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PILGRIMAGE

Wishbone Ash

 

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BigDaddyAEL1964
4 stars The second album of the Holy Trilogy for Wishbone Ash. A fantastic album, that I'll review track-by-track.

Vas Dis: Brilliant! A jazzy instrumental with playful yodel by the band, written by Jack McDuff. Essential for their live performances and a very good exercise for Martin Turner, who has the toughest job to do with his bass.

The Pilgrim: A lethargic intro, slow and trippy, almost three minutes long, which passes the baton to an fantastic groove that allows the band to jam madly on Martin Turner's bass as he keeps the groove for 3 minutes. Bridge, jamming, reprise and finale. Bravo!

Jail Bait: Their best song for toying with the crowd in concerts, with a fantastic groove and simplistic lyrics that everyone can sing along. Very tasty guitar solos in the middle by Andy Powell - Ted Turner, then a final verse - chorus for a bit of dancing to the rhythm and maybe introducing the band if they're in concert, and free-style finale. Excellent.

Alone: I don't understand the purpose of this instrumental. 2:21 with nothing notable, fading in and out, without connection to the previous song (nor the next, but that's the last of A-Side on vinyl, so that would be impossible). Useless.

Lullaby: The title says it all. A quiet, beautiful instrumental .

Valediction: It always reminds me of the Flower Power movement, and particularly of "California Dreaming" by The Mamas & The Papas. Too simplistic and bittersweet for my taste, sounds a bit out of climate.

Where Were You Tomorrow: A live performance on a studio album is pretty rare, but here we have it. Wishbone Ash never released this one in a studio version, so this is it's "proper" form. Not such a special song, it consists mostly of consecutive solos and a LONG bridge with rhythm-n-clapping, a common thing for live performances by bands of the 60s-70s. The problem is that we were listening to a studio album, and it sounds out of climate. It also comes after a song which is also out of climate, which is after an instrumental, which is after another instrumental...

RATING: The first three songs are fantastic, Lullaby is beautiful, but the other three sound rather random as part of this record. A-Side and B-Side could belong to a different record altogether. 4,5 stars for the A-Side, 3,5 for the B-Side, 4 stars overall.

BigDaddyAEL1964 | 4/5 |

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