Monday, June 29, 2015

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. "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.

Track listing

Dream of Life

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

Side one

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

Side two

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

CD reissue

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


Dream of Life


Dream of Life
  • Patti Smith â€" vocals
  • Fred "Sonic" Smith â€" guitar, production
  • Jay Dee Daugherty â€" drums, keyboards, consultant
  • Richard Sohl â€" keyboards

Additional personnel

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


Dream of Life

Release history

Dream of Life


Dream of Life

External links

Dream of Life
  • Dream of Life at AllMusic

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