“Easter” by The Patti Smith Group - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1978Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

After breaking several neck vertebrae as a result of her horrendous fall from stage at the beginning of last year, Patti’s resurrection was complete just in time for Easter ’78. The common complaint from the leftfield in relation to this third coming was that she played the cheap stadium-anthem card in a bid to win over mainstream America, but even the worst offender, “Because The Night”, does not grate with me – and I’m very easily offended by POWER RAWK. In fact, the first three rockers are all pretty decent before “Ghost Dance” serves up something a little different; it’s verging on the shamanic… I dig it. “Babelogue” then finds Patti reciting poetry over a live recording of an “encore-demanding audience”… leading into the underbelly of “Rock n Roll Nigger”. It’s a real neat moment as the album suddenly gets a LOT more interesting. Patti don’t want no part of your society, she’s a Rock n Roll nigger, just like Jimi. “We Three” soon follows; it’s a wee cracker of a Rock n Roll ballad, led by piano and strings and a crooning Patti. “25th Floor” is much like the album as a whole, building and growing, getting stronger and better, later revealing some more thought-provoking spoken word from Patti… running on into “High On Rebellion”, the album’s high-point, made for the 1978 punks that didn’t want to pogo. Sell-out my ass…

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A1 [02:45] 6.6.png The Patti Smith Group - Till Victory (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye) Rock
A2 [04:04] 6.5.png The Patti Smith Group - Space Monkey (Patti Smith, Ivan Kral, Tom Verlaine) Rock
A3 [03:32] 6.1.png Patti Smith Group - Because The Night (Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen) Rock
A4 [04:40] 6.9.png The Patti Smith Group - Ghost Dance (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye) Folk
A5 [01:25] 7.2.png The Patti Smith Group - Babelogue (Patti Smith) Poetry
A6 [03:13] 7.7.png The Patti Smith Group - Rock ‘n’ Roll Nigger (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye) New Wave
B1 [03:27] 7.3.png The Patti Smith Group - Privilege (Set Me Free) (Mel London, Mike Leander, Psalm 23) Alternative Rock
B2 [04:19] 7.8.png The Patti Smith Group - We Three (Patti Smith) Rock n Roll Ballad
B3 [04:01] 8.0.png The Patti Smith Group - 25th Floor (Patti Smith, Ivan Kral) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B4 [02:37] 8.7.png The Patti Smith Group - High On Rebellion (Patti Smith) Alternative Rock
B5 [06:15] 6.8.png The Patti Smith Group - Easter (Patti Smith, Jay Dee Daugherty) Folk Rock / Americana

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