by Patti Smith Group


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The Patti Smith Group's most conventional album, Wave was given a bright pop
ock sound by producer Todd Rundgren. It was the last album Smith made before marrying and retiring from record-making for nine years, and it can be heard as a farewell to the music business, from "Frederick," the love song to her husband-to-be, Fred "Sonic" Smith, that leads it off, to the version of "So You Want to Be (A Rock 'n' Roll Star)," among the most bitter accounts of fame on record. But Smith also achieves a sense of charm and sincerity on Wave that she hadn't even attempted on her earlier albums, even to the point of her imagined small-talk encounter with the late Pope John Paul I on the title track. Still, the overall mediocre quality of the material makes this the slightest of Smith's efforts.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886974883326
catalogNumber: 748833
Rank: 8008

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti Smith Group   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Todd Rundgren   Bass
Jay Dee Daugherty   Drums
Lenny Kaye   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Ivan Král   Bass,Guitar,Cello,Keyboards
Andi Ostrowe   Percussion,Timpani
Patti Smith   Track Performer
Richard Sohl   Piano

Technical Credits

Loudon Wainwright   Composer
Todd Rundgren   Producer,Engineer
Greg Ginn   Composer
Jay Dee Daugherty   Composer
Lenny Kaye   Composer
Ivan Král   Composer
Andi Ostrowe   Contributor
Thom Panunzio   Producer
Patti Smith   Contributor
Richard Sohl   Composer,Contributor
Sherri Whitmarsh   Reissue Design
Robert Mapplethorpe   Art Direction

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Wave 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
The Editorial Reviewer ought to be ashamed of himself for calling anything on this album "mediocre". Being softer is not being mediocre. There are some great rockers on this album and there are some gentle cuts, and bits of Patti's poetic side. This is a fine album. It isn't quite a masterpiece but its certainly nothing to be ashamed of and it is very much worth listening to. "Frederick", "Dancing Barefoot", "Citizen Ship" and her version of "So you want to be a rock and roll star" are all well known radio hits and are essential to any good collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago