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The Rhythm of the Saints [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Paul SimonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland") were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B0002EQ7EC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Obvious Child
2. Can't Run But
3. The Coast
4. Proof
5. Further To Fly
6. She Moves On
7. Born At The Right Time
8. The Cool, Cool River
9. Spirit Voices
10. The Rhythm Of The Saints
11. Born At The Right Time (Original Acoustic Demo)
12. Thelma (Outtake)
13. The Coast (Work-In-Progress)
14. Spirit Voices (Work-In-Progress)

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As graceful as Graceland January 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Paul Simon followed up the classic Graceland, his fusion of African and Western pop music with this stunning album of great songs with a South American and more particularly Brazilian flavour. This reissue includes four previously unreleased tracks.

The Obvious Child is my favorite, a powerful melodic song with great drums and guitars and a wistful, nostalgic feel. Another favorite is The Coast, a story about a family of musicians taking shelter in a church; this song really impresses with its flowing melody, polyrhythmic drum patterns and moving lyrics.

Proof is another charming pop song, particularly noted for its evocative backing vocals and gentle, lilting rhythm whilst Further To Fly and She Moves On are more subdued, melancholy numbers with bubbling and insistent rhythmic patterns.

The mood lifts with the uptempo and buoyant Born At The Right Time, once again a lyrical and musical masterpiece and filled with catchy hooks. The guitar and atmospheric backing voices of Spirit Voices are beyond compare whilst the title track is a meandering piece with innovative instrumental flourishes.

What makes these songs particularly moving is that Simon tells the stories of ordinary people and that his perceptive, poetic lyrics are carried so well on the exotic instrumentation. Of course, the beautiful tunes have a lot to do with that. Rhythm Of The Saints may not be as immediately appealing as Graceland and may not offer quite as many classics, but it remains a major achievement, a brilliant marriage of Brazilian and Western popular musical styles.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums by any artist, ever May 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
One of my top 10 favorite albums of all time, _The Rhythm of the Saints_ is absolutely Paul Simon's best work, easily outdistancing his groundbreaking work on _Graceland_. Where _Graceland_ felt in places like an experimental coupling of two traditions, _Rhythm_ gives us an artist now confident with the blending of musical influences.
What comes forth in _Rhythm_ is complete emotional evocation. Like the best classical music, the efforts here are so fully realized that you can actually *see* the music. Putting this CD into your player is inviting this music to define another world for your mind to play in.
"Further to Fly" is perhaps the best example the album has to offer of this visual transportation. To me, it has always represented what Africa (or, to a lesser extent, any place) feels like to a foreigner. The unique combination of the drums, the guitar, and Simon's own hauntingly-produced voice makes me actually see Africa from the luxurious, safe height of a plane.
Yet, what makes Simon so satisfying here is that of course the lyrics often aren't directly about what the music feels like on first listen. "Further to Fly", to continue to the example, has many different levels of interpretation, most of which have nothing really to do with actual travel.
This, then, is an album that continues to give up its secrets long after it has seduced you with its music. It will be one you long keep in your CD player just so you can return to its world with ease.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Simon's Masterpiece--And One of the Best Ever November 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm coming out of the closet and finally putting myself on record as saying that this is Paul Simon's best album as a solo artist. I also agree with other reviewers--this is one of the fifty best albums of the twentieth century.

Although Graceland was a landmark record, there were many "outside" issues with that record. Troubles with cultural snobbery and exploitation (particularly of Los Lobos), unsituated appropriation of "Third World" musics and musicalisms, and just plain screwed up "liberal" New York elitism. Some of that is still here in this album--even Caetano Veloso took some pot shots at Paul Simon, as has Carlinhos Brown.

But great art is judged by time as much as anything else, and I believe that this is a fascinating and moving record, whose subtle and shifting rhythms, melodies, harmonies, and chords represent perhaps the best admixture of Brazilian, African, and American sensibilities in the history of pop music (Jazz music is here, of course, excepted; that music is beyond this discussion and is in an entirely separate category). The single biggest thing that sticks out for me about this album is the percussion work. You get a broad and deep emotional working out of a variety of African-matrixed South American percussion styles, and the perhaps biggest musical achievement by Simon here is his sly and sophisticated incorporation of a stunning variety of polyrythms into his already legendary folk and folksy pop music. This music is at times simply gorgeous--it flows like a river, and on occasion it flows thick and lovingly like hot lava.

This is grown-up, laid back, (in the best American/Brazilian collaborative tradition), intelligent, lovely, and wise music.

Highly Recommended.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album that related the suffering of a people and hope. September 4, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Without a doubt my all time favorite album. Not just my favorite Paul Simon album. This album is a complete crossover for the pop world . Paul Simon has created an experience with this collection of songs. His lyrics are simple and to the point and make you wish that feelings you had could be expressed so blunt and with such beauty. Lines such as "wash you tangled curls with gamblers soap", pervey a sense of grace that is universal. The afro- cuban and latin percussion is stunning.I bought this album five years ago and still listen to it almost every day..Just buy it..If I took the time to write this it is well worth the time listening to it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Simon at his best
Paul Simon never lets me down. This world music style, relying on African and other strong rhythms is fun to listen and sing along with... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Karen Fidei
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm of the Saints
I have this on tape from years ago. It is adefinition of the peoples music of the Islands. It is good rhythm with which to walk, dance, or aerobics. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judith D Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wow!
Very enjoyable. I played it to death the first week I got it and continue to seek it out. Further to Fly is sheer brilliance. He is so wise.
Published 3 months ago by My Mother Was An Astrologer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone.
This was a replacement purchase due to my vehicle being broken into. One of my favorite Paul Simon albums, but, as I discovered after letting a co-worker listen to it, (he also... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tom Rhoades
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Simon
I was so afraid this wouldn't arrive by Christmas, but it did! The vinyl was exactly as described. Great job!!!
Published 3 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Simon ROCKS!
This PS project is one of our favorites. Excellent artist. Excellent lyrics. Excellent arrangements. Excellent musicians. Excellent especially for you PS fans. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kanaka
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gem
I loved this CD before I bought it, because this is my second copy. Simon is so versatile, and I love the whole theme of the album, the drums, the beats, the lyrics, everything is... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul S Crosby
5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved this album
Bought to replace the old cassette tape lost in the basement. Love Paul Simon. Own other recordings of his works.
Published 5 months ago by Bee Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm of the Saints
I have always love song from Paul Simon. This one is no different. I was so glad I can find old CD on Amazon and also being new. I like to played this CD to relax me.
Published 6 months ago by Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Simon's best
I'm a big Paul Simon fan and I think this may just be his best record. The combination of beautifully written songs with Brazilian percussion just works to an even greater degree... Read more
Published 7 months ago by mskenny
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