Easter

Easter

by Patti Smith Group
     
 

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Patti Smith came back from the year-and-a-half break caused by her fall from a stage in January 1977 without having resolved the art-versus-commerce argument that had marred her second album, Radio Ethiopia. In fact, that argument was in some ways the theme of her third. Easter, produced by Bruce Springsteen associate

Overview

Patti Smith came back from the year-and-a-half break caused by her fall from a stage in January 1977 without having resolved the art-versus-commerce argument that had marred her second album, Radio Ethiopia. In fact, that argument was in some ways the theme of her third. Easter, produced by Bruce Springsteen associate Jimmy Iovine, was Smith's most commercial-sounding effort yet and, due to the inclusion of Springsteen's "Because the Night" (with Smith's revised lyrics), a Top Ten hit, it became her biggest seller, staying in the charts more than five months and getting into the Top 20 LPs. But Smith hadn't so much sold out as she had learned to use her poetic gifts within an album rock context. Certainly, a song that proclaimed, "Love is an angel disguised as lust/Here in our bed until the morning comes," was pushing the limits of pop radio, and on "Babelogue," Smith returned to her days of declaiming poetry on New York's Lower East Side. That rant (significantly ending, "I have not sold my soul to God") led into the provocative "Rock n Roll Nigger," a charged rocker with a chorus that went, "Outside of society/Is where I want to be." Smith made the theme from the '60s British rock movie Privilege her own and even got into the U.K. charts with it. And on songs like "25th Floor," Iovine, Smith, and her group were able to accommodate both the urge to rock out and the need to expound. So, Easter turned out to be the best compromise Smith achieved between her artistic and commercial aspirations.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/1996
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0078221882620
catalogNumber:
5003100
Rank:
16931

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti Smith Group   Primary Artist
Paul   Bass,Vocals
Todd Rundgren   Bass
Bruce Brody   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Jay Dee Daugherty   Percussion,Drums
John Paul Fetta   Bass
Lenny Kaye   Bass,Guitar,Bass (Vocal),Vocals,12-string Guitar
Ivan Král   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Allen Lanier   Guitar,Keyboards
Jimmy Maxwell   Pipe
Andi Ostrowe   Percussion
Patti Smith   Vocals,Track Performer
Richard Sohl   Piano,Keyboards
Jim Maxwell   Bagpipes

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Tom Verlaine   Arranger,Composer
Charlie Conrad   Engineer
Jay Dee Daugherty   Composer
Joe Intile   Engineer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Lenny Kaye   Composer
Ivan Král   Composer
Thom Panunzio   Engineer
Gray Russell   Engineer
Patti Smith   Composer
Charlie Conrad   Engineer

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