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PALADIN

Paladin

 

Crossover Prog

2.75 | 25 ratings

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Easy Livin
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2 stars No "Charge"

Paladin's first album has always lived in the shadow of it's magnificent successor "Charge". It doesn't take long to realise that this is rightly the case. "Paladin" certainly has indications that the band were capable of producing some really good music, but unfortunately overall it fails to deliver.

The opening track, "Bad times" has some fine organ work by Pete Soley, but is let down by some average vocals (which would have benefited from more imaginative production), and some inappropriate Osibisa like percussion.

"Dance of the cobra", a reasonable instrumental track, is ruined by a lengthy drum solo from Keith Webb, the absolute low point of the album.

"Third world" indulges in a form of rap, long before that style became popular, predating even Aerosmith's "Walk this way" by some years.

"Flying high" is a softer piece, an early hint of "Mix your minds with the moonbeams" which would appear on the next album. Lyrically it's rather twee, but probably the best still track, with some more excellent organ work.

Paladin made one great album before they folded, unfortunately they also made this one!

Easy Livin | 2/5 |

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