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First Watch

Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 12 tracks
Street Date: 1989

    Reader Review #1

First Watch was Guardian's debut produced by Stryper guitarist Oz Fox on the late great Enigma Records. The line up was comprised of David Bach on bass guitar, Tony Palacios on guitar, Rikk Hart on drums, and Paul Crowley on guitar and lead vocals. The band by this time, had long abandoned the 'armor' that had made them a favorite on the Sunset Strip back in the early to mid 1980s. The production is tight and the songwriting/playing is superb. Hot tracks include the opener "I'll Never Leave You," "Mystery Man," "Good Life," and the heartfelt "The Miracle." Not long after its release, the band experienced the loss of drummer Hart and co-founder Crowley which led Bach and Palacios to recruit drummer Karl Ney and former Indiana based Tempest vocalist Jamie Rowe.

JFH Reader Review: Review date: 10/28/05, written by Will Gragido for

    Reader Review #2

There have been so many changes and sounds as well as even singers as this group has progressed. In all fairness though, this had to have been one of, if not their best release. Neoclassical rock combined with metal made air guitar so heavenly. This is my favorite album that this group has ever made. From the start to the finish, First Watch intrigues the listener. In my opinion, this group should have been up there with Stryper. If you like air guitar with great hooks, melodies, and a tight sound, I highly recommend this album.

JFH Reader Review: Review date: 11/18/05, written by Larry Mitchell for


. Artist Info: Discography
. Record Label: Enigma Records
. Album length: 12 tracks
. Street Date: 1989
. Buy It:

  1. I'll Never Leave You
  2. Mystery Man
  3. Livin' For The Promise
  4. Miracle
  5. Saints Battalion
  6. Kingdom of Rock
  7. The Good Life
  8. One of a Kind
  9. World Without Love
  10. Rock in Victory
  11. Hyperdrive*
  12. Marching On*



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