Friday, 13 July 2018

Wild Horses (Thin Lizzy,Rainbow,UFO members) “Stand Your Ground” 1981 UK Hard Rock


Wild Horses (Thin Lizzy,Rainbow,UFO members) “Stand Your Ground” 1981 UK Hard Rock
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Reissue of the second album by this British hard rock supergroup featuring Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson, plus members of Rainbow & UFO. Contains all of the tracks from when EMI originally released in 1981, plus two bonus tracks, ‘The Rapist’ and 'The Kid’. 12 tracks total. 1999 release….~


I really love Brian Robertson’s guitar playing and song writing…and despite what he says now; he did just fine on this record. Bain and Roberston may have not been getting along when they made this record but I like this record as much if not more than the first record. And this CD version has a bunch of extra tracks (demos, live tracks, B-sides). The only down side to Wild Horses as a band is that Jimmy Bain was not a really good vocalist; he was a solid okay and probably fine live but they should have searched for a voice for this band. As a comparison; I’d say this record reminds me most of Thin Lizzy’s “Fighting” and “Bad Reputation” records though it’s not as good as either one of those…by… thomas p. ganley…~


We’ve got some line-up changes from the initial incarnation/release. We now see Jimmy Bain - bass/vocals, Brian Robertson-guitars, John Lockton-guitars, & Clive Edwards on drums. 

You’ve got all the wonderful elements at play here. 
I never tire of hearing Brian Robertson play. So superior to so many “poll winning” guitarists out there. 
There is definitely enough here to satisfy the most ardent Lizzy fan. 
That’s not to say these guys were outright clones as they had an identity of their own (although the lizzy shadow was ever far behind due to the particulars involved) 
“Another Lover” is the standout track that just screams “Thin Lizzy”. 
“Precious” could have been something off of thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak album < Wonderful solo on this one 
“Stake Out” has that undeniable guitar riff/groove and one of Bain’s better vocal performances. 
“I’ll Give You Love” has hypnotic bass and full fledged guitar. Great driving song! Just watch your speed!!! 
“The Axe” is worth the price of admission for the soloing alone. :-) 
“In the City” & “Back in the U.S.A.” add some further ammo to this album. 
Not a stinker on here and a great album to drive or work out in the gym too! 

In many ways I actually prefer the 2nd Stand Your Ground to the first album. 
With that said, if you are a fan of Thin Lizzy, Rainbow, or Dio, do yourself a favor and give it a try. 
It’s well worth the cost. : ) 

The Rock Candy re-issue has some interesting bonus tracks and demos recorded by the band that are the cherry on top. 
This band had huge potential and some serious talent going on behind the scenes. 
One can only guess if it was drugs, egos, or record company hubris (or all three) that finally grounded this talented configuration…by… Johnny….~


Stand Your Ground is a fantastic album that any fan of Brian Robertson, Jimmy Bain, or Thin Lizzy should enjoy. The folks at Rock Candy have done a fine job with not only the inclusion of several b-sides and bonus tracks, but also a retrospective on the creation of the album with comments from both Jimmy and Robbo. 

Now, as for the music, it’s largely in the direction of the heavier cuts from 'The First Album’. There really isn’t a 'Street Girl’ or 'Criminal Tendencies’ (which are good songs, by the way) on this album. 'Precious’ is a smooth bluesy number while 'Because I Care’ has a very infectious and funky rhythm track that goes so well with Robbo’s soloing. The rest of the songs tend to be either Lizzy-ish rockers (Another Lover) or more straight ahead hard rock (The Axe, I’ll Give You Love). 
In all, this is a great, if not nearly forgotten, album from one of the 70’s best guitarists and the secret weapon of DIO during the 80’s (all IMO, of course). Well worth the purchase….by.. Thaddeus A. Wolfe…~


WILD HORSES - 'Stand Your Ground’ is one of the unsung gems from the NWOBHM era. Always really loved this disc for some reason. The problem for Wild Horses was that they didn’t sound like your prototpyical, leather clad, balls-to-the-wall NWOBHM band that were all the rage in the early 80’s (Maiden, Saxon, Angel Witch, etc.) but operated on an altogether more sophisticated and refined level. 

'Stand Your Ground’ is a big step up from the Horses’ solid but ultimately unspectacular Trevor Rabin (later of Yes fame) produced 'The First Album.’ Gone are most of the Beatles connotations as well as keyboardist/guitarist Neil Carter (joined UFO and later Gary Moore) whose replacement John Lockton shines alongside fellow axeman Brian Robertson. There are still a few Lizzy-isms (“You can take the boy out of Thin Lizzy, but you can’t take Lizzy out of the boy…..”) to be found but overall Horses have clearly found a style of their own on 'Stand Your Ground’ and deliver 10 tracks of top shelf heavy rock. 

Highlights include the seriously revved up opener 'I’ll Give You Love’, powered along by an infectious Jimmy Bain (also the lead vocalist and doing a very nice job!) bass motif (think Ted Nugent’s 'Stranglehold’ on speed!), the equally hard charging title cut, 'The Axe’ (gotta love that great, funky opening riff!), the masterful, introspective 'In The City’ (nice twin axe lead work by Sirs Lockton & Robertson), the anthemic, care-free 'Back in the U.S.A’, and 'Miami Justice’ (possibly inspired by Florida’s then newly reinstated death penalty). The band even manage to venture into jazzy territory on 'Precious’ without embarrassing themselves. The album closes out in rockin’ fashion with 'Stake Out.’ 

It is rather a shame that WILD HORSES split up after this album just as seemed to have found their step but the lack of commercial success probably sealed the deal, with both Robertson (Motorhead) and Bain (Dio) moving on to higher profile gigs. But, 'Stand Your Ground’ has aged really well and still sounds fresh which is definitely a testimony to just how cool of a band Horses were. Thin Lizzy fans and connoisseurs of quality late 70’s style hard rock in general should definitely pick this up if the CD pops up for a decent price (I own the 'Legendary Remasters’ Japanese re-issue from 1995 which is probably impossible to get at this point, and even the recent Zoom Club version seems to be rare at this point. Here is hoping for another re-issue - albums like this should always be in print!)….TheManWhoKnewTooMuch……~


Unfortunately, Neil Carter was not satisfied with the situation in the group and after the album’s release left WILD HORSES. First, he replaced in the UFO Paul Raymond (Paul Raymond) and performed with the group until 1983. After the collapse of the UFO, Neil continued to work in a group, Gary Moore (Gary Moore), who also has a lot to THIN LIZZY. Carter was the replacement guitarist John Lockton (John Lockton), take a directparticipate in the creation of their second album “Stand Your Ground”. This record took more heat, but the days were numbered group - composed WILD HORSES confusion and vacillation began, as a result - the musicians began to leave one by one composition. First, Brian Robertson, later Clive Edwards and John Lockton. Bain heroically tried to save his child, he even put together a new composition of the group, with vocalist Roybenom Archer (Reuben Archer), guitarist LawrenceArcher (Laurence Archer, Archer, both were from the group LAUTREC) and drummer Frank Noon (Frank Noon, ex-DEF LEPPARD). In this part of WILD HORSES a tour dedicated to the support of their second album, but it was soon canceled. As a result, Jimmy waved his hand at all, completing the story of WILD HORSES - group with great potential that has remained untapped.Despite setbacks with WILD HORSES, the band did not go unnoticed. Jimmy Bain rehearsed with the SCORPIONS, worked for several years in the infamous group of DIO, helped Phil Lynott recorded solo records, and in the early '90s he played with a group of WORLD WAR III.Brian Robertson in 1983 recorded an album with MOTORHEAD, but catastrophic discrepancy with the musicians of the group, beginning with the image, ending personal relationship, this alliance made a very short-lived. In the same 83 th, Brian took part in the farewell concerts THIN LIZZY, which formed the basis of a live album. In the future, Robertson has performed and recorded with FRANKIE MILLER BAND, STATETROOPER, HELLFIRE CLUB, THE CLAN and MONA LISA OVERDRIVE. Frank Noon, Reuben and Lawrence Archers became part STAMPEDE, later worked with Brian Lawrence Spence (Brian Spence), and in the early '90s, along with Clive Edwards participated in the next reincarnation of UFO. After retiring from WILD HORSES, Edwards became a member of SOS. Frank Noone played in another group that has the most direct relation to the UFO - WAYSTED. Finally, John Lockton in the mid-80s became a member of VICTORY….~




Credits 

Drums – Clive Edwards 
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – John Lockton 
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Synthesizer [Mini Moog], Piano, Synthesizer [String machine], Backing Vocals – Brian Robertson 
Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Synthesizer [Taurus Moog Pedals], Synthesizer [Mini Moog], Piano, Synthesizer [String machine], Backing Vocals – Jimmy Bain 


Tracklist 
A1 I’ll Give You Love
A2 In The City
A3 Another Lover
A4 Back In The U.S.A.
A5 Stand Your Ground
B1 The Axe
B2 Miami Justice
B3 Precious
B4 New York City
B5 Stake Out 

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