PATTI SMITH Horses/Horses Live (1975/2005)

Horses Live (2005)
30 Years After

Saw her twice. First time, she fell off the stage and broke her neck. The second time was her triumphant return, as part of a radio station birthday party featuring opening act, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Because Petty’s “Breakdown” was in heavy rotation, the full house began to empty out starting with Smith’s first song, until only a few hundred were left by the end of the show. Truth be told, I was never a big Smith fan… that is, until the 2000 release of Gung Ho, which totally turned me around. For whatever reason, after 25+ years, Patti Smith finally made sense. My conversion brought me to the 2005, expanded, 30th Anniversary edition of Horses, which is where this bonus live disc, a re-creation of the original 1975 album, comes from. Featuring Tom Verlaine (Television) and Flea (Chili Peppers), alongside longtime PSG members, the great Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty & Tony Shanahan. Find it at Amazon. We’ve updated this post to include both discs from the 30th Ann release, Horses (1975) and Horses Live (2005).

Gloria: In Excelsis Deo/Gloria (Van Morrison Version) (7:01)
Redondo Beach
Birdland (9:52)
Free Money (5:30)
Kimberly (5:29)
Break It Up (5:24)
Land: Horses/Land Of A Thousand Dances/La Mer (De) (17:35)
Elegie (5:09)
My Generation (7:00)


  • Capt. Willard
    April 5, 2010 - 12:31 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Art Ducko
    April 6, 2010 - 13:33 | Permalink

    Excellent set here, Cap. I thought her most recent covers album was amazingly overlooked.

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 - 00:28 | Permalink

    I loved Patti Smith back in the 70's and saw her several times; but I was completely blown away by how much more powerful her current band is and how confident she has grown as a performer. It's almost like what she did back then has served as a blueprint for her current work. I think often you need to separate what impact artists have on the culture at certain historical moments from the trajectory of their life work.

    Thanks for the always interesting blog…
    Tom Wheeler

  • Capt. Willard
    April 7, 2010 - 01:41 | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment, Tom. Makes me think that maybe it wasn't just me that wasn't seeing the big picture. But, her new millenium confidence does seem tangible.

    Thanks RB for the Bum steer. That didn't come out right.

  • Ansina
    April 7, 2010 - 04:03 | Permalink

    Many thanks. This one seems like a must-have.

  • RevolutionaryBum
    April 7, 2010 - 00:20 | Permalink

    Gung Ho was a Great record and tour, I've always been fond of her but the interest has grown so much deeper over the years as has the admiration of true spirt of Rock N' Roll. Thanks for the post.

  • Private Beach
    April 7, 2010 - 11:05 | Permalink

    I've always loved her since Horses came out. I think it probably hurt her career that she was labelled as "punk" early on, when she actually came from a much more literate tradition, while still drawing on some of the raw energy that fuelled the punk scene.

    If you have the live album from the French limited edition release of "Trampin'", I'd like to see that posted. Thanks.

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 - 11:25 | Permalink

    Thanks for Mrs Smith musica. It's very apreciated. Greetings from Spain.

  • Timbo
    April 7, 2010 - 14:49 | Permalink

    Anyone know whether or not the cover pic was taken in Patti's room at the famous Chelsea Hotel in NYC? Looks like the Chelsea to me.

  • Capt. Willard
    April 7, 2010 - 15:06 | Permalink

    It's a Mapplethorpe outtake from the original Horses cover shoot. Though, the liners don't mention the whereabouts.

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 - 18:49 | Permalink

    In South America Patti Smith is an icon. We love her music, the way she sings, with her heart in every concert. She "lives" each song. She can be the most femenine girl wearing a man shirt , being natural in her thoughts and her look is a reflection of them. She could go further her personal tragedy (her husband, her brother and her friend Robert Mapplethorpe died in the 80) and came back , slowly but full of energy. Full of life. I love her music, Trampin', Horses, Easter….etc. The great writer Roberto Bolaño, nuestro querido hermano chileno has a new fan: Patti Smith. Guau!! and also Federico Garcia Lorca, she's always looking for art. And we look for her, because she is Art.
    Patti from Buenos Aires Argentina I send you all nuestro cariño!! tu tocaya Patricia

  • Art Ducko
    April 8, 2010 - 06:20 | Permalink

    New York artists "arty & pretentious"? Heaven forbid, not after Lou Reed's magnum opus, Metal Machine Music. Why, they're still talking about that one after all these years. Must be great.

  • Timmy
    April 9, 2010 - 16:39 | Permalink

    I saw Patti at the Santa Monica Pier, about a year ago. She did a free concert there. It was approaching the Pier's 100th. anniversary & she stopped in the midst of her show & said a prayer for the Pier. She put all her heart & soul into that show. She's a great. Thanx for this, AND ~ Dean Martin always had brilliant things to say, as well as sing.

  • Vineland
    April 10, 2010 - 09:41 | Permalink

    Patti Smith's new book JUST KIDS describes how Mapplethorpe took the photographs for the cover of HORSES in Sam Wagstaff's apartment. The book is highly recommended.

  • Anonymous
    April 13, 2010 - 01:16 | Permalink

    In March the book was abridged to five fifteen minute episodes on BBC radio 4 and was read over the course of a week by none other than the great woman herself. If you missed it you missed a treat.

  • Anonymous
    September 1, 2012 - 02:45 | Permalink

    Any chance of posting xpanded edition of Horses studio. I sold my copy years ago so… Tanx

    • Willard
      September 1, 2012 - 09:44 | Permalink

      New links. You can follow the link now for the complete 30th Anniversary Edition. Thanks.

  • September 3, 2012 - 12:40 | Permalink

    Y E A H !!!!!!!!!!

  • Doomcan
    September 3, 2012 - 17:42 | Permalink

    Many thanks, Capt. Willard. These kind of things make going up the river SO worth it. Please send my face to my wife, sir.


    – Dan

  • Sven DiMilo
    September 4, 2012 - 08:22 | Permalink

    I saw her once, 1978, Birmingham Alabama, a time and place where ‘punk’ meant a skinny tie and a Yankees cap. She was dragged off stage by burly Birmingham cops while making beautiful horrible shrieking noises on a clarinet. I had a great time.

    • Willard
      September 4, 2012 - 10:04 | Permalink

      Those were the concert days. When anything could happen.

  • September 4, 2012 - 14:31 | Permalink

    Never heard the 2005 live set & am looking forward to checking it out. I saw Patti Smith several times during her heyday — I thought Tom Wheeler’s comment on this post had great merit — you can’t judge an artist in terms of their breakthrough moment (well, not if you want to understand where they were trying to take their music to in the first place).

  • Allen B.
    February 16, 2015 - 20:51 | Permalink

    My wife and I saw her live just last month and she was flippin’ amazing – they rocked like youngsters from start to finish. Probably one of my top 5 shows ever.

  • Anonymous
    November 15, 2015 - 07:52 | Permalink

    Doh. It is gone! My we have a re-up soon? Thanks

    • Willard
      November 15, 2015 - 08:24 | Permalink

      New links up, thanks.

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