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Horses: Remastered

Horses Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • ASIN: B0000DZGVX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Freight Train
2. Class Of '69
3. Birdie In A Cage
4. Nothing at All
5. Cheyenne
6. Run Rabbit Run
7. Country Boy
8. Overnight Bag
9. Horseradish
10. Asia Minor
11. Wind
12. Make Me Laugh (Bonus)
13. My Door Is Always Open (Bonus)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Curiosity will be rewarded 14 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
It is difficult to thoroughly appreciate this album on initial listening, due to a rather flat production which masks its charms, although it does have value beyond its reputation as a curio. Horses are perhaps best known, in so far as this can be said of an album so obscure, as a footnote in the history of the Grateful Dead. Bassist David Torbert would later play with New Riders of the Purple Sage, and together with guitarist Matt Kelly and drummer Chris Herold, form the nucleus of Kingfish, Bob Weir’s mid-Seventies solo vehicle. Certainly the album portends the Kingfish sound, despite the musicians acting, to all intents and purposes, as session men for the John Carter-Tim Gilbert songwriting team, who’d previously found success penning ‘Incense and Peppermints’ for the Strawberry Alarm Clock. Anybody anticipating a reprise of such pysch-pop, however, will be disappointed. Horses very definitely represent the first fumblings of Californian hippies towards country rock, having much in common with Buffalo Springfield and early Gene Clark. Whilst the album lacks the strong harmony vocals which truly distinguished those acts, there is some fine material struggling against the stale mastering. The more overt rockers ‘Asia Minor,’ ‘Overnight Bag,’ and ‘Run Rabbit Run’ were strong enough to enjoy regular outings with Kingfish, whilst the opening track, ‘Freight Train’ is as good a train song as you’re likely to hear, featuring some beautiful, melodic bass from Torbert. However, the real standouts are introspective tracks such as ‘Birdie In a Cage,’ and particularly, ‘Nothing At All,’ which would comfortably fit on many of the more celebrated works of the era. If this album doesn’t quite deserve the status of lost classic, it is nonetheless an important and eminently listenable artefact.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent country psych 2 Jan 2014
By Michael
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, just to correct this rather misleading statement from Amazon.com: 'Remastered reissue of the 1969 debut & final album from country-rock act featuring Don Johnson of 'Miami Vice fame.' Whoever wrote that couldn't have read the liner notes. The vocalist was indeed a young man by the name of Don Johnson, but it is by no means certain that he was the actor. Nobody claiming to have sung vocals with the band has ever been located, and whoever he was, this seems to have been his sole venture into music. For while the rest of the band had known and played with each other for quite some time, a guy called Don Johnson was basically hired just to make the record with them, and sing the songs they'd written. They only knew him a few months, as they broke up the band shortly after recording the album - a couple of the guys said they didn't know it had actually been released until years later. But the band members they interviewed are adamant that it was not THE Don Johnson. The guy who wrote the liner notes actually contacted the actor Don Johnson's management and asked them directly, but he didn't get a definitive answer. Something along the lines of he may have been involved in a music project around that time. If you can get a big enough picture of the album cover you can decide for yourself - Don Johnson is the guy lying down at the front of the photo, so if you can find a picture of Don Johnson circa 1969 you may be able to come up with own opinion. Basically, it has not yet been proved beyond doubt that it's NOT the actor Don Johnson, but it seems unlikely.

As for the music, it's quite pleasant but I wouldn't say this is a must-have unless you really love bands like Hardwater (one or two of these guys were in that band) or Circus Maximus.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent country psych 2 Jan 2014
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, just to correct this rather misleading statement from Amazon: 'Remastered reissue of the 1969 debut & final album from country-rock act featuring Don Johnson of 'Miami Vice fame.' Whoever wrote that couldn't have read the liner notes. The vocalist was indeed a young man by the name of Don Johnson, but it is by no means certain that he was the actor. Nobody claiming to have sung vocals with the band has ever been located, and whoever he was, this seems to have been his sole venture into music. For while the rest of the band had known and played with each other for quite some time, a guy called Don Johnson was basically hired just to make the record with them, and sing the songs they'd written. They only knew him a few months, as they broke up the band shortly after recording the album - a couple of the guys said they didn't know it had actually been released until years later. But the band members they interviewed are adamant that it was not THE Don Johnson. The guy who wrote the liner notes actually contacted the actor Don Johnson's management and asked them directly, but he didn't get a definitive answer. Something along the lines of he may have been involved in a music project around that time. If you can get a big enough picture of the album cover you can decide for yourself - Don Johnson is the guy lying down at the front of the photo, so if you can find a picture of Don Johnson circa 1969 you may be able to come up with own opinion. Basically, it has not yet been proved beyond doubt that it's NOT the actor Don Johnson, but it seems unlikely.

As for the music, it's quite pleasant but I wouldn't say this is a must-have unless you really love bands like Hardwater (one or two of these guys were in that band) or Circus Maximus. They are proficient musicians and Don Johnson does a decent job on vocals. There is not a lot psychedelic about the album actually, but it has a bit of that influence that makes it sound different to real country rock bands like the Flying Burrito Brothers, for example, so you need not be a country rock fan to like it. It's pretty hard to find this album as the band name and album title 'Horses' leads to hundreds of other albums, but 'Horses Don Johnson' usually does the trick.
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