Few albums released in the past half-century have been as influential as Patti Smith’s 1975 landmark debut, Horses. From its stark cover photography, courtesy of Robert Mapplethorpe, to its eight tracks of pure poetry, Horses is a masterclass in the New York pre-punk art scene. It combines guts, emotion, and vulnerability in ways very few artists have ever explored. Standout songs “Gloria,” “Free Money,” and “Land” are no-holds-barred lyric-wise, and made even more striking by the guitar work of Lenny Kaye. Producer John Cale seems to have stood out of Patti’s way, allowing her to shine. You won’t hear many albums more raw, more rudimentary, yet more brilliant, than Horses.