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 TerefeSee more details below

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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 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:
11/02/2010
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886977731426
catalogNumber:
777314
Rank:
2946

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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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