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Patti Smith
San Diego 1978 [no label/2CD]
Live at the California Theater, San Diego, CA; May 15, 1978.

It's been more than two years since Patti Smith's breakthrough album, Horses, and the May 15, 1978 gig was also a historical event - it was poet Jim Carroll's first performance as a rock star.

In January 1977, Smith had fallen from the stage and broke her neck. Having recovered, she was on the rock circuit again.

This is what Robert P Laurence wrote in the San Diego Union (May 16, 1978) of the concert: "Backstage, onstage and in front of the stage, chaos reigned most of the night, delaying the start of the concert for an hour and a half and contributing to an atmosphere of near-violence that Smith herself seemed to encourage, then wave away. As a performer, she seemed unable to make up her mind whether to be a poet, a rock 'n' roller, commedian or demagogue. Once she did get down to playing rock music, the advertised attraction of the evening, she handled the task with rare effectiveness and intensity."

Laurence added: "When all the monkey business was over, and Smith concentrated on her business, she put on a stirring show."

We've also included a link below to her performance at Wiggins Park in Camden, New Jersey, last July 24 where three songs are offered for download: Babelogue, Rock And Roll Nigger and Gloria. Sample these and compare them to the same songs performed in this early 1978 show.

Smith, among her peers, seems to be one of the few that have strengthened her performance and songwriting with age. While others parody themselves, Smith adds more fire, more color, more meaning to her older songs. Her voice has beautifully flowered. Not innocent nor naive but fiercely determined. Her songs have improved, flavored with melodies, tinted with a poet's rhythm and come across sincere. She is unflinchingly hopeful for a better world. You can't see a trace of cynicism.

Patti Smith has never been a best-selling artist. She remains an icon. In 1975, her album Horses divided the past and the present. As Jim Morrison of the Doors was fond to shout "Rock is dead", a still unreleased 30-min bluesrock workout, Smith instead saw the need to reinvigorate what it meant to be young and full of hopes and dreams. Horses celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and remains one of the more influential albums to have arrived.

There hasn't been anything new since. And there's also been no need.
- The Little Chicken

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at mybigo@bigozine.com if you want to download these tracks at a later time.

 
Disc 1
Track 01 Patti intro
Track 02 John the Baptist’s Head/I Don’t Come from My Sister
Track 03 Babelogue/Rock n Roll Nigger
Track 04 Privilege (Set Me Free)
Track 05 Till Victory
Track 06 Kimberly
Track 07
Redondo Beach
Track 08 The Kids Are Alright
Track 09 It’s So Hard
Track 10 Patti Rap
Track 11 Space Monkey
Track 12 25th Floor
Track 13 Ghost Dance
Track 14 Be My Baby
 
Disc 2
Track 01 Ain’t it Strange
Track 02 Time Is on My Side
Track 03 You Really Got Me
Track 04 Pumping (My Heart)
Track 05 Because The Night
Track 06 Easter/Radio Ethiopia, In Excelsis Deo/Gloria
Track 07 My Generation
Bonus  
Track 08 Jolene*
Track 09 Ask The Angels*
Track 10 Poppies > Rock n Roll Nigger*

*Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, 1979.

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Patti Smith
Wiggins Park
Camden, NJ, USA
24 July 2005

 
Track 01 Babelogue 0.47m (1.0MB)
Track 02 Rock And Roll Nigger 5.35m (7.6MB)
Track 03 Gloria 6.04m (8.3MB)

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