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In Gloucestershire, England, 1970, five musicians got together to rehearse and produce one of the most innovative and under rated rock bands of the seventies. The original idea for this band was first conceived in a hotel room in New York City, by Pete Solley and Keith Webb. Pete was a classicly trained pianist and Keith Webb was a jazz drummer. At the time, they were the opening act for The Rollingstones, with the Terry Reid Band. Deciding to break away from the creative restrictions imposed on them as backing musicians, they returned to England to form their own band called Paladin. 

Many months were spent finding the right blend of musicians, writing and rehearsing. The band consisted of Lou Stonebridge on vocals, piano and harmonica, Derek Foley on guitar and vocals, Pete Solley on organ, piano, violin and vocals, Keith Webb on drums and percussion, and Peter Beckett on bass and vocals. Peter had never played bass before but needed the job and learned quickly. Stonebridge and Foley had been playing with the band Grisby Dyke, and Peter was formerly of the band Winston G and The Wicked. When rehearsals began, it was clear that Paladin was going to be a dynamic live band. Instead of recording a demo, they invited people from the music industry to attend the rehearsals that took place in a farmhouse at Slowwe House in Arlingham, Gloucstershire. This was a huge old house that the entire band stayed at. Their sound was a mix of rock, blues, soul, jazz, and latin, creating a rich blend of world beat, long before it existed. Paladin's use of dual keyboards also created a unique sounds. 

By the end of 1970, they hit the road to play live gigs. Their first appearance took place at the Revolution in London. After some negogiations, Paladin signed with the newly formed Bronze Records. They began recording their self-titled, debut album on January 8, 1971 produced by Philamore Lincoln, at Olympic Studios in West London. They also recorded portions of the album at Island Studios, also in London. They recorded almost everything live in the studio, with a few overdubs. This decison produced some outstanding pieces of music. They toured England and Europe, playing all the great clubs there at the time. Paladin vocalist Lou Stonebridge was injured when a table that was being used as a stage extension collapsed during a gig. He sufferd a dislocated shoulder but continued on as the band begin cutting their second album. 


A year later, it was time for their second album, which was produced by Geogg Emerick(who engineered Sgt. Pepper) and recorded at the famous Apple Studios in London. Entitled Paladin Charge!, the second album was pegged by critics to be the absolute classic masterpiece of the 70's. This diverse album, which at times mixed folk with rock and roll, made it difficult to pinpoint influences. The lead vocals were shared by the band members on select songs. Famous album cover artist Roger Dean, designed The Paladin, a rider on a horse, for Paladin Charge!, claiming it to be one of his most difficult sketches. Unfortunately, Paladin's lack of success led to frustration, with Stonebridge and Foley deciding to leave the band in April of 1972. Both were  replaced by Joe Jammer on vocals and guitar. Paladin then toured such places as Norway and all around Europe and England. However, the revised lineup didn't last long and by the end of 1973, Paladin disbanded. 

The career of Paladin produced two of the finest hard/prog albums of the 70's. They also recorded early versions of tracks leaning more toward jazz. These were later reworked and the tapes were forgotten for almost 25 years until their release in 2002 by Rock Symphony under the name of  JazzAttack.  Paladin recorded live for the BBC but the tapes are believed to be still collecting dust in the vaults of old Beeb in London. 

 

PETER SOLLEY~DEREK FOLEY~KEITH WEBB~LOU STONEBRIDGE~PETER BECKETT
PETER SOLLEY~DEREK FOLEY~KEITH WEBB~LOU STONEBRIDGE~PETER BECKETT
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*ALBUMS*

BRONZE RECORDS 1971
BRONZE RECORDS 1971


Released in the Spring of 1971, "Paladin" was the debut album from this creative band. Formed the previous year by Keith Webb and Pete Solley (both ex-members of Terry Reids band), Paladin encompassed all that was experimental in early 70s rock. Fusing the worlds of jazz, rock and ethnic Cuban music, Paladins debut album was both powerful and rhythmic. One of the first signings to Bronze Records, Paladin shared a home with URIAH HEEP, COLOSSEUM et al and were highly regarded. 
     
       
PALADIN 1971

 1.    Bad Times (Solley)
 2.    Carry Me Home (Beckett,Stonebridge)
 3.    Dance Of The Cobra (Webb)
 4.    Third World (Solley)
 5.    Fill Up Your Heart (Solley)
 6.    Flying High (Solley)
 7.    The Fakir (Schfrin)

       
BONUS TRACKS
 
8.    It's Time (Paladin)
9.    Any Way (Demo)
10.   Third World (Instrumental)
11.   Carry Me Home (Instrumental)
12.   Dance Of The Cobra (Instrumental)
13.   It's Time (Instrumental)
14.   The Fakir (Instrumental)


Band members: Peter Beckett, Derek Foley,
Peter Solley, Lou Stonebridge, Keith Webb


Recorded at Olympic Studios, London and Island Studios, London

 
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BRONZE RECORDS 1972
BRONZE RECORDS 1972

Released in the Summer of 1971, "Charge" was Paladin's second and final album. Formed the previous year by Keith Webb and Pete Solley (both ex-members of Terry Reids band), Paladin encompassed all that was experimental in early 70s rock. Fusing the worlds of jazz, rock and ethnic Cuban music, Paladins second album was both more "progressive" and hard edged in nature to their debut. Adorned in a striking sleeve designed by ROGER DEAN (artist for YES), the album became known as much for its sleeve as the excellent music within. Recorded at The Beatles APPLE studios and engineered by GEOFF EMERICK, the album was Paladin's finest hour featuring the classics "Give Me Your hand" and "Anyway". One of the first signings to Bronze records, Paladin shared a home with URIAH HEEP, COLOSSEUM et al and were highly regarded. 

PALADIN CHARGE! 1972
 1.   Give Me Your Hand (Solley)
 2.   Well We Might (Solley)
 3.   Get One Together (Webb)

 4.   Anyway (Solley)
 5.   Good Lord (Beckett,Stonebridge,Foley)
 6.    Mix Your Mind With Moonbeams (Solley)
 7.    
Watching The World Pass By (Stonebridge)
 

        BONUS TRACKS

 8.   Give My Love To You (Solley)
 9.   Sweet Sweet Music (Solley)
10.  Any Way (Variation)(Solley)
11.  Sweet Sweet Music (Variation)(Solley)
12.  Well We Might (Variation)(Solley)
13.  Fill Up Your Heart (Instrumental)(Solley)
14.  Bad Times (Instrumental)(Solley)


Band members: Peter Beckett, Derek Foley,
Peter Solley, Lou Stonebridge,  Keith Webb


Recorded at Apple Studios, London
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ROCK SYMPHONY 2002
ROCK SYMPHONY 2002
    PALADIN JAZZATTACK 2002   
      
 1.    The Gong (Webb)
 2.    The Fakir I (Schifrin)
 3.   
Third World  Part I (Solley)
 4.    Third World  Part II (Solley)
 5.    Carry Me Home (Beckett,Stonebridge)
 6.   
Dance Of The Cobra (Webb)
 7.   
Bad Times (Solley
 8.    Fill Up Your Heart (Solley)
 9.    It's Time (Paladin)
10.   The Fakir II
(Schifrin)

        BONUS TRACKS


11. 
Trip To Venus (Solley)
12.  Anyway I (Solley)
13.  Anyway II (Solley)
  


Band members: Peter Beckett, Derek Foley,
Pete Solley, Lou Stonebridge, Keith Webb
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 *SINGLES*

1972-FRENCH RELEASE
1972-FRENCH RELEASE


                                    

 
A-SIDE  Anyway

   B-SIDE  Giving All My Love

1972-UK RELEASE
1972-UK RELEASE





  A-SIDE  Sweet Sweet Music

  B-SIDE Get One Together

1972-FRENCH RELEASE
1972-FRENCH RELEASE




  A-SIDE Sweet Sweet Music

  B-SIDE Get One Together

SPAIN 1972
SPAIN 1972



  A-SIDE Sweet Sweet Music

  B-SIDE Get One Together
1972
1972

                         


 
A-SIDE Anyway

  B-SIDE Giving All My Love

GERMANY 1972
GERMANY 1972



  A-SIDE  Anyway
 
  B-SIDE  Giving All My Love
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KEITH WEBB~JOE JAMMER~PETE SOLLEY~PETER BECKETT
KEITH WEBB~JOE JAMMER~PETE SOLLEY~PETER BECKETT

BBC RADIO

03/27/1971 THE ROSKO SHOW (Producer: Aidan Day)
                     Live from Radio 1 Club London: PALADIN
06/27/1971 IN CONCERT WITH JOHN PEEL (Producer: Jeff Griffin)
                    PALADIN, BELL 'N' ARC
06/30/1971 IN CONCERT WITH JOHN PEEL (Producer: Jeff Griffin)
(Repeat)       PALADIN, BELL 'N' ARC
07/22/1971 SOUNDS OF 70's  STUART HENRY (Producer: Malcolm Brown)
                     PALADIN, COCHISE
08/19/1971 SOUNDS OF 70's  STUART HENRY (Producer: Malcolm Brown)
                     PALADIN
10/21/1971 SOUND OF THE 70's  Pete Drummond (Producer: M Brown)
                     PALADIN, PATTO, STRAY, ROY YOUNG BAND
11/18/1971 SOUND OF THE 70's  Pete Drummond (Producer: M Brown)
                     PALADIN, HEADS FEET AND HANDS, GALLAGHER & LYLE,
                     BRIAN AUGER'S OBLIVION EXPRESS
05/26/1972 SOUND OF THE 70's  JOHN PEEL (Producer: John F Muir)
                     PALADIN, SLADE, THE JOHNSTONS, STONE THE CROWS
07/7/1972  SOUND OF THE 70's JOHN PEEL (Producer: John F Muir)
                   PALADIN, EDGAR BROUGHTON, BRIDGET ST JOHN, ZOOT MONEY
                  

PALADIN PEEL SESSIONS

             TX - 26/05/1972

       TRACKLIST

     LINE UP

 
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*IN MEMORY OF KEITH WEBB and DEREK FOLEY*
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Keith, on meeting Peter for the first time.....
 
 " I was in the speakeasy one night, and this bloody down and out came up to me and said, Hey man, I hear you're looking for a bass player, I've got no bass and I've got no amp, but I've got really good time man!" Keith said "In that case, you'll come back to Slowwe House with me!"
 
  For more on Keith, go to: http://www.goodaboom.com/KevsDiary.html

*Keith Webb (aka The Baron) - Died 3-31-2007 in Turre ( Rock ) He was 73 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Baron Band, The Flying Vultures and Los Tres Hombres - Worked with Donovan, Terry Reid and Paladin
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DEREK FOLEY passed away September 26, 2014

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  "In January of 1971, I produced the first Paladin album at Olympic Studios and Island Studios. Paladin were very much a live band who had their stuff down nice and tight. It’s true that we recorded most of the tracks more or less live. For the second Paladin album I booked the Beatles’ Apple Studios in Savile Row where I had the pleasure of working with the Beatles’ legendary engineer Geoff Emerick."

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Description: Rare 1971 Original, Radio Station Timing Strip On Cover, 1A/1A Stampers. Appears Virtually Unplayed. “Brainchild Of Ex-Terry Reid Members Peter Solley And Keith Webb, Paladin Was Born To Fuse. But Even With Their Wildly Eclectic Sound — Incorporating Cuban Rhythms, Jazz, Rock, And Psychedelia, The Quintet Aimed At A Surprisingly Accessible Sound, And Should Have Been A Commercial Monster. Paladin Inked A Deal With Bronze (UK) And Released Their Eponymous Debut Album In 1971, A Set That Still Quivers With Creativity. Recorded Live In The Studio, The Entire Album Has An Immediacy To It, With Even The Downtempo Numbers Filled With Energy. The Opening "Bad Times" Shows They Mean Business, The Latin Rhythms Underpinning An Organ Melody And A Rousing Chorus Traffic Would Have Ground To A Halt For, But Before The Almost Seven-Minute Song Comes To The End, The Band Bounces Into A Santana-Esque Jam Led By The Raging, Psychedelic, Acid-Drenched Organ, Which Gets An Even Bigger Workout On The Rocking "Fill Up Your Heart," A Song Which Must Have Been Absolutely Lethal Live. "Dance Of The Cobra" Slithers Through So Many Genres It's Hard To Keep Track — Latin, Funk, And Jazz, For Openers, And Then Guitarist Derek Foley Strides In With A Fiery Solo Before Webb Launches Into An Extended Big-Band Drum Extravaganza, Which He Deftly Transforms Into Rock, Before The Band Goes Out With A Psychedelic Flourish.” Jo-Anne Greene, AMG. Note: This U.S. Original Omits “Third World” But Has Two Additional Songs Not On The U.K. Bronze LP: “Giving All My Love” And “Anyway.” 
 
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