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Graceland (25th Anniversary Edition) (CD/DVD)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B007SS3VUS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Boy In The Bubble
2. Graceland
3. I Know What I Know
4. Gumboots
5. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
6. You Can Call Me Al
7. Under African Skies
8. Homeless
9. Crazy Love, Vol II
10. That Was Your Mother
11. All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints
12. Homeless (Demo)
13. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (Unreleased Version)
14. All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints (Early Version)
15. You Can Call Me Al
16. Crazy Love
17. The Story of "Graceland" as told by Paul Simon
18. How We Begin to Remember
19. Comparing Notes
20. A Chance in a Million
See all 39 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes a bonus DVD that contains the documentary film Under African Skies and a deluxe book with unreleased photos and new liner notes. Features the original album with bonus tracks including an unreleased tracks audio documentary produced in 2012 with Paul Simon discussing the writing, inspiration and recording of the song 'Graceland'. In 1986, Graceland sold 14 million copies worldwide and garnered both the Album and Song of the Year Grammy in 1987. Simon and the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed on Saturday Night Live and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. It generated three hit singles and it kept Paul Simon and the Graceland tour on the road for five years. Its music was heard across the globe. Today, its music and its reputation still reach generations of music enthusiasts yet so many are unaware of how pivotal that one album was during the 1980s, how it helped birth the idea of World Music and revived the career of one of America's most important songwriters. How it influenced the political progress of South Africa a country divided by institutionalized racism, causing and then transcending years of controversy. How in fact the album came to be in the first place. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Walsh on July 8 2012
Format: LP Record
I own the original vinyl which sounds pretty good if a little scratchy so I bought this more or less on a whim. Am I glad I did. Breathes new life into the album. The bass is amazing! Gumboots is amazing. So much going on that was not obvious before.
The character and placement of voices on the soundstage is great. You can easily isolate individual voices in the groups. Anyway it's great. Get it for the music, never mind all the old political BS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 20 2012
Format: Audio CD
It's probably not necessary to mention that Graceland is one of the great recordings of the 1980s, one that broke new ground with its unexpected blending of musical cultures and still does not sound "old". The documentary included in this package i've reviewed separately: Under African Skies [Blu-ray]. The track listing given above actually includes the 13 chapters of the film (beginning with "How We Begin to Remember") and the five bonus interviews (from Whoopi Goldberg through Hugh Masakela). The CD available separately includes 3 bonus tracks, alternate versions of "Homeless", "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" and "Myth of Fingerprints". Since i didn't buy this particular CD/DVD package, i have to guess that the other tracks listed represent extra content on the CD. In any case, this package is a real bargain for fans of Paul Simon or of "world music" generally.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 12 2006
Format: Audio CD
This seamless blend of African pop and American folk styles is one of the most exquisite musical achievements of the 20th century. The melodies are beautiful, the voices divine, and each and every one of the tracks is a classic. This extended version contains alternate takes of four songs.

The best loved songs include The Boy In The Bubble, Graceland, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes and Under African Skies, but the rest hold great charm too. The most rootsy African sounds surface on I Know What I Know with the soulful vocal infusions of The Gaza Sisters.

Paul Simon has always successfully integrated exotic sounds in his music to create great beauty: Andean flutes in El Condor Pasa, reggae in Me And Julio Down By The School Yard and in Mother & Child Reunion, and Latin/South American sounds in Rhythm Of The Saints, but Graceland is his towering achievement as a solo artist, a truly exceptional album with a power and beauty that transcends all musical boundaries.
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By Bill Lepard on July 21 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This disk replaced my ancient cassette tape and the bonus tracks were a nice surprise. This is one of my all-time favourite albums and it compares favourably with anything being produced today, to say the least.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
GREAT SOUND , Bonus tracks are excellent . Paul Simon story about the making of Graceland truly informative !
Bought the original for the for the wonderful rhythms . for ounce more is better.
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By hobbs71 on May 13 2014
Format: Audio CD
Fabulous album. Everyone should own this classic. Simon is at his peak with this creative, eclectic and thoughtful work. It is emotive yet endlessly fun.
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