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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine debut - Fill up your heart with Paladin., 12 Oct 2007
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This review is from: Paladin ~ Remastered (Audio CD)
I sought for years to get hold of this record in the 70s after I fell in love with Paladin's 2nd album, Charge. (See my review for details). Like Charge, this album was deleted in 1973 soon after the band split. Eventually, I found a copy in a second hand shop. I must admit, I was initially disappointed because it is not as good as Charge, but it is nevertheless a fine album in its own right.

Like Charge, it is an absolutely splendid and original album containing a fantastic ground breaking fusion of rock, soul, blues, funk and a good deal of afro-cuban and eastern influenced world music. Unlike Charge, which is almost wholly songs based, there is much more jamming in this set which thankfully stops on the right side of over indulgence.

From the listing, I deduce this is the same cut issued by Red Steel about 10 years ago when this album was issued with Charge. The 7 original album tracks are supplemented by 7 bonus tracks comprising of rejects, variations and instrumentals. They don't add anything to the package, but they don't have to. The first seven tracks are all you need.

Lovely to see this available again..... but buy Charge first!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paladin - under-rated yet so much talent, 5 Mar 2008
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J. Bodicoat "Digger" (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Paladin ~ Remastered (Audio CD)
I first spotted Pete Solley (keyboards/violin) in Chris Farlowe's backing group around 68, then with Terry Reid in 1969. When I read that he and Keith Webb had formed Paladin in 1970 I had to see them. Living in London at the time I had many chances to see them at places like the Greyhound, Fulham Palace Road. An excellent act they were too, such variation in their use of rhythms and good solid bass lines. Pete's playing is excellent on their two albums, and the other guys contribute well in their own areas. Looking back they were at the forefront of prog-rock/jazz but never got the recognition that Colosseum, Keef Hartley, Deep Purple, Yes, etc achieved. Listen to this debut album carefully and you can spot bits of all those artists in there. Like such albums of that time there's even the obligatory drum solo on Dance of the Cobra, but it's not overlong or tedious. Keith was an excellent drummer and I was saddened to read on the sleeve notes that he passed away in 2007. I still have the vinyl copy of this carefully stored away and bought this for playing in the car. Great to hear it again, it brought back fantastic memories of free pub/rock days and musicians who could really play. Worth a listen at the price for anyone harks back to that era.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paladin should be one of the most popular bands of their time, 10 Oct 2009
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Darko Marušič "DartQi" (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - See all my reviews
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Paladin should be one of the most popular bands of their time - that proves this album They are technically top musicians, they have a special soft sound even in rock pieces, uniqe lead vocal, temperament drummer, they are in the energy flow of that time with interesting ideas... Their only problem was, I guess, that they did not find their own style! Shortly: Album with really quality music peaces, but each of them played in a different style (jazz, hard rock, "Santana sound", country or folk, etc. and even rap!). They are (were) not original yet they have recognisable sound...
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