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2.99 | 51 ratings | 9 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1987

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tangible Evidence 4:18 (*)
2. Clousseau 3:38 (*)
3. Flags Of Convenience 4:27 (+)
4. From Soho To Sunset 3:24 (#)
5. Arabesque 4:24 (₪)
6. In The Skin 4:48 (*)
7. Something's Happening In Room 602 3:30 (+)
8. Johnny Left Home Without It 3:38 ()
9. The Spirit Flies Free 3:41 (!)
10. A Rose Is A Rose 3:32 (!)
11. Real Guitars Have Wings 3:10 (!)

Bonus track on Powerbright PBVP005CD and Talking Elephant TECD050:
12. T-Bone Shuffle 3:30 ()


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Line-up / Musicians

Andy Powell / Electric And Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin
Ted Turner / Lap Steel and Electric Guitars, Banjo
Martin Turner / Bass Guitar and Keyboards
Steve Upton / Drums and Percussion

* by M. Turner/A. Powell
+ by M. Turner
# by A. Powell/M. Turner/S. Upton
₪ by M. Turner/S. Upton
by A. Powell/M. Turner
! by A. Powell

Releases information

IRS ILP 460473 2 1987
IRS IRSD 42101 1988
IRS DMIRF 1028 1988
Powerbright PBVP005CD 1999 Includes a bonus track.
Talking Elephant TECD050 2003 Includes a bonus track

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WISHBONE ASH Nouveau Calls ratings distribution

(51 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(20%)
Good, but non-essential (49%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
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Review by ClemofNazareth
2 stars So after issuing a promising debut and an uneven but still hopeful second album, Wishbone Ash hit on all cylinders with the instant classic ‘Argus’ in 1972. That was followed by their obligatory ‘getting away from it all in a cozy studio to be introspective’ album ‘Wishbone Four’, which apparently didn’t go well because the band fractured and began a lengthy period of musical chairs for their lineup for almost fifteen years after the fourth album released. Just about everybody except the hardcore faithful fans (of which I was certainly not one) pretty much forgot about these guys, but apparently they were still plugging away touring and releasing the occasional tepid album.

Along comes Miles Copeland in 1987 with the idea to create a new, all-instrumental label under the IRS Records banner that he had founded, and he needed an inexpensive way to draw attention to the label with a big name. Having been Wishbone Ash’s original manager, he sort of had an ‘in’ with the band and leveraged that to convince them to reform the original lineup and release a new album of vocal-less music. (Just as an aside, anyone know where IRS Records got its name? Or where Copeland’s brother Stewart came up with the band name ‘the Police’? Their father was an American CIA agent back during the Cold War (and a big hawk when it came to American intelligence operating covertly in other countries’ affairs, by the way), so the names are a sort of nod to their bureaucratic connections. His mother was a British intelligence agent. After their father retired in 1983 he granted a lengthy interview to Rolling Stone magazine where he issued a prophetic warning about the emergence of Middle-Eastern terrorists as a major future threat to western nations. It’s kind of an interesting read twenty-three years later).

Anyway, the band reformed and the album was released, although the professional reviews were rather weak, and I don’t think it sold all that well (my copy is from a cut- out bin anyway, which tells me something). I believe they enjoyed a few years of touring success due to the reformation though, so at least something good came of it.

Like I said, there’s no vocals on this album, the only of its kind for the band that I’m aware of. The band also employs a few more instruments than on the early albums like banjo, slide guitar, a mandolin, and even some keyboards (which are pure eighties- sounding, by the way). Overall the album sounds like a lot of the stuff Jeff Beck, Summers-Fripp, Group 87, and Steve Morse were doing around the same time, although only Beck and Morse approach the level of skill Turner and Powell exhibit on guitar.

Surprisingly the band wrote their own arrangements, which is worth a mention at least. None of the tracks here stand out in particular, although “Clousseau” has some very nice electric picking in it, and “Arabesque” has a rather exotic feel to it, albeit mostly due to the keyboards.

About the closest the band comes to the heavy guitar sound of their early albums is on “Something's Happening In Room 602”, but even here the keyboards give the track a very eighties sound that doesn’t wear all that well over time; and “The Spirit Flies Free”, which is almost devoid of keyboards and as such is probably the best representative Wishbone Ash track on the album (although here the mandolin is quite prominent).

“T-Bone Shuffle” is included on some reissue CD versions of the album, and this is a much stronger guitar composition than anything else on the original release. I’m not sure where this one came from, but if you pick this up, look for the CD version that includes this track as it’s worth a listen.

This is the oddest sound of a band that has certainly had their share of incarnations over the years. I can’t say it’s necessarily a great or even memorable sound, and the keyboards and comparatively subdued guitar riffs place this music squarely in the eighties, so I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone but devoted Ash fans. This would be the last Wishbone Ash album I ever bought (so far), although from what I understand they had a bit of a resurgence in the mid-nineties, so those records might be worth checking out at some point. It’s very close to three-star material just for the great production and tight arrangements, but it’s lacking in spark and doesn’t showcase the band’s strongest talents (guitars) all that well, so I’ll settle for two stars.



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Review by ZowieZiggy
1 stars This album doesn't call for anything great, I'm afraid.

Where are the great twin guitars from the beginning? Gone, forgotten, and disappeared. What's left is just some sort of easy listening rock music with some reggae influence ("Clousseau"). Is this what one could expected from this band? The answer is NO. This is a minor album, not only in WA discography but as a rock work on its own. No passion, no wonderful melodies, no nothing. Just an addition of below average tracks. From start to finish.

This whole instrumental album is NOT the one you should listen to while entering their repertoire. Actually, you should not even consider listening to it. It is really poor and useless. None of the songs featured are worth a penny or a ?cent.

To summarize my opinion, it is a superb "press next" type of an album: from start to finish this time. A great zero. I can't rate it with less than with one star because PA doesn't allow to rate lower. But frankly, this album is just [&*!#]ty. One star. And I am generous.


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3 stars I guess anyone who is really a music lover has got that band or album that just seems to rise above the rest and touches their music soul. Wishbone Ash and especially Argus were the band and record that did it for me. I expected alot from this band. I got goosebumps from their successes but wo ... (read more)

Report this review (#107484) | Posted by harmony | Sunday, January 14, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This album gives a new insight into the music of Wishbone Ash and proves they are not just a 1970s band and they're looking for some new inspirations and motifs. The guitar sound is crisp and clear, and amazing guitar soloes are built around nice and lively riffs. But the most important featur ... (read more)

Report this review (#106502) | Posted by Lakesfield | Monday, January 08, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Nouveau Calls is a great album. Fans were happy to see the Mk I lineup back together, and given early Ash albums, doing an all instrumental album was not a stretch. Some fans complain about the 1980s sound of the music; it's a sort of blend of '80's rock, fusion and Ash. But if you keep an open m ... (read more)

Report this review (#102279) | Posted by DocB | Saturday, December 09, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Attention fusion fans! "No Speak" was a short-lived label that may be of great interest to fans of jazz-fusion or instrumental rock in general, and this is one of its catalogue's strongest offerings. Because their sound is not bound by WA's normally narrow vocal range and seeming sameness of ... (read more)

Report this review (#95524) | Posted by vingaton | Monday, October 23, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars As it says in the sleeve notes, the brief for this album runs 100% contrary to the industry norm. Miles Copeland got the original line up together to record an instrumental album where they could play their instruments free of any other consideration. The twin lead guitars are, as ever, much in e ... (read more)

Report this review (#80612) | Posted by | Wednesday, June 07, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars When people think of Wishbone Ash, what they have in mind is Argus. This is not good. It has been 37 years since they recorded their first, self-titled album and as someone has said, "they can still deliver"; during that time they experimented a lot - and Nouveau Calls is one of their experiments ... (read more)

Report this review (#80582) | Posted by Ampersand | Wednesday, June 07, 2006 | Review Permanlink

2 stars To write a review of average album from group that I like very, very much, the group that has one extraordinary five star album, 1972 "Argus", is not a pleasant job, but is necessary to evaluate it's real value. One important thing about it is that is recorded by most successful, legendary fir ... (read more)

Report this review (#78958) | Posted by cedo | Sunday, May 21, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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