• Pressed on 180g classic black vinyl
• Recorded and mixed at Electric Lady Studio NYC
• Mastered at Sterling Sound Inc
Describing the music on the album, Consequence of Sound's Lior Phillips noted a minimalist quality that "matched the tone of" the nascent punk rock genre. Author Joe Tarr identified a punk sensibility in the music's reliance on simple chord progressions, while William Ruhlmann of AllMusic cited Lenny Kaye's rudimentary guitar playing, the "anarchic spirit" of Smith's vocals, and the emotionally charged nature of Smith's lyrics as being representative of punk. Tarr wrote that the band "proudly flaunted a garage rock aesthetic", and that Smith "sang with the delirious release of an inspired amateur", emphasising "honest passion" over technical proficiency. Smith's vocals on the album alternate between being sung and spoken, an approach that, according to Peter Murphy of Hot Press, "challenged the very notion of a demarcation" between the two forms.
A2: Redondo Beach
A4: Free Money
B2: Break It Up
B3: Land: Horses / Land of a Thousand Dances / La Mer(de)
Horses is the debut studio album by American musician Patti Smith. It was released on November 10, 1975 by Arista Records. A fixture of the mid-1970s underground rock music scene in New York City, Smith signed to Arista in 1975 and recorded Horses with her band at Electric Lady Studios in August and September of that year. She enlisted former Velvet Underground member John Cale to produce the album.
The music on Horses was informed by the minimalist aesthetic of the punk rock genre, then in its formative years. Smith and her band composed the album’s songs using simple chord progressions, while also breaking from punk tradition in their propensity for improvisation and embrace of ideas from avant-garde and other musical styles. Smith’s lyrics on Horses were alternately rooted in her own personal experiences, particularly with her family, and in more fantastical imagery. The album also features adaptations of the rock standards “Gloria” and “Land of a Thousand Dances”.
At the time of its release, Horses experienced modest commercial success and placed in the top 50 of the American Billboard 200 albums chart, while being widely acclaimed by music critics. Recognized as a seminal recording in the history of punk and later rock movements, Horses has frequently appeared in professional lists of the greatest albums of all time. In 2009, it was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation into the National Recording Registry as a “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” work.
Label: Arista, Legacy, Sony Music – 88875111731
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180 gram
Country: UK & Europe
Style: Garage Rock, Art Rock, New Wave, Punk