Album artwork for Horses by Patti Smith

It isn't hard to make the case for Patti Smith as a punk rock progenitor based on her debut album.

It 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, 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."

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Patti Smith

Horses

RCA
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Album artwork for Horses by Patti Smith
LP

$20.99

Released 06/26/2020Catalogue Number

886919602814

Album artwork for Horses by Patti Smith
LP

$24.99

Import Version

Black
Released 08/07/2015Catalogue Number

88875111731

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Patti Smith

Horses

RCA
Album artwork for Album artwork for Horses by Patti Smith by Horses - Patti Smith
Album artwork for Horses by Patti Smith
LP

$20.99

Released 06/26/2020Catalogue Number

886919602814

Album artwork for Horses by Patti Smith
LP

$24.99

Import Version

Black
Released 08/07/2015Catalogue Number

88875111731

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

It isn't hard to make the case for Patti Smith as a punk rock progenitor based on her debut album.

It 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, 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."

CD available here.