E-mail this image
Paul Simon, 'Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition' (Sony Legacy, $82.49)
Simon's iconic, 14 million-selling melding of Manhattan-esque introspection and African rhythm gets richly deserved in-depth treatment. Besides two CDs devoted to the original album, the set includes a previously issued 1987 concert on DVD for the first time and Joe Berlinger's ¿Under African Skies¿ documentary. The latter confronts the more complicated political issues surrounding Simon's decision to ignore the U.N. cultural boycott against South Africa. In the end, the music trumps all quibbles; any tendency Simon had toward solipsism is more than balanced by the all-enveloping groove and ebullient counterpoint harmony vocals.
December 7, 2012