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Radio Ethiopia [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Patti Smith Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Aug 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Arista/BMG
  • ASIN: B000002VQO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ask the Angels (Remastered) 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ain't It Strange (Digitally Remastered 1996) 6:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Poppies (Digitally Remastered 1996) 7:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pissing In A River (Digitally Remastered 1996) 4:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Pumping (Digitally Remastered 1996) 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Distant Fingers (Digitally Remastered 1996) 4:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Radio Ethiopia (Digitally Remastered 1996)10:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Abyssinia (Digitally Remastered 1996) 2:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Chiklets (Bonus Track/Digitally Remastered 1996) 6:370.99  Buy MP3 

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CD Incl.Never Rel.Bonus Tracks

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
One of Smith's two best albums, Horses being the other one - and I think I slightly prefer this one. While the first was ascribed to 'Patti Smith' alone, this one is 'Patti Smith group'; she is still the One, but there is a guitar playing here that goes straight down the spine (Ain't it strange beginning, for instance). Isn't it all a tad pretentious, with all that Rimbaud and poetry stuff? You bet. But does it work? Oh yeah. "Ask the angels" and "Pumping my heart" are wonderful rock'n'roll, guaranteed to get your heart and fists pumping, while tracks like "Poppies" and "Distant fingers" are the best of seventies cool, surely. 'Pissing in a river' is another fantastic highlight, this grows on you (and me, for 32 years already...). Not a bad track on the album (well, maybe ~Abyssinia~). "Ain't it strange" is the absolute high point from the high priestess of rock (sorry if I grow a tad pompous, must be the music) - electric, understated, tense and wonderful. This is an album that is performed from both the heart and the brain, and the two mesh to perfection.Total abandon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOUD AND SEXY 15 Sep 2000
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The Patti Smith Group's second album is less "poetic" and more "heavy metal" than the spectacular debut Horses or the commercially successful follow-up Easter.

The compelling mid-tempo rocker Ask The Angels is followed by Aint It Strange, a slow number with intense vocals and hints of reggae in the rhythm. Poppies resembles Aint It Strange in tempo, beat and vocals although it contains some quite subdued segments with tender spoken moments. Thematically it recalls the Velvet Underground's Heroin on their legendary debut album.

The slow rock ballad Vrinating In A River recaptures some of the first album's poetic qualities in both structure and imagery. The band's power and passion explodes in full fury on the uptempo Pumping (My Heart) whilst Distant Fingers stands out. A melodious ballad, Distant Fingers ranks among Smith's most memorable love songs like Looking For You, Farewell Reel and Frederick.

However, the title track and Abyssinia are somewhat unstructured and messy, no doubt very avant garde but I prefer songs to be tuneful and accessible. In retrospect, this album reminds me a lot of Peace and Noise. There are gorgeous "anarchic" pics and stream-of-consciousness liner notes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Straining, But It Grows On You 22 July 2012
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When I first heard this album, I was a little dissapointed. I liked some tracks, but Ain't It Strange, Distant Fingers, Radio Ethiopia/Abyssina were all terrible, or at least that is what I thought to begin with. Unlike Horses, which I instantly liked, Radio Ethiopia, while still not as good, becomes more an more of a classic with each time I hear it.

Ask The Angels is a nice rock track and astonishing opener, it is followed by Ain't It Strange? with its plodding, reggee inspired beat. While this has grown on me, I think Redondo Beach worked a lot better. Poppies also has a reggee influence, but it works better and features some of Patti's talk/singing, which I really love.

Pissing In A River is a piano centred ballad and I like how the vulgar title is in complete contrast to the wonderful beauty of the song itself. It is probably my favourite on the record. I would say that Pumping (My Heart) is the most commercial effort on the record, but that doesn't make it an awful song. Distant Fingers was another track that took a couple of listens first, but now it ranks among my favourites.

Radio Ethiopia is a mixed bag and I probably will only ever listen to it if I am listening to the album as a whole, the same goes for Abysinna. I think the first half of Radio Ethiopia is really good but the outro/intro into Abysinna could have been shortened. Still, I think it really demonstrates how the band aren't willing to compromise and proves why Patti was so influential to punk. As she said in an interview: "In Radio Ethiopia I play guitar. I don't even know how to play guitar but I just get into perfect rythm and play." She has the punk attitude and I think that this demands respect for Radio Ethiopia/Abysinna, whether you like the pieces themselves or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patti Smith's masterpiece 10 July 2011
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Synthesizing poetic free-form lyrics and emotionally intense vocals, Patti Smith reinvented the unstable relationship that exists between life and art in the spirit of Janis Joplin. Her engaging and unique personality is probably best evoked in the quasi-religious elegy, 'Pissing In A River', undoubtably one of the most moving songs ever recorded performed by one of the greatest artists in the entire history of rock. The predecessor 'Horses' is her most famous album, but 'Radio Ethiopia' is Patti Smith's tour de force.
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