Patti Smith came back from the year-and-a-half break caused by her fall from a stage in January 1977 without having resolved the art-versus-commerce argument that had marred her second album, Radio Ethiopia. In fact, that argument was in some ways the theme of her third.
In early 1977, the Patti Smith Group was on tour opening for Bob Seger, as part of Arista Records’ ham-fisted strategy to push Smith into the mainstream. She had just released her second record, Radio Ethiopia, while Seger was touring against Night Moves Smith could try as hard as she wanted to disguise or disavow her ambition, but Easter was not an accidental assemblage of material. It wasn’t an album of fields, it was an album of huge songs-songs that would effectively showcase the heart of the Patti Smith Group. So, yes, the album unironically opens with Till Victory, the kind of battle cry that made the cognoscenti roll their eyes at Smith and her band, and she doubles the cynicism by also using it as a petition to the mighty, announcing her return, and her intent: God, do not seize me please, till victory, Smith sings with the kind.
Produced by Jimmy Iovine. Ester Sunday we were walking Easter Sunday we were talking Isabelle, my little one Take my hand time has come. Isabella, all is glowing Isabella, all is knowing And my heart, Isabella And my head, Isabella. Frederic and Vitalie Savior dwells inside of thee Oh, the path leads to the sun Brother sister time has come.
Vocals, Guitar – Patti Smith. Written-By – Springsteen (tracks: A3), Kral (tracks: A2, B3), Daugherty (tracks: B5), Kaye (tracks: A1, A4, A6), Smith (tracks: A1 to A6, B2 to B5), Verlaine (tracks: A3). Notes. Made in Belgium (on labels).
Album · 1978 · 12 Songs. More By Patti Smith Group. See All. Radio Ethiopia (Remastered).
Easter is the third studio album by the Patti Smith Group, released in March 1978 on Arista Records (see 1978 in music ). Produced by Jimmy Iovine, it is regarded as the group's commercial breakthrough, owing to the success of the single, "Because the Night " (co-written by Bruce Springsteen and Smith), which reached on the Billboard Hot 100 and in the U. Easter is the only 1970s album of Smith's that does not feature Richard Sohl as part of the Patti Smith Group; in one interview at the time, Smith stated that Sohl was sick and this prevented him from participating in recording the album. The cover photograph is by Lynn Goldsmith and liner notes photography by Cindy Black and Robert Mapplethorpe.
Wave is the fourth studio album by the Patti Smith Group, released May 17, 1979 on Arista Records. This album was less commercially successful than its predecessor, Easter, although it continued the band's move towards more radio-friendly mainstream pop music. It was produced by artist/producer Todd Rundgren.
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Bass – John Paul Fetta
Keyboards – Allen Lanier, Richard Sohl
|3||Because The Night||3:25|
Percussion [Additional] – Andi Ostrowe
|6||Rock N Roll Nigger||3:25|
|7||Privilege (Set Me Free)
Bass – John Paul Fetta
Arranged By – Tom Verlaine
|10||High On Rebellion||2:37|
Bagpipes – Jim Maxwell
- Copyright (c) – Arista Records, Inc.
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records, Inc.
- Manufactured By – BMG Music Canada Inc.
- Distributed By – BMG Music Canada Inc.
- Drums, Percussion – Jay Dee Daugherty
- Engineer – Charlie Conrad, Thom Panunzio
- Engineer [Assistant] – Gray Russell, Joe Intile*
- Guitar, Bass, Vocals – Ivan Kral
- Guitar, Vocals – Lenny Kaye
- Keyboards, Synthesizer – Bruce Brody
- Mastered By – Greg Calbi
- Mixed By – Jimmy Iovine, Shelly Yakus
- Producer – Jimmy Iovine
- Vocals, Guitar – Patti Smith
NotesOriginally released in 1978.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 0 7822-18166-2
|AB4171, AB 4171||Patti Smith Group||Easter (LP, Album)||Arista, Arista||AB4171, AB 4171||US||1978|
|401 128||Patti Smith Group||Easter (Cass, Album)||Arista||401 128||France||1978|
|201 128 -270||Patti Smith Group||Easter (LP, Album, RP)||Arista||201 128 -270||Europe||1983|
|14C 062-9198737||Patti Smith Group||Easter (LP, Album, RE)||Arista||14C 062-9198737||Greece||Unknown|
|TC-AL-4171||Patti Smith Group||Easter (Cass, Album)||Arista||TC-AL-4171||Australia||1978|