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PALADIN were formed in 1970 by drummer Keith Webb and keyboard player Pete Soley. Having toured with the ROLLING STONES as backing musicians, they decided the time was right to unleash their own creativity. Ex "WORLD OF OZ" bassist Peter Beckett, GLASS MENAGERIE/GRISBY DYKE keyboard player Lou Stonebridge, and GRISBY DYKE guitarist Derek Floey were brought in to complete the line up.

Initially, the band's influences were jazz, Latin, soul, blues, afro-Cuban, the dual keyboards creating a unique sound. They list their early fans as including Jon ANDERSON (YES). After building a credible live reputation, the band signed for Gerry Bron's Bronze label, and recorded their first album "live" in the studio. The album includes early examples of World and Rap (!), but failed to make much of an impression, and consequently is now rare and collectable in vinyl format.

The follow up album "Charge!" was released a year later. It had an excellent Roger Dean sleeve, and represented a major improvement on the rather lacklustre debut album. "Charge!" explored interesting progressive rock areas, combining folk influences ("Watching The World Pass By") with rock and roll ("Well We Might"), and psychedelic rock ("Mix Your Mind With The Moonbeams"). The diverse style of the album make it difficult to pinpoint influences, but there's a bit of GENESIS, BJH, URIAH HEEP and possibly JETHRO TULL.

The band only released the two albums, before their lack of success led to frustration, and they disbanded in 1972. Lou Stonebridge found success with MCGUINNESS FLINT, while Pete Soley formed SNAFU with Mickey Moody. Peter Beckett joined the band PLAYER as vocalist, and Keith Webb found work as drummer with various outfits.

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2.79 | 27 ratings
3.42 | 56 ratings
3.46 | 13 ratings

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4.08 | 6 ratings
Paladin and Charge !

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4.50 | 2 ratings
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 Paladin by PALADIN album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.79 | 27 ratings

Paladin Crossover Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars In the late 60s and early 70s when most bands were looking to the English musical world for inspiration, there were the occasional few examples of the opposite being true. Although emerging from the village of Arlingham in the Gloucestershire region of SW England, PALADIN were getting much of their inspiration from the other side of the Atlantic all the while garnering attention through a series of tours up and down the English countryside and finally winning over Island Records with live performances alone. The band released their eponymous debut in 1971 with critical acclaim for their eclectic incorporations of many of the sounds that had caught the Americas by storm around the same period including Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazzy rock fusion, psychedelia, ethnic embellishments and most of all solid strong catchy hooks that had all the addicting popular music attributes even upon first listen. The band consisted of only five members but many doubled up on their instrumental duties which gives this debut release quite the variation in sounds that lead you to believe that you are listening to a compilation album instead of one that is performed by the same band for its seven tracks.

Right from the beginning track 'Bad Times' it's obvious that PALADIN was very much influenced by Santana with some tight percussion that sounds like it could've been lifted off of 'Black Magic Woman,' however that's only true with the percussive drive as the slightly jazzy rock groove reminds me more of Steely Dan and other crossover jazz rock artists of the decade. Wasting no time deviating from a single style the second track makes you think that somehow a Lynyrd Skynyrd track was somehow mistakenly inserted between tracks, however despite sounding like Alabama's greatest contribution to Southern Rock, this retro sound actually came out two years before Skynyrd's debut album. Following the trend of no two tracks sounding even remotely alike, 'Dance Of The Cobra' emerges as a strange hybrid of 60s psychedelia with the Afro-Cuban Santana influenced percussion section that is augmented by bantering organ runs and a jazz-rock laden groove that could've rocked the Copacabana only with a touch of 60s stonerism oozing out of the mystic musical cracks. Most surprisingly is how it morphs into a heavier rock section and then commences with an over-the-top drum solo that builds to a staggering feat of stamina that sounds like something that would be perfect in a live performance setting but feels sort of strange on a studio album track. Once it ends it is replaced by a super groovy bass line that cedes to some outstanding guitar work that usher the longest track of the album to completion.

'Third World' is yet another complete left turn. While the Cuban percussion section is still in effect, it is the only musical section to be heard as the vocalist actually sort of raps around it going through each year of the 70s with clever little lyrical tales of how the future will unfold as the backing vocalists engage in an energetic call-and-response session. The lyrical style kind of reminds me of Debbie Harry on 'Rapture.' It concludes as the vocals stop and a piano run steals the show and fades out. 'Fill Up Your Heart' is an uplifting little positive number that sounds like a jazz laced rocker that probably sounds most like Steely Dan. 'Flying High' changes things up completely again. This one sounds like a late 70s AOR ballad! It reminds me of some of the sappiest of the sappy like something 10CC did at their poppiest or even something Hall & Oates would have cranked out during their pop charts run. And just when i have absolutely no idea where this album will go next, it takes yet another totally opposite approach and ends with the Lalo Schifrin cover track 'The Fakir' which of all things some sort of Middle Eastern groovy trance inducing number with seducing Arabesque musical scales that make me feel like i've woken up on the Silk Road!

This really has to be one of THE most unfocused albums of the early 70s. I've never heard so many genres and styles of music mixed and alternated together at least until Mr Bungle came along in the 90s! While i find this album very pleasing to listen to, it is a mixed bag for several reasons. All of the tracks are really well done for their retrospective styles but for some reason all this eclecticism feels a little hollow since the band is merely copying different styles and not really simmering them down into something tangibly their very own. The album comes across as a smorgasbord sampling of what the era had to offer with a few original twists and turns that do take me by surprise. After all is said and done, i actually like listening to this despite it not being the most original sound ammalgation of the era. The musicians are all quite talented and the compositions are quite catchy and are excellent representations of the styles they incorporate however as much as i enjoy listening to PALADIN's debut there is no denying that it simply regurgitates the swath of sonic samplings that were en vogue during the era and something just seems off and missing from the mix.

3.5 but rounded down because there's not really anything progressive on this one

 Charge! by PALADIN album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.42 | 56 ratings

Paladin Crossover Prog

Review by AEProgman

4 stars Paladin - Charge! A pleasant Christmas gift surprise! Love the Roger Dean cover!

Not much of a reviewer, but do like to bring some of those hidden treasures to the forefront once in a while. This band formed from a couple of backing musicians that toured with the Rolling Stones, drummer Keith Webb and keyboardist Pete Solley. In 1970 they formed Paladin with Peter Beckett on bass (World of Oz), another keyboard player Lou Stonebridge (Glass Menagerie), and guitarist Derek Foley (Grisby Dyke).

It is quite the variety and blend of styles with pleasing vocals as well as a tad of jazz/rock fusion. It all borders around prog and psych tendencies throughout.

First track "Give Me Your Hand", is a nice cow bell influenced rock song in the beginning that gets into a cool jamming session with some psychedelic mixes that sound like a distorted synth violin from keyboards or maybe guitar, can't tell for sure. Good opener.

Second song "Well We Might", sort of reminds me a little bit of Grand Funk of the Craig period with the organ as well as their own sound and other various rock influences.

The third number "Get On Together" has a definite Santana sound to it, all instrumental and good.

The fourth title, "Anyway" seems to have the vibe of a mix of Argent and the Beatles, very nice.

The fifth track "Good Lord" makes me think of the Allman Brothers, yep the Allmans but then drifts off into some dreamy jam, then back to the Allman sound. This could be my favorite of the album.

Sixth number, "Mix Your Mind With Moonbeams" shows signs of Manfred Mann or Barkley James Harvest and their own sound. Quite soothing.

On the seventh track, "Watching the World Pass By", it starts with a harmonica driven, easy beat that fools you into being a short song but then bursts into a classic organ leading rock song, then twists into a sort of Scottish hills foot stomping violin episode, then back to the beginning organ driven rock. Quite a fun and jamming song all in all, with excellent guitar work.

The CD I have has an extra 7 tracks of bonus material in addition to the original album with only 1 "redo" of a song on the original, the rest are all new. I believe it is the 2007 remaster disc. Nice treat!

I really like this album, it sounds familiar but very fresh. For me there is enough material in the prog world to give it a rating of 4 stars.


 Charge! by PALADIN album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.42 | 56 ratings

Paladin Crossover Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

2 stars I do love my jazz-rock. It is fantastic and it fills me with much joy. Always have. The fusion of jazz and rock is very much a match made in heaven. The grittiness and intensity of rock and the feeling and musical excurions of jazz is just perfect. Many a band have proven this to be true. Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears are perhaps the prime examples but there are others (Chase, Centipede, CCS and several more) aswell. Paladin is one of these bands, lurking in the more obscure marshlands of prog.

The album is beautifully made by the master of progressive album art, Roger Dean. Someone wrote, very much to the point, that his art is not a certified mark of musical quality. And that is true. In the case of Charge it is very true.

The music bears resemblance to many of the classic bands of the early batch of jazz-rock and hard rock bands of the 70's. Uriah Heep, Beatles (though barely making it into the 70's), CCS and others in that vein are all noticeable here. It must be said, however, that in their finest moments Paladin puts forth a slab of jazz-rock very much in their own flavor.

The opener, "Give me your hand", is a terrific song. Intense, heavy on the percussion and drums and very raucious. (The presence of vocals put through the Leslie speaker makes it even better.) Great song that really sets the pace, or so one is lead to believe anyway.

The second track really is a letdown for me. Uriah Heep, which is a great band, always spiced up their albums with lacklustre rock'n'roll songs and this track sounds just like on of those. The Mick Box-ish slide guitar and all. Really nothing to write home about.

"Get one together" is a hammond drenched, groovy little thing which again raises the album to great heights, only to drop to something rather boring in "Good lord". The song feels like The Beatles changed their name to Paladin and that does not work for me. Bands trying to sound like Beatles disappoints me. Though the song is well written I feel it does not do much for me.

"Mix your mind with the moonbeams" is a rather good track, showing more personality of their own. It is a jazzy, gospel-influenced rock track which works alright. The last track, "Watching the world pass by" is a great song to end it all with. A ballad-y, slower and mellow number with good organ.

Charge is really nothing to cross the desert for. There are so many other bands worthy of discovery. In truth Charge is a disappointing album. The signs of greatness are taken down to be replace by cheap ones, showing the easy way out and not being truly a band in their own right. I feel they are too much in awe and inspired by other bands, such as Beatles and actually Uriah Heep (which is sort of fun, actually). Two stars. That's it.

 Charge! by PALADIN album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.42 | 56 ratings

Paladin Crossover Prog

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

2 stars A short-lived outfit featuring the much-travelled keyboardist Pete Solley(Snafu, Procol Harum, Whitesnake) amongst their membership, Paladin's main claim-to-fame seems to be the uber- cool space-age artwork of Roger Dean that adorns the front of this 1972 album, the Yes-artist's snapshot of an extra-terrestial alien warrior charging into battle surely one of his most striking pieces. The group's second release, 'Charge!' pretty much picks up from where the group's self-titled debut left off, the bulk of the material blending bluesy rhythms and Solley's jazzy organ breaks with the occasional latin flourish. The start is strong - the pacey opener 'Give Me Your Hand' features a punchy, toe-tapping chorus and powerful vocals courtesy of bassist Peter Beckett - yet the rest album is less enthralling. Plus marks, however, are given for the group's use of slide guitar and conga's, these not-so-proggy instruments adding an unusually spicy flavour, whilst a couple of tracks do feature a real melodic invention, the groovy 'Anyway' and the ambitious nine-minute closer 'Watching The World Go By' showing a deft song-writing touch sadly absent from the rest of the album. The Problem is, however, they did it all before and did it a good deal better on 1971's 'Paladin', the group's superior first album, so, essentially, what we have here is a fairly undistinguished slice of perfectly-enjoyable early-seventies prog from a solid-if-unspectacular five-piece. But the artwork rocks. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 1972
 Paladin by PALADIN album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.79 | 27 ratings

Paladin Crossover Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

2 stars From the band's name one should expect something different than a possible soundtrack for Starsky and Hutch. This is what the first half of "Bad Times" reminds to. It's not so bad when compulsive percussions give to Peter Soley the possibility to place a very good even if very dated organ solo. Shaft meets Wishbone Ash ? Let's see what comes after...

"Carry Me Home" is a country-rock song. Crosby, Stills and Nash with a Lynyrd Skynyrd piano. Nice, everything but original in any case. Have they been at Woodstock, maybe?

A 7 minutes track...something progressive is coming? Well, it's not bad music. I can keep it in my headphones while I'm working...but we are still on the chords of a police movie of the early 70s. A samba tempo on which the electric guitar plays an unoriginal solo. It's like a tribute to Santana that doesn't go anywhere. Just three chords for the guitarist to have fun. Half of the song is so. The second half is a jazzistic drum solo. Ok, this guy can play drums. Is it a mambo now? 3 minutes of Santana like guitar and 3 of drums solo plus a coda.

Samba again with "Third World". A guy speaks of politics over the sound of percussions. An ancestor of Rap. The lyric is about the chronicles of the years to come (in 1971). Interesting as subject. One minute of piano as coda.

"Fill Up Your Heart" is another funky track. Nice but nothing special again. The central instrumental part is one of the most progressive thing of this album.

A surprise..."Flying High" may be a Caravan track. The first British thing on an American album. The choir in the chorus sounds quite hippie, but it's not outplaced. Very, very Caravan.

The closer track "The Fakir" wants to have an oriental flavour as the title says, but it's just repetitive and it lacks of inventive. An attempt to be psychedelic, maybe. An idea that could have been developed better.

In few words, this musicians are skilled, but the album is very immature. It's like they have recorded what they had at the moment. The various tracks don't lead to any place and all I can say is that the band is promising but this is no more than a collection of disconnected promos.

I know from PA that their following albums are good enough, but I would have left this one in the closet of the Bronze label.

Not for sale.

 Charge! by PALADIN album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.42 | 56 ratings

Paladin Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I think that I listened to this now very hard to find album for the first time in 1975-76. One of my brothers, who plays guitar, borrowed it for a time from one of his friends. He played it very much while playing his first electric guitar while he was learning how to play it. I remember that I really didn`t like this album very much at that time, but I liked a lot the cover art, done by Roger Dean. So, since then the more associated memory that I had from this album was the cover art.

Well, I think that, strictly speaking, this is not a full Prog Rock album, but it is good anyway. I found some influences from URIAH HEEP and DEEP PURPLE in their sound, with their mix of Hard Rock with some Prog Rock arrangements. There are also some influences from PROCOL HARUM in Pete Solley`s organ playing. It is really an album with eclectic sounds, very enjoyable, that sounds a bit dated, with a sound that I found very characterisitic of some other albums released in the early seventies.

"Give Me Your Hand" is a Hard Rock song with good guitars and organ, plus some Latin-Influenced percussion. "Well We Might" is mostly an Rock and Roll song played with good slide guitar. "Get On Together" is one of the most Prog Rock influenced songs, in a song composed by the band`s drummer, Keith Webb. "Anyway" also has Prog Rock influences, with very good orchestral arrangements. "Good Lord" is another good Hard Rock song. The last songs in this album, "Mix Your Mind with the Moonbeams" and "Watching the World Pass By" are very Prog Rock in arrangements, and are among the best in this album.

Pete Solley years later played with PROCOL HARUM, adding sytnhesizers to the organ`s sound of the band for their final album of the seventies, called "Something Magic", in 1977. He was the main songwriter in this PALADIN`s album, but all the other members of the band also contributed to some songs as songwriters. It is a shame that this band only recorded two albums and later split. All the members are very good musicians. The lead and backing vocals are also very good.

 Charge! by PALADIN album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.42 | 56 ratings

Paladin Crossover Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Paladinīs second album Charge ! is one of those albums where I think to myself: Whereīs the prog in this ? After listening to the whole album I understand though. I donīt think there are many prog elements on this album. There is a considerable amount of organ on this solid rock album, but it mosty plays blues influenced things and not much out of the ordinary. In the ending of Good Road and in the whole of Max Your Mind With The Moonbeams the organ plays a big part in the somewhat prog related atmosphere though.

The musicians play well and the voice of Lou Stonebridge is really strong for this kind of music but the sound quality could have been a little better. I think the sound quality is a bit muddy.

If youīre looking for rock with just a twist of prog rock maybe this will be interesting. Personaly this doesnīt do anything for me, but you canīt deny quality. 3 stars it will be as the quality is high and without being outstanding in any way Paladin have made a solid rock album.

 Charge! by PALADIN album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.42 | 56 ratings

Paladin Crossover Prog

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

3 stars An unusual band at an unusual time for music. Paladin had all the right pieces in place to be successful, several of them having toured with the Stones, and all of them veterans of other professional bands. But for some reason never really took off. They probably would have been completely unknown in the States had it not been for the muy excelente Roger Dean cover.

I wish I had their debut album, which from what I’ve read was recorded pretty much live in the studio and has a real improvisational feel to it. It’s been reissued with this one on a combined CD so maybe someday, but it isn’t really high on my list.

There’s an awful lot of ground covered here, and most of it well-played, but overall there isn’t any kind of contiguous theme or sound or genre or anything else to hold it together, which makes it a bit hard to listen to.

The opening “Give Me Your Hand” kicks off okay (is that cowbell?), although it gives the impression this is more of an early seventies psych-blues band, which it really isn’t. I like this song, and particularly the dueling keyboards, but the somewhat suppressed organ and multiple-vocal harmonizing (that is cowbell, by the way) place this squarely in the very early seventies, and most of these types of songs haven’t aged well. This sounds a lot like Blues Image to me.

A little boogying with “Well we Might” including a near Jerry Lee Lewis performance on piano and decent guitar from Derek Foley, but that organ still anchors this one way back in time, and Lou Stonebridge’s vocals sound like Billy Joel, which takes a bit of the edge off.

“Get one Together” is a great instrumental, and makes one wonder if these guys shouldn’t have worked up a few more like this and maybe expended them – that would have made their inclusion in a progressive rock archive made a bit more sense. This track is all about keyboards, loud, fast, and energetic. A great, although short, tune.

This was the early seventies, so somewhere there was inevitably always a strong hint of the Beatles showing up on just about any record, and on this one it’s “Any Way”, but here it sounds more like the ELO-doing-the Beatles version of the Beatles, including violin, slightly brooding Horace Wimp-like vocals, and lots of piano. I love this sound, but I usually look to Jeff Lynne to deliver it. Oh well, Lynne never managed to score a Dean cover, so these guys have that going for them at least.

If you’ve ever heard Steve Morse’s first solo album then you’ll recognize the guitar sound of “Good Lord”, sort of bluesy but threatening to cut loose with some jazz-fusion at any moment. There’s a hint of Caribbean rhythm here as well, and the two sounds combined would have made this the strongest track if the vocals had been left out. Not that they’re bad, they’re just unnecessary.

I’m thinking the progressive label gets put on this band largely because of the last two tracks (and the Dean cover – let’s not fool ourselves). Lyrics about moonbeams and cosmic magic, ripples on the pond of the universe (torch one up Timmy!), this is a very pleasant and keyboard-intense psych/folk head trip, complete with the obligatory and completely self-indulgent Rod Argent-like organ solo, and a little guitar fuzz at the end for added space effect. Good stuff.

And the best for last – “”Watching the World Pass By”. The opening harmonica is misleading, as this track wanders on for over nine minutes and manages to cover quite a bit of territory, beginning with some weird organ and guitar sound effects that quickly morph into a pretty straightforward hard rock “good time lovin” stretch, which itself gives way to a jam session that would have made Duane Allman proud, then finally a soaring guitar solo to wind things up. Tasty, if not prog.

I know very little about this band other than they were sort of on the periphery for a while in the seventies, and that one of them ended up in Player, a one-hit wonder band that I got into as a teenager. Other than that this is a sort of Wishbone Ash with two keyboardists instead of two guitarists, and whose biggest album didn’t have the consistency of vision that Ash’s ‘Argus’ did. This is more like some of the Ash albums that followed that one, and most of them are good but not great. That applies to this one as well. Three stars.


 Paladin by PALADIN album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.79 | 27 ratings

Paladin Crossover Prog

Review by burgersoft777

3 stars I actually like this record. Maybe its not up to the standard of the later "Charge" but it has plenty of ideas and makes up for it faults by sounding enthusiastic. Always a second division outfit Paladin never got the kind of support reserved for bands like YES. The Organist is a fine musician but the vocalist is second rate poor at times. Bad-times is a worthy first cut and to be honest there are no real howlers on this LP at all. The art work is a little dull, which is a shame. The production is OK even good by the standard of the time. My favorite cut is Dance of the Cobra, which has a fine Drum solo (an acquired taste perhaps). Otherwise this is pretty much what you would expect prog rock that is neither truly dreadful or partially inspiring. Has this record had a cd release yet ? I suspect not and because of that it remains a mid priced rarity sought after by those who own the excellent "charge". It doesnt compare well with Charge but then few records from that period by less well known bands do. If you can find a copy and love "charge" I would recommend this because it aint that bad.
 Charge! by PALADIN album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.42 | 56 ratings

Paladin Crossover Prog

Review by Trotsky
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2 stars Ooh! This is a real tough one for me, because Paladin is a decent band, but I can't help feeling that it's contribution to progressive rock is neglible at best, and non-existent at worst. When I first listened to this album I was quite put off, because I spent virtually the whole of the first half of it wondering how anyone could consider Paladin to be remotely progressive. After getting used to what the band has to offer, I've softened my initial stance, but I really don't think Charge! is anything more than an enjoyable classic rock effort with a mix of styles that do not add up to a particularly creative whole.

The opener Give Me Your Hand for example sounds a little like Uriah Heep with driving rock and searing organ, but at one point breaks into a loose soulful jam that could have cut by Traffic or Tonton Macoute. Well We Might is mindless glam-tinged (hey t'was 1972 after all) boogie rock. Get On Together is an edgy funk instrumental, all wah-wah and tearaway Hammond work from organist Pete Solley. Anyway is strangely like some John Lennon solo track I can't put my finger on. Good Lord is a breezy Allman Brothers type rocker on which guitarist Derek Foley really gets to stretch out although vocalist Lou Stonebridge rules the middle of the song with a delicious echo-laden electric piano solo! My favourite track is probably Mix Your Mind With The Moonbeams which rides a lovely lead vocal melody (that would do any Beatles wannabe proud) before launching into a dandy organ solo. Interestingly Solley's organ lines show a distinct appreciation of the work of Procol Harum's Matthew Fisher ... and Solley would join that band for the Something Magic album!

The closer Watching The World Pass By is a real hotpotch of a track (and is probably what passes for progressive) ... it has a suitably laidback opening with a tranquil harmonica solo from Stonebridge, but then after threatening to break into something interesting, it explodes into another boogie extravaganza. Round about the 4 minute mark, we are suddenly treated to some sort of hoedown fiddle fest (well Solley is on violin for this), before Foley cuts back in with some smokin' axe lines.

So what you have is a pretty good album that touches numerous classic rock cornerstones, but almost never strays into the realm of progressive rock. Perhpas this will be of interest to those who get a kick out of the art-rock stylings of a band like Babe Ruth, but from a prog point of view, this is actually quite poor. ... 45% on the MPV scale

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