by Patti SmithPatti Smith


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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."

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 0889854131722
catalogNumber: 5039519

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti Smith   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Cale   Bass
Tom Verlaine   Guitar
Jay Dee Daugherty   Drums
Flea   Bass,Trumpet
Lenny Kaye   Guitar,Vocals
Ivan Král   Bass,Guitar
Tony Shanahan   Bass,Piano
Richard Sohl   Piano

Technical Credits

John Cale   Producer
Bruce Dickinson   Producer
Chris Kenner   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Tom Verlaine   Composer
Lenny Kaye   Composer
Bernie Kirsh   Engineer
Allen Lanier   Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
Sandy Pearlman   Liner Notes
Patti Smith   Composer
Richard Sohl   Composer
Paul Williams   Liner Notes
Gail Marowitz   Art Direction
Robert Mapplethorpe   Cover Photo
Emery Dobyns   Engineer

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