Rhythm of the Saints [Bonus Tracks]

Rhythm of the Saints [Bonus Tracks]

by Paul Simon
     
 

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Though he recorded the album's prominent percussion tracks in Brazil, Paul Simon fashioned The Rhythm of the Saints as a deliberate follow-up to the artistic breakthrough and commercial comeback that was the South Africa-tinged Graceland. Several of the musicians who had appeared previously were back, along with some of the New York session players who…  See more details below

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Though he recorded the album's prominent percussion tracks in Brazil, Paul Simon fashioned The Rhythm of the Saints as a deliberate follow-up to the artistic breakthrough and commercial comeback that was the South Africa-tinged Graceland. Several of the musicians who had appeared previously were back, along with some of the New York session players who had worked with Simon in the 1970s, and the overall sound was familiar to fans of Graceland. Further, Simon's nonlinear lyrical approach was carried over: he continued to ruminate about love, aging, and the onslaught of modern life in disconnected phrases and images that created impressions rather than telling straightforward stories. But where Graceland had seamlessly merged its styles into an exuberant whole, The Rhythm of the Saints was less well digested. Those drum tracks never seemed integrated effectively into what had been dubbed over them; at the same time, they tended to lock the songs into musical patterns that reined them in from the kind of excitement the South African music on Graceland generated, making the melodies harder to grasp. At the same time, Simon sang his lyrics in a less involved way, which sometimes made them seem like collections of random lines rather than the series of striking observations Graceland seemed to contain. No Paul Simon album could be lacking in craft or quality, and The Rhythm of the Saints was a typically tasteful effort. But this time around, Simon hadn't quite succeeded in bringing the wide-ranging elements together; the album sold about half as many copies as Graceland (that is to say, a none-too-shabby two million), and that's about right -- where Graceland was an exotic adventure, The Rhythm of the Saints was more of an anthropology lesson. [A 2011 reissue added four bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2011
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886978988027
catalogNumber:
789880
Rank:
27559

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Ladysmith Black Mambazo   Background Vocals
Milton Nascimento   Vocals
Naná Vasconcelos   Percussion,Conga,Triangle,Vocals,Berimbau,gourd
Adrian Belew   Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
J.J. Cale   Guitar
Ringo Starr   Guitar
Michael Brecker   Synthesizer,Saxophone,EWI
Hugh Masekela   Flugelhorn
Giovanni Hidalgo   Conga
Uakti   Percussion
Kim Wilson   Harmonica
Clifton Anderson   Trombone
Francisco Aguabella   Conga
Mingo Araujo   Percussion,Conga,Cymbals,Bass Drums,Triangle,Shaker,talking drum,Sordu,African Bells,Go Go Bell,Casinette
Martin Atangana   Electric Guitar
Dave Bargeron   Euphonium
Karen Bernod   Background Vocals
Jude Bethel   Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Bolognesi   Trombone
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Elolongue Mbango Catherine   Background Vocals
Don Chacal   Bongos,Conga,Bata,gourd
C.J. Chenier   Accordion
Wilson DasNeves   Percussion,cowbell
Djana'd   Background Vocals
Charles Doherty   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Gadd   Drums
Florence Gnimagnon   Background Vocals
Myrna Lynn Gomila   Background Vocals
Gordinho   Sordu
Alain Hatot   Saxophone
Errol Ince   Trumpet
Kia Jeffries   Background Vocals
Armand Sabal-Lecco   Bass
Andre Manga   Bass
Mazzola   Chicote
Jimmy McDonald   Accordion
Clyde Mitchell   Trumpet
Vincent Nguini   Bass,Guitar,Claves
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer
Ray Phiri   Guitar
Decio Ramos   Percussion
Felix Sabal-Lecco   Drums
Paulinho Santos   Percussion
Phillipe Slominski   Trumpet
Pedro Sorongo   Percussion,Scraper
Justin Tchounou   Synthesizer
Remy Kabocka   talking drum
Marco Antônio Guimarães   Percussion
Bakithi Kumalo   Bass
Beloba   Percussion
Marçalzinho   Percussion
Canegal   Percussion
Yo Yo De La Nelson   Chakeire
Paulo Santos   Chicote
Tommy Bilson Ogoe   Guitar
Kofi Electrik   Guitar
Joao Severo da Silva   Accordion
Rafael Rabello   Classical Guitar
Grupo Cultural Olodum   Drums
Sidinho   Bongos,Conga,Bass Drums,Tambourine,Bottle,Sordu,Water Bowl
Charlotte Mbango   Background Vocals
Anthony Carillo   Bongos
Georges Seba   Electric Guitar
Arthur Andres   Percussion
Armando Macedo   Guitar,Baiano

Technical Credits

Milton Nascimento   Composer,Lyricist
Paul Simon   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Guitar Arrangements
Martin Atangana   Guitar Arrangements
Roy Halee   Engineer
Bill Inglot   Remastering
Mazzola   Rhythm Production
Vincent Nguini   Composer,Horn Arrangements,Guitar Arrangements
Ray Phiri   Guitar Arrangements
Phil Ramone   Session Supervisor
Antonio Luis Alves de Souza   Direction
Ebet Roberts   Tray Photo
Marco Antônio Guimarães   Arranger
Bruno Barbey   Back Cover Photo
Dolores Lusitana   Associate Project Coordinator
Kofi Electrik   Guitar Arrangements
Miguel Rio Branco   Cover Photo
Daniel Hersch   Remastering
Georges Seba   Guitar Arrangements
Yolando Cuomo   Art Direction

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