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Patti Smith – Horses

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In Smith’s own words, Horses was conceived as “three-chord rock merged with the power of the word”. Steve Huey of AllMusic calls Horses “essentially the first art punk album.” Smith and her band’s sound, spearheaded by the rudimentary guitar work of Lenny Kaye, drew on the simple aesthetics of garage rock, and the group’s use of simplistic chord structures was emblematic of the punk rock scene associated with the band. Smith, however, used such structures as a basis for lyrical and musical improvisation in the album’s songs, diverging from other contemporary punk acts who generally shied away from solos.[9] Horses drew on genres such as rock and roll, reggae, and jazz. “Redondo Beach” features a reggae backing track, while “Birdland”, which was improvised by the band in Electric Lady Studios, owed more to jazz, which Smith’s mother enjoyed, than to the influence of punk

 

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Patti Smith, the first published poet to move her poetry completely into rock ‘n’ roll and to entice experimental rock fans into the forbidden cinema of her hallucinatory fantasy ..

Patti Smith, “the first published poet to move her poetry completely into rock ‘n’ roll and to entice experimental rock fans into the forbidden cinema of her hallucinatory fantasy” (New York Times), began her musical career unconventionally. It took off at a poetry reading where she was backed by Lenny Kaye on guitar; later star photographer Robert Mapplethorpe financed her punk-rock cult single Hey Joe b/w Piss Factory.
In 1975, encouraged by her success, Patti Smith released Horses, an album in which she fused rock riffs and spoken rhythms to create a punk-trash sound. The rock scene was electrified, raging about »the best garage sound of the 70s« (Creem Magazine) and conjectured that Smith had »drawn up material from Rimbaud, Burroughs, Dylan and Velvet Underground into a hot needle and injected it under the skin« (Sounds Magazine). Later productions were dismissed as sentimental and self-loving outpourings, since the rock-poet didn’t continue in the same vein as Horses, with its metallic harshness and raw language. That’s why this recording remains an impressive unique production by a visionary rock ’n’ roll singer.

 

1. Gloria (Part I: In Excelsis Deo”; Part II: “Gloria (Version)”)
2. Redondo Beach
3. Birdland
4. Free Money
1. Kimberly
2. Break It Up
3. Land (Part I: “Horses”; Part II: “Land, of a Thousand Dances”; Part III: “La Mer(de)”)
4. Elegie

 

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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm