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.