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Graceland 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition Box Set (Amazon Exclusive) [Box set]

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During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland") were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B007P06DO0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Boy In The Bubble
2. Graceland
3. I Know What I Know
4. Gumboots
5. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
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Disc: 2
1. Homeless (Demo)
2. Diamond on the Soles of Her Shoes (Alternate version)
3. All Around the World or The Myth of Fingerprints (Early version)
4. You Can Call Me Al (Demo)
5. Crazy Love (Demo)
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Disc: 3
1. Gumboots/Whispering Bells
2. Crazy Love 1 and 2
3. I Know What I Know
4. Homeless
5. Graceland
Disc: 4
1. Under African Skies (Documentary)

Editorial Reviews

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 deluxe box set celebrates Graceland's 25th anniversary with bonus tracks, concert footage and video clips, the documentary film (Under African Skies), deluxe book featuring unreleased photos, new liner notes and a replica of Paul Simon's handwritten lyrics pad.

The Exclusive disc contains 5 previously unreleased live tracks recorded in San Sebastian, Spain from the Graceland/Rhythm of the Saints Tour of 1989.
1.Gumboots/Whispering Bells
2.Crazy Love 1 and 2
3.I Know What I Know

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277 of 294 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Chalk it up to corporate greed June 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Note: This is a review of the remastered sound quality on the 25th Anniversary CD release.

About the only good reason to remaster a classic album for CD these days is to improve upon errors made on past remasters, since most classic albums have now been released on CD multiple times already. The best a remastering can do is to faithfully reproduce the sound of the original album, as it was intended by the creative forces that produced it, and possibly improve on it with a superior higher-resolution transfer of the original tape. More often than not, however, remasters are just used as a justification by the record companies for the umpteenth dip into our wallets, doing nothing to improve the sound, and going a good distance toward making it worse. Unfortunately, that is exactly what we have with this latest version of Graceland. Rather than giving us something noticeably better than the previous 2004 remaster, Sony has just given us more of the same. Because the company has its eye on the deluxe package market, with all the bonus tracks, luxury-grade packaging, DVD concert, and an $85 price tag, the album itself has become almost an afterthought. That is unfortunate, because this classic album deserves better.

A bit of a history lesson for the unaware: Graceland was first issued in 1986, and the CD at that time presented the album very well - with an appropriate level of gain that left breathing room for the dynamics, and a natural EQ that allowed the music to speak for itself. In 2004, Warner reissued the album with (non-essential) bonus tracks, and a remastering that was louder, underscored by a V-shaped, in-your-face EQ that pushed both the low and high frequencies.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! January 9, 2005
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 three 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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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic range squashed by over-compression June 12, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The 25th Anniversary remaster is a victim of the loudness war that is killing the dynamic range of modern music. The compression of the dynamic range has made this remastered CD nearly unlistenable. The title track on the original 1986 release has a dynamic range of 13, while the same track on the 25th Anniv. remaster has been squashed to 7. The openness is gone and individual instruments are all at the same level: LOUD. This might be fine for dance music, but not for Paul Simon. Remaster engineer Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound can do incredible work, but this isn't one of them. Also, I don't own the 2004 Rhino remaster, so I can't compare it. All in all, my advice is to stick to the 1986 CD release.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful Album May 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Prior to the release of Graceland in 1986, Paul Simon was already a musical superstar. From his 60's days as one half of Simon & Garfunkel to his solo work the 70's, he created some of the most memorable songs in music. Through it all, the basis of his music was an acoustic guitar and deeply rooted in American sounds like doo wop, folk or jazz. When one heard the South African rhythms that came from Graceland, the last person you'd expect them to come from would be Mr. Simon. The lyrical content of the album is no surprise as Mr. Simon is one of the best in the business, but the musical backing is fresh, new and vibrant. "The Boy In The Plastic Bubble" just explodes out of your speakers and for some reason the song reminds me of a carnival. Ladysmith Black Mambazo adds stirring vocals to the sublime "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" while adding a plaintive almost mournful sound to "Homeless". Linda Ronstadt supplies a fine harmony vocal on "Under African Skies" while Los Lobos assists on the albums closer "All Around The World". "You Can Call Me Al" had a hilarious video with Chevy Chase but beside having a good video, the song is as bouncy and catchy as anything he's ever recorded. He not only uses South African beats, but he explores zydeco music on "That Was Your Mother" and stays at home on the title track. Graceland is the peak of Paul Simon's long and illustrious career. The reissue, like all the others in the Paul Simon collection, is first rate. The sound is greatly imporved and the packaging replicates the original album nicely. Also like the other reissues, the three bonus tracks of demos are okay, but not revealing or required listening.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-worth it
This is one of my favorite albums and I was so happy to find it on Amazon. The anniversary edition is worth the extra buck or two because you get an alternative version of a song... Read more
Published 11 days ago by A.D.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl is far superior to digital
When you want to kick back and listen to the full spectrum of sound, nothing beats analog sound. That includes vinyl as well as tape. My 60's vintage sound system delivers. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Frederick Broadbent
5.0 out of 5 stars Graceland 25th Anniversary Edition (vinyl)
This is an excellent album by wonderful musicians. I feel happy listening to it. Also, the quality of the recording is excellent.
Published 26 days ago by Susan Twardochleb
5.0 out of 5 stars Fusion at it's best
Paul Simon, always a talent who chose to mix his unique American sounds with the rhythems of South Africa, it works so well.
Published 27 days ago by Tari S. Rahman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums.
In the top 10 albums ever produced. The story behind it makes it even better that it was made out to be an anti-apartheid statement when, in fact, it was just Paul Simon's venture... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dick Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
You will very much appreciate Paul Simon if you get this and realize his genius in combining the fifferent styles and eras of music together into a great blend of music that is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jzactor
5.0 out of 5 stars It's wonderful!!!
I misplaced my original cd of Graceland and few years ago, and I'm thrilled to have it back. This is one of my all time favorite CDs.
Published 2 months ago by Kleo C. Ferver Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound quality is very high
I purchased this album way back when and immediately recorded it to tape. Great album that you don't hear so often anymore. This CD is a very pleasant surprise. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. Hoffmann
5.0 out of 5 stars it was a perfect choice
i have a video of graceland that i have watched for years , now i can take the music with me on my smart pnone
Published 2 months ago by bigo
4.0 out of 5 stars truly great music. unpleasant remaster
I can't give this amazing album less than 4 stars because the music still knocks me out. The remastering adds harshness and un-blends the previously beautifully blended layers of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by aaron snyder
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