Save Me, San Francisco [Golden Gate Edition]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886977731426
  • Catalog Number: 777314
  • Sales rank: 2,037

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Save Me, San Francisco (4:09)
  2. 2 Hey, Soul Sister (3:36)
  3. 3 I Got You (3:47)
  4. 4 Parachute (3:30)
  5. 5 This Ain't Goodbye (4:23)
  6. 6 If It's Love (3:59)
  7. 7 You Already Know (4:42)
  8. 8 Words (3:29)
  9. 9 Brick By Brick (3:39)
  10. 10 Breakfast In Bed (4:54)
  11. 11 Marry Me (3:25)
  12. 12 Shake Up Christmas (3:52)
  13. 13 Half Moon Bay (3:55)
  14. 14 The Finish Line (3:42)
  15. 15 Umbrella (4:20)
  16. 16 Parachute (3:23)
  17. 17 Marry Me (3:31)
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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
Dave Eggar Strings
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
The Love Sponge Strings Strings
Mikel Paris Keyboards
Jeff Allen Bass
The 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
Dave Eggar String Arrangements
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
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Love this album from beginning to end! Can't get enough of it!

    Love this album from beginning to end! Can't get enough of it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2011

    A+

    I bought this cd the other day at Walmart and it cost $11.80!! Than I got it and i said Its got "Hey Soul Sister"!! Than when I got home and i put it in my CD Player. Than I put it up so lound my mom got mad at me !! I am so exicted I got this cd!!! What changed my mind about geting this Cd was my friend Gaby she told me you will like this song im going to play off my phone so I listend to it!! Than I said I like it and she said I knew you would !! So she helped me get it on my phone!! I said Thanks Gaby she said your welcome!! Than the day i bought my cd i heard the song on the radio that day!! My mom said I like that song I said me two and then I said if they have it at Walmart I'm geting it!! She said what if its to much money i said i donot care about the price!! I want that Cd !! So when we got to Walmart we looked and looked!! At first she said I donot see it than she said no wonder were looking in the wrong place than we found it!! Than i paid for it and i Left!!!

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    Best of Train,Very Enjoyable.

    Reading the Critic's Views are a Starter's Point. Listen to the samples and then make Your Mind Up.'Hey Soul Sister' has won many back to Train, yet I bought 'Drops of Jupiter' first. Now, three CD's of Train and My Soul and My Whole Being is lifted. All Emotions are translated to listening. The Band is completely engaging and I'd rather not be told 'Save Me' is a Lover yearning for All in a 'Relationship'. Pat Monahan has his Own Style of Singing. Never to be placed in a niche w/ other male recording Artists. He is as Unique as Sting as David Gray et cetera...Be wowed and you will Never Go Back to searching for Train on the Radio.You have the group and a great price which does not matter if Music Enjoyed.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    Wonderful album

    Great songs, great beats. I could listen to this man sing anything. Such soul, what music should be. Please buy it!

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