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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. [In 2004, Warner Strategic Marketing reissued Simon's studio albums as remastered editions with bonus tracks, packaged in cardboard digipacks. Like the other Simon reissues in this series, the remastering is excellent. Rhythm of the Saints contains four bonus tracks, three of them previously unreleased. "Thelma," an outtake originally released on the box set 1964-1993, is the one cut that has been released before. There is an original acoustic demo of "Born at the Right Time," and "Work-in-Progress" versions of "The Coast" and "Spirit Voices."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227890520
  • Catalog Number: 78905
  • Sales rank: 75,072

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 Vocals, Background Vocals
Milton Nascimento Vocals
Naná Vasconcelos Percussion, Conga, Triangle, Vocals, Voices, Berimbau, gourd
Adrian Belew Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
J.J. Cale Guitar, Percussion
Ringo Starr Guitar
Michael Brecker Synthesizer, Percussion, Saxophone
Hugh Masekela Flugelhorn
Giovanni Hidalgo Conga
Uakti Percussion
Kim Wilson Harmonica
Clifton Anderson Trombone
Francisco Aguabella Conga
Artur Andres Track Performer, Group Member
Mingo Araujo Percussion, Conga, Cymbals, Bass Drums, Triangle, Shaker, talking drum, Sordu, African Bells, Go Go Bell, Casinette
Isaac Assante Drums
Martin Atangana Electric Guitar
Dave Bargeron Euphonium
Karen Bernod Vocals, Background Vocals
Jude Bethel Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Bolognesi Trombone
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet
Briz Background Vocals
Anthony Carrillo Bongos
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 Vocals, Background Vocals
Gordinho Sordu
Alain Hatot Saxophone
Errol Ince Trumpet
Kia Jeffries Background Vocals
Armand Sabal-Lecco Bass
Charlotte M'bango Background Vocals
Andre Manga Bass
Mazzola Chicote
Jimmy McDonald Accordion
Clyde Mitchell Trumpet
Vincent Nguini Bass, Guitar, Claves
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer
Ray Phiri Guitar
Raphael Rabello Classical Guitar
Decio Ramos Track Performer, Group Member
Felix Sabal-Lecco Drums
Paulinho Santos Track Performer, Group Member
George Seba Electric Guitar
Phillipe Slominski Trumpet
Pedro Sorongo Percussion, Scraper
Justin Tchounou Synthesizer
Remy Kabocka talking drum
Marco Antônio Guimarães Track Performer, Group Member
Bakithi Kumalo Bass
Luna Percussion
Beloba Percussion
Armandinho Macedo Guitar
Marçalzinho Percussion
Canegal Percussion
Groupo Cultural OLODUM Drums
Sidinho Moreira Bongos, Conga, Bass Drums, Tambourine, Bottle, Sordu, Water Bowl
Yo Yo De La Nelson Chakeire
João Soares DaSilva Accordion
Paulo Santos Chicote
Tommy Bilson Ogoe Guitar
Kofi Electrik Guitar
Joao Severo da Silva Accordion
Technical Credits
Milton Nascimento Composer
Paul Simon Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, Guitar Arrangements
Martin Atangana Guitar Arrangements
Greg Calbi Mastering
Roy Halee Engineer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Mazzola rhythm arrangement
Vincent Nguini Composer, Horn Arrangements, Guitar Arrangements
Ray Phiri Guitar Arrangements
George Seba Guitar Arrangements
Antonio Luis Alves de Souza Direction
Lizzie Bravo translation
Marco Antônio Guimarães Arranger
Yolanda Cuomo Art Direction
Eddie Simon Management
Kofi Electrik Guitar Arrangements
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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