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on 1 August 2013
'Because the Night'*, was released as a single off this album and it remains my favourite to date, but the majority of the tracks border on first class for different reasons, too. Qualified reviewers have described these far better than I could but the title track along with re-recording of Privilege (Set me Free), from the Peter Watkins/John Hayman production, also released as a single, come in a close joint second, for me.

The last track - perhaps not such a great (6 minute) finale, but each to their own.

The electric blue-coloured disc is often in my CD player. The booklet contains some background information for the tracks and you get the words to Because the Night* &Easter to sing along to, if you wish!

And it is very hard not to!

*© 1978 Bruce Springsteen (ascap), used by permission all rights reserved
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on 16 September 2007
It truly is remarkable the extent to which Patti Smith set out the template for women in music, influencing everyone from P.J.Harvey to K.T.Tunstall and a few hundred others in between. But Smith hasn't just achieved that - she actually trounces most of her male contemporaries too, in terms of lyrics, charisma, vocal performance and general all-round presence.

Prior to this, Smith had actually had three books of poetry published, making her a multi-talented, multi-tasking woman, an artist, a creator. It almost seems insulting to think of women as mere child-bearers and wives when confronted with the wonder that is Patti Smith. Her legendary status in the music business is rivalled only by the likes of Nico and a few others. Her confident, trademark hollering in 'Till Victory' is captivating, the aural poetry of 'Space Monkey' is amazing, and the awesome power of 'Because The Night' is career-defining. Smith's ability in using words and language is top-notch and her voice is a force of nature.

The likes of 'Ghost Dance' is moody and atmospheric, artistic and subtle, whilst the one minute and thirty seconds of 'Babelogue' is a pure adrenalin rush, as Smith recites her poetry with astonishing character and gusto. 'Rock N' Roll Nigger', meanwhile, is one of the finest songs to come out of the American punk scene, fast-paced, energetic and vital. Even slower numbers like 'We Three' are magnetic, showing a wide range of emotional depth, whilst 'Easter' itself carries on in this same vein, Smith's voice affecting, the music subtly beautiful.

This is a potentially life-changing album from one of the most influential songwriters in the history of music. From her artistic stance on lyrics to her general appearance, Smith's influence is far-reaching. When K.D. Lang has the freedom to wear a shirt and tie combo, or Beth Ditto has the freedom to show unshaven armpits, or any woman in music displays a vivacious and boisterous onstage demeanour, they all have one woman to thank: Patti Smith. All hail the genius.
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on 3 January 2018
Very good album. I missed her in the 70s.
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on 22 May 2018
Stunning. Very very happy
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on 19 November 2017
good! a couple of very good tracks
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on 11 March 2018
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on 22 March 2018
Great album
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on 3 December 2016
One of the best albums from Patti Smith
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on 11 March 2015
The presence of Because the Night probably makes this her moat accessible album. The title track is the stand out.
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on 7 December 2015
Arrived quickly and safely, many thanks
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