Graceland 25th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD (featuring "Under African Skies" film) Import
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Graceland's 25th anniversary CD/DVD features the original album with bonus tracks, the documentary film (Under African Skies), deluxe book featuring unreleased photos and new liner notes.
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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.
It's a lot of money for little new stuff, but the book is nice and the new DVD is interesting. Truth be told however, I am having a little buyers remorse. I probably just should have bought the new DVD on its own, but even the DVD is a bit disppointing. I am wondering why the DVD focuses so much on the rehearsals for what looks to be a great reunion show, but then we are not trated to the show itself.
I firmly believe one should listen to cut 17 on the CD, The Story of "Graceland" as told by Paul Simon, before listening to "Graceland" or viewing the DVD. I have listened to cut 17 three times and wish I had studied music when I had the opportunity so I can have a better understanding of Paul Simon's narration. I give it 5 stars because the entire package deserves the highest rating.
The DVD is really the main value of this item. I am so happy to see all the band members back together, hanging out with Paul. I was too young in 86 to know all the background on the album. All that chatter had died down by the time I was in college in the 90s.
The price is right if you are looking to get the documentary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The record itself is a masterpiece by the vinyl pressing is terrible. Too many skips all over the record. I notice that many reviewers of the vinyl feel the same way. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Frank
I am a huge fan of this album and was excited to own it in vinyl, again. The 1-star is for the horrid quality of this product. Read morePublished 29 days ago by J. Reynolds
Obviously this is a great album, but the download code expires on December 31st, 2015, which means if you purchase it now, you DO NOT get the high quality MP3 or the bonus tracks,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frank Scarangella
One if my favorite albums - ordered "new" on vinyl. Came warped with places where it skips. On top of that, sound quality is distorted and terrible. Sad.Published 2 months ago by Magababa
Here's the deal. I didn't see all the terrible reviews of the vinyl version until I had place my order. Had I seen them first, I probably wouldn't have made the purchase. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matt