In late 2015, Patti Smith performed Horses in its entirety at New York City's Electric Lady Studios for a small crowd of fans, rock critics and indie celebrities. Most of the crowd attempted to exude a seen-it-all cool while watching the master punk poet at work in close quarters that night; naturally, no one succeeded. By the time it was over, people who write for a living were left fumbling for words.
Part of what made her performance of an album older than most people in attendance so exhilarating was that unlike many a "classic album front-to-back" concert, this one found the auteur tweaking, updating and embellishing the LP. While Horses has never not felt vital during its 40-plus years on earth, it was especially alive that night.
Fortunately, that live performance of Horses -- recorded at Electric Lady Studios for its 45th anniversary on Aug. 26, 2015 -- finds its way onto wax this Record Store Day (April 16) as the inaugural release of Electric Lady Records (the label plans to release other "Live at Electric Lady" concerts in the future). And luckily, the vast majority of Smith's electricity in the studio that night has permeated the Horses: Live at Electric Lady Studios LP.