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Dream of Life is the fifth studio album by Patti Smith, released in June 1988 on Arista Records. It was her first album after the dissolution of The Patti Smith Group. Lead single "People Have the Power" received some album-oriented rock airplay at the time, and later was revived by Bruce Springsteen as a theme song for the 2004 Vote for Change concerts. Songs from this album were performed live for the first time in a show on December 29, 2006 in New York City's Bowery Ballroom.[9] "Paths That Cross" is dedicated to the memory of Samuel J. Wagstaff. The cover photograph is by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Dream of Life
Dream of Life - Patti Smith.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1988 (1988-06)
Recorded1987
StudioThe Hit Factory, New York City; A&M Studios, Los Angeles
GenreRock
Length42:01
LabelArista
ProducerFred Smith, Jimmy Iovine
Patti Smith chronology
Wave
(1979)
Dream of Life
(1988)
Gone Again
(1996)
Singles from Dream of Life
  1. "People Have the Power"
    Released: 1988
  2. "Looking for You (I Was)"
    Released: 1988
  3. "Up There Down There"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Sun-Times3/4 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[6]
Spin3.5/5 stars[7]
The Village VoiceA−[8]

The album was ranked number 49 on Sounds magazine list of the best albums of the year.[10]

Contents

Track listingEdit

All songs were written by Patti Smith and Fred "Sonic" Smith.

Side oneEdit

  1. "People Have the Power" – 5:07
  2. "Going Under" – 5:57
  3. "Up There Down There" – 4:47
  4. "Paths That Cross" – 4:18

Side twoEdit

  1. "Dream of Life" – 4:38
  2. "Where Duty Calls" – 7:46
  3. "Looking for You (I Was)" – 4:04
  4. "The Jackson Song" – 5:24

CD reissueEdit

  1. "People Have the Power" – 5:09
  2. "Up There Down There" – 4:49
  3. "Paths That Cross" – 4:19
  4. "Dream of Life" – 4:39
  5. "Where Duty Calls" – 7:48
  6. "Going Under" – 6:00
  7. "Looking for You (I Was)" – 4:06
  8. "The Jackson Song" – 5:25
  9. "As the Night Goes By" (bonus track) – 5:04
  10. "Wild Leaves" (bonus track) – 4:03

SamplesEdit

PersonnelEdit

Additional personnel

  • Andi Ostrowe – backing vocals
  • Bill-Dog Dooley – assistant engineer
  • Bob Glaubbass on "Going Under"
  • Bob Ludwigmastering
  • Brian Sperber – engineering
  • Errol "Crusher" Bennett – percussion on "Looking for You (I Was)"
  • Dave McNair – assistant engineer
  • Gary Rasmussen – bass
  • Hearn Gadbois – percussion
  • Jay Healey – engineering
  • Jesse Levy – cello on "The Jackson Song"
  • Jim Michewicz – engineering
  • Kasim Sulton – bass
  • Kevin Killen – engineering
  • Malcolm West – bass on "The Jackson Song"
  • Marc DeSisto – assistant engineer
  • Margaret Ross – harp on "The Jackson Song"
  • Maude Gilman – design
  • Richard Travali – assistant engineer
  • Rob Jacobs – assistant engineer
  • Robert DeLaGarza – assistant engineer
  • Robert Mapplethorpephotography
  • Robin Nash – backing vocals on "Going Under"
  • Roger Talkov – assistant engineer
  • Sammy Figueroa – percussion
  • Scott Littassociate producer, mixing, assistant producer
  • Shelly Yakus – mixing
  • Thom Panunzio – engineering
  • Vic Anesini – mastering

ChartsEdit

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Austria 26
Norway 9
Sweden[11] 15
Switzerland 9
UK Albums Chart 70
U.S. Billboard 200)[12] 65

Release historyEdit

Date Label Format Catalog
June 1988 Arista Records LP AL-8453
1996 Arista Records CD
2007 Sony BMG CD 37931

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Dream of Life – Patti Smith". AllMusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  2. ^ McLeese, Don (July 18, 1988). "Nine-year sabbatical pays off for Patti Smith in new album". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 4, 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (June 17, 1996). "Back For More". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  4. ^ Cromelin, Richard (July 10, 1988). "Smith's 'Dream': Strong, Simple, Spruced Up". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Palmer, Robert (August 25, 1988). "Dream of Life". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Abowitz, Richard (2004). "Patti Smith". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 751–52. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Marchese, David (September 2008). "Discography: Patti Smith". Spin. 24 (9): 108. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (August 30, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  9. ^ Fricke, David (2007-01-25). "Patti Smith Takes Stage for New Year's Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  10. ^ "Sounds Lists". Retrieved 2008-06-29.
  11. ^ "European charts". Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  12. ^ "Billboard chart". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-02-29.

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