The Rhythm of the Saints

The Rhythm of the Saints

by Paul SimonPaul Simon


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/1990
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0075992609821
catalogNumber: 926098

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ladysmith Black Mambazo   Background Vocals
Milton Nascimento   Vocals
Naná Vasconcelos   Percussion,Conga,Triangle,Vocals,Berimbau,gourd
Adrian Belew   Synthesizer
J.J. Cale   Guitar,Percussion
Ringo Starr   Guitar
Michael Brecker   Synthesizer,Percussion,Saxophone
Hugh Masekela   Flugelhorn
Giovanni Hidalgo   Conga
Kim Wilson   Harmonica
Clifton Anderson   Trombone
Francisco Aguabella   Conga
Mingo Araujo   Percussion,Castanets,Conga,Cymbals,Drums,Triangle,Shaker,African Bells,Go Go Bell,Casinette
Isaak Asante   Percussion
Martin Atangana   Electric Guitar
Dave Bargeron   Euphonium,Horn
Karen Bernód   Background Vocals
Jude Bethel   Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Bolognesi   Trombone
Randy Brecker   Synthesizer,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   Background Vocals
Gordinho   Sordu
Grupo Cultural   Drums
Alain Hatot   Saxophone
Errol Ince   Trumpet
Kia Jeffries   Background Vocals
Remi Kabaka   Percussion
Armand Sabal-Lecco   Bass
Charlotte Mbango   Background Vocals
Andre Manga   Bass
Mazzola   Percussion,Chicote
Jimmy McDonald   Accordion
Clyde Mitchell   Trumpet
Madeleine Yayodele Nelson   Chekere
Vincent Nguini   Bass,Guitar,Clavinet
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Ray Phiri   Guitar
Raphael Rabello   Guitar
Felix Sabal-Lecco   Drums
Paul Santos   Percussion
Paulo Sérgio Santos   Chicote
George Seba   Electric Guitar
Phillipe Slominski   Trumpet
Pedro Sorongo   Percussion,Scraper
Justin Tchounou   Synthesizer
Asante   Drums
Remy Kabocka   Drums
Bakithi Kumalo   Bass
Beloba   Percussion
Marçalzinho   Percussion
Armandinho   Guitar
Canegal   Percussion
Sidinho Moreira   Bongos,Conga,Drums,Bottle,Water Bowl
Yo Yo De La Nelson   Chakeire
Jorge Ferreira da Silva   Percussion
Kofi Electrik   Guitar

Technical Credits

Paul Simon   Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production,Guitar Arrangements
Artur Andres   Contributor
Gordinho   Contributor
Roy Halee   Engineer
Bruce Keen   Engineer
Mazzola   Arranger
Madeleine Yayodele Nelson   Contributor
Vincent Nguini   Horn Arrangements,Guitar Arrangements
Ray Phiri   Guitar Arrangements
Decio Ramos   Contributor
Paulinho Santos   Contributor
Paulo Sérgio Santos   Contributor
Richard Travali   Engineer
Antonio Luis Alves de Souza   Director
Lizzie Bravo   translation
Mequinho   Engineer
Yolanda Cuomo   Art Direction
Sidinho Moreira   Contributor
Kofi Electrik   Guitar Arrangements

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The Rhythm of the Saints 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album followed on the heels of the great success of ''Graceland,'' and I think many, including the official reviewer here, wanted an as-easily-digestible product...yes, this album is a bit more of a challenge for the listener, and yes, Simon's vocals seen more aloof, but I think after multiple listenings this is actually a superior effort to its' predecessor. It has a more cohesive feeling; the ambience of the whole is moodier and cooler, and there is a kind of sustained groove that escapes ''Graceland.'' It's a matter of taste, but if you loved ''Graceland,'' you will not fail to enjoy ''The Rhythm Of The Saints.''