Wednesday, 1 April 2015

50 years of tunes - 1975 - Patti Smith "Horses"

Horses is still the only proper Patti Smith album I own, though since I did my 1975 list it has nicked top spot for the year ahead of Wish You Were Here. Patti's voice is urgent and powerful when she sings whilst her poetic roots are evident in the spoken word introductions to Birdland & Horses. The reworking of Gloria makes the Them original seem quite tame and the fabulous Break It Up, co-written with Tom Verlaine, wouldn't sound out of place on a Television album (no doubt partly due to Tom's cameo on Guitar).

1975 - Patti Smith "Horses"

Released: December 1975
Label: Arista
Producer: John Cale

Side one:
1. "Gloria"
Part I: "In Excelsis Deo" (Patti Smith)
Part II: "Gloria" (Van Morrison)
2. "Redondo Beach" (Smith, Richard Sohl, Lenny Kaye)
3. "Birdland" (Smith, Sohl, Kaye, Ivan Kral)
4. "Free Money" (Smith, Kaye)

Side two:
1. "Kimberly" (Smith, Allen Lanier, Kral)
2. "Break It Up" (Smith, Tom Verlaine)
3. "Land"
Part I: "Horses" (Smith)
Part II: "Land of a Thousand Dances" (Chris Kenner, Fats Domino)
Part III: "La Mer(de)" (Smith)
4. "Elegie" (Smith, Lanier)


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