Having departed Deep Purple, bassist Nick Simper built a new band in the same five-piece format. This debut album arrived in 1970, the same year that the classic Purple line-up made the breakthrough, 'In Rock'. Comparisons are therefore inevitable. Purple have the edge in terms of material and finesse, but Warhorse are arguably more exciting by being less clinical. The original album consists of seven extended workouts which are consistently very good without throwing up anything that could be considered a classic. Much of their flamboyance is provided by Frank Wilson's organ playing, but the excitement comes from a fiery, uptempo, yet disciplined rhythm section. Guitarist Ged Peck has his biggest moment on the epic 'Solitude', arguably the best track. The bonus tracks boost the running time to seventy minutes, though they are mainly live versions of the studio material and don't add a great deal.
According to the sleeve notes, Rick Wakeman was briefly involved with this band and vocalist Ashley Holt later worked on Wakeman's albums, an indication of the quality of the band. 'Warhorse' is a good value buy for anyone who likes vibrant 1970s hard rock.