Patti Smith has released a new EP called Live at Electric Lady. The seven-track project was recorded at the famed New York studio in partnership with Spotify and features live renditions of several of her own songs, as well as covers of Bob Dylan’s ‘One Too Many Mornings’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Blame it on the Sun’. Stream it below.
“We are very proud to be part of Spotify’s Live at Electric Lady series, our favorite recording studio,” Patti Smith said in a statement. “It was a unique challenge and offered us an exciting and innovative platform. We are grateful to Spotify for their generous support and willingness to present a live performance with all its possibilities of risk and revelation.”
Electric Lady’s general manager, Lee Foster, added:
Prior to recording, I had been discussing cover song options to present to Patti with Tony Shanahan, Patti’s MD and longtime bassist/pianist. We’d yet to mention to Patti that we’d hoped to record a cover during the session, so she was unaware at the time. Days went by and Tony and I couldn’t find the right song together. Then, as we’d just begun to agonize over it, he called me excitedly and asked “is ‘Blame It On The Sun’ from Talking Book [Stevie Wonder’s 1972 album recorded at Electric Lady]?” I looked quickly to confirm and told him yes. For no reason at all that morning Patti had texted him to say that the song was stuck in her head and that she wanted the band to learn it. Kismet.
Spotify’s Live at Electric Lady EP series will feature releases by Japanese Breakfast, Faye Webster, Bleachers, Remi Wolf, and more.