To commemorate the anniversary and celebrate the indelible musical legacy of Paul Simon's groundbreaking Graceland, Legacy Recordings is offering several 25th Anniversary versions of the album on June 5th. In conjunction with the release, the Joe Berlinger-directed documentary "Under African Skies," chronicling the creation and lasting influence of Graceland, will have its US television premiere on A & E this spring. The film will enjoy a limited theatrical engagement in New York and Los Angeles, beginning May 11th (check local listings for screening times).
The special Graceland 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition Box Set will include 2 CDs and 2 DVDs, featuring the remastered original album, the "Under African Skies" documentary film with extended bonus 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." The box set also features the audio narrative "The Story of 'Graceland'" as told by Paul Simon, replicas of an original Graceland poster and a handwritten lyrics pad, plus a deluxe 80-page book featuring new and archival photos and interviews with Paul Simon. The box set also includes a special short audio documentary of Simon discussing the making of the record. It will also be available as a CD/DVD two disc set, Blu-ray disc, 180-gram 12" vinyl, and an ultra-deluxe Box Set.
The universal appeal of the music of Graceland proved more powerful and enduring than the political hotbed attending its creation. In 1986, the album sold 14 million copies worldwide, received universal praise from critics around the globe. Simon and the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed on "Saturday Night Live" in what turned out to be a landmark moment in SNL history.
Graceland won "Album of the Year" at the Grammy Awards in 1987. Then, in an unprecedented carryover, the album garnered the Grammy for "Song of the Year" with its title track in 1988. The album generated three hit singles--including "You Can Call Me Al" and its iconic video with Chevy Chase--and kept Paul Simon and the Graceland tour on the road for five years. It continues to be a major force and a source of inspiration and joy for musicians and fans alike.