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3.29 | 31 ratings | 3 reviews | 19% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Time Was (9:59)
2. Sometime World (7:43)
3. The King Will Come (6:40)
4. Leaf And Stream (4:16)
5. Warrior (5:57)
6. Throw Down The Sword (5:54)
7. Blowin' Free (5:24)

Total Time 45:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Martin Turner / lead vocals, bass, producer
- Ray Hatfield / acoustic & lead guitars, vocals
- Danny Willson / lead guitar, vocals
- Keith Buck / lead guitar, vocals
- Rob Hewins / drums, percussion, vocals

- John Wetton / harmony vocals (6)
- Geoff Downs / Hammond organ (6)

Releases information

Re-recording of the band's 1972 album "Argus" in its 35th anniv.

CD Mystic Records ‎- MYS CD201 (2008, Europe)

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WISHBONE ASH Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash: Argus - Through The Looking Glass ratings distribution

(31 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(26%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
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WISHBONE ASH Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash: Argus - Through The Looking Glass reviews

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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars A pretty fair forgery. . .

. . .so Mr Waters described "A momentary lapse of reason" when the other three members of Pink Floyd decided to carry on without him. That too is what we have here. I quite understand that original bassist Martin Turner wanted to include the "Argus" album in his version of the band's live set. I understand too, that this meant rehearsals in a studio, and that the temptation to record the album in the studio again would have been tempting. What I do not understand is why these recordings were released as an official album. Is this a tribute to the lead guitarists he will not now work with? Is it some misguided rites of passage? Is it an attempt to claim more than a due share of the credit for the masterpiece which stunned us all in 1972? Who knows! The only person who played on both the original and this version though is said bassist/vocalist Martin Turner.

There is no denying the magnificence of the music which is the foundation of this album. There is no denying either the competence of the musicians who play on it. There is therefore no denying that this is a very enjoyable recording. What it is though, is nothing more than a tribute album. In the same way as The Musical Box, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and many more emulate their heroes note for note, so "Argus through the looking glass" emulates the 1972 original. While listening to this version, I find myself constantly comparing it to the original, and finding it to be slightly inferior every time. That inferiority is probably as much to do with a familiarity with the original ingrained over almost 40 years as it is with any actual shortcomings.

I do find here though that the vocals are generally less satisfactory, sounding rather dull and technical. Likewise for me, while the twin lead guitars, the essence of the album, are played impeccably they lack the emotion instilled by those who wrote and recorded the tracks. When we are reminded that one of the lead guitarists here is a former member of Showaddywaddy, he may well love the music he is participating in but he is simply mimicking someone else's music.

There are minor variances here, one track is about a minute longer, another a bit shorter. The track sequence is bizarrely altered too, so that "Throw down the sword" is no longer the finale. Talking of "Throw down the sword", the organ here is played by guest Geoff Downes, while John Wetton also pops by to add harmony vocals to the same track. I have to say though that the pre-vocal guitar part of this track sounds awful here, it is tantamount to sacrilege!

I find it hard to assess an album such as this. I thoroughly enjoy listening to it, as it is close enough to the original to be all but immune from criticism on that level. For me though, it is not quite as good, and is therefore something of a pointless exercise. Why bother with this album when remastered versions of the original are readily available? To that extent, this album is simultaneously essential and totally redundant.

Latest members reviews

3 stars I've been to Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash concerts three times in Greece, and at the very first I bought this album. I thought to myself "wow, through the looking glass should mean we will have a tribute to the original with adapted/alternated songs structures, this is SO interesting!". Only ... (read more)

Report this review (#1632477) | Posted by BigDaddyAEL1964 | Saturday, October 15, 2016 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Argus In Wonderland: While rehearsing for their Argus Tour, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash (MTWA) decided to rerecord the Argus album using the latest studio technology. Do we need a new Argus album? Perhaps not. We have the 30th anniversary remastered edition with bonus live tracks. We have the 35 ... (read more)

Report this review (#186913) | Posted by DocB | Saturday, October 25, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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