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  • Audio CD (August 4, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B002HMHR8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Frederick
2. Dancing Barefoot
3. So You Want to Be (A Rock 'N' Roll Star)
4. Hymn
5. Revenge
6. Citizen Ship
7. Seven Ways of Going
8. Broken Flag
9. Wave
10. Fire Of Unknown Origin [*]
11. 54321/Wave [*]

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Produced by Todd Rundgren in 1979, Wave features Frederick; So You Want to Be (A Rock N Roll Star) and Revenge .

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This album is, in its entirety, as good as anything The Doors ever made, which is saying a lot.
Sarah N.
The song Wave recreates an imaginary meeting between Patti and Pope J.P. It includes the sounds of "waves" breaking, creating a mood of peace and transcendence.
KSG
This is not a bad place,as it was for me,to begin exploring Patti Smith's music due to it's appealing tapestry of styles and general focus.
Andre S. Grindle

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Often dismissed by critics as Patti Smith's weakest album before her temporary retirement from the business in the late 70s, "Wave" is worth having just for the first three tracks. Had there been any justice, "Frederick" would have been a huge follow up hit to "Because The Night" from the "Easter" set. Its commercial potential couldn't have escaped listeners, could it ? But wait, the best is yet to come. "Dancing Barefoot" has got to be one of the most gorgeous melodies ever written by Patti and arguably the high point of the album. By the time you reach the impressively hard rocking "So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star", you think this set is gonna top even "Easter" but sadly, this was not to be. With the possible exception of "Seven Ways Of Going" - the equivalent of the unlistenable final two tracks of "Radio Ethiopia" - the rest of "Wave" starting from "Hymn" isn't bad but not nearly as compelling as the three openers. "Revenge" and "Citizen Ship" actually grow on you if you let them and the title track is a little ethereal beauty. Don't let the critics put you off this album. "Wave" may be a little uneven and not quite the masterpiece that were its predecessors, but the highlights shine so brightly no fan of Patti's should miss out on them, particularly "Dancing Barefoot" which is absolutely brilliant.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sarah N. on March 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
DANCING BAREFOOT is one of the greatest songs of the past fifty years. This album is, in its entirety, as good as anything The Doors ever made, which is saying a lot.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
For the first couple of years I owned this album I thought side 1 was the highlight. But the first time I really listened to what side two was saying it blew me away. The title track - Wave - might be her finest moment.
This is music at its purest. With all the posing and rock'n'roll masks stripped away. As spiritual as The Doors but simpler. To me, Patti Smith's oft quoted narcissism and self obsession is the mark of someone whose journey into themselves is a journey into the heart of everything.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arvind Kher on March 4, 2003
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This is an album of contradictions, but compelling nonetheless. It was the first PSG effort I heard, and inspired me to buy Easter and Radio Ethiopia too (all vinyl, over 20 years ago). The LP has only the first nine songs. The opening track (Frederick on side A), and 6-9 (the entire side B) are the ones that count. Ignore the rest. "Frederick" sounds like a made for radio single at first hearing, but later you can tell that she's speaking from the heart (even if you don't know about the husband part). The title song is rather pretentious, or maybe it's just a cynical adult who'd much rather still be a little girl. "Broken Flag" can actually give you goosebumps, but could also leave you with a Readers Digest aftertaste. "Seven Ways of Going" is paradoxically the most straightforward and unambiguous piece on the album. Resist the instinct to play it over and over. Finally, the opener on side B, "Citizen Ship" is a masterpiece of melding emotions with instrumentation. So brilliant that I'm willing to forgive the pointless meandering at the end. I'm amazed that nobody talks about this song.
The musical arrangements are generally sparse, but still stark and potent more often than not (producer Todd Rundgren is no Phil Spector). Ms. Smith's voice is rasping at times, lilting at others, even out of tune occasionally, but it works. I can't figure out if she's a latter day female Jim Morrison, or the Joan Baez of punk. But one thing's for sure, classifying her amongst "Women in Rock" amounts to trivializing her.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rballjones on November 25, 2002
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I've listened to this thoroughly and it is one of my favorite Patti Smith recordings. Other than the title song, which is primarily talk, the rest are fine, accessible, numbers. You can find "Frederick" and "Dancing Barefoot" on Smith's "Land" compilation but then you'd miss out on many other great tunes.
She and her band have a way of creating a different sound and mood for each song so it never gets tiring. And they construct these sounds well. There are lots of tasty guitar riffs here. Overall, this album strikes me as similar to "Gung Ho"--not as great but fine nevertheless--even if they are 20+ years apart. So if you like one you may like the other. Patti Smith's music ages well.
Some of my favorites (besides "Frederick" and "Barefoot") include "So you Want to be a Rock n Roll Star"--which tops the original by eight miles at least. "Revenge" has a lick like Lennon's "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" but with a darker theme and with a bite. "Broken Flag" is an inspiring, march-like tune. "5432/Wave" (nothing like "Wave")is a fun, energetic ending, as if it were the band's last song before intermission. Unfortunately, it is the last song here but then one can always return to all her other records...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Doe on July 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
for some people, a lot of the songs on this album may be difficult to get into at first. people have a tendancy to get scared off by lengthy songs, but i'd advise you to really listen to what she's saying. there seems to be a theme of religion & doubt running through a lot of the songs, she says in dancing barefoot: "the plot of our life/sweats in the dark like a face/the mystery of childbirth/of childhood itself/grave visitations/what is it that calls to us?/why must we pray screaming?/why must not death be redefined?..."

PLEASE give this one a chance, once you get into it you won't regret it.
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