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Horses [Original recording remastered, Import]

Patti Smith Audio CD
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1. Horses
2. Land Of A Thousand Dances
3. La Mer (de)
4. Gloria
5. Redondo Beach
6. Birdland
7. Free Money
8. Kimberly
9. Break It Up
10. Land
11. Elegie
12. My Generation

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On her 1975 debut, Smith was full of piss and vinegar, seriously interested in bringing together high art and low three-chord rock & roll. As a result, her free-form poetry meshes with covers of "Gloria" and "Land of a Thousand Dances", and the album centres on two long, highfalutin' pieces, including the three-part suite (warning! warning! art!) "Land". (The CD version appends a messy live take on The Who's "My Generation".) Led by Richard Sohl's piano, the arrangements don't exactly rock, and some of Smith's song-writing gets buried in its stylistic affectations (there's a great song under "Redondo Beach"'s fake reggae). But the point of Horses was Smith's persona of volume, cunning and exile, and it comes through distinctly. --Douglas Wolk

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5.0 out of 5 stars Some misplaced Joan of Arc July 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
Attention women of the world: If you listen to one piece of music throughout your entire lives, let it be Patti Smith's Horses. It is one of the most empowering, poetic and beautiful recordings of all time.
Patti begins the album with Van Morrison's "Gloria" and the line "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine." From there, the album is a whirlwind of poetry, emotion and musical experimentation, and the end result is Biblical to say the least. John Cale's influence/production shines through largely on "Birdland," which is my favorite song on the album.
In my opinion, Horses is the best female solo recording of the past 4 decades, but Patti breaks gender barriers completely (that's part of what makes it so great). The songs are not just limited to proto-punk of 1975, they are timeless. The band plays loudly and softly, and the emotion is just the same throughout the entire album.
There will never be another album like Horses, so sieze the possibility and listen to it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SALOME AND THE CHORDS OF DOOM March 29 2002
Format:Audio CD
...piano drowns in it's own reverb, the music dark like a high mass, aural incense lay heavy as the speaker cones come to life, the black cat of the old blues parts it's teeth and moans...
"...jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine..."
the group joins the catfight, slowly at first, then the wheels roll harder, the wagon rocks, and the rickety creature of strats and drums and thunderbird bass props up and propels the cracked mirror snarls and sweetnothings the singer sings, taking the ancient chant of the sanctified garage, "Gloria", into history.
With "Horses", the Patti Smith Group created a moment in time and sound that we should all strive toward, the purity of both their art and their rock and roll, and the balance struck between the two is a rarity in pop music. The music on "Horses" drives and swoops and undulates and screams and comforts and terrorizes and informs and confuses, it blesses the intellect, the broken or soaring heart, the sacred and the depraved spirit, the hungering body and the bootyshake gland.
Fronted by a black leather scarecrow/mary magdalenic genius, alternately weeping and crowing her words of spite, faith, pride, regret and redemption looking for all the world like Keith Richards' fictional little sister, the Patti Smith Group (Lenny Kaye, Ivan Kral, Jay Dee Daugherty and Richard Sohl)created an album of timeless grace and savage beauty. Like John Lennon's "Plastic Ono Band" before it, "Horses" is a record that can hold you in it's arms and let you know that, for all your dark failings and in spite of all the secrets that make it hard to sleep sometimes, it's alright...you're alright.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My First Patti Experience June 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of Patti Smith last March when a friend of my parent's gave me the "Horses" LP 33" vinyl as a birthday gift. I put it on and gave it a shot... The results were phenomenal. Aside from Christina Aguilera's "Stripped", (YES! Christina Aguilera, be quiet! lol), and everything of Moloko's, Patti Smith's "Horses" is the best album ever to have graced my ears.
1) Gloria - A rockin' cover of Van Morrison's classic. 10/10
2) Redondo Beach - A light reggae tune. 9/10
3) Birdland - My favorite on the album, this is Patti at her finest. Stream of Poetry that has beautiful results. 10/10
4) Free Money - A haunting punk rocker. 10/10
5) Kimberly - A lighter, more bouncy song with heartfelt lyrics. 9.5/10
6) Break It Up - A strange vandetta of true Patti vocals and true Patti lyrics. 9/10
7) Land - Awesome. A montage of three great songs. Similar to 'Gloria'. 10/10
8) Elegie - A haunting ballad. 9/10
(Since recieving the original LP record, I have recently purchased the CD for when I'm on the go, so I recieved the bonus track 'My Generation' on the CD.)
9) My Generation - A somewhat messy, but good nonetheless B-Side which you can listen to while head-banging. 9.5/10
**I will most definetely be buying more of Patti's items in the futture. I highly recommend 'Horses' as a classic.**
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horses April 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
Patti Smith first release is a triumph for woman in music. It is angry, sad, beautiful and poetic. Patti voice isn't beautiful nor is it supposed to be. It is angry and sometimes annoying. She sometimes screams and doesn't hold back some of her anger and lets it all out. The compositions are amazing. The first song Gloria is amazing track, partly covered originally by Van Morrison and she sure does a justice to that song. Other notable tracks such as the 9 minute long Birdland, The uplifting redondo beach, the haunting Free Money, the fun yet provocative Kimberly among others. Her band are amazing performers and they now what to do. The producer John Cale doesn't go extreme with production but does not make a soddy effort.
Horses is often reffered as a punk album. I Can not put it into one genre. It is a bit of new wave, punk, rock but overall a fantastic album that doesn't need a time to be categorized but to be respected and loved by those who experience it and really like it. A Classic debut album by an amazing artist. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant artist who begat a revolution Jan. 28 2002
Format:Audio CD
Patti Smith's "Horses" starts out with some soft, mournful piano chords, courtesy of Richard Sohl. We then hear a most extraordinary, New York sounding voice, which declares "Jesus died for somebody's sins/but not mine!" And from this moment on, the listener is brought into a kind of wild, subterranean world, a world of poetry and mythos, a world, which is an extension of the very soul of the greatest poet to ever become a rock star. As the opening song, "Gloria" continues, picking up speed via Lenny Kay's crunching guitar riffs and Jay Dee Daugherty's steady drumming, poetry merges with mid-60s garage punk, and a whole new world of possibility opens up. This is followed by the gentle, reggae derived "Redondo Beach," which, it turns out, is one of Patti's great vocal moments; there is a rhythm to her voice which serves this, and other songs, very well, as here, she sings a sad tale which contrasts with the upbeat sound of the song. "Birdland," one of the lengthier songs here, returns to the mournful sound of the beginnings of "Gloria" and is quite sublime. A few songs later is "Kimberly," Patti's tribute to her sister, with some great lyrics and a nice steady, rocking beat. It's one of my favorite all time Patti Smith songs. The record climaxes with "Land," a song sequence, in which Patti creates a near cinematic narrative, set in a high school filled with misfits. She brilliantly alludes to the popular culture of an earlier era.
So, with this record, which sounded like absolutely nothing else that came out in 1975, Patti Smith begat a revolution. She is a historic link between the Dylan/Morrison/Lennon/Hendrix 60s and the CBGBs/Max's Kansas City punks of a few years later.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the original CD
I listened to the 2 CD set with the live performance. I was more impressed with the original CD then the live broadcast.
Published on June 26 2008 by Wariner
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock as poetry
With this album, Patti Smith reinvigorated rock in the mid 1970s. A lot of British Punk was just 3-chord anger, but Horses opened up new worlds with its poetic lyrics and... Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2007 by Pieter Uys
3.0 out of 5 stars Tired Horses
I recently bought Trampin`, which I like a lot, and remember living in a ground floor flat in Exeter when Horses galloped onto the scene, below a young woman who played it all day... Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by lowell duluth
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites.
Ive always thought Patti Smith was a genius.Maybe thats because she wrote such a unique version of Land Of A Thousand Dances and made it her own thing as well as Gloria or maybe... Read more
Published on June 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars If Patti Smith is the Grandmother of Punk
she sure did it better than any of her grandchildren. I recall seeing her come on stage on Saturday Night Live. I didn't know who she was. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2003 by taoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best
Patti Smith is the best female performer on the music scene. I became amazed by her when I got the 8 track tape (really) Radio Etheopia and saw her on Saturday Night Live when I... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars I Dont Know What To Say!
Released alsmost 10 years before I was born. This LP must have been fresh at the time (and still is). This LP is indeed a must have in your cd collection. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2002 by Borghildur Jónsdóttir
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock/Poetry
This is an Album that grows on you like no other. The first time that you take a listen, if you're not a rock fan, you problably not like the sound in it. Read more
Published on May 29 2002 by Joao A.S.A. Botelho
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