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Radio Ethiopia

Patti 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.
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1
Ask the Angels (Digitally Remastered 1996)
00:03:09

Jay Messina, Engineer - Král, Composer - Král, Lyricist - Lenny Kaye, Acoustic Bass - Lenny Kaye, Electric Guitar - Lenny Kaye, Vocal - Patti Smith, Electric Guitar - Patti Smith, Vocal - Smith, Composer - Smith, Lyricist - Brian Sperber, Engineer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Patti Smith Group, Performer - Richard Sohl, Keyboards - Richard Sohl, Synthesizer - Ivan Kral, Acoustic Bass - Ivan Kral, Electric Guitar - Jay Dee Daugherty, Percussion - Jay Dee Daugherty, Drums - Jack Douglas, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P)1976, 1996 Arista Records LLC

2
Ain't It Strange (Digitally Remastered 1996)
00:06:36

Jay Messina, Engineer - Král, Composer - Král, Lyricist - Lenny Kaye, Electric Guitar - Lenny Kaye, Acoustic Bass - Lenny Kaye, Vocal - Patti Smith, Vocal - Patti Smith, Electric Guitar - Smith, Composer - Smith, Lyricist - Brian Sperber, Engineer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Patti Smith Group, Performer - Richard Sohl, Keyboards - Richard Sohl, Synthesizer - Ivan Kral, Electric Guitar - Ivan Kral, Acoustic Bass - Jay Dee Daugherty, Drums - Jay Dee Daugherty, Percussion - Jack Douglas, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1976 Arista Records LLC

3
Poppies (Digitally Remastered 1996)
00:07:06

Jay Messina, Engineer - Lenny Kaye, Electric Guitar - Lenny Kaye, Acoustic Bass - Lenny Kaye, Vocal - Patti Smith, Vocal - Patti Smith, Electric Guitar - Smith, Composer - Smith, Lyricist - Brian Sperber, Engineer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Patti Smith Group, Performer - Sohl, Composer - Sohl, Lyricist - Richard Sohl, Keyboards - Richard Sohl, Synthesizer - Ivan Kral, Electric Guitar - Ivan Kral, Acoustic Bass - Jay Dee Daugherty, Drums - Jay Dee Daugherty, Percussion - Jack Douglas, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P)1976, 1996 Arista Records LLC

4
Pissing In A River (Digitally Remastered 1996)
00:04:52

Jay Messina, Engineer - Král, Composer - Král, Lyricist - Lenny Kaye, Electric Guitar - Lenny Kaye, Acoustic Bass - Lenny Kaye, Vocal - Patti Smith, Vocal - Patti Smith, Electric Guitar - Smith, Composer - Smith, Lyricist - Brian Sperber, Engineer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Patti Smith Group, Performer - Richard Sohl, Keyboards - Richard Sohl, Synthesizer - Ivan Kral, Electric Guitar - Ivan Kral, Acoustic Bass - Jay Dee Daugherty, Drums - Jay Dee Daugherty, Percussion - Jack Douglas, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1976 Arista Records LLC

5
Pumping (Digitally Remastered 1996)
00:03:21

Jay Messina, Engineer - Král, Composer - Král, Lyricist - Lenny Kaye, Electric Guitar - Lenny Kaye, Acoustic Bass - Lenny Kaye, Vocal - Patti Smith, Vocal - Patti Smith, Electric Guitar - Smith, Composer - Smith, Lyricist - Brian Sperber, Engineer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Patti Smith Group, Performer - Richard Sohl, Keyboards - Richard Sohl, Synthesizer - Ivan Kral, Electric Guitar - Ivan Kral, Acoustic Bass - Jay Dee Daugherty, Drums - Jay Dee Daugherty, Percussion - Jack Douglas, Producer - Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P)1976, 1996 Arista Records LLC

6
Distant Fingers (Digitally Remastered 1996)
00:04:19

Jay Messina, Engineer - Lenny Kaye, Electric Guitar - Lenny Kaye, Acoustic Bass - Lenny Kaye, Vocal - Patti Smith, Vocal - Patti Smith, Electric Guitar - Smith, Composer - Smith, Lyricist - Brian Sperber, Engineer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Patti Smith Group, Performer - Richard Sohl, Keyboards - Richard Sohl, Synthesizer - Ivan Kral, Electric Guitar - Ivan Kral, Acoustic Bass - Jack Douglas, Producer - Jay Dee Daugherty, Drums - Jay Dee Daugherty, Percussion - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Lanier, Composer - Lanier, Lyricist

(P)1976, 1996 Arista Records LLC

7
Radio Ethiopia (Digitally Remastered 1996)
00:10:04

Kaye, Lyricist - Kaye, Composer - Jay Messina, Engineer - Lenny Kaye, Electric Guitar - Lenny Kaye, Acoustic Bass - Lenny Kaye, Vocal - Patti Smith, Vocal - Patti Smith, Electric Guitar - Smith, Composer - Smith, Lyricist - Brian Sperber, Engineer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Patti Smith Group, Performer - Richard Sohl, Keyboards - Richard Sohl, Synthesizer - Ivan Kral, Electric Guitar - Ivan Kral, Acoustic Bass - Jack Douglas, Producer - Jay Dee Daugherty, Drums - Jay Dee Daugherty, Percussion - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P)1976, 1996 Arista Records LLC

8
Abyssinia (Digitally Remastered 1996)
00:02:01

Kaye, Composer - Kaye, Lyricist - Jay Messina, Engineer - Lenny Kaye, Electric Guitar - Lenny Kaye, Acoustic Bass - Lenny Kaye, Vocal - Patti Smith, Vocal - Patti Smith, Electric Guitar - Smith, Composer - Smith, Lyricist - Brian Sperber, Engineer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Patti Smith Group, Performer - Sohl, Composer - Sohl, Lyricist - Richard Sohl, Keyboards - Richard Sohl, Synthesizer - Ivan Kral, Electric Guitar - Ivan Kral, Acoustic Bass - Jay Dee Daugherty, Drums - Jay Dee Daugherty, Percussion - Jack Douglas, Producer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P)1976, 1996 Arista Records LLC

9
Chiklets (Bonus Track/Digitally Remastered 1996)
00:06:37

Jay Messina, Engineer - Patti Smith, Vocal - Patti Smith, Electric Guitar - Král, Composer - Král, Lyricist - Lenny Kaye, Vocal - Lenny Kaye, Mixing Engineer - Lenny Kaye, Electric Guitar - Lenny Kaye, Acoustic Bass - Smith, Composer - Smith, Lyricist - Brian Sperber, Engineer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Patti Smith Group, Performer - Richard Sohl, Keyboards - Richard Sohl, Synthesizer - Ivan Kral, Electric Guitar - Ivan Kral, Acoustic Bass - Jack Douglas, Producer - Jay Dee Daugherty, Drums - Jay Dee Daugherty, Percussion - Jay Dee Daugherty, Mixing Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1976 Arista Records LLC

Album Description

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.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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