Wave

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Patti Smith Group's most conventional album, Wave was given a bright pop
ock sound by producer Todd Rundgren. It was the last album Smith made before marrying and retiring from record-making for nine years, and it can be heard as a farewell to the music business, from "Frederick," the love song to her husband-to-be, Fred "Sonic" Smith, that leads it off, to the version of "So You Want to Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star," among the most bitter accounts of fame on record. But Smith also achieves a sense of charm and sincerity on Wave that she hadn't even attempted on her earlier albums, even to the point of her imagined small-talk encounter...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Patti Smith Group's most conventional album, Wave was given a bright pop
ock sound by producer Todd Rundgren. It was the last album Smith made before marrying and retiring from record-making for nine years, and it can be heard as a farewell to the music business, from "Frederick," the love song to her husband-to-be, Fred "Sonic" Smith, that leads it off, to the version of "So You Want to Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star," among the most bitter accounts of fame on record. But Smith also achieves a sense of charm and sincerity on Wave that she hadn't even attempted on her earlier albums, even to the point of her imagined small-talk encounter with the late Pope John Paul I on the title track. Still, the overall mediocre quality of the material makes this the slightest of Smith's efforts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974883326
  • Catalog Number: 748833
  • Sales rank: 11,327

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Frederick (3:01)
  2. 2 Dancing Barefoot (4:18)
  3. 3 So You Want to Be (A Rock 'N' Roll Star) (4:18)
  4. 4 Hymn (1:10)
  5. 5 Revenge (5:06)
  6. 6 Citizen Ship (5:09)
  7. 7 Seven Ways of Going (5:12)
  8. 8 Broken Flag (4:55)
  9. 9 Wave (4:55)
  10. 10 Fire Of Unknown Origin (2:09)
  11. 11 54321/Wave (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patti Smith Group Primary Artist, Track Performer
Patti Smith Indexed Contributor, Track Performer
Todd Rundgren Bass
Jay Dee Daugherty Drums
Lenny Kaye Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Ivan Král Bass, Guitar, Cello, Keyboards
Andi Ostrowe Percussion, Timpani
Richard Sohl Piano
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Producer, Engineer
Andi Ostrowe Contributor
Thom Panunzio Producer
Patti Smith Contributor
Richard Sohl Contributor
Vic Anesini Mastering
Sherri Whitmarsh Reissue Design
Robert Mapplethorpe Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Patti's farewell (for nearly a decade)

    The Editorial Reviewer ought to be ashamed of himself for calling anything on this album "mediocre". Being softer is not being mediocre. There are some great rockers on this album and there are some gentle cuts, and bits of Patti's poetic side. This is a fine album. It isn't quite a masterpiece but its certainly nothing to be ashamed of and it is very much worth listening to. "Frederick", "Dancing Barefoot", "Citizen Ship" and her version of "So you want to be a rock and roll star" are all well known radio hits and are essential to any good collection.

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