The Rhythm of the Saints [Bonus Tracks]

The Rhythm of the Saints [Bonus Tracks]

by Paul 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. [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."]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2004
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227890520
catalogNumber: 78905

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 Bernód   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 Mbango   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
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
Grupo Cultural Olodum   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Milton Nascimento   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production,Guitar Arrangements
Martin Atangana   Guitar Arrangements
Roy Halee   Engineer
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

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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.''