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Wild Horses (UK) - 1980 The First Album

ARTIST: Wild Horses (UK)
ALBUM: The First Album
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: Reissue list..


LINEUP: Jimmy Bain - vocals, bass * Brian Robertson - guitars * Neil Carter - guitar, keyboards * Clive Edwards - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Reservation * 02 Face Down * 03 Blackmail * 04 Flyaway * 05 Dealer * 06 Street Girl * 07 No Strings Attached * 08 Criminal Tendencies * 09 Nights On The Town * 10 Woman

During the late 70's, there was much to'ing and fro'ing of personnel among some of the British heavyweights of rock. One particular example stands out: Wild Horses, which bought together Scotsman Brian Robertson and bass player Jimmy Bain, both from successful bands Thin Lizzy and Rainbow respectively. Coming together in the middle of 1978, the initial line-up was a supergroup to be honest, Kenny Jones (Small Faces then later on The Who) on drums, and former Wings guitarist Jimmy McCulloch were part of the early line-up but made way for Clive Edwards and Neil Carter, and eventually this quartet recorded the 1980 debut 'The First Album'.

The Songs
Produced by Trevor Rabin (who had also produced the debut Rene Arnell LP the previous year), 'The First Album' was a gritty affair, with the band taking the unusual approach of writing about Native American injustices on the LP opener 'Reservation'. A political statement? Sounds like it. 'Face Down' sounds like a Thin Lizzy re-boot. Should Phil Lynott have been surprised by this? Maybe he should have asked for royalties? 'Blackmail' also sails close to the Lizzy sound, in part due to Brian Robertson's familiar guitar work. The ballad 'Fly Away' is quite good, mixing it up and fusing all those mid 70's British references together. 'Street Girl' is quite pompy actually, very close to a band like Trickster, so too the tappy piano pomp of 'Criminal Tendencies'. A very cool pair of songs.

In Summary
Wild Horses promoted this album during the 1980 Ted Nugent tour, but by the middle of the year, Neil Carter departed to take up a position with UFO following Paul Raymond's exit. WH would follow this debut with 1981's 'Stand Your Ground', with guitarist John Lockton now in the band.

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