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Banga (Special Edition) [Deluxe Edition]

Patti Smith Audio CD
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Patti Smith is considered a poet whose energy and vision found its voice in the most powerful medium of our culture, music. As one of the early pioneers of New York City’s dynamic punk scene, she has been creating her unique blend of poetic rock and roll for over 35 years. She was born in Chicago in 1946, the eldest of four siblings and was raised in South Jersey. From an early age, she ... Read more in Amazon's Patti Smith Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B007U2ABXM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Amerigo
2. Fuji - san
3. April Fool
4. This is the Girl
5. Bang
6. Maria
7. Tarkovsky (The Second Stop is Jupiter)
8. Mosaic
9. Nine
10. Seneca
11. Constantine's Dream
12. After the Gold Rush
13. Just Kids

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Banga marks Patti Smith’s first collection of original material since 2004, when she made her Columbia Records debut with the critically-acclaimed Trampin’. Banga was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City and produced by Patti Smith and her band: Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty and her long-time collaborator Lenny Kaye. Featured guests include Tom Verlaine, Jack Petruzzelli, Smith’s son Jackson and daughter Jesse Paris. Inspired by Smith’s unique dreams and observations, Banga’s poetic lyrics are a reflection of our complex world – a world that is rife with chaos and beauty. Praised for her storytelling abilities, Smith has crafted an album that captures a wide range of human experience. There is an exploratory spirit in the songs that make up Banga, including a melodic overture imagining the voyage of Amerigo Vespucci to the New World in 1497 ("Amerigo"), a rock song for the people of Japan in the wake of last years earthquake ("Fuji-san"), a classic ballad in memory of Amy Winehouse ("This Is The Girl"), an improvised meditation on art and nature ("Constantine’s Dream") as well as a birthday song written for her friend Johnny Depp ("Nine").
Patti Smith has received widespread recognition for her 2010 book, Just Kids, the story of her deep friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe and their effect on each other as burgeoning artists. Just Kids earned Smith the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction as well as an enormous new following. Listeners of all generations will surely relate to the hope, humor, and humanity of Patti Smith’s adventurous new album.
This special edition includes the bonus track "Just Kids" and a 65-page book of original images, complete lyrics, and liner notes by Patti Smith.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BANG ON 14 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
Having only heard Horses from her oeuvre I therefore do not count myself as a fan of Patti Smith. Being a music fan who always appreciates the music before the lyrics may explain why I didn't appreciate Horses as much as most did and, consequently, why I always preferred the early albums of the New York scene's other punk pioneers, the Ramones, Television, Blondie and the Talking Heads. So it is all the more surprising that I actually like Banga so much. Ordinarily, I wouldn't even have listened to it but it was chosen as the album of the month in our local music club so listen to it I had to. Yes of course it is as lyrical and poetic as you'd expect (how good it is on these counts, I'll leave it to others to say) but it is the music that impresses this listener. The melodies are strong on the sung tracks and where her vocals are spoken, the musical accompaniment is spot on. A good example of the latter is on the longest track, the 10 minute plus Constantine's Dream. Normally, I would find such tracks boring and self indulgent but with a fine musical track to back it, it works well. Other stand out tracks for me are the semi sung/semi vocal opener, Amerigo, and the wonderfully folky Nine which, appropriately is the ninth track (do you see what they did there?). My admiration for Banga shows that you don't have to be a Patti Smith fan to like it and I recommend it to all who have reached the end of this review.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matured Excellence! 6 Jun 2012
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This is a gorgeous album in all respects!
The package of this 'deluxe' edition is in the format of a proper hard back book, complete with dust jacket, the CD housed in a card sleeve/page at the rear, which appears to be quite durable and ok. The lyrics and writings by Patti are beautifully presented as are the numerous black & white photographs that accompany them. It is quality.

The music:
Well this is a definite progression from it's two brilliant predecessors 'Gone Again' & 'Trampin' and shows off a measured maturity whilst still managing not to sound staged or boring or too 'polished' - she somehow manages to retain plenty of her usual edginess.

The 10.19 minute colossus that is 'Constantine's Dream' is by far my favourite track at the moment and is truly hypnotic and powerful, a 'bit' like 'Gandhi' in stature but less overtly angry. (I say 'at the moment' as is usually the case with Patti's albums that they are so multi faceted and have such depth that my favouritism varies with the passage of time & circumstance). Bearing this latter effect in mind, I can tell this album is going to be a long lasting and ever increasing favourite among my collection. You immediately know quality when you hear it, even if you also immediately know that much of it has yet to reveal itself to you.

Her voice seems to just get better & better and the instrumentation is just so blooming good!

All in all this is an utter delight, well worth the money and to anyone who likes Patti Smith it is absolutely ESSENTIAL!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Banga 27 July 2012
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Great album marvellous thought provoking lyrics played by excellent musicians , gets better with each play. I recommend the special edition comes with a beautful hardback book which is a good read and the extra track kids . Patti never disappoints and now for the tour in September.
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I love this album its the fourth copy I have purchased. The penultimate artist! I was so disappointed that the accompanying book was not sent with the CD. The book is beautiful and I felt that my gift was undermined without it as the package.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 July 2013
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Well packaged and fast delivery.
Patti still has the same old magic,
For almost 40 years I have adored her music even better live.
Great product
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5.0 out of 5 stars Because The Night... 20 Jun 2013
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The Great Patti Smith never fails to show just what greatness of heart and art can achieve. Maybe you won't be able to hum along to these tunes, but you could SHOUT them out loud. Love you Patti - and thanks for the gig at Shepherd's Bush...
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4.0 out of 5 stars the punk poetess at her best 28 April 2013
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I liked the sleeve notes explaining how and why each track was created . She has a great way with words and the music is sympathetic to these . One of my favorite CDs this year
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3.0 out of 5 stars Immature and disappointing 10 July 2012
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I disagree, obviously, with most of the reviews so far posted. Patti Smith was one of my heroines back in the late 1970s and her early albums, especially Radio Ethiopia, will always keep a special place in my heart and mind. However, whereas I've grown up since then, Patti Smith hasn't. Here we have the same old stuff, now verging on the pretentious. Religious overtones don't contstitue depth, Patti, and your name dropping is becoming tiresome and cringe-worthy. You were once great; sadly now you're not. This is boring regurgitation of the same old themes and ideas and the music and your singing is nothing innovative either. Very disappointing and nothing new.
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Published 1 month ago by Bjornar Ronningen
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album this year by one of the best artists ever
I have been a fan of this amazing woman since the beginning. Not everything she has ever done has worked. Read more
Published 15 months ago by matthew thursfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Best present.
I purchased this CD for my daughter's birthday, she loved it, said it was her very best present. I expect to be ordering more of Patti Smith in the near future.
Published 16 months ago by Sylvia Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant return by Patti Smith
A friend let me borrow this album to try. I just had to buy it. I think it is absolutely brilliant. There's a lifetime of musical experience on this wide ranging album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by clifford luty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service, thanks!
As an impulsive sort of person, when I decide to order something I want it NOW! This arrived very very quickly, even though it was part of a mixed order - and as always with... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Gill Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars The best since Horses
This album is absolutely stunning. Patti has released many great albums over the years - but nothing to match her first album 'Horses'. This album does. Read more
Published 19 months ago by C. Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Banga, up there with Patti's best!
A new Patti Smith album is always an exciting prospect & "Banga" doesn't disappoint. This is a beautifully presented cd, complimented with a wonderful book written in... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Schmoo1964
5.0 out of 5 stars Patti at Her best
Patti smith done it again ,this is a must for any fan and the special Edition worth it too, Five Star
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Bought this after seeing her for the second time at the Hop Farm festival. New to her other than this. Love it.
Published 21 months ago by MexicoKid
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