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Wishbone Ash


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3 stars Not the last pilgrimage ...

The first album which I bought in the 70s from the band. The songs are referring to the Blues and Rock n' Roll roots but are also consisting of some new elements. Vas Dis must be the first song I heard from WISHBONE ASH. I was very impressed by the highspeed happiness of the song - something really unique. Somewhat jazzy with unbelievable running bass lines, an extraordinary drive by Steve Upton and crazy vocals (which never have been a preference of the band).

The Pilgrim is nearly in the same way but at this time with a long intro. Jail bait is a boggie where Powell and Turner are demonstrating their excellent and typical twin guitar playing. The following tracks Alone and Lullaby seem to be cuts from longer jam sessions they made for the recordings. Very nice indeed and again dominated by the guitars. Valediction is a ballad with nice bass playing again by Martin Turner but with vocals like they were on a funeral.

The original album ends here but I also bought the CD version in the 90s with two live boogie bonus tracks. Where Were You Tomorrow is somewhat convincing because the band plays very relaxed and concentrated. Live version of Jail bait is needless - differing from the original only with some feedbacks.

A release which begins great but gets weaker to the end because the Prog relation decreases.

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