“Wave” by Patti Smith Group - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1979Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Patti's fourth is decent enough, although Todd Rundgren's production could do with a bit more grit and edge for my taste. The three singles appear chronologically at the start; the pop-rocker tribute to her new live-in-lover “Frederick” (Fred 'Sonic' Smith), the mid-tempo rocker “Dancing Barefoot” (crying out for a more urgent performance) and the album's sole cover, “So You Want to Be (A Rock 'n' Roll Star)” (The Byrds, 1967). For me, however, the best action is to be found on side two with the musically spirited “Seven Ways Of Going” (apparently about 16th century Ninja assassins of Japan) and “Wave”, a ghostly dreamlike spoken / sung tribute to Pope John Paul I, who had died of a heart-attack in October '78, just 33 days into his papacy. Her final whispered words send a chill down the spine: “Bye Sir, bye Papa

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A1 [03:01] 5.9.png Patti Smith Group - Frederick (Patti Smith) Cerebral Pop
A2 [04:18] 6.2.png Patti Smith Group - Dancing Barefoot (Patti Smith, Ivan Kral) New Wave
A3 [04:18] 6.4.png Patti Smith Group - So You Want To Be (A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star) (James Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman) New Wave
A4 [01:10] 5.8.png Patti Smith Group - Hymn (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye) Songwriter
A5 [05:06] 5.3.png Patti Smith Group - Revenge (Patti Smith, Ivan Kral) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B1 [05:09] 5.8.png Patti Smith Group - Citizen Ship (Patti Smith, Ivan Kral) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B2 [05:12] 7.5.png Patti Smith Group - Seven Ways Of Going (Patti Smith) Prog
B3 [04:55] 5.0.png Patti Smith Group - Broken Flag (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye) Songwriter
B4 [04:55] 6.6.png Patti Smith Group - Wave (Patti Smith) Avant-Garde

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