Dream of Life

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The big difference between Patti Smith's four 1970s albums and this return to action after nine years lies in the choice of collaborator. Where Smith's main associate earlier had been Lenny Kaye, a deliberately simple guitarist, here her co-writer and co-producer with Jimmy Iovine was her husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith, formerly of the MC5, who played guitar with a conventional rock competence and who lent his talents to each of the tracks, giving them a mainstream flavor. In a sense, however, these polished love songs, lullabies, and political statements are not to be compared to the poetic ramblings of Smith's first decade of music-making -- she's so much...calmer this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The big difference between Patti Smith's four 1970s albums and this return to action after nine years lies in the choice of collaborator. Where Smith's main associate earlier had been Lenny Kaye, a deliberately simple guitarist, here her co-writer and co-producer with Jimmy Iovine was her husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith, formerly of the MC5, who played guitar with a conventional rock competence and who lent his talents to each of the tracks, giving them a mainstream flavor. In a sense, however, these polished love songs, lullabies, and political statements are not to be compared to the poetic ramblings of Smith's first decade of music-making -- she's so much...calmer this time out. But you can't help it. Where the Patti Smith of Horses inspired a generation of female rockers, the Patti Smith of Dream of Life sounds like she's been listening to later Pretenders albums and taking tips from Chrissie Hynde, one of her spiritual daughters. Dream of Life is the record of someone who is simply showing the flag, trying to keep her hand in, rather than announcing her comeback. Not surprisingly, having made it, Smith retreated from the public eye again until the '90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2007
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017649275
  • Catalog Number: 37931
  • Sales rank: 390,145

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patti Smith Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Kasim Sulton Bass
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion
Jay Dee Daugherty Drums, Keyboards
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Hearn Gadbois Percussion
Bob Glaub Bass
Jesse Levy Cello
Andi Ostrowe Background Vocals
Gary Rasmussen Bass
Margaret Ross Harp
Fred "Sonic" Smith Guitar
Richard Sohl Keyboards
Robin Nash Background Vocals
Malcolm West Bass
Technical Credits
Jay Dee Daugherty Remixing, Remastering
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Lenny Kaye Remixing, Remastering
Kevin Killen Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Thom Panunzio Engineer
Fred "Sonic" Smith Producer
Jay Healey Engineer
Vic Anesini Mastering, Remastering
Sherri Whitmarsh Reissue Design
Jim Michewicz Engineer
Brian Sperber Engineer
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