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Banga is Patti Smith's first collection of original material since 2004's critically-acclaimed Trampin'. The album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City and produced by Patti Smith and her band: Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty and her long-time collaborator Lenny Kaye. Featured guests include Tom Verlaine, Jack Petruzzelli, Smith's son Jackson and daughter Jesse Paris.
Inspired by Smith's unique dreams and observations, Banga's poetic lyrics are a reflection of our complex world a world that is rife with chaos and beauty. Praised for her storytelling abilities, Smith has crafted an album that captures a wide range of human experience. There is an exploratory spirit in the songs that make up Banga, including a melodic overture imagining the voyage of Amerigo Vespucci to the New World in 1497 ("Amerigo"), a rock song for the people of Japan in the wake of last years earthquake ("Fuji-san"), a classic ballad in memory of Amy Winehouse ("This Is The Girl"), an improvised meditation on art and nature ("Constantine's Dream") as well as a birthday song written for her friend Johnny Depp ("Nine").
Banga is available on CD, LP, and as a Special Edition hard cover book including 64 pages of original images, complete lyrics & liner notes by the artist plus an exclusive track, "Just Kids."
The vinyl version of this album is pressed on two 180 gram LPs.
|2. April Fool|
|4. This Is the Girl|
|1. Tarkovsky (The Second Stop Is Jupiter)|
|4. Constantine's Dream|
|5. After the Gold Rush|
Absolutely one of the best, if not THE best.... Buy, by all means, and enjoy!Published 2 months ago by john ruymen
What a wonderful album. The songs inspired by Russian classics is enough of a reason to drift away with this CD, but her intro song about the Caribes' collision with the Spanish... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark Handy
Beautiful package with a bonus inedit track for the iconic patti...a beautiful new work!!!Published 6 months ago by marks
CAN'T MISS, HER VOICE AND SONG WRITING ARE SOME OF THE BESTPublished 10 months ago by Dave Holmsten
This compilation is worthwhile for hard core fans. Not much jumps out after a few listens. She sounds pretty good.Published 15 months ago by JWGoethe
This is my most favorite new album from Ms Smith in years! The songs are current yet timeless, in a way that only Patti can do. Read morePublished 18 months ago by schinden22
Although I heard Patti Smith's music growing up, I had never purchased any of her works previously. The first CD set I purchased was Land, then read Just Kids. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Victoria Stone