Simon & Garfunkel / Paul Simon
Rhythm of the Saints

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm   

2016 EU pressed on 180g LP-1963's Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. is the debut studio album by the American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, . It was produced by Tom Wilson and engineered by Roy Halee. The cover and the label include the subtitle "exciti...

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Release date: 27-11-2018(originally released in 1990)

2018 EU reissue on 180g LP - Simon collaborated with various South African musicians to complete this stunning album, all during that country's nefarious apartheid era. The songs seemed to completely avoid any comment on the political situation at the time, with tracks like "Further To Fly", "The Coast" & "Born At The Right Time".

A1 The Obvious Child 4:10
A2 Can't Run But 3:37
A3 The Coast 5:00
A4 Proof 4:39
A5 Further To Fly 5:33

B1 She Moves On 5:02
B2 Born At The Right Time 3:48
B3 The Cool, Cool River 4:33
B4 Spirit Voices 3:54
B5 The Rhythm Of The Saints 4:13

Of the many great albums this American songwriter has crafted, Graceland and The Rhythm Of The Saints may be the pinnacle. Each is great, but together they're the bookends of his best work. Graceland thrums with it's African beats...while TROTS has a more Brazilian vibe. That SIMON is one of the great poets of the 20th century is no small accolade, but with these two extraordinary albums, he proves his musical chops as well--bringing together a collection of musicians who grasped his intentions and brought them to fruition brilliantly.

Despite strong sales, "The Rhythm of the Saints" didn't have the impact or longevity of its predecessor. Its songs didn't linger on the airwaves interminably and the album seemed to quietly vanish only months after its release. The album strives for a more ambient, meditative and evocative mood rather than a sing-song melodically dominant feel. As such, the vocal melodies often melt into the mix and the album contains far fewer melodic vocal hooks than the considerably more radio-friendly "Graceland." In essence, it's a very different album with a very different approach to its material. It will likely always live somewhat in the shadow of the album that preceded it. Following its release and subsequent tour, Simon nearly vanished for some seven years. When he finally resurfaced, it was for one of his rare flops, "Songs From The Capeman." The new millenium saw him recover yet again and, four albums later, a now mid-late 70s Simon seems as strong and as acclaimed as ever. And his albums still sell respectably. It all feels somewhat miraculous, especially in a post-album, streaming, give-it-all-away music age. He has left the question of retirement wisely up in the air. But even if he retires tomorrow, who could claim that it wasn't well-deserved? Few other musicians or songwriters have had such an enduring and impactful presence in American, and even global, popular music.

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Label: Music on Vinyl
Originally released: 1964
This release: 2016
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