Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.
Warhorse: Ashley Holt (vocals); Ged Peck (guitar); Frank Wilson (piano, organ); Nick Simper (bass); Mac Poole (drums).
Includes liner notes by Philip S. Walker.
Digitally remastered by Nick Watson (SRT, Cambridge, England).
Warhorse's self-titled debut was a progressive rock-heavy rock meld that was even less humorless than that of Deep Purple, let alone Black Sabbath, the band that they got compared to most frequently. There's a bit of art rock in the Hammond organ, and an operatic earnestness to Ashley Holt's lead vocals. Titles like "Vulture Blood," "Burning," "Ritual," "Solitude," and "Woman of the Devil" are indicative of the group's desire to set a menacing mood, although the songs don't really forcefully hit the mark for which they were probably targeted. A cover of an Easybeats song ("St. Louis"), of all things, is the only non-original. Angel Air's CD reissue adds bonus live versions of four of the album's songs, as well as a demo, "Miss Jane," of a tune that didn't appear on the original LP. ~ Richie Unterberger