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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 9, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: February 9, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • ASIN: B002HMHR8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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Although Patti Smith has generally been seen as a precursor to the punk rock movement of the late 1970s, even on her debut Horses she hardly conformed to the stereotypical image of a punk rocker presented to readers in modern times. Her songs were more than anything highly idiosyncratic piano-based torch songs, and even when on Easter she moved towards something closer to rock and roll and de-emphasised Richard Sohl's piano, she does not come across in the way one would expect of a precursor to riot grrls, but as a much older type of woman rebel.

Her fourth album, and last before her long-term retirement from the music business to raise a family, 1979's "Wave", lies even further removed from the aggressive, stripped-down sound that was coming from groups like the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Dead Boys. Often thought of as overproduced by Todd Rundgren, in fact "Wave" is less overblown than "Easter", but so soft as to be closer to her 1990s and 2000s comeback albums than to her first three classics or 1988's disappointing Dream of Life. The lyrics on "Wave", in contrast to "Gloria" and amazingly so compared to what was being seen in the underground and even on radio, are mystical, at times religious, but still very dark. Opener "Frederick" is the sound of a woman at peace with herself for marrying, rather like early Decadent and Modernist tales of the redemption of the radical, whilst "Dancing Barefoot", also about former
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