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Patti Smith: Horses 30th Anniversary

From: Joyride Media
Length: 59:00

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One-hour music-intensive program honors the 30th anniversary of Patti Smith's debut album, Horses.

Albumart82f9d09a88934a2bacb97f2ce483dad7large_small One-hour music-intensive program honors the 30th anniversary of Patti Smith's debut album, "Horses" - a mix of poetry and wild rock and roll that is as powerful and influential today as it was in 1975. Rita Houston (WFUV, New York, NY) hosts, and you'll hear comments by Patti Smith, her collaborators Lenny Kaye and John Cale, and journalist Anthony DeCurtis. In addition to newly remastered tracks from the original album, the special also features live versions of "Horses" songs as recorded in 2005 with special guests Tom Verlaine and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Program audio will be posted here by Thu, Jan 5, 2006.

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One-hour music-intensive program honors the 30th anniversary of Patti Smith's debut album, "Horses" - a mix of poetry and wild rock and roll that is as powerful and influential today as it was in 1975. Rita Houston (WFUV, New York, NY) hosts, and you'll hear comments by Patti Smith, her collaborators Lenny Kaye and John Cale, and journalist Anthony DeCurtis. In addition to newly remastered tracks from the original album, the special also features live versions of "Horses" songs as recorded in 2005 with special guests Tom Verlaine and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Program audio will be posted here by Thu, Jan 5, 2006.

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Review of Patti Smith: Horses 30th Anniversary

We Aired This Show. You Should Too!

Let's be honest. Patti isn't Pasta, she's not a universal taste. She's kind of like eating sushi for the first time. New, interesting, raw, scary, dangerous....make that Blowfish Sushi, the kind that kills you if it's not done right.

By the end of this show, you'll be a gobbling up Patti like a Lobster Tempura Roll with Salmon and Tuna Outer wrapping. The complexity and danger is replaced with beauty and respect. Things you dismissed before come alive, they dance on your head, they make you run to the record store to further explore the themes discussed by Patti, John Cale and others about this record.

And it's all because Rita Houston lends authenticity, empathy and expert knowledge in explaining how Patti was ahead of her time...and now we've just all caught up to her. Rita, if you know her, is ahead of her time too, but that's another story.

These kind of pieces Dance or Bore based on the producers ability to tell a story for an extended period of time. That means a LOT OF WORK and it pays off her. The depth of the interviews and actualities are perfectly recorded, pertinent to the story and the lead the listener into becoming involved with the music.

This piece from Joyride is particularly well crafted to engage listeners who would tune out Patti's harder edge. Heck, I but a classical station could air this without too many complaints....well, ok, that's pushing it, but News Stations should be airing it during Woman's History Month if you really need an excuse. This piece works anytime.

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Review of Patti Smith: Horses 30th Anniversary

I felt like the subject was handled tastefully and it reflected through the editing of the piece -- Smith and her work drove the flow -- not overproduced -- just the right amount and placement of song samples to allow me to get inside the music without forgetting I'm in a documentary piece. Very nice work.