January 29, 2011 – 3:46 am

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London 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Roundhouse, London, May 17, 1976 - very good audience recording?; plus bonus tracks from 1975 and rare interviews. Ripped from vinyl.

Reviewing a 2007 concert at the Roundhouse in London, Kevin Harley wrote in The Independent: “You’ve got to have faith when it comes to Patti Smith. In May 1976, playing her first-ever UK shows at the Roundhouse, she aspired to alchemise rock ‘n’ roll, politics and poetry in an outsider’s bid for revolution and transcendence. The conviction holds firm: Smith’s concerts are testimonies to a belief that rock has to strive to matter.”

While Smith’s belief in the power of rock has not wavered, as her 2010 year-end Bowery shows continue to indicate, not many were fortunate enough to witness Smith’s early shows in the United Kingdom.

But thanks to booomboom, who shared these tracks from an ultra rare vinyl on Dime, fans can now celebrate in this slice of Patti Smith history.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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London Roundhouse, May 17, 1976
Track 01. Free Money (7.0MB)
Track 02. Pissing In A River (7.0MB)
Track 03. Pumping (My Heart) (4.4MB)
Track 04. Ain’t It Strange (12.2MB)
Track 05. Gloria (11.1MB)
Track 06. Time Is On My Side (5.6MB)

Poetry reading at St. Mark’s Church, January 1, 1975
Track 07. Histories Of The Universe/Seven Ways Of Going, Parade* (14.1MB)
This track is also offered as a free download here. (According to the wikipedia, 12 albums are available for free download in MP3 format by Giorno Poetry Systems at

November 29, 1976
Track 08. Hungerthon Interview WNEW (8.2MB)

Live at Central Park, May 11, 1975
Track 09. Piss Factory War Is Over (8.4MB)
Track 10. War Is Over Piss Factory (2.0MB)
Track 11. Land (11.9MB)

With Scott Muni (?), early 1976
Track 12. Radio Interview WNEW (21.2MB)

* Also found on Cash Cow - The Best of Giorno Poetry Systems, 1965-1993 (discontinued).

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  1. 8 Responses to “PATTI SMITH - LONDON 1976”

  2. Giorno Poetry Systems may have released it but that cd seems to be out of print. Any chance of getting the track here? Sounds pretty interesting.

    By Steve on Jan 29, 2011

  3. Patti Smith’s Histories Of The Universe has been reinstated. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 29, 2011

  4. Your Track 9 link is actually to Piss Factory, and your Track 10 link is actually to War Is Over (a brief monolog).

    Proper play order for the Central Park segment is: Piss Factory, War Is Over, Land.


    By Rick on Jan 29, 2011

  5. Hello Rick
    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 30, 2011

  6. Yeah track 12 is definitely Scott Muni.

    By Nick on Jan 30, 2011

  7. Hey you guys in Singapore:
    This is a real treat!
    YOU still are the best!

    Thanks for sharing the Patti experience!

    Cheers Tony

    By tony lauber on Feb 3, 2011

  8. Thank you so much!!!
    What a gem.

    By JoePass on Mar 10, 2011

  9. Awesome!!!!! I love Patti!!!

    By Paul on Jul 23, 2013

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