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Graceland 25Th Anniversary Collector's Edition Box Set [Box set, Collector's Edition, NTSC]

Paul Simon Audio CD
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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 an ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, NTSC
  • Label: Sony CMG
  • ASIN: B007PZADKU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Boy in the Bubble
2. Graceland
3. I Know What I Know - Paul Simon with General M.D. Shirinda And The Gaza Sisters
4. Gumboots - Paul Simon with The Boyoyo Boys
5. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Homeless (Demo)
2. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (Unreleased Version)
3. All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints (Early Version)
4. You Can Call Me Al
5. Crazy Love
See all 6 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. How We Begin to Remember
2. Comparing Notes
3. A Chance in a Million
4. I Know What I Know
5. A Different Perspective
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Intro
2. Township Jive - Paul Simon / Ladysmith Black Mambazo
3. Opening
4. Boy in the Bubble
5. Gumboots
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Graceland, Paul Simon's groundbreaking album that continues to influence and inspire generations. Following its Sundance Film Festival premiere in the US, the Joe Berlinger-directed documentary Under African Skies, chronicling the creation and lasting influence of Graceland, it has its UK premiere at Sundance London. The documentary garnered critical acclaim on the film festival circuit with screenings at SXSW 2012, where it received an Audience Award, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. To help commemorate the anniversary and celebrate the indelible musical legacy of Graceland, this is a special Graceland 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition Box Set with two CDs and two DVDs including the re-mastered original album, audio narrative The Story of 'Graceland as told by Paul Simon, Under African Skies, documentary film with extended interviews, the original 1987 African Concert from Zimbabwe, three original music videos and the iconic Saturday Night Live performance of "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"; replicas of an original Graceland poster, handwritten lyrics pad; deluxe 80-page book featuring new and archival photos and interviews with Paul Simon.

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Paul Simon Graceland [25th Anniversary Collector's Edition]

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262 of 271 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, poor sound 18 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When this album was originally released it very quickly became a classic. The fusion of African tribal and Western soft rock music works, and works well.

Unfortunately - and these comments apply solely to this remaster - the sound quality has suffered as a result of the current arms race between record labels to make their CDs as loud as possible. Whereas on the original CD release the opening track "The Boy In The Bubble" began with a soft accordian solo followed by a series of drum hits that sounded like firecrackers (and scared the life out of anyone that wasn't expecting it), here all the dynamics of this are lost in a muddy compressed version of what was once a great album.

Many other classic albums have been destroyed like this by record labels. Do yourself a favour and track down the original 1986 CD of this album on Marketplace.

For the record the original 1986 version of this is unquestionably a 5-star album.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Music, Bad Production 4 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I totally agree with Glen Richards. I have the original vinyl and CD so I bought this version as a re-mastered paper sleeve Japanese Mini LP(vinyl replica) thinking it would be an upgrade. The hiss level is overpowering on a good hi-fi system. You might as well play it as an MP3 recording. Very disappointing. Do yourself a favour, however, and try the "MINI LP/Vinyl Replica" remastered versions of "One Trick Pony", "Rhymin Simon", "Paul Simon", or "Still Crazy After All These Years". This is how it should be done.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This box set is not for the casual fan! 10 Jun 2012
By Jurg
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Paul Simon's groundbreaking album gets a 25th anniversary deluxe treatment. This album, now a milestone in music history, should be in everybody's record collection. But do you need to buy this box set?

Hmm ... I would say no! This edition has two cd's and two DVD's. It's a strange decision to separate the bonus tracks from the original album for this box set. They didn't do that on the other 25th anniversary editions. So you don't get more audio tracks (... I'm still waiting for the 12" versions). You will have one DVD more than the cd/DVD edition. But any big Paul Simon fan will already have the "Graceland: The African Concert" DVD.

On the other hand, the 80 - page book is fine. It has beautiful pictures, a Graceland history, interviews with Paul Simon and all the musicians, the lyrics of every song and the original liner notes. You also get a replica of the original Graceland poster and his handwritten lyrics pad (printed on yellow pages).

The remastering is done by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York 2011. And it sounds fantastic! Excellent job!

If you are not a very big fan I recommend the cd/DVD edition.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This Grammy Award-winning album from 1986 is usually considered to be Paul Simon's crowning achievement in a stellar career with many high-points. His peerless songwriting and poignant lyrics are fused with intelligent use of folk and brass instruments: Zulu Mbaqanga rhythms, the Ladysmith Black Mambazo choir showcasing their a capella style, plus the Zydeco creole music of Louisiana; the Everly Brothers, Linda Ronstadt and Los Lobos also feature in cameo performances. It's absolutely gorgeous and hasn't aged a day in 26 years.

The album works best when listened to as a whole experience, rather than sampled track by downloaded track - like having a full meal rather than just eating the beans one day, and the sauce on another occasion. Only when the whole is savoured and digested can the extraordinary blend of complimentary musical styles be appreciated, and the grand creation be enjoyed and fully understood.

Now the 1986 CD release was in every way superb, containing a dynamic range allowing for the subtleties of the unusual instrumentation and vocal combinations to shine, with plenty of light and shade. The 2004 `re-mastered' CD was overall `louder' than the earlier mix, lacked the depth and contrast of the original and was definitely not an improvement. Unfortunately this `25th anniversary remaster' (actually the 26th anniversary, not the 25th) CD is, if possible, even worse. It's another victim of the `loudness war' destroying the subtleties of thoughtful and complex music by compressing the dynamic range, resulting in little difference between loud and quiet sections, diminishing its emotional power and - compared to the 1986 original - making it a tiring experience for the listener.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LATEST AND GREATEST 15 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD
Although this was the third reincarnation of this album that I've bought ( I know what you're thinking,sucker!)', this is definately the best. Sound quality is much improved over the last 'remastered' offering. Why couldn't they have gotten it right the first time? The bonus tracks are also worth the inclusion, especially the insrumental demo of 'Crazy Love'. Love the sound of the guitaring. If you love the music of Paul Simon, and especially this album, then upgrading to this copy is a must!!
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-mastered version 16 Nov 2009
By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
As I listened to this re-mastered version of Paul Simon's classic `Graceland' CD I wondered how much better it would be than the original. It wasn't. Indeed it wasn't as good. Haunting softness and melodious depth had been usurped by what seemed crisper and louder - but the original was heard via the heart as well as the ear. The re-mastered version is still a great CD but it somehow lacks soul. Hence the drop from 5 to 4-star rating.
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