Wild Horses – Bareback [1991]

PhotobucketCOUNTRY: USA          STYLE: Melodic Hard Rock

RATING: 85/100

BAND MEMBERS
Chris Lester – Bass, Backing Vocals, James Kottak – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, John Levesque – Lead Vocals, Guitars, Rick Steier – Guitars, Backing Vocals

Additional Musicians
Jeff Pilson – Bass, Darren Wharton – Keyboards

TRACKS
01. Cool Me Down (3:40), 02. Had Enough Of Your Love (3:50), 03. Your Love Is Junk (3:25), 04. The River Song (3:42), 05. Fire And Water (4:13), 06. NYC Heartbreaker (4:22), 07. Whiskey Train (3:15), 08. Tougher Than Love (4:33), 09. Day In The Sun (3:57), 10. Matter Of The Heart (4:08), 11. Burn It Up (3:24), 12. Tell Me Something Good (3:52)

PROFILE
Wild Horses was a band that originally featured former Buster Brown and Montrose members Johnny Edwards and James Kottak. The band also featured James Kottak’s former Kingdom Come bandmate Rick Steier. The band went through at least two bassists: Chris Lester and Jeff Pilson.

Johnny Edwards left to sing for Foreigner and was replaced by former Shout lead vocalist John Levesque before the band recorded their first album Bareback. John Levesque sang on both of the band’s official albums (Bareback and Dead Ahead).

Johnny Edwards and James Kottak previously played together on Buster Brown’s second album Sign Of Victory and Montrose’s fifth album Mean.Rick Steier and James Kottak previously played together on the first two Kingdom Come albums.Jeff Pilson and James Kottak previously played together on Michael Lee Firkins’s self-titled album.

After the first Wild Horses album, the band split up. Several years later, Rick Steier and James Kottak joined Warrant, with which Rick Steier played on two studio albums and one live album and James Kottak played on one studio album.

“Bareback” is a blues-rock oriented album, it follows the same vein as bands like Whitesnake and Cinderella. The album is solid from start to finish, songs like Burn It Up, Whiskey Train, The River Song, Tell Me Something Good and Cool Me Down are all standouts, and should have made Wild Horses a big blip on the radar screen.

I recommend this album to anyone who likes 80’s style hard rock. I can’t see how you would be disappointed, and for the price, it’s a pretty decent deal.

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