episode from the "Classic Albums" series, and culminated in purchasing the album to supplement the handful of songs I from a greatest hits album.