For those who like me just love the 70's hard rock period, WARHORSE is one of those second base bands worth knowing.
If you're a lil bit into DEEP PURPLE's history, you'll know that WARHORSE was formed around NICK SIMPER after he left DP late 1969.It is impossible not to make a comparaison between the two bands, not only because of Simper's presence but also because of the type of music, the same type of line-up(lead singer, lead guitarist, Hammond keyboardist, bass and drums) and the similarity between the lead singers(hard, powerful, warm and screamy).
Of course WARHORSE never released tracks as powerfull as SPEED KING or HIGHWAY STAR but went for songs like BIRD HAS FLOWN, WHY DIDN'T ROSEMARY and definitely WRING THAT NECK(this incredibly groovy bass line is re-used on more than one occasion on both albums) from DP's Mark I.
Both WARHORSE 's albums are very good but remain in the shadow of the giant Purple for both quality of the compositions and musicians skills.
Hard Rythm and blues, long guitar and keyboards solos, solid bass lines, WARHORSE proposes excellent 70's tunes.
This CD features some LIVE versions which I would be curious to hear but unfortunatelly they don't appear on the edition I own, also this CD is not a Best of...it is RED SEA , their second and last release.
Too bad WARHORSE only made two records, I'm sure that with a little bit of perseverence they could have been a serious rival to Uriah Heep.