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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.
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.
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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There was a HOLE punched through the cover!! Don't know what the purpose of this is???Beautiful CD , but this leaves a bad taste....must have been OBVIOUS at time of shipping!!Published 23 months ago by DR.FREDERIK STRAUSS
Patti's best since Gone Again in my opinion. Beautiful interwoven music and poetic-like lyrics. Patti's intriguing and spell-binding at her best here and never boring at her... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Tigerdag
Another excellent outing from Patti Smith. Once again enigmatic, beautiful lyrics, and some great riffs from Lenny Kaye. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by R. Hansen
This album is solid across the board. And if you're lucky enough, catch her on the current tour. My wife and I saw her in Detroit Friday night (6/25/04) and were absolutely... Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Michael P. Goldenberg
At a time when pop music is filled with the flotsam and jetsam of the likes of Madonna and Britney (not to mention so many others), Patti Smith continues to be the real thing--a... Read morePublished on June 10 2004
In my opinion, this is the best CD I have heard in the last year. Exceptionally creative with amazing variety of styles between songs, yet the feeling that they belong together in... Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by R. L. Teiken
It's good to see Patti Smith releasing the same time as Blondie. There are a ton of bands that have been inspired by them. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by alexander laurence
Patti hits all the emotional notes on this one. trampin' is a beautiful, touching success.Published on May 22 2004
I went out today and finally bought this album this afternoon and put it on as soon as I got home. I was stunned. She is jsut as powerful as ever. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Timothy J. Quinn