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Editors’ Notes

After the mainstream success of her co-write with Bruce Springsteen for “Because the Night,” Smith and her band went into the studio with Todd Rundgren to assemble Wave, her 1979 album that would be her last album until 1988’s Dream of Life. In just four short years and with four studio albums, Smith had transformed from a ragged street poet into a genuine pop singer and her songs, while still capable of experimental flights of fancy, were most successful when she hewed closer to convention. The dramatic melodic build of the majestic “Dancing Barefoot” and the sweet, sincere love song to her future husband (“Frederick”) are among Smith’s most convincing tracks. Smith’s ability to channel both her pop and poetic soul make the quick work of “Hymn,” the swirling guitar drama of “Revenge,” and the messianic chant of “Seven Ways of Going,” perfect capsules of her idiosyncratic muse. A cover of the Byrds’ “So You Want to Be (A Rock and Roll Star)” comes off as both a tribute to a bygone era and a weary rant against an industry turning more corporate by the day.

Customer Reviews

Magical, Gritty, Transformative

As an african american exploring ever deeper into the punk/pop/poetic music in the 80's, this album lauched me into a realm of feeling that just blew my mind. To this day, it evokes truly deep emotion in me. Take your pick. My favs are Frederick, Dancing Barefoot, Citizenship and 7 Ways of Going.

Frederick!!

An absolute breathtaking song. When I listen to this song all I want to do is dance in circles with scarves.

Biography

Born: December 30, 1946 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Punk rock's poet laureate Patti Smith ranks among the most influential female rock & rollers of all time. Ambitious, unconventional, and challenging, Smith's music was hailed as the most exciting fusion of rock and poetry since Bob Dylan's heyday. If that hybrid remained distinctly uncommercial for much of her career, it wasn't a statement against accessibility so much as the simple fact that Smith followed her own muse wherever it took her — from structured rock songs to free-form experimentalism,...
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