Eagle Rock Entertainment has led the field of companies releasing live recordings throughout 2012. Its live recordings released through its partnership with Montreux Sounds have been especially impressive. Now as the year winds down, the two companies still have shown that they still have some steam left in them with the release of Patti Smith Live at Montreux 2005.
Patti Smith Live at Montreux 2005 shows one of the most acclaimed vocalist and songwriters of all time at one her finest moments. Each song performed will take viewers back to the days of fellow classic writers such as Bob Dylan. The songs are more than just songs. One of the best songs from this performance is the performance’s closer, ‘People Have The Power.’ In an age in which there is still so much political unrest across the nation, it serves as a reminder to today’s society that people have the power to make change happen, regardless of at what level. It could be argued that it’s almost “Jeffersonian” in nature. It was Jefferson after all who said, “When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears people, there is democracy.” It’s just one of so many highlights from this performance. On a less political level, fans will also appreciate Smiths’ cover of the Rolling Stones’ hit, ‘Like A Rolling Stone.’ Smith’s vocal style and the song itself are a perfect fit both for her and for the performance. And there is even the radio classic that is ‘Because The Night.’ Audiences watching from home will easily find themselves singing along to this song.
Smith’s vocals are as powerful and distinct as her song choices. They’re raw, edgy and real. The influence of her vocal style over other artists is so easily understood. Her ability to vary between a distinct growl to a more raspy, almost Janis Joplin-esque style makes her that much more of an original. Her vocal style simply put is unlike that of any other vocalist out there today and even of any vocalist of her time, period.
Audiences are offered so much in this new live release from Patti Smith. Whether just for the song choices or for Smith’s vocals or for both combined, this is one more successful release from Eagle Rock that continues to show why this company is one of the leaders in home live entertainment.
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