PATTI SMITH - 1. & 2. & 3.
Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet and artist who was a highly influential component of the punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the "Godmother of Punk", she integrated the beat poetry performance style with three-chord rock. Her allusions introduced American teens to 19th century French poetry while her "unladylike" language defied the disco era. Smith is most widely known for the song "Because the Night", which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. In 2005, Patti Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On her 1975 debut, Smith was full of piss and vinegar, seriously interested in bringing together high art and low three-chord rock & roll. As a result, her free-form poetry meshes with covers of "Gloria" and "Land of a Thousand Dances," and the album centers on two long, highfalutin' pieces, including the three-part suite (warning! warning! art!) "Land." (The CD version appends a messy live take on The Who's "My Generation.") Led by Richard Sohl's piano, the arrangements don't exactly rock, and some of Smith's songwriting gets buried in its stylistic affectations (there's a great song under "Redondo Beach"'s fake reggae). But the point of Horses was Smith's persona of volume, cunning and exile, and it comes through distinctly. *
TRACKS: 01. Gloria 02. Redondo Beach 03. Birdland 04. Free Money 05. Kimberly 06. Break It Up 07. Land 08. Elegie 09. My Generation (Live)
The opening "Ask the Angels" was perhaps The Patti Smith Group's most straight-ahead rocker up to that point, while the exploratory reggae-tinged "Ain't It Strange" would be extended concert staple. The tempo is brought down a notch or two on the cool "Poppies", "Abyssinia", and "Chiklets" (the latter a bonus track on the '96 CD remaster),but soon returns to furious rock with "Pumping (My Heart)". Also included is the album's best track, the haunting and heartbroken "Distant Fingers", while the 10-minute title cut features a repetitive heavy metal riff amongst a backdrop ofsonic experimentation and a frantic recitation by Smith. *
TRACKS: 01. Ask The Angels 02. Ain't It Strange 03. Poppies 04. Pissing In A River 05. Pumping (My Heart) 06. Distant Fingers 07. Radio Ethiopia + Abyssinia (recorded live on 9 August 1976)
"Easter" is an album by the Patti Smith Group, released in March 1978 on Arista Records. Produced by Jimmy Iovine, it is regarded as the group's commercial breakthrough, owing to the success of the single, "Because the Night" (co-written by Bruce Springsteen and Smith), which reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 in the UK. *
TRACKS: 01. Till Victory 02. Space Monkey 03. Because The Night 04. Ghost Dance 05. Babelogue 06. Rock N Roll Nigger 07. Privilege (Set Me Free) 08. We Three 09. 25th Floor 10. High On Rebellion 11. Easter 12. Godspeed (Bonus Track)
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