Horses & Other Great Albums According to MHG Staff

<I>Horses</I> & Other Great Albums According to MHG Staff

Photo: Lynn Goldsmith, Patti Smith, New York City, 1977

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once proclaimed, "Without music, life would be a mistake." Needless to say, we couldn't agree more. As music occupies our nearly every waking moment and arguably plenty of those sleeping as well, we can't help but form some pretty steadfast opinions when faced with the daunting task of trying to distinguishing the good from the truly great, much less "the greatest of all time" despite at least handful of undisputed classics.

Among these is Patti Smith’s 1975 debut studio album, Horses, a masterwork described by the punk poet laureate herself as a conscious attempt “to make a record that would make a certain type of person not feel alone." Upon the 43rd anniversary of its release, we've asked some of the MHG staff to share a few of their all-time favorites. As diversified in their music tastes as their many individual talents and favorite photographs, here's what they had to say...

Casey Fannin-Kaplan
Gallery & Sales Director, Los Angeles Gallery
1. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV
2. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Damn The Torpedos
3. Beatles, The Beatles (The White Album)
4. The Rolling Stones, Some Girls
5. David Bowie, Diamond Dogs

Marcelle Murdock
Gallery Director, New York Gallery
1. Marilyn Manson, Antichrist Superstar
2. Metallica, St. Anger
3. Placebo, Sleeping With Ghosts
4. Danzig, Danzig II: Lucifuge
5. Tupac, All Eyez on Me

Ario Pardee
General Manager, Maui Gallery
1. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
2. Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run
3. The Who, Who’s Next
4. Led Zeppelin, In Through The Out Door
5. Bob Dylan, Blood On The Tracks

Susan Brandt Blachley
National Director of Marketing
1. Rickie Lee Jones, The Magazine
2. Paul Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years
3. Beatles,Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
4. Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique
5. Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life

Jamie Bucherer
Sales Manager, Los Angeles Gallery
1. Black Sabbath, Paranoid
2. George Harrison, All Things Must Pass
3. Bob Dylan, Blood On The Track
4. The Clash, London Calling
5. Miles Davis, Bitches Brew

Matthew Stavro
Fine Art Specialist, New York Gallery
1.The Beatles, 1
2.Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
3. Nirvana, Nevermind
4. Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
5. Wu Tang Clan, 36 Chambers

Julia Oxman
Director of Operations, New York Gallery
1. Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark
2. The Mamas & The Papas, If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears
3. Janis Joplin, Pearl
4. The Doors, Waiting for the Sun
5. Patti Smith, Easter

Daniel Walters
Content Director, New York Gallery
1. The Velvet Underground + Nico, The Velvet Underground
2. Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison
3. Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac
4. Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow
5. The United States of America, The United States of America