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Wishbone Ash


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2.92 | 72 ratings

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2 stars The Original Four are back together and the expectations are red hot, especially after the total failure of the previous two albums.

Those expectations were certainly NOT met by Nouveau Calls (pun for "No Vocals"), as it's up for the almost impossible: to be a great instrumental album; and it fails.

Although there is some interesting material, most of the tracks sound like they were made to have vocals, not to stand on their own as instrumental tracks. They largely lack the structure and uniqueness that would make them memorable.

Real Guitars Have Wings is arguably the best track, with it's main riff being a lot like the keyboard riff from Starvation by Socrates Drank The Conium. This is a very good composition, a track that can be a proud part of a Wishbone Ash "Best Of". For me, the last track worthy of that was Haunting Me from Just Testing, back in 1980.

The Spirit Flies Free is also a quality track, but the rest of the album doesn't offer something notable.

Since the album lasts 43:46 and only 6:59 of it are memorable (the aforementioned two tracks), the album can't be ranked higher than 2 stars. If it had vocals it would be a totally different album that could reach 3 stars under certain circumstances.

BigDaddyAEL1964 | 2/5 |


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