Peerless punk rock poet Patricia Lee ‘Patti’ Smith released her spectacular debut album ‘Horses’, produced by John Cale on 13 December 1975, 40 years ago. ‘Horses’ is about fully charged passion, endless energy, French Symbolism, barbed wired in-your-face vocals and crystal clear lyrics. From the reggae feel on ‘Redondo Beach’ to the rousing swagger of the mighty ‘Land’.
From the ecstatic and exuberant ‘Gloria’ chorus to the intense beauty of ‘Break It Up’ and
the piercing emotions of the 9.14 minute ‘Birdland‘ A most fascinating magnus opus from start to finish. In her own words: “The sound of a post-Beat poet dancing around to the simple rock and roll song.” At the time the LP was on many levels a shock to the conservative and dictatorial music business.
Today ‘Horses’ still sounds impressively fresh and sharp, robust and fearless. A timeless, towering achievement. And Smith‘s outspoken voice, the most impressive instrument in her brilliant career, is simply incomparable ! Hail hail Patti…
Here’s the classic in full (original tracklist: #1 – #8
‘My Generation’ was later added on the CD version)…
Belgium 2014… (photo by JL)