Must Have CD: “Outside Society” by Patti Smith

Posted by The G on August 20, 2011 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Patti Smith - Outside Society

Patti Smith - "Outside Society" Available August 23, 2011

There is no better way to be introduced (or re-introduced) to the music of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Patti Smith, than with “Outside Society,” the first single disc collection of Smith’s greatest songs.  “Outside Society,” released on Legacy Recordings will see the light of day on August 23, 2011.  Here are 10 reasons you need to have this collection:

1. Patti Smith’s punk and poetry infused cover of Van Morrison’s “Gloria” is 6 of the best minutes of recorded Rock and Roll.

2. There are 18 tracks that span Patti Smiths career from 1975 to 2007.

3. This disc plays as the perfect sonic companion to Patti Smith’s amazing memoir “Just Kids.”

4. “Rock and Roll Nigger,” the song whose lyrics feature the title of this collection “Outside Society,” is an anthem for those of us that don’t fit in mainstream society – and don’t want to fit in either!

5. “Because The Night” is included in the set.  Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen together in one track.  EPIC.

6. The booklet is filled with Patti Smith’s personal reflections on all 18 songs.

7. Patti Smith’s cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana.  The track is a poetry-infused folksy version of a song that inspired a whole new generation of outcasts in the 1990s.

8. Songs such as “Free Money,” “Pissing in a River” “People Have The Power,” and “Dancing Barefoot” are anthems for self-empowerment and questioning the norms of society.  These words ring truer than ever in this chaotic state we’re in currently.

9. This compilation will make you want to dig deeper into Patti Smith’s catalog when you discover (or rediscover) the brilliance of her words and music.  If that is indeed the case, can I recommend you pick up the Legacy Edition of her debut album “Horses”?  The entire album from start to finish is nothing short of genius and the second disc includes a live performance of the entire record!

10. The lyrics.  The music.  Patti Smith is poetry.  Patti Smith is punk.  Patti Smith is Rock and Roll.  Patti Smith is a seamless fusion of these things.  Patti Smith is a goddess.

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