The Rhythm of the Saints

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The Rhythm of the Saints
Rhythm Of The Saints.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 16, 1990
RecordedDecember 1989 – June 1990
GenrePop, rock, worldbeat
Length44:34
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerPaul Simon
Paul Simon chronology
Negotiations and Love Songs
(1988)
The Rhythm of the Saints
(1990)
Paul Simon's Concert in the Park
(1991)
Singles from The Rhythm of the Saints
  1. "The Obvious Child"
    Released: September 1990
  2. "Proof"
    Released: February 1991
  3. "Born at the Right Time"
    Released: 1991

The Rhythm of the Saints is the eighth solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon, released on October 16, 1990 on Warner Bros. Like its predecessor Graceland (1986), the album gained commercial success and received mostly favorable reviews from critics.

In 1992, The Rhythm of the Saints earned two nominations for the 34th Grammy AwardsAlbum of the Year and Producer of the Year.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Blender4/5 stars[4]
Chicago Tribune4/4 stars[5]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(1-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyA+[8]
Los Angeles Times4/5 stars[9]
Orlando Sentinel5/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[12]

The Rhythm of the Saints peaked at No. 4 on the US album chart, while Graceland had peaked at No. 3, ranking them both among Simon's most commercially successful albums. The album was also successful across the Atlantic, reaching No. 1 on the UK album chart. However, with the exception of "The Obvious Child", none of its three singles—including "Proof" and "Born at the Right Time"—charted or received substantial radio play. "The Obvious Child" also failed to reach the US top 40, although it reached No. 15 in the UK, becoming Simon's last major hit there. The album was certified Multi-Platinum.

Central Park concert[edit]

Simon, alongside various musicians, performed live versions of many of the songs from the album at a free concert in Central Park, New York City on August 15, 1991, in front of an audience of around 50,000 people. The performance was recorded and later released as the album Paul Simon's Concert in the Park.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Paul Simon, except where noted.[13]

Side one

  1. "The Obvious Child" – 4:10
  2. "Can't Run But" – 3:36
  3. "The Coast" (Simon, Vincent Nguini) – 5:04
  4. "Proof" – 4:39
  5. "Further to Fly" – 5:36

Side two

  1. "She Moves On" – 5:03
  2. "Born at the Right Time" – 3:48
  3. "The Cool, Cool River" – 4:33
  4. "Spirit Voices" (Simon, Milton Nascimento) – 3:56
  5. "The Rhythm of the Saints" – 4:12

Alternate track listing[edit]

According to Robert J. Reina of Stereophile magazine, Simon's original track sequence was changed when "the boys in Warners' front office insisted the album's lead single, 'The Obvious Child' be given pride of place."[14] To hear Simon's preferred track order, the current release would have to be re-sequenced as 3-6-4-7-8-1-2-9-5-10. At least two sleeves reflecting this track listing are known to exist.[15]

Side one

  1. "The Coast"
  2. "She Moves On"
  3. "Proof"
  4. "Born at the Right Time"
  5. "The Cool, Cool River"

Side two

  1. "The Obvious Child"
  2. "Can't Run But"
  3. "Spirit Voices"
  4. "Further to Fly"
  5. "The Rhythm of the Saints"

2004 reissue[edit]

In 2004, the album was remastered by Dan Hersch and Bill Inglot. It was reissued with the same track order as the original release, along with four bonus tracks:

  1. "Born at the Right Time" (Acoustic demo) – 3:50
  2. "Thelma" (Outtake) – 4:14 (Previously released on the Paul Simon 1964/1993 box set)
  3. "The Coast" (Work-in-progress version) – 5:13
  4. "Spirit Voices" (Work-in-progress version) – 3:49

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Simon – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • C. J. Chenier – accordion
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo – background vocals
  • Milton Nascimento – vocals
  • Naná Vasconcelos – percussion, conga, triangle, berimbau, gourd
  • Adrian Belew – synthesizer
  • J. J. Cale – guitar
  • Rigo Star – guitar (Liner notes erroneously credit him as "Ringo Star")
  • Michael Brecker – saxophone, EWI synthesizer
  • Hugh Masekelaflugelhorn
  • Giovanni Hidalgocongas
  • Kim Wilsonharmonica
  • Clifton Anderson – trombone
  • Francisco Aguabella – congas
  • Artur Andres – percussion
  • Mingo Araujo – percussion, castanets, congas, cymbals, drums, triangle, shaker, African bells, agogo bells, cassinette
  • Isaac Asante – percussion
  • Martin Atangana – electric guitar
  • Dave Bargeron – euphonium
  • Karen Bernod – background vocals
  • Jude Bethel – tenor saxophone
  • Jacques Bolognesi – trombone
  • Randy Breckerpiccolo trumpet
  • Briz – background vocals
  • Anthony Carrillo – bongos
  • Elolongue Mbango Catherine – background vocals
  • Don Chacal – bongos, congas, bata, gourd
  • Wilson DasNeves – percussion, cowbell
  • Djana'd – background vocals
  • Charles Doherty – tenor and alto saxophone
  • Steve Gadd – drums
  • Florence Gnimagnon – background vocals
  • Myrna Lynn Gomila – background vocals
  • Gordinho – surdo
  • Grupo Cultural Olodum – drums
  • Alain Hatot – saxophone
  • Errol Ince – trumpet
  • Kia Jeffries – background vocals
  • Remi Kabaka – percussion
  • Bakithi Khumalo – bass guitar
  • Armand Sabal-Lecco – bass guitar
  • Charlotte M'bango – background vocals
  • Andre Manga – bass guitar
  • Mazzola – percussion, chicote
  • Jimmy McDonald – accordion
  • Clyde Mitchell – trumpet
  • Madeleine Yayodele Nelson – chekere
  • Vincent Nguini – guitars, bass guitar, claves
  • Greg Phillinganes – synthesizer
  • Ray Phiri – guitar
  • Raphael Rabello – guitar
  • Decio Ramos – drums
  • 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
  • Antonio Luis Alves de Souza – director
  • Remi Kabaka – drums
  • Beloba – percussion
  • Marçalzinho – percussion
  • Armandinho – guitar
  • Canegal – percussion
  • Sidinho Moreira – bongos, congas, drums, bottle, water bowl
  • Madeleine Yayodele Nelson – shekere
  • Jorge Ferreira da Silva – percussion
  • Kofi Electrik – guitar
  • Uakti – percussion

Charts[edit]

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