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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1 (Mother of Pearl)
1 Helpless (3:37)
2 Runaway (3:13)
3 Warrior (6:09)
4 Lorelei (6:06)
5 Persephone (3:42)
6 (In All of My Dreams) You Rescue Me (6:50)
7 Outward Bound (3:44)
8 Mother of Pearl (5:26)
9 Rest in Peace (6:26)
10 Time Was (7:01)
11 Bad Weather Blues (7:14)

Disc 2 (Live in Chicago)
1. The King Will Come (7:18)
2. Strange Affair (5:36)
3. Standing In The Rain (6:13)
4. Lost Cause In Paradise (4:57)
5. Keeper Of The Light (3:42)
6. Throw Down The Sword (6:03)
7. In The Skin (8:33)
8. Why Don't We (7:55)
9. Hard Times (4:54)
10. Blowing Free (8:29)
11. Living Proof (5:25)

Total time 128:33

Line-up / Musicians

Disc 1
- Andy Powell / electric & acoustic guitars, mandolin, vocals
- Laurie Wisefield / electric & slide guitars, vocals
- Steve Upton / drums
- Martin Turner / bass guitar, lead vocals

Disc 2
- Andy Powell / Guitar and vocals
- Ted Turner / Guitar and vocals
- Andy Pyle / Bass
- Ray Weston / Drums

Releases information

Digimode Entertainment Ltd, Millenium 20.4038-MI

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Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars Crossing the Atlantic in 12 years

This compilation consists of two live sets, both of which are already available separately.

Disc one contains a set from 1976 originally released as a bootleg under the title "Mother of pearl". The album was later legitimised through an "official" release in Germany. The recordings of the gig in Liverpool, UK are taken from the mixing desk, so the sound quality is of a high standard. The set focuses on the 1976 album "New England", with no less than 5 tracks from that album appearing. The performances here are strangely muted affairs, lacking the spark which made and still make Wishbone Ash gigs such enjoyable affairs. Other than the two "Argus" songs, there is little here to get excited about.

Bizarrely, the opening track of this set is taken from a gig some 4 year later recorded by the BBC. "Helpless" (not the Neil Young song!) was a track on the "Just testing" album, and as such is rather out of place here.

Disc two has the album known variously as "The Ash live in Chicago", "Live in the windy city", "Living Proof", etc. This was to be Ted Turner's last album with the band, but the recordings here, which date from 1992, are upbeat and energetic. The songs are mostly taken from the three reunion albums recorded during the period leading up to the gig, with six in total from "Here to hear" and "Strange affair". These songs sit well alongside the three from "Argus", capturing the band's trademark sound and style. The recording quality is good, although for me the balance is not quite right, especially on bass and vocals.

While tracks such as "Throw down the sword" and "Blowing free" are the clear favourites, those who enjoy them will also find "Standing in the rain", "Why don't we" and many more to be approaching a similar standard.

In all, a worthwhile budget label opportunity to obtain a couple of fine live albums by Wishbone Ash.

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