The Golden Palominos

A History (1986-1989)

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The second in a two-disc retrospective of early work by the Golden Palominos, this disc contains most of Blast of Silence and A Dead Horse, leaving out only "Brides of Jesus" from the former and "Over" from the latter. The Palominos were a constantly shifting group of medium- to big-name studio musicians who revolved around drummer and organizer Anton Fier, and these two albums do not represent the band at its best either in terms of material or membership. This was the post-Arto Lindsay and pre-Lori Carson period, which is to say the Syd Straw and Robert Kidney period. The Blast of Silence sessions suffered from serious stylistic confusion, with pseudo-country ("I've Been the One") thrown in next to punky rock ("The Push and the Shove"), and no one really sounded sure of what was going on. Don Dixon contributed the raw and wonderful "Faithless Heart," but the quality of both his singing and his song just makes everyone else look that much worse. Serious sound problems pound the final nail in this album's coffin. The tracks from A Dead Horse are something of an improvement. The singing and songwriting are split between Robert Kidney, who rocks, and Amanda Kramer, who meanders. Kidney's "Wild River" is great rock & roll, but Kramer's aimless and uninvolving "Angel of Death" is a disgrace. This compilation is for fans only.

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