Associated acts: Thin Lizzy, Rainbow, UFO, Uli Jon Roth, Pat Travers, Lone Star, Stampede, The Next Band, Wings, Small Faces, Dio, Motorhead
Wild Horses was formed by ex-Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain and ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson. Wild Horses music was guitar driven and loud. “Stand Your Ground” the title of their second album, was very fitting as Robertson and Bain, in a cloud of substance abuse were now arguing on the musical direction of the band. Perhaps the angst this caused was able to push the pair as the sophomore effort is every bit as good as the first, even if the music is not as uniform. Songs like “I’ll Give you Love” and “New York City” both are great examples of how good this band was and how big they could have become.
Ultra rare 1981 EMI cassette TAPE that even has an embroidered EMI cassette cover!!! TC-EMC 3368 [Dolby system]
1. I’ll Give You Love
2. In The City
3. Another Lover
4. Back In The U.S.A.
5. Stand Your Ground
6. The Axe
7. Miami Justice
9. New York City
10. Stake Out
1981 s excellent and Your Ground , produced by veteran knob twiddler Kit Woolven, proved to be something of a final roll of the dice for Wild Horses. Following its release, Neil Carter flew the coup for UFO and then undertook an extended tour of duty with one Gary Moore. Robertson was to become a somewhat unlikely replacement for Fast Eddie Clarke in Motorhead and drummer Edwards upped sticks to ex Whitesnake man Bernie Marsden s new band S.O.S. The band undertook a few shows at London s famed Marquee club but fairly inevitably EMI pulled the plug on the band before a tour in support of Stand Your round could really get underway.
5.0 out of 5 stars and Your Ground’ stands the test of time well!
WILD HORSES – and 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 typical, leather clad, balls-to-the-wall NWOBHM band that were all the rage in the early 80 (Maiden, Saxon, Angel Witch, etc.) but operated on an altogether more sophisticated and refined level.
and 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 and 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 ranglehold’ 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 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 ake Out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Thin Lizzy…..
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 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 stand-out track that just screams “”Thin Lizzy””.
“”Precious”” could have been something off of thin Lizzy Jailbreak album < Wonderful solo on this one
“”Stake Out”” has that undeniable guitar riff/groove and one of Bain 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 well worth the cost. : )
This band had huge potential and some serious talent going on.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!,
I first brought this on vinyl and it was played everyday. As far as I am concerned it was the best album of its time and it must surely rate as one of the better albums today.
If you like good plain simple rock then this has to be in your collection. Musically brilliant, vocally brilliant. What more can you ask for?
Buy it! You will not be disappointed!
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Robertson At His Best!,
Musically they play attractive lighter rock with the emphasis on the songs rather than instrumental showboating.If you have ever come across this,take a chance and buy it,it makes a change from all the other overblown,self-indulgent garbage that was around at the time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly underrated band,
Another great album following on nicely from their debut album.
It hard to say which album is better as they are both good strong albums.
You’ll be playing this over and over again. Robertson and the whole band are a class act.
This band should of been massive.
5.0 out of 5 stars rocking horses,
a great second album from wild horses much better than the first album by far Brian Robertson guitar playing is brilliant and the songs are much better its a shame the group didn’t last longer
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sadly forgotten obviously due to lack of commercial breakthrough this second album by Wild Horses (check out the nice first one as well though it not as effective as this one)has everything fans of Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore (hard rock era) might want, and maybe more. A good deal of pleasure is undoubtedly guaranteed. Jimmy Bain (of Rainbow and Dio fame) sings and plays bass and rhythm guitars. Fine riffs, lovely soloing (Brian Robertson brings his Lizzy style in for a band cooler than Motorhead but in no way a soft act), a good balance between the energy of rock’n’roll and the colourful heritage of the seventies. Fans the rare good rock albums made in the 80 by 70 artists should try this as well (it has globally aged well despite a few awkward sounds here and there), and most of all any British Isles hard rock fan (from UFO to Thunder) are likely to enjoy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars glad to finally have it
this second album by the wild horses was probably better then there first album from 1980, neil carter had left in mid 1980 to join UFO so when jimmy and brain got into the studio in late 1980 to record this opus they made it more heavy, this is certainly a lost classic, if you are a fan of UFO with Paul Chapman from the early 80s or a fan of thin Lizzy 70s or early 80s you will love this opus, its great!!!!!!!!