Twelve (Remastered) Patti Smith
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- 1Are You Experienced? (Jimi Hendrix)04:46
- 2Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley, Chris Hughes)04:03
- 3Helpless (Neil Young)04:02
- 4Gimme Shelter (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)04:58
- 5Within You Without You (George Harrison)04:51
- 6White Rabbit (Grace Slick)03:54
- 7Changing of the Guards (Bob Dylan)05:45
- 8The Boy in the Bubble (Forere Motlhoheloa, Paul Simon)04:29
- 9Soul Kitchen (John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek)03:45
- 10Smells Like Teen Spirit (D. Grohl, K. Cobain, K. A. Novoselic)06:31
- 11Midnight Rider (Greg Allman, Robert Payne)04:02
- 12Pastime Paradise (Stevie Wonder)05:24
Info for Twelve (Remastered)
Ever since Patti Smith arrived on the New York scene in the mid-'70s, heralding the first flowering of punk, she's been all about confounding people's expectations. Over the years, the iconoclastic poet-turned-punk-icon moved from raging rock to contemplative balladry and back again without ever worrying about anyone's preconceptions. On the heels of her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame comes another sonic curve ball from Smith, an album full of classic-rock covers (among other things).
"Twelve" finds Smith interpreting well-known tunes by artists who've seemingly influenced her (Jefferson Airplane, Beatles, Stones, Neil Young, et al.) as well as those she undoubtedly influenced (see the twangy, banjo-based cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"). Amidst some of the more radical reinventions accomplished here, one might wonder about the faithful reproduction of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule the World," but why should Smith cease trafficking in the unexpected now?
"Such is the power and grace that Patti Smith brings to her performance, arguably anything she turns her attention to is worth hearing....Simply, twelve is very much Smith's selection of favourite songs." (The Wire)
"Smith's 12 choices aim high, bravely taking on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Hendrix, Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Tears for Fears....Her most purely enjoyable album since 1978's EASTER." (Q-Magazine)
Patti Smith, vocals, clarinet
Lenny Kaye, guitar
Jay Dee Daugherty, drums, percussion, accordion
Tony Shanahan, bass, keyboards, vocals
Jack Petruzelli, guitar
Jackson Smith, guitar
Tom Verlaine, guitar
Duncan Webster, guitar
Barre Duryea, bass
Paul Nowinski, double bass
Giovanni Sollima, cello
Luis Resto, piano
Mario Resto, drums
Peter Stampfel, fiddle
Rich Robinson, dulcimer, guitar
Sam Shepard, banjo
John Cohen, banjo
Walker Shepard, banjo
Jesse Smith, backing vocals
Recorded at Effigy Studios, Ferndale, MI; Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; Loho Studios, New York
Engineered by Emery Dobyns
Produced by Tony Shanahan; Patti Smith Digitally remastered
Part-Punk, Part-Folk, but 100% rockstar, Patti Smith has proven herself to be an enduring legend within Rock & Roll. For her work as an early pioneer of the punk movement, Patti Smith was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Also an author and an activist, Patti Smith maintains a relatively low profile, but still performs and records. Patti Smith tour dates are currently scheduled nationally. Use Eventful as your Patti Smith concert calendar.
The Chicago native moved to New York City in 1967 with no money and survived through near impoverished conditions to become a rock icon. After cultivating her poetic craft on the streets of New York City and Paris, Smith began to perform rock music in 1974 and was signed by Clive Davis in 1975. She released her debut album, Horses, in 1975 and started a musical revolution. Smith was at the forefront of the punk movement and was a frequent performer at the legendary CBGB. Smith released her biggest commercial success, Easter, in 1978; the album included the massively successful single "Because of the Night", and Smith toured aggressively.
Smith remained largely out of the spotlight in the '80s, preferring to raise her kids outside of the limelight. She reemerged in the mid-90s with Peace in Noise (1997) and Gung Ho (2000), both of which earned her Grammy nominations for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. In 2006, Smith returned to where it all began and performed a near four-hour concert at CBGB the night that the iconic club closed down. Smith has returned her attention to writing and won a National Book Award for her memoir, Just Kids, in 2010. Patti Smith is a rock legend whose music spans punk, folk, and politics.
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