Rhythm of the Saints [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 886978988027
  • Catalog Number: 789880
  • Sales rank: 8,875

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Obvious Child (4:10)
  2. 2 Can't Run But (3:36)
  3. 3 The Coast (5:04)
  4. 4 Proof (4:39)
  5. 5 Further to Fly (5:36)
  6. 6 She Moves On (5:03)
  7. 7 Born at the Right Time (3:48)
  8. 8 The Cool, Cool River (4:33)
  9. 9 Spirit Voices (3:56)
  10. 10 The Rhythm of the Saints (4:20)
  11. 11 Born at the Right Time (3:50)
  12. 12 Thelma (4:14)
  13. 13 The Coast (5:13)
  14. 14 Spirit Voices (3:49)
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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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