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Land (1975-2002)

Patti SmithAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Patti Smith is considered a poet whose energy and vision found its voice in the most powerful medium of our culture, music. As one of the early pioneers of New York City’s dynamic punk scene, she has been creating her unique blend of poetic rock and roll for over 35 years. She was born in Chicago in 1946, the eldest of four siblings and was raised in South Jersey. From an early age, she ... Read more in Amazon's Patti Smith Store

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  • Audio CD (March 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00005YVQN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dancing Barefoot - Patti Smith
2. Babelogue - Patti Smith
3. Rock N Roll Nigger - Patti Smith
4. Gloria - Patti Smith
5. Pissing In A River - Patti Smith
6. Free Money - Patti Smith
7. People Have The Power - Patti Smith
8. Because The Night - Patti Smith
9. Frederick
10. Summer Cannibals
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Piss Factory - Patti Smith
2. Redondo Beach (Demo) - Patti Smith
3. Distant Fingers (Demo) - Patti Smith
4. 25th Floor (Live - Eugene, OR, 1978) - Patti Smith
5. Come Back Little Sheba (Studio Outtake, 1996)
6. Wander I Go (Track, 1996)
7. Dead City (Live - Denmark, 2001) - Patti Smith
8. Spell (Live - Portland, OR, 2001) - Patti Smith
9. Wing (Live - Paris, 2001) - Patti Smith
10. Boy Cried Wolf (Live - Paris, 2001) - Patti Smith
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If there's one thing that defines punk poetess Patti Smith, it would be her life-affirming, death-defying passion, and it's that passion that still, over 25 years since her first recordings, makes her one of the most compelling figures in popular music today. And this first-ever compilation has Patti's indomitable spirit coursing through every track-the first CD presents favorites like Dancing Barefoot; Gloria; Pissing in a River; People Have the Power , and more selections chosen by her fans via the Internet and through feedback at her shows, while the second CD offers unreleased live and studio tracks including a 1975 demo of Redondo Beach , a 2000 live version of Birdland and even a newly recorded cover of Prince's When Doves Cry ! A 32-page booklet features unseen photos, original lyrics, drawings, artwork, notes and poetry gleaned from Patti's personal archives, while Susan Sontag (!) supplies the liner notes. Don't miss this one.

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In some ways, singer-songwriter Patti Smith seems an unlikely choice for a full-bore anthology. After all, she's had only one charting single with "Because the Night." Even at that time, most people probably were more familiar with Gilda Radner's spot-on parody of her on Saturday Night Live than with Smith herself. Yet her influence both on the fledgling NYC punk scene and as a protofeminist poet renders her something of an American counterculture icon. As such, Land (1975-2002) serves to frame an uncompromising career spanning four decades. Split over two discs and featuring 31 tracks and almost two-and-a-half hours of music, Land begins with a survey of Smith's studio albums, relying most heavily on 1978's Easter. All the greats are here--"Dancing Barefoot," "People Have the Power," "Gloria," "Rock 'n' Roll Nigger," "Frederick," and of course, "Because the Night," plus a newly recorded version of Prince's "When Doves Cry," one of two songs cut specifically for this collection. The second disc is where fans--who were solicited for track selection input via gigs and the Web--get the goods. Early demos, among them 1974's coveted "Piss Factory," plus two other pre-Horses recordings, "Redondo Beach" and "Distance Fingers," kick things off. What follows is a batch of previously unreleased live recordings--"Dead City," "Spell," "Boy Cried Wolf"--most captured during a 2001 tour through the U.S. and Europe, and studio outtakes. Smith herself helped remaster the recordings while stacking the accompanying booklet with fans' photos and the like. Land probably won't spark a Smith renaissance, but loyalists can marvel at an artist who's never turned a fast buck by easing up on the sweat, tears, hunger, and integrity that inform every one of these tracks. --Kim Hughes

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was born in 1979... September 7, 2002
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I didn't exactly grow up with the music of Patti Smith, and I've never seen her play live. But in the past few years, I've had the good fortune of being exposed to some of her fine songs -- "Gloria," "Because the Night," "People Have the Power," "1959," "Glitter in Their Eyes" -- thanks to radio and TV; and back in January, I finally caved and bought the classic album Horses (1975) at a used-CD store when the guy behind the counter recommended it to me. Sure enough, the aforementioned songs -- and the Horses track "Free Money" -- can be found on Disc One of Land: 1975-2002. I've also discovered new favorites like 1976's moving "Pissing in a River," 1978's ferocious "Rock 'n' Roll Nigger" ("Outside of society / That's where I want to be!"), 1979's tender and catchy "Frederick," 1996's powerful "Beneath the Southern Cross," and a surprisingly soulful new rendition of the Prince hit "When Doves Cry." Okay, so I would have deleted "Babelogue" (1978), "Ghost Dance" (1978), and "Paths That Cross" (1988) in favor of "Land" (1975), "Kimberly" (1975), and "Lo and Beholden" (2000). Otherwise, Disc One is a pretty solid and entertaining retrospective.
Disc Two is less consistent, and more problematic for newer fans like yours truly. I really like the stripped-down demos "Redondo Beach" (another favorite Horses track) and "Distant Fingers," as well as the Gone Again-era outtakes "Come Back Little Sheba" and "Wander I Go;" but I think the early single "Piss Factory" and the live version of 1978's "25th Floor" will more likely enthrall older fans. The rest -- including the new studio recording "Higher Learning" and a handful of live tracks recorded during a 2001 tour -- is hit-and-miss, although I find "Dead City" and "Wing" especially stirring.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Many unreleased tracks on this great anthology March 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Hearing Patti Smith's music for the first time in the mid-70s was an electrifying experience. The whole "rock poet" thing was cool, but what really caught my ear was Patti's primal, free singing style plus Lenny Kaye's powerful electric guitar licks. "Land" is an really fine collection of Ms. Smith's material, with all of her biggest songs and (more importantly to me) an entire disc of previously unreleased demos, live cuts, and alternate takes. When a set like this comes out and I already own many albums by the artist, there's always a dilemma of "should I spend the bucks when there are only 3 or 4 new songs?" In this case the decision was easy -- a baker's dozen of good stuff like a demo of "Redondo Beach" (raw but compelling) or an incendiary live version of "Dead City." I highly recommend this anthology. My only minor complaint is there are no musician credits for the CD of unreleased tracks. It would have been nice to find out who played what.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poet Speaks November 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the perfect CD to replace those scratched vinyl albums, as it contains the best of Smith's seventies and eighties masterpieces like Babelogue, Gloria, People Have The Power, Frederick and Because The Night, plus live versions of old and more recent classics and interesting demo versions of Redondo Beach and Distant Fingers. Even if you have already replaced your vinyl with CD's, this is still a must have. The rare early single P-Factory, a true collector's item, makes this an essential purchase for the true fan. There is no one quite like Patti Smith with her talent for merging rock and poetry. It is luxuriously packaged with an informative booklet. Watch out for the hidden track - it's a lovely surprise to hear her take on the Broadway song Tomorrow!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What comes after "best"? April 2, 2002
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Patti's work "is" contemporary poetry. It has been there when I've needed to vent- to rant, to rage, to cry and to re-assemble and to compose myself. Hopefully, in more open and enlightened times, her work will be critiqued as is the work of (conventional) contemporary poets.
I have seen Patti each time she has been in Sydney in the past 15-20 years. She is *always* amazing. In many cases (as cited above) she is the "support act" to someone such as Dylan a "great" in his own way, (just wish I could hear his words -most important to me- above the music and the background noise).
While I now have doubles and (soon) will have triples of Patti Smith's published works, as Bill Merrill asks, rhetorically, in his review "why should I spend the bucks for only a few new songs?" My answer is that Patti always is a "work in progress." Each version of a track is slightly different to the previous version. It is *never* the same. It's like catching a butterfly in a net and holding it up to the sun ... it'll always look different.
"Mathewslaughter", speaks volumes regarding "holy." Perhaps he goes a bit "over the top" in his (tongue in cheek) exposition. Regardless, having a 14yr old male and his 11 yr old sister turn up at a Patti Smith concert with their parents and then turn up willingly 3 yrs later for more of the same (and, later, with little protest from the back seat of Mum's car as she drives and grooves to Patti) says a lot for the artist. My kids are not known for their tolerance of music "not to their liking" on the car CD as we head up the Freeway. My God, they've even been known to sing along with her tracks and request some.
Patti is a beacon of strength, talent and musicianship which cuts across the age groups so-beloved of the music industry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Patti
She had only one great album in her -- Horses, her 1975 debut -- but she had lots more great songs, and this anthology brings them together. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars ITS PATTI SMITH
Are you kidding me.Its Patti Smith.She is the best.The female Bob Dylan, but cooler.And puts on a better concert.Bob Dylan 10 years ago came out 2 songs.????? Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jerzey Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars A good survey of an icon
I liked the packaging too (these things matter to nerds like me). I've seen her several times and she always inspires, even when she lapses into her mystical, heroic indulgences. Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by Baranabus
5.0 out of 5 stars quality,quality,quality
This is a mouthwateringly superb collection of Patti Smith material from throughout much of her career, mixing some classic studio tracks with live or previously unreleased and... Read more
Published on September 8, 2010 by Sentinel
4.0 out of 5 stars Land
Land being a 2 disc compilation of Patti Smith and was released 2002 on Arista Records. I had not listened to Patti Smith prior to picking this compilation up at my local library. Read more
Published on February 9, 2010 by Bjorn Viberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Mass Collection
This collection has tons of great songs. If you don't have the individual albums this introductory set could be for you. Read more
Published on August 15, 2009 by W. Larson
4.0 out of 5 stars P-A-T-T-I Glorious
Ragged yellowed pages of Rolling Stone magazine has Patti Smith reviewing LPS of the late '60's. Guess who she liked? Read more
Published on September 16, 2008 by Robert S. Estes
4.0 out of 5 stars Album review
Aside from the occasional song on the radio this was my first real exposure to Patti Smith and I have been impressed. Read more
Published on July 12, 2007 by Lane C. Freiberger
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice concept; good set of songs
Patti Smith burst onto the rock and roll scene in the mid-1970s. Her album "Horses" created a sensation, just as "Easter." The concept for this album is rather intriguing. Read more
Published on May 19, 2007 by Steven A. Peterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Patti Smith: Punk, Poet, and Pee Fetishist
No compilation could ever serve as a substitute for Horses (1975) and Easter (1978), Patti Smith's two masterpieces. Read more
Published on April 23, 2007 by Blake Maddux
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