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Patti Smith is back with a bang.
Backed by a band with old and new members,
she sings songs of things old and new.
The title and the cover is referring back to WWII
and the war in Vietnam.
In a way she takes off from just about where
The Fugs left it with Tenderness Junction in 1968.
Out demons out!
Through the years, Patti's voice has been
a powerful, convincing wail as well as
a catatonic drone.
This time around she's mostly in good spirits.
Great band, great production,
some really great songs.
I believe she's quite pleased.
So am I.
The remasters keep coming.
And soon we'll have 24bit/96kHz as audio standard (from DVD), and start all over again.
This 1982 gem will probably benefit.
Because Avalon is, besides being a fabulous collection of songs, an audiophile's wet dream.
Trip the light fantastic, yeah.
There is especially this thing, 1:50 into the title track, where Yanick Etienne hits a note that still sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it.
I'm usually not trainspotting, but this cries out only one thing:
You are alone but not alone.