Radio Ethiopia

Radio Ethiopia

by Patti Smith GroupPatti Smith Group


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After the success of Horses, Patti Smith had something to prove to reviewers and to the industry, and Radio Ethiopia aimed at both. Producer Jack Douglas gave "the Patti Smith Group", as it was now billed, a hard rock sound, notably on the side-opening "Ask the Angels" and "Pumping (My Heart)," songs that seemed aimed at album-oriented rock radio. But the title track was a ten-minute guitar extravaganza that pushed the group's deliberate primitivism closer to amateurish thrashing. Elsewhere, Smith repeated the reggae excursions and vocal overlaying that had paced Horses on "Ain't It Strange" and "Poppies," but these efforts were less effective than they had been the first time around, perhaps because they were less inspired, perhaps because they were more familiar. A schizophrenic album in which the many elements that had worked so well together on Horses now seemed jarringly incompatible, with Radio Ethiopia Smith and her band encountered the same development problem the punks would -- as they learned their craft and competence set in, they lost some of the unself-consciousness that had made their music so appealing.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886974869528
catalogNumber: 748695
Rank: 36176

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti Smith Group   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Paul   Bass
Jay Dee Daugherty   Percussion,Drums
Lenny Kaye   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Ivan Král   Bass,Guitar
Andi Ostrowe   Amharic
Patti Smith   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Richard Sohl   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Ivan Kral-Gibson   Bass

Technical Credits

Jack Douglas   Producer
Ivan Král   Composer,Contributor
Jay Messina   Engineer
Andi Ostrowe   Contributor
Patti Smith   Composer
Sherri Whitmarsh   Reissue Design
Brian Sperber   Engineer

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