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Easter Import, Original recording remastered

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Patti Smith cowrote her first big hit, "Because the Night," with Bruce Springsteen, and that track was the force behind this album's ascent of the U.S. Top 40. Never fully departing from her punk-poetess roots, Easter was nonetheless produced by hit maker Jimmy Iovine, resulting in a more accessible overall sound than her earlier work. Her vocal gymnastics and dramatic rock & roll sensibilities threw sparks in every direction, with the vitriolic "Rock N Roll Nigger" and the anthemic "Till Victory" further paving the way for punks and women rockers everywhere. Churchly keyboards and huge drums drive Smith's quest for "a reason to live" on the religiously inquisitive "Privilege" and she's unabashedly sexy on the raunchy "25th Floor." A great work all around. --Lorry Fleming
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  • Audio CD (June 18, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000002VQP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In early 1978, when this album was released, I ran a small record shop in Lancaster, Pa. I had been intrigued by "HORSES" and even more intrigued by its successor "RADIO ETHIOPIA", which contained some of the most provocative rock to come from the early American punk scene. I was not ready for the power and the glory of "EASTER", however, and its scope and depth took me completely by surprise. I listened to nothing else (well, okay, except for "DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN")at the store and at home, sometimes sitting in front of the stereo in a trance, totally overwhelmed by this record. From the opening cut "Til Victory" to the closing prayer "Easter" (I don't have the remastered version...hence I don't recognize "Godspeed" as the true final track), this record is mezmerizing, mystifying, and completely in tune with what The Patti Smith Group was aiming for...a declaration of musical independence. Though the entire album is electrifying, there are a few cuts that are just plain incredible, including "25th Floor/High On Rebellion", "Privilege" (Set Me Free), and of course, the single "Because The Night" and the title track. Expertly produced by Jimmy Iovine, this album will take you back to a time when rock this unadulterated was being performed by a group of New York bands that shaped music for years to come..Talking Heads, Television, The New York Dolls, and of course, The Patti Smith Group, to name a few. Buy this, take it home, wait until late at night, and then go for the ride it takes you on...I guarantee it will leave you breathless.Read more ›
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Patti Smith isn't the kind of girl you'd want to bring to meet your church-going mother: she's outraged, angry, and profane, and meeting her music for the first time can have the impact of slamming into a brick wall. But if you listen closely you'll find she also has an artistic and intellectual depth that far outstrips virtually any other rock-and-roller working today.
EASTER, Patti Smith's most commercially successful album, may not be in quite the same league with HORSES but it is so close it hardly matters, and some may even prefer the tighter structure of EASTER over the more free-form HORSES. Either way, either album, Patti Smith [belts out] some serious rock-n-roll (...): her ability to channel a passionate ferocity into a raw, innovative, and uncompromising art is simply amazing.
Every track on EASTER explodes with Smith's unique creativity, but some jump out a bit more than others. The first three songs of the collection--Til Victory, Space Monkey, and Because The Night--mix some serious guitar, driving beats, and disconcerting vocals to tremendous effect, and 25th Floor/High on Rebellion is Patti Smith at her hard-rocking poetic best, spinning passionately voiced recitals against an increasingly dissonant musical background. If you're new to Patti Smith's music, EASTER is probably the best introduction; if you're already a fan, EASTER should be cornerstone of your collection.
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Many years after her seminal late-seventies work, Patti Smith's debut, Horses, gets the lion's share of the accolades within her body of work. I'll probably get a lot of disagreement and maybe even a flame or two from that disc's staunch supporters, but in my opinion Easter is the pinnacle of her recording career. Horses is probably the more groundbreaking work, but to these ears it's a difficult listen and probably more trendy than it is good. Though given a more mainstream production, Easter is not one iota less tough or uncompromising.

Easter is stylistically a late-seventies hard rock album, but still it's all Patti, complete with her poetry and earthy sensuality. Her poetry is more mature sounding: There's only one ill-advised, childish diatribe here on "25th Floor", and the song appropriately enough soars so high you don't mind. Her vocals are less hysterical and more focused than ever before or since. She sings like a woman utterly possessed, and it's this element that gives Easter its power.

The Patti Smith Group shifts effortlessly from thundering anthems ("Till Victory", "Privilege") to stately ballads ("Easter") to quirky art-rock ("Space Monkey"). Patti's definitive reading of Bruce Springsteen's "Because the Night" -- which cuts both Natalie Merchant's soulless version and surprisingly the author's more gritty rendition -- is here too. Happily, it is neither the best thing about Easter, its weakest link, nor its centerpiece as it simply fits comfortably within the CD's mosaic.

Granted, if you value hipness and influence more than I do, this may impress you less than Horses or even Radio Ethiopia. However if you enjoy female rockers in the vein of Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry, or Karen O -- or you just love moody hard rock -- buy this. You're in for a real experience.

And surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life and you shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever...god damn.
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EASTER MAY HAVE COME AND GONE BUT THIS ALBUM WILL REMAIN IN MY MIND FOREVER. for years, i had heard how magnificent this woman truly is and what amazing things she contributed to the wonderful universe of rock music. ok, then why isn't her ranking just a bit higher on the the list of the most influential women in rock-n-roll? i'll never know. as patti states in the beginning of one of her songs on this album, she hasn't messed much with the past but she has messed PLENTY WITH THE FUTURE. after giving this album a great deal of thought, i've come to the conclusion that easter is one of the greatest albums ever recorded in rock-n-roll history and patti smith is a genius that's still overlooked by so many. call it punk, call it classical rock, or whatever you want but just don't over look patti. from the almost seductive & beautiful springsteen pinned ballad "because the night" (later covered by natalie merchant in the early portion of the nineties) to the very end of this record, patti reveals all as the album cover might suggest. she is unafraid to bare her soul and share her unique wisdom with the world. through easter, i can easily say that there has never been a woman quite as bold nor as prophetic in her anger as ms. smith and i don't think there ever will be. this is an album worthy of repeated listenings and lengthy discussions. thanks to patti, we have a whole planet of raging females who won't have to knock as hard as the door has been kicked down. play easter and play it loud.
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