By Alex HudsonWe knew that Paul Simon would be celebrating the 25th anniversary of his iconic Graceland with a retrospective box set, documentary and tour. Now, the folksinger has shared the details of the various expanded reissue packages that will be coming our way later this year.
On June 5, Legacy Recordings will release four different versions of Graceland. The packages are as follows:
- A two-disc CD/DVD set with the remastered album, five bonus songs, an audio documentary, the documentary film Under African Skies, music videos, and a Saturday Night Live performance.
- A box set containing two CDs and two DVDs. These contain all of the material from the standard package listed above, plus a 1987 concert filmed in Zimbabwe, extended interviews from Under African Skies, and various goodies such as a poster, lyrics pad and 80-page book.
- A remastered vinyl edition that includes a poster, plus a download card containing the full album with three bonus tracks. This will initially be released on April 21 at participating Record Store Day locations.
- An "ultra-deluxe" box set with the standard box set, along with the heavyweight vinyl and a signed and numbered poster. Thee will be available in limited quantities from Paul Simon's website.
There will also be a standalone Blu-ray release for Under African Skies. As previously reported, this documentary was filmed by Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) and shows Simon travelling to South Africa to reunite with some of the collaborators who appeared on Graceland.
The film will make its television premiere on A&E sometime this spring. It will also have its Canadian theatrical premiere on April 4 at 6:30 p.m at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto.