Horses is the debut studio album by American musician and poet, Patti Smith. Smith, a fixture of the mid-1970s underground rock music scene in New York City, began recording Horses with her band at Electric Lady Studios in August 1975. She enlisted The Velvet Underground's John Cale to produce the album.
The music on Horses was informed by the minimalist, garage rock-inspired aesthetic of the then-nascent American punk rock movement. While Smith and her band developed the album's songs around simple chord progressions, the musicians' frequent improvisation, however, differentiated them from other contemporary punk acts. Smith's lyrics on Horses encompass ruminations on her family, tributes to deceased rock icons, and brilliantly imagined narratives. Horses was released to widespread acclaim from music critics and is recognized as a seminal recording in the history of punk and rock and roll.
1. Gloria (Part l: In Excelsis Deo / Part ll: Gloria (Version))
2. Redondo Beach
4. Free Money
6. Break It Up
7. Land (Part l: Horses / Part ll: Land of a Thousand Dances / Part lll: La Mer(de))