Dream of Life

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This article is about the album by Patti Smith. For the documentary about her, see Patti Smith: Dream of Life.
Dream of Life
Studio album by Patti Smith
Released June 1988 (1988-06)
Recorded 1987
The Hit Factory, New York; A&M Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Rock
Length 42:01
Label Arista
Producer Fred 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]
Penthouse[4]

Dream of Life is an 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 Bowery Ballroom.[5] "Paths That Cross" is dedicated to the memory of Samuel J. Wagstaff.

The album was ranked number 49 on Sounds magazine list of the best albums of the year.[6]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one[edit]

  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 two[edit]

  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 reissue[edit]

  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

Samples[edit]


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Personnel[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Austria 26
Norway 9
Sweden[7] 15
Switzerland 9
UK Albums Chart 70
U.S. Billboard 200)[8] 65

Release history[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Dream of Life at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  2. ^ Rolling Stone 25 August 1988
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. Dream of Life. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  4. ^ Penthouse Oct 88
  5. ^ Fricke, David (2007-01-25). "Patti Smith Takes Stage for New Year's Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  6. ^ "Sounds Lists". Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  7. ^ "European charts". Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  8. ^ "Billboard chart". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 

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