Trampin' (Remastered) Patti Smith
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- 2Mother Rose04:56
- 3Stride of the Mind03:38
- 7My Blakean Year05:17
- 9Peaceable Kingdom05:10
- 10Radio Baghdad12:16
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Like Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Bob Marley, there is something quintessentially pure--something musically and morally urgent-- about Patti Smith's musical personality. As a poetic powerhouse and punk phenomenon, Smith has been one of rock's most individual and influential performers since her 1975 watershed debut, "Horses", flouting convention at every turn.
"Trampin'" heralds Smith's debut on Columbia, and is at once a timely, beautifully realized document and true to her legacy as the queen of punk expression. Though not entirely devoid of revved-up rockers ("Stride of the Mind"), the album's strength is in the intricacy of tracks such as "Cartwheels" and the gently lilting "Mother Rose." The artist's spoken word narratives are also prominent here ("Gandhi," "Radio Baghdad"); these are filled with implicit commentary on history, war, and global issues. The lyrics never preach, however, and Smith's vision is ultimately an enlightened, humanitarian one, as heard most powerfully on the superb "My Blakean Year," the achingly hopeful "Peaceable Kingdom," and the haunting title track. "Trampin'" is less "punk" in the musical definition of the word than in its deeper, more significant meaning: Smith's voice is a conscience-driven cry bent on making itself heard against all odds.
"Nearly 30 years and nine albums in, Patti Smith shows no signs of giving up, or giving in, despite the fact she expected to be quietly doing her work instead of making rock & roll albums and playing in front of audiences. But then 9/11, Afghanistan, war in Iraq. Smith lives the vocation of a poet in an old-world sense of that word. Once, bards were the gadflies of society. Smith's Trampin' is a work that directly evolves from that tradition and fits squarely in her oeuvre. Trampin' is Smith's first outing for new label Columbia. She and her bandmates -- Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty, Tony Shanahan, and Oliver Ray -- walk the tightrope between in-your-face garage rock, poetic ballads, and raucous, improvisational pieces (à la "Radio Ethiopia"). Not surprisingly, Trampin' is a largely political album, but it is far from a didactic one. Smith's voice of resistance is a human one, not an ideological one. She and her band cut much of the record live from the floor, and with the exception of the field recorded sounds of children playing in the street in "Radio Baghdad" and immediate and guttural strings added to "My Blakean Year," it comes off as both an immediate and organic record. Smith celebrates what is unique and beautiful in this America while castigating those who would abolish it in favor of homogeneity and submission. Whether it is the razored, riff-driven rock of "Stride of the Mind," the tough, anthemic pounce of "Jubilee," or the haunting midtempo countrified tunes like "Mother Rose," "Trespasses," or "Cash," the sober-eyed critical examination, the exhortation to find the truth and to celebrate life are everywhere. Likewise, in longer pieces like "Ghandi" and "Radio Baghdad," modes and grooves are locked and loaded. Poetry, both sung and spoken, engages the swirling, wavelike roars of apocalyptic power and chaos her band creates and splits the seams with the authority of her language, which claims no authority but that of the victim -- which is all the authority there is. "My Blakean Year" is an acoustic anthem, the confession of a vision that is given full fruit in the largely acoustic "Peaceable Kingdom." The title track is also the closer. A duet between Smith's daughter Jesse Lee Smith's piano and Patti's voice, it is a folk song written in the gospel tradition. One can hear the ghosts of Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, and Mimi Fariña in seams between the keys under Jesse's fingers and the wavering, tender grain in Smith's voice. This is timeless music. It knows no age or subgenre classification; it is American music as it has been spoken the world over; it is rock & roll done as well as it can be by anybody." (Thom Jurek, AMG)
Patti Smith, vocals, clarinet
Lenny Kaye, guitar, pedal steel
Jay Dee Daugherty, drums, percussion, guitar
Oliver Ray, guitar, farfisa,
Tony Shanahan, bass, keyboards, hammond organ, backing vocals
Jesse Smith, piano
Rebecca Wiener, violin
Recorded 2013 at Loho Studios, New York City
Produced by Patti Smith
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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