Save Me, San Francisco [Golden Gate Edition]

Save Me, San Francisco [Golden Gate Edition]

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San Francisco's Train hit the charts with a bang early in the 21st century with hits like "Calling All Angels" and "Drops of Jupiter." Save Me, San Francisco took four years to make, four studios in the United States and England, songwriting collaborators, and even a handful of producers, though Martin Terefe…  See more details below


San Francisco's Train hit the charts with a bang early in the 21st century with hits like "Calling All Angels" and "Drops of Jupiter." Save Me, San Francisco took four years to make, four studios in the United States and England, songwriting collaborators, and even a handful of producers, though Martin Terefe gets final credit. Save Me, San Francisco is a very focused record, centering around the theme of a wandering young rocker who falls in love and wants to settle down. The title track opens with an acoustic guitar playing a variation on the classic I-IV-V progression, a snare kicks in, and Pat Monahan's vocal evokes prime Bob Seger in its confessional style. A piano and electric guitars enter on "whooo-hooo-hooo" chorus, and it's near-perfect radio rock. That said, the single "Hey Soul Sister," a love song with the best anthemic Train chorus to date, is the album's most memorable cut, name-checking Mr. Mister and employing a Madonna metaphor -- crediting her in the process. Acoustic guitars, kick drums, tom-toms, mandolins, and a B-3 underscoring Monahan's emotive lyrics and melody make it literally unforgettable. "I Got You" samples the Doobie Brothers' "Black Water" as an intro, and then further uses its chorus with a faux-reggae backbeat. It's a high-gloss, big-production pop number. There are a couple of Monahan's signature ballads here, too: the conflict-laden "This Ain't Goodbye," arranged with strings, and "Words," with its undying profession of standing in the eye of the storm to protect the protagonist's beloved. "Brick by Brick," with its swelling refrain, has a lyric that promises the moon and tries to deliver it in the processional 4/4 time that underscores all of Train's power ballads. The album concludes with "Marry Me," in which Monahan sings nearly prayerfully, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, flute, and muted percussion. Save Me, San Francisco is a love song to the band's hometown. Their loyal fan base will no doubt celebrate it to be sure, but more than this, Save Me, San Francisco sounds like Train are swinging hard for the pop fences. [The October 2010 edition of the album's Golden Gate Edition contains six additional tracks. There is an alternate of "Parachute," a dance mix of "Marry Me," and four new cuts, including the holiday-inspired "Shake Up Christmas" and a cover of Rihanna's "Umbrella."]

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Train   Primary Artist
Nikita Germaine   Background Vocals
David Angell   Violin
David Davidson   Strings,Violin
Butch Walker   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson   Violin,Viola
Espen Lind   Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele
Scott Underwood   Percussion,Drums
Pat Monahan   Vocals
Jimmy Stafford   Guitar
Claes Björklund   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Mellotron
Martin Terefe   Bass
Gregg Wattenberg   Bass
Sakai   Background Vocals
Jerry Becker   Percussion,Piano,Celeste,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Andreas Olsson   Keyboards
Sean Gould   Bass,Guitar
Sarighani Reist   Cello
Josh Berger   Bass
Nikolaj Torp   Hammond Organ
Hector Maldonado   Bass
Dave Eggar   Strings
Love Sponge Strings   Strings
Mikel Paris   Keyboards
Jeff Allen   Bass
Ghost of Harlem Keyboards   Piano

Technical Credits

David Davidson   String Arrangements
Kevin Griffin   Composer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Butch Walker   Composer,Producer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Espen Lind   Composer,Engineer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Scott Underwood   Composer
Pat Monahan   Composer
Jimmy Stafford   Composer
Claes Björklund   Programming
Martin Terefe   Producer
Luis Maldonado   Composer
Sacha Skarbek   Composer
Gregg Wattenberg   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Ross Peterson   Engineer
Bryan Cook   Engineer
Jon Marius Aareskjold   Engineer
Sam Hollander   Composer
Jerry Becker   Composer,Engineer
Andreas Olsson   Programming
Dyre Gormsen   Engineer
Sean Gould   Engineer
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Vocal Producer
S*A*M   Additional Production
Dave Katz   Composer
Sluggo   Additional Production
Mark Holthusen   Illustrations
Dave Eggar   String Arrangements
Bart Hendrickson   Programming
P. Simmons   Composer
Jake Sinclair   Engineer
Amund Bjorklund   Composer,Engineer
Thaddis Harrell   Composer
Terius "The-Dream" Nash   Composer
Matt Malpass   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer

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Save Me, San Francisco 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Erin_Marshall More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong, I love all of Train's albums. Maybe a few more than others. There were some great songs on the past two, My Private Nation and For Me It's You, but I felt like both albums were over-produced and lacked that unique sound that was so amazing on the first two albums. Their debut album and Drops of Jupiter had, for lack of a better term, a REAL feel. As if to say "Yeah, we're singing about this really deep stuff, but we're singing about it in a way you can really relate to." Save Me San Francisco returns us to that frame of reference. The songs are witty, sometimes fun and sometimes moving (and sometimes both), and Monahan's vocal performance is more incredible than ever. A few of my personal favorites are "Parachute", "This Ain't Goodbye", and "Marry Me". "I Got You" has a rockin mash-up of The Doobie Brothers' "Black Water". The first single, "Hey, Soul Sister" is more for the mainstream radio audience, but still enjoyable. Conclusion: I will be listening to this non-stop for the next few months.
kmbunch More than 1 year ago
Soulful, catchy, pop songs and a singer with a little edge to his voice. No, it's not Maroon 5 or Matchbox 20, but if you like those bands, and maybe some 5 for Fighting, Jason Mraz and Eric Hutchinson thrown in, then this is the CD for you. As with their previous hits ("Meet Virginia" and "Drops of Jupiter"), the entire album doesn't live up to the instantly bouncy & singable standard of "Hey Soul Sister," but there are definitely other tracks to groove and bounce to. Despite a few sophmoric lyrics, I'd recommend this as an album buy, not a pick-and-choose iTune hack-up of singles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure, it's been a few years since their last CD - but the wait was worth it. I love the entire CD!
frogprof More than 1 year ago
I knew nothing about Train before I heard "Hey, Soul Sister", but I decided to get the entire album anyway, and I'm glad I did. There's kind of a story arc to the songs, which is interesting; not all of the songs are as fun and "boppy" as "Hey, Soul Sister," but the majority of them are definitely memorable and singable. I'll be looking out for other Train albums. I just wish they'd print the liner notes bigger!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Music was awesome!
surrealblue More than 1 year ago
Start to Finish this is a great album filled with beautifully-crafted ballads and fun, upbeat songs that you'll find yourself singing along with. Be careful, the boppy melodies of "Hey Soul Sister" and "If It's Love" are bound to get stuck in your head. The story-telling quality in "Brick by Brick", "Breakfast in Bed" and "Marry Me" is entrancing. Train's music always has a unique, organic quality and clever engaging lyrics that make it stand above the rest of the pop music crowd. Bursting with California sunshine, Save Me San Francisco is the perfect summer album you'll want to listen to again and again.
Chicochick More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best Train CD. Every song has hit potential. You can tell Patrick sings from his heart and that every song has a story to tell. I can relate to so many of the songs and their meaning. I have been a Train fan since they were playing in small clubs in the San Francisco bay area. They have hit it big time with this CD. The third track "I Got You" was a little strange at first, now it is one of my favorites, even my kids enjoy listening to this CD. I had it in the CD player for over 3 weeks and that is the only thing I listened to, I have never done that with and CD ever, and I could still listen to it and not be tired of it. My kids took it in the house to listen to it and it is still a fave with them. I would reccomend this to any age group even with the very 80's references to Mister Mister and Madonna. Great CD.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyable listening, especially 'Soul Sister'
lunaromantica More than 1 year ago
I LOVE TRAIN, is my favorite band got the last cd also and is great. I love the voice of its singer is very moving and you can dance with it, do work out, etc. when i am driving seem to be transported to a very peaceful place. love it.
JgleJne More than 1 year ago
I love Train's music...every song evokes a different emotion inside that is just waiting to get out of you! From Hey Soul Sister which just makes you wanna dance around the room and sing along (the louder the better) to Marry Me which just makes you reflective and loving...just a great cd!
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