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LOCKED IN

Wishbone Ash

 

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BarryGlibb
1 stars Review #7 Wishbone Ash's 1975 album Locked In.

It is beyond my comprehension how a group could record one of *the* most awe inspiring albums of all time (There's The Rub) then in their next release produce something as dreadful as "Locked In".

There are two saving graces to this album: 1. the opening track "Rest in Peace" has a solo by Laurie Wisfield that is so unique that I still get goosebumps when I hear it and the harmony lead riffs are exquisite on this track...one of WA's great tracks and very progressive as a piece of music. 2. The last song "Say Goodbye" not prog at all but simply a fantastic rock ballad with great vocals, melody and muscianship.

All songs in between these 2 are mind boggling awful....everyone of them!

Let's list them: "No Water in the Well"...who was the bright spark who permitted Laurie Wisefiled to sing on record? His vocals are akin to Bob Dylan singing and being strangled at the same time. Extremely high pitched, nasal, grating and whining. OOOh dear.

"Moonshine" Laurie back again...who'd have thought? Stinking.

"She Was My Best Friend" had some potential but is so dreary and morbid and even Martin Turner's normally good vocals make you want to press the skip button immediately he get's into his most blubbering, weepy performance on record.

"It Started in Heaven"...yes, you've guess it, Laurie back again on vocals....it must have been wriitten in his contract to take most of the lead vocals on this album. Terrible, terrible (did I say terrbile?), yes, terrible song.

"Hast Past Loving" nearly makes it but obviously doesn't...Martin vocalizing.

"Trust In You" please Laurie...will you just shut up, shut up I say! But he didn't.

So there you have it, an album using the legendary Tom Dowd as a producer manages to create possibly the worst rock albums ever recorded.

Maybe my sentiments are a touch strong....as there are 2 great songs on "Locked In".

Let's say that "Locked In" is *nearly* one of the worst albums ever recorded.

But please download "Rest In Peace" and "Say Goodbye" from iTunes you hopefully will enjoy them both. They are brilliant.

BarryGlibb | 1/5 |

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