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  • Audio CD (June 7 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Birdman on April 29 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am not a Patti Smith fan and only listened to HORSES once or twice in my twenties. After reading MOJO's review of TRAMPIN', I gave the album a shot, but wasn't prepared for such a powerful, eloquent performance.
Like BORN TO RUN, DARK SIDE OF THE MOON and BLONDE ON BLONDE, it's no stretch to call this an historic issue for many reasons. The songs are consistently well-crafted. A pity the moguls at Sony failed to include lyrics in the package since the words are so potent and evocative. The opener, JUBILEE, is especially lyrical and showcases a powerful, burnished voice that fits the music like a glove.
Unlike most albums, great thought was given to the sequence of songs -- which range from pensive to explosive. By the time RADIO BAGHDAD bursts through your system, the voice, the music, the production itself, will take your breath away. GANDHI, in particular, will become an underground classic. Indeed, it's been going 'round and 'round in my head since I first heard it.
Technically, it's been years since I heard a band recorded with such nuance. All the pieces are well-defined. The dynamic range of the recording is awesome, and the voice is placed exactly where it should be. Audiophiles will put this CD in their demonstration rack, but so will those who believe rock is a life-force and a potent political art form, too.
Nothing I've heard in the past five years approaches the quality of this release. I'm now a Patti Smith fan at the grand age of 52, and plan to buy a copy of HORSES this weekend. TRAMPIN' reminds us that in the cesspool of the American record industry -- in which 90% of new rock releases are throwaway -- some smart producers (in this case, Patti Smith and her band) may turn your head around.
We're living through a terribly dark time in 2004, and this beautifully crafted album is a burst of light.
Five huge, freakin' stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virgil on July 10 2004
Format: Audio CD
Listening to Trampin' I can't help but think how little Patti Smith has changed- in the good ways. Her voice sounds the same as it did when I was first introduced to her on Horses [now of course she has her daughter accompanying her on piano]. What she is now is more political I think then ever before. Her lyrics are as intelligent as ever and her anger on songs such as Radio Baghdad drive her on.
One note about the song Radio Baghdad. Someone posted that it was treason. I was called up for the Iraq War and was in Bagdad and Iraq for most of last year- I don't brand her a traitor or treasonous. I also find it a very powerful song and can't believe it hasn't found a bigger audience.
If you like Patti Smith you'll like Trampin'. If you've never heard her, be prepared for some of the most intelligent and deeply felt music made in quite a while.
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I listen to a lot of music, music of all kinds, but this is something special. This disc has guts and beauty, politics and spirituality, kick-ass, punk-edged rock and roll, vast and ambitious historical meditations and drama, straight-out essence of gospel, and an overall lyricism that is just stunning. Its essential hopefulness shatters the gloom of this American year, and opens a way forward. The first track, Jubilee ("Jubilee, Oh my land...Be a jubilee"), makes an anthem of this Biblical, Hebrew word, and you know immediately that you are in for something big, something prophetic, something almost inhumanly (but very humanly) hopeful. This is visionary stuff. If you are like me, you will be stunned by the truthfulness of "Radio Baghdad," and nearly moved to tears of joy and hope when "Trampin" follows and closes the album. And you will probably play "In My Blakean Year" more times than you can remember playing any other recent song. No music has been able to reach the sorrow and rage I have felt at the facts that Americans were torturing prisoners in Iraq and that the deliberate erosion of human rights and the justifications of torture came from the highest levels of our government. Until Patti Smith's TRAMPIN'. It has converted that sorrow and rage into hopeful determination. It has shaken me out of the gloom and reminded me that a hopeful vision of a better way is the best antidote to what looks like the triumph of evil. The last words of the last track sum it up: "I'm tryin' to make heaven my home." But the anger and the sweetness and the sorrow and the hope and the irrepressible determination of this music have to be heard to be understood. This music is convincing. Sorry to gush, but sometimes you just have to say how it hits you.
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By A Customer on May 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
Patti Smith pulls it off!! Surely right up there with 'Easter' and 'Horses', this is a great album. Gandhi and Radio Baghdad are Patti at her best, with the band playing like there's no tomorrow. Lenny Kaye is in fine form, but the whole band is very solid, and to top it all off, Patti really has something to say, truly written in the style of an accomplished poet. And, suprisingly, the years have been kind to her voice. While sounding beautiful on songs like 'Mother Rose', she still has 'the growl', which is in full force more than once on this album. After repeated listenings, it just keeps getting better, and I liked Trampin' the first time I heard it.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the liner notes are almost non existant, however it is mentioned that 'Trampin' and 'Gandhi' were recorded live in the studio. Most bands would need massive overdubs to get the sound of 'Gandhi'. Quite a testament to the band, considering Patti and the band produced the album as well. Why in the world Columbia chose not to print the lyrics is beyond me, however they are available at pattismith.net, and well worth reading.
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