The Coral Sea (album)

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The Coral Sea
The Coral Sea - Patti Smith and Kevin Shields.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedJuly 11, 2008 (2008-07-11)
RecordedJune 22, 2005 (CD1)
September 12, 2006 (CD2)
VenueQueen Elizabeth Hall, London
GenreSpoken word
Length64:39 (CD1), 54:43 (CD2),
119:22 (Total)
LabelPASK
ProducerPatti Smith, Kevin Shields
Patti Smith live albums chronology
Horses/Horses
(2005)
The Coral Sea
(2008)
Outside Society
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian4/5 stars[2]
The Independent3/5 stars[3]
Mojo3/5 stars[4]
The New York Times(favorable)[5]
Pitchfork Media(6.8/10)[6]
PopMatters8/10 stars[7]
Q3/5 stars[8]
Spin(favorable)[9]
The Village Voice(favorable)[10]

The Coral Sea is a live recording of two performances by Patti Smith and Kevin Shields from 2005 and 2006.[11] The set consists of Smith's homage to the photographer, her friend and former lover Robert Mapplethorpe, and consists of the text of her epic 1996 poem of the same title. Shields accompanies in an improvisational manner on guitar.

Recording[edit]

The performances were recorded on June 22, 2005 and September 12, 2006 (with a third, unreleased performance the previous night) at Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank. In terms of music the two performances are stylistically different, but the words remain the same. The poem tells the story of M (Mapplethorpe) on a final voyage to see the stars of the Southern Cross before he dies.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Patti Smith; all music composed by Kevin Shields.

Disc one
No.TitleLength
1."Untitled"14:32
2."Untitled"12:42
3."Untitled"7:22
4."Untitled"13:02
5."Untitled"7:54
6."Untitled"9:07
Total length:64:39
Disc two
No.TitleLength
7."Untitled"11:00
8."Untitled"13:38
9."Untitled"14:25
10."Untitled"15:40
Total length:54:43

Personnel[edit]

All personnel credits adapted from The Coral Sea's liner notes.[12]

Performers
Technical personnel
  • Ben Thackeray – engineer
  • Emery Dobyns – engineer
Design personnel

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalog
United Kingdom[13] July 7, 2008 2xCD Cargo N/A
United States[14] July 8, 2008 PASK 001

References[edit]

  1. ^ allmusic review
  2. ^ The Guardian review
  3. ^ The Independent review
  4. ^ Mojo review
  5. ^ The New York Times review
  6. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  7. ^ PopMatters review
  8. ^ Q review
  9. ^ Spin review
  10. ^ The Village Voice review
  11. ^ Phillips, Amy (2008-04-24). "Patti Smith and Kevin Shields' Coral Sea Coming to CD". News. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  12. ^ The Coral Sea (CD). Patti Smith and Kevin Shields. PASK. 2008. 001.
  13. ^ "The Coral Sea: Music". Amazon. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  14. ^ "The Coral Sea: Patti Smith, Kevin Shields: Music". Amazon. Retrieved January 30, 2013.

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