Patti Smith – Horses (1975/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:10 minutes | 958 MB | Genre: Rock, Punk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Arista/Legacy
The seminal punk classic, newly remastered by Vic Anesini. Produced by John Cale (Velvet Underground), Patti Smith’s poetic lyrics and the band’s proto-punk sound continue to inspire countless bands. Horses ranks #44 on Rolling Stones’ “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list, and frequently appears on many critics and fans top picks.
It isn’t hard to make the case for Patti Smith as a punk rock progenitor based on her debut album, which anticipated the new wave by a year or so: the simple, crudely played rock & roll, featuring Lenny Kaye’s rudimentary guitar work, the anarchic spirit of Smith’s vocals, and the emotional and imaginative nature of her lyrics — all prefigure the coming movement as it evolved on both sides of the Atlantic. Smith is a rock critic’s dream, a poet as steeped in ’60s garage rock as she is in French Symbolism; “Land” carries on from the Doors’ “The End,” marking her as a successor to Jim Morrison, while the borrowed choruses of “Gloria” and “Land of a Thousand Dances” are more in tune with the era of sampling than they were in the ’70s. Producer John Cale respected Smith’s primitivism in a way that later producers did not, and the loose, improvisatory song structures worked with her free verse to create something like a new spoken word/musical art form: Horses was a hybrid, the sound of a post-Beat poet, as she put it, “dancing around to the simple rock & roll song”.
01 – Gloria
02 – Redondo Beach
03 – Birdland
04 – Free Money
05 – Kimberly
06 – Break It Up
07 – Land
08 – Elegie