Patti Smith

I Never Talked to Bob Dylan

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This Swedish bootleg preserves an October 3, 1976, performance by Patti Smith at the Concerthouse in Stockholm, Sweden. The glossy color cover and accurate annotations suggest the quality of what's inside: legitimate-release-quality sound doubtless coming from the soundboard, possibly as a radio broadcast. Smith was on tour promoting her second album, Radio Ethiopia, so we get versions of the title track, "Ask the Angels," and "Ain't It Strange," plus "Redondo Beach," "Free Money," and "Land" from her first album, Horses. The covers include the Velvet Underground's "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" and "Pale Blue Eyes" (Smith, who usually introduced the latter by saying it had been written about Hank Williams, this time says, "Lou Reed writ [sic] this song for a Swedish broad"), both standard parts of the set, as well as a surprise: "Time Is on My Side." The concert is unusually straightforward for a Smith show, with little in the way of improvisation and a high music-to-poetry quotient, and the freak-out on "Radio Ethiopia" is ameliorated somewhat by combining it with "Gloria." The amazing sound quality makes this a real find among Patti Smith boots.

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