Patti Smith - Horses. What are your opinions?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by lettheflamesbegin, Oct 21, 2021.

  1. lettheflamesbegin

    lettheflamesbegin Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I haven't listened to this album yet, and I plan on listening soon.

    I'm wondering what the people here make of it?
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  2. jonnyhambone

    jonnyhambone Forum Resident

    Minneapolis, MN
    It’s excellent. Birdland is the standout track for me and listening to that song, loud, driving through the mountains, is pretty epic.
  3. Siegmund

    Siegmund Vinyl Sceptic

    Britain, Europe
    I like this album but I’ve never loved it and I find it’s towering reputation somewhat hard to fathom.
  4. hoytis

    hoytis Forum Resident

    Excellent stuff. Raw poetic energy. You can hear all sorts of influences like Velvet Underground and Television. Listen to it loud. Break It Up is so good.
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  5. RogerB

    RogerB Forum Resident

    One of my favorite albums of all time. Classic.
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  6. Alf.

    Alf. Forum Resident

    Horses was the blue touch paper. The Ramones lit it. The Sex Pistols (& co) then blew the whole bloated, self-satisfied, rotten music biz sky high. (For a little while anyway.) It's a ground-breaking album, of huge influential significance. In short, it's brilliant.
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  7. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    I like it -- I prefer Radio Ethiopia, but Horses is more "important."
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  8. The Lone Cadaver

    The Lone Cadaver Forum Resident

    Good album although I much prefer Easter, Wave and my favorite of hers Dream of Life.
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  9. 7solqs4iago

    7solqs4iago Forum Resident


    you'll love it.... if this is your kind of thing..... it was and is for me... :D
  10. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

    Brooklyn, New York
    Brilliant, life changing music for me. She and the band not only kicked the doors in, they set them on fire. A universal screw you to convention from the cover shot to the music inside, it's filled with hallucinatory incantations and a snake charmer approach to the music, all punk rock chords and classical piano (RIP Richard DNV Sohl) intertwined with Patti's lyrics that split the difference between poetics and rock'n'roll. Nothing like it in 1975 and very little like it since.
  11. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    Love the mix of rock and literary sensibility, the sound of the band, the acoustic piano, the responsiveness to the Smith and her sensibility, the way Smith digs into rock history as source material. I love Patti Smith generally, and many of her albums and books. But this one in particular is special. Kinda like nothing else was at the time. Or really even since.
  12. Roger Thornhill

    Roger Thornhill Forum Resident

    Ilford, Essex, UK
    I read a full-page review by Charles Shaar Murray in the NME (which I still have) who raved about it. Full page reviews were scarce so this was something worth investigating.

    I sat in a record booth in a shop in London's Dean Street and listened to a side. It completely blew me away.

    I won't say "it changed my life" but it certainly opened my ears to a world outside what I had been listening to until then.

    I've been a fan of the album and of her ever since.

    It's a remarkable album and deserves every high listing in top albums that it gets.
  13. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    Take a guess :D.
  14. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

    Brooklyn, New York
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  15. 7solqs4iago

    7solqs4iago Forum Resident


    i try not to second guess those with Patti or Jerry or Keith avatars
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  16. Spy Car

    Spy Car Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    One of the all-time classic albums in my estimation.

    Well deserving of its towering reputation.

  17. BornToBoogie

    BornToBoogie Forum Resident

    Sunny Dorset UK
    Wonderful album in my humble opinion.
    Heard it first around 1978 and it blew me away. Very powerful vocals , strong and challenging songs.
    Hope you enjoy it.
    Let us know what you think.
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  18. cwd

    cwd Forum Resident

    Clarksville, TN
    Freaking awesome-smashes through conventional limitations of music without pausing for breath. I never saw this as punk music, much more expansive. And I was going to see her tonight for the first time, front row at Ryman, but it was canceled. Damn.
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  19. Terry

    Terry Senior Member

    Um, brilliant
  20. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    Absolute masterpiece and one of my all time favourites.
  21. Postcard

    Postcard Forum Resident

    Leicester UK
    I think there has been a thread on this before….
    I’ll post similar.

    For those that weren’t around it’s hard to gauge the impact this album had.
    I bought this in the UK in 1975 as an import - spurred on by the glowing review in the NME. From the opening “Jesus died for somebody’s sins….” it’s stunning.
    A magnificent achievement.
    A raw and unpolished gem.

    My original copy is long gone.
    However I now have several copies.
    My most prized one is the actual LP used to do this review in 1975.
    Jonh Ingham - My Back Pages: La belle dame sans merci: Patti Smith: Horses (Arista Import) *****
    A US first pressing.

    Enjoy it as much as I did hearing it for the first time.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2021
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  22. Indeed. It’s the answer to the question, “What if Bruce Springsteen was a pissed-off female beatnik?” It was natural that they’d eventually collaborate.
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  23. asdf35

    asdf35 Forum Resident

    Austin TX
    You're gonna hear two things simultaneously: a mid 70s NYC rock band & a raw female poet. Some songs blend those elements, and some songs lead with unfathomable poetry. I'm in it for the words, but if that isn't your thing it might be a tough listen.
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  24. Jowcol

    Jowcol Forum Resident

    Somerset, England
    Love it. Saw her live a couple of weeks ago and the tracks from Horses were, for me, the highlights of a fantastic concert
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  25. AlienRendel

    AlienRendel Forum Resident

    Chicago, il
    Great, great, great album.
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