Blackhorse – Blackhorse [1979]

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Country USA          

Style Hard Rock/Southern Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Gary James – Lead guitar,vocals, John Teague – Drums,vocals, Paul-Anthony Middleton – Bass,vocals

Tracks 01. Fox Huntin’. 02. Lucille, 03. Velvet Angel, 04. The Party’s Started, 05. Momma Gonna Love You Tonight, 06. Cannot Find My Way Home, 07. Hell Hotel, 08. You’ve Got The Way, 09. Slow Down Tom, 10. Dave’s Song, 11. Spenser Corner

Profile Obscure style hard southern rock album from a Texas based 3-piece. This was originally a self produced private pressing, mainly used to promote the band and get live bookings, with the remainder sold at gigs. As such, you’d expect the budgetary constraints of such an endeavour to be apparent in the recordings therein. That is truly not the case here, with the sound & production, putting many major label efforts of the day to shame. Unfortunately this was the only album they produced, and due to it’s obscurity it has only recently, since it’s cd reissue, begun to garner the acclaim it always deserved. A shame, as this is a great disc, and it’s creators deserved better.

If you’re a fan of the Jacksonville boogie barons, then this here disc is sure to be right up your street. From the opening barrage of “Fox Hunting”, Blackhorse rarely let the pace or intensity drop, although when they do, as on the sublime “Cannot Find My Way Home”, they show what excellent songwriters and musicians they were, swapping the bombast of the harder tracks for a more soulful vulnerability.A CD was re-issued in 1993 but only a 1000 were produced thus making it very scarce. If you like awesome ’70’s hard rock with cool lead guitars, throaty vocals and killer production, and bands like Blackfoot and Molly Hatchet, track this down.

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9 Responses to “Blackhorse – Blackhorse [1979]”

  1. Thanks for this and all your other information on AOR and hard rock, Very useful to me and my blog.
    Rich
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  2. K.C. Stevenson says:

    Never forget these guys are awesome live they could lay it down. Cut my teeth on this stuff in high school. So bad ass to hear it again. Knew these guys. Also went to high school in DFW with Pantera.(R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell) Blackhorse could have(should have) went big time like Pantera did-same kind of musical magic! Lovin’ it!!!

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  3. Blackhorse, was never from Florida. We were from Mineral Wells, Tx. and Ft.Worth, Tx. We have been in the studio, jamming and having fun…. maybe another album…… It’s what we love to do.

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  4. James says:

    R.I.P. Gary!

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  5. Doug says:

    Yeah, I have the vinyl LP, have had since 1979.
    It’s great, I still give it a spin when it comes around on the play list.
    From ‘Fox Huntin’ to ‘Spenser’s Corner’, a club in Ft. Worth back in the day, as I recall, it’s a fine collection of tuneage.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    metallica

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  7. Chris Pettersen says:

    I saw Blackhorse in Fort Worth back in the late 70s. I was in high school and they were incredible. They were hard driving talented and represented the best of DFW hard Texas rock. They were a great power trio and I have utmost respect for their work. Nice to see the full album on you tube!

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  8. Brandon Brewer says:

    Are you guys doing gigs any longer? I used to see you when I was a little guy in Mineral Wells at the Blackhorse Saloon.

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  9. jim says:

    I saw these guys in 1979 at the Amarillo World Headquarters. They were awesome cant believe they never made it big. Any band members ever read this how can i get a copy of your album on vinyl.

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