portrait of this blog's author - by Stephen Blackman 2008

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Patti Smith - Gloria: (1975)
                                 Part I: “In Excelsis Deo” (Patti Smith)
                                 Part II: “Gloria” (Van Morrison)“
Patti Smith / Van Morrison
from: “Horses” LP

“Bearing probably the most famous opening line of the entire American punk scene — "Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine”…“
- Stewart Mason (AllMusic.Com”)
Album Personnel:
Patti Smith: Lead Vocals / Guitar
Lenny Kaye: Guitar / Bass / Backing Vocals
Ivan Kral: Bass / Guitar / Backing Vocals
Richard Sohl: Keyboards
Jay Dee Daugherty: Drums
Produced by John Cale

'Horses' is forty three years old this year (Way to feel REALLY old!) and yup, I bought it when it came out. I was at Artschool and a friend at the painting department played it one afternoon and I was lost. A seminal moment like Astral Weeks and Electric Ladyland! 

"The boy looked at Johnny, Johnny wanted to runBut the movie kept moving as plannedThe boy took Johnny, he pushed him against the lockerHe drove it in, he drove it home, he drove it deep in JohnnyThe boy disappeared, Johnny fell on his kneesStarted crashing his head against the lockerStarted crashing his head against the lockerStarted laughing hysterically
When suddenly Johnny gets the feeling he's being surrounded byHorses, horses, horses, horses . . . . . . . . . . "

Patti - pastel sketch 1978 ©️ Andy Swapp

Patti - drawing 1978 ©️ Andy Swapp

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