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Wishbone Ash biography
Founded in Torquay, UK in 1969 - Still active as of 2017

The history of WISHBONE ASH goes back to 1966, when drummer Steve Upton of the 'Scimitars' joined bassist Martin Turner and Martin's brother Glen in the band 'The Empty Vessels'. The trio named themselves 'Tanglewood' and moved to London. Glen Turner quit soon and was replaced by Ted Turner of Birmingham band 'King Biscuit'. The line-up was finalised by guitarist Andy Powell (Ex-'Sugarband'). The two guitarists developed a melodic twin guitar lead style that would become the trademark of 'Wishbone Ash'.

In 1970 WISHBONE ASH released their self titled first record, establishing a mixture of Blues-Rock, Jazz and English Folk, that the band would elaborate on in their following records. The production work by Martin Birch was excellent and the record contains the masterpiece 'Phoenix', that would become a 'Wishbone Ash' live classic and give way to elaborate improvisations on stage. At the same time the band would start to use lyrics and imagery drawn from mythology and fantasy. like 'The King will come', 'Throw down the sword', 'Persephone' & 'Argus'.

In 1971 'Wishbone Ash' released 'Pilgrimage' and a year later 'Argus', both records bringing the WISHBONE ASH sound to perfection by introducing elaborate vocal arrangements and sophisticated instrumental passages. Both records are masterpieces. In 1973 the band released their fourth LP, 'Wishbone Four', and toured Europe, documented by their live release 'Live Dates' (1973) and followed by an extended America Tour. In 1974 Ted Turner left and was replaced by Laurie Wisefield (Ex-Home) who added steel guitar and banjo to the 'Wishbone Ash' sound on their 1974 release 'There's The Rub'. During the rest of the seventies the new line-up recorded a series of good but less interesting records.

In 1987 the original line-up re-united for a series of records, including the all instrumental 'Nouveau Calls' (1988), before going again though a series of line-up changes. At the end of the 90's the band found a new stability with founding guitarist Andy Powell, bass player Bob Skeat and drummer Ray Weston, joined in 2004 by Finnish guitarist Muddy Manninen.

'Pilgrimage' and 'Argus' are highly recommended.

Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com : 'Wishbone Ash' mixed Blues-Rock, Jazz and English Folk in a progressive way.

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WISHBONE ASH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.88 | 277 ratings
Wishbone Ash
1970
3.61 | 269 ratings
Pilgrimage
1971
4.23 | 707 ratings
Argus
1972
3.07 | 199 ratings
Wishbone Four
1973
3.90 | 214 ratings
There's The Rub
1974
2.04 | 119 ratings
Locked In
1976
3.15 | 126 ratings
New England
1976
2.93 | 107 ratings
Front Page News
1977
3.52 | 109 ratings
No Smoke Without Fire
1978
2.88 | 104 ratings
Just Testing
1980
2.75 | 81 ratings
Number The Brave
1981
1.96 | 61 ratings
Twin Barrels Burning
1982
1.78 | 61 ratings
Raw To The Bone
1985
2.92 | 72 ratings
Nouveau Calls
1987
2.93 | 51 ratings
Here To Hear
1989
2.60 | 45 ratings
Strange Affair
1991
3.66 | 72 ratings
Illuminations
1996
1.74 | 33 ratings
Trance Visionary
1998
1.59 | 31 ratings
Psychic Terrorism
1998
2.95 | 43 ratings
Bare Bones
1999
3.65 | 49 ratings
Bona Fide
2002
2.98 | 56 ratings
Clan Destiny
2006
3.16 | 63 ratings
Power Of Eternity
2007
3.22 | 30 ratings
Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash: Argus - Through The Looking Glass
2008
3.56 | 62 ratings
Elegant Stealth
2012
3.41 | 55 ratings
Blue Horizon
2014
3.95 | 11 ratings
Martin Turner: Written In The Stars
2015
3.54 | 15 ratings
Coat of Arms
2020

WISHBONE ASH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.40 | 102 ratings
Live Dates
1973
4.52 | 18 ratings
Live In Tokyo
1979
3.73 | 52 ratings
Live Dates Volume 2
1980
3.44 | 9 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert
1991
3.39 | 14 ratings
Live in Windy City (USA 1992) [Aka: Live in Chicago & Living Proof]
1992
4.00 | 3 ratings
Live in Chicago
1992
3.27 | 11 ratings
Live in Geneva
1996
3.00 | 4 ratings
Live - Timeline
1997
2.00 | 1 ratings
Their Greatest Hits
1998
2.09 | 3 ratings
Mother of Pearl
1998
3.14 | 18 ratings
Live Dates 3
2001
2.48 | 3 ratings
Runaway
2001
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Bristol
2002
3.82 | 9 ratings
Almighty Blues - London and Beyond
2004
3.49 | 5 ratings
Time Was... The Live Anthology
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live on XM Satellite Radio
2005
3.94 | 8 ratings
New Live Dates, Volume One
2006
3.67 | 9 ratings
Live In Hamburg
2007
3.95 | 12 ratings
New Live Dates, Volume Two
2007
2.16 | 10 ratings
Argus Then Again Live
2008
4.00 | 5 ratings
40 - Live In London
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Grand - Road Works 1
2010
3.88 | 8 ratings
The Life Begins Tour
2011
3.85 | 4 ratings
Live in London 1978
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Hamburg - Road Works 2
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
Martin Turner And Friends ‎- The Garden Party
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Germany - Road Works 3
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Ashcon '14 - Road Works 4
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Metropolis 16/05/15
2015
4.00 | 1 ratings
Access All Areas
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Across The Airwaves - The Legendary Broadcasts
2017
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Sacramento - Road Works 5
2018
3.67 | 3 ratings
Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash - The Beauty of Chaos: Live at the Citadel
2018
3.09 | 2 ratings
Live at Glasgow Apollo 77
2019

WISHBONE ASH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Live
1990
3.96 | 8 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
2001
3.05 | 5 ratings
Inside Wishbone Ash 1970-2004
2003
3.09 | 3 ratings
Live Broadcasts
2003
4.25 | 4 ratings
Almighty Blues: London & Beyond
2004
4.14 | 7 ratings
Phoenix Rising - Classic Ash: Then & Now
2004
2.36 | 6 ratings
25th Anniversary Of The Marquee (DVD)
2005
3.13 | 12 ratings
30th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2006
4.00 | 5 ratings
Rock Milestones Wishbone Ash : Argus
2006
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live at the Spirit of 66
2006
4.67 | 6 ratings
Live in Hamburg
2007
4.33 | 9 ratings
40th Anniversary Concert - Live In London
2009
3.88 | 7 ratings
Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - The Life Begins Tour
2010
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live in Paris 2015
2015

WISHBONE ASH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Best of Wishbone Ash
1975
3.55 | 11 ratings
Classic Ash
1977
2.67 | 6 ratings
Hot Ash
1981
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Wishbone Ash
1982
4.00 | 1 ratings
That's Wishbone Ash
1982
3.00 | 1 ratings
Time Was - The Wishbone Ash Collection
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
The King Will Come
1993
4.67 | 9 ratings
Distillation
1997
3.05 | 3 ratings
The Millenium Collection
1999
3.60 | 5 ratings
On Air
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
Wonderful Stash
2000
3.00 | 1 ratings
Twin Axe Warriors
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Wishbone Ash (The Primo collection)
2003
2.33 | 3 ratings
The Collection
2003
3.25 | 3 ratings
Warriors
2003
2.37 | 8 ratings
Lost Pearls
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Backbones
2004
3.05 | 3 ratings
Tracks
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
Tracks 2
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Dejavu Retro Gold Collection
2004
2.10 | 2 ratings
The King Will Come
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mystery Man
2005
3.63 | 13 ratings
First Light
2007
3.50 | 2 ratings
Tracks 3
2007
2.33 | 3 ratings
Tender
2008
2.50 | 2 ratings
Tough
2008
2.05 | 2 ratings
Rocked Up Beyond Belief
2008
3.00 | 1 ratings
Melodic Sounds
2009
4.15 | 11 ratings
Sometime World: An MCA Travelogue
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Essential Collection
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
Road Works
2015
4.00 | 1 ratings
New Live Dates: The Complete Set
2016
3.00 | 1 ratings
Road Works - Junctions (The Best of Road Works)
2018
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991
2018
0.00 | 0 ratings
21st Century Collection
2018

WISHBONE ASH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Blind Eye
1970
4.00 | 1 ratings
Jail Bait
1971
4.00 | 1 ratings
An Evening Program with...
1972
5.00 | 1 ratings
No Easy Road / Blowin' Free
1972
2.80 | 21 ratings
Live From Memphis
1972
4.00 | 1 ratings
Blind Eye
1973
4.00 | 1 ratings
So Many Things to Say
1973
4.00 | 1 ratings
Rock N' Roll Widow / No Easy Road
1973
4.00 | 1 ratings
Hometown / Persephone
1974
3.00 | 1 ratings
Silver Shoes / Persephone
1975
4.00 | 1 ratings
Outward Bound
1976
3.00 | 1 ratings
Moonshine
1976
3.00 | 1 ratings
Rest in Peace
1976
3.00 | 1 ratings
Goodbye Baby Hello Friend
1977
4.00 | 1 ratings
Blowin' Free
1977
4.00 | 1 ratings
You See Red
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
You See Red
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Come On/Fast Johnny
1979
4.00 | 1 ratings
Helpless / Blowin' Free
1980
4.00 | 1 ratings
Helpless
1980
4.00 | 1 ratings
Living Proof / Jail Bait
1980
4.00 | 1 ratings
Get Ready
1981
2.00 | 1 ratings
No More Lonely Nights
1982
3.00 | 1 ratings
Engine Overheat
1982
2.00 | 1 ratings
Me and My Guitar
1983
3.00 | 1 ratings
People in Motion
1984
3.00 | 1 ratings
Cell of Fame
1985
4.00 | 1 ratings
In the Skin
1988
4.00 | 1 ratings
Cosmic Jazz
1989
3.00 | 1 ratings
Keeper of the Light
1989
1.00 | 1 ratings
Reason to Believe (Dance Mix)
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
Reason to Believe
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
Reason to Believe
2014

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 Blue Horizon by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.41 | 55 ratings

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Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars Very often along the years, it has been noted the peculiar (and fundamental) role that the twin lead guitar approach plays in the music of Wishbone Ash. This is also true for this record, although the fact is not so simple, but involves more than one manifestation: the mentioned twins provide not only riffs, leads and solos, but elsewhere you can find them in textures that in another context could be left to synths, or installing ambient and atmospheres, or collaborating with the vocals in setting the appropriately vast space for the expansion of the overall sound by resorting to reverb and the right chord sequences.

All that is here, and is backing a great set of songs. Anything else? Oh yes, Andy Powell is here and sings just great

 Live Dates by WISHBONE ASH album cover Live, 1973
4.40 | 102 ratings

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Review by Sacro_Porgo

4 stars There are few bands as fundamental to the history of rock and roll, as influential to its future, yet as woefully obscured by time as Wishbone Ash. Their lack of prolonged mainstream success or even cultural re-evaluation makes it all the more jarring to hear the raucously adoring crowd fade in at the start of Live Dates, and continue all throughout. Clearly those who knew about Wishbone Ash knew there was a lot to love about this band.

The double live album craze of the 70s hadn't really hit its stride yet in 1973, with classics such as Kiss Alive and Frampton Comes Alive still a few years down the road. However in the world of progressive rock, where songs stretching at least over six minutes were par for the course, double live records must have made a lot of sense right from the start (or in the case of Yes and ELP, triple live records). The fact that Live Dates spreads its eleven tracks over two discs seems then to make a statement about Wishbone Ash as part of the prog rock canon. While not as technical and flashy as their more widely recognized prog contemporaries, Andy Powell and crew are clearly aiming to take rock and roll somewhere new...or rather somewhere ancient.

While many bands were already dabbling in medieval themes, Wishbone Ash conjure up uncompromising visions of knights and farmers, kings and cornfields, witches and wars, all cast in a chilly gray haze. Not content to simply tell tales of battles and myths, their lyrics turn philosophical, almost spiritual, on many songs, including the opening 1-2-3 punch of The King Will Come, Warrior, and my personal favorite, Throw Down The Sword. This isn't just some soundtrack music for your next reading of Tolkien or round of Dungeons And Dragons (though it certainly sets the perfect mood for both of these activities), it's great music to sit and watch the leaves turn colors in the fall, or to watch a pond freeze over in the winter, or to watch flowers bloom in spring. This is music that will have you looking to the sky and pondering the passage of time and the dream of peace.

Yet Wishbone Ash aren't just a group of wandering minstrels teleported into the 1970s, they're a real rock and roll band, and they know how to conjure up a fine brew of bluesy, early 70s rock. Cuts like Rock N Roll Widow, Jail Bait, and Blowin' Free are perfect for the live setting because of their inherent, jammy nature. The cover of Baby What You Want Me To Do clearly shows where these players' roots lie. But of course a good jam needs some great lead guitar work, and that is precisely what the band gives us through all of these more rocking numbers. Trading one sizzling solo after another, Andy Powell and Ted Turner prove over and over the awesome benefits that double lead guitars provide. Certainly Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden were all taking notes. But the pair truly shines on the more progressive side of things, weaving together hazy harmonized riffs which immediately cement themselves into your memory. Throw Down The Sword is the perfect example of this, a rather simple minor key melody from one guitar gets harmonized by the other as it fades in, the the rhythm section breaks in and carries the progression into its B-section before it all turns around to support the plaintive lead vocal in the first verse. Speaking of harmonies, though the group's vocals aren't necessarily the strongest of their peers, they make up for this with impressively catchy melodies sung in harmony most of the way through. The softer tone of the lead vocals also aides in creating the mystic atmosphere which surrounds their music.

Of course I would be remiss not to mention the 17 minute closing track, The Phoenix, and the nearly ten minute disc two opener, The Pilgrim. The former is an aural journey taking the listener through a passionately performed series of moods and dynamics, dropping out almost to nothing at one point before bringing things back around to the vocal to close out the record. One might compare its construction to the Lizard suite from King Crimson, being not so much comprised of distinct sections as it is an engulfing, evolving piece. The Pilgrim on the other hand is similar in its coherence, but takes its time in its first half building up a beautiful instrumental before getting to the meat of the song in its second half, somewhat like Rush would do on Xanadu some years later. Both of these are fine progressive pieces which serve to bookend disc two of this live set quite well.

There is one moment on the record which stands out to me as the most transcendent though, and that is the climactic lead at the end of Throw Down The Sword. The studio version of this song is famous for featuring two simultaneous guitar solos overlapping one another to great psychedelic effect, but my heart lies with this live version, in which one single guitar summons forth a melody so righteous, so full of life and color, that it inadvertently makes the rest of the record pale in comparison. If one ever needed inspiration to pick up a flying V, let this solo be a testament to that particular axe's legend and quality.

 Coat of Arms by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.54 | 15 ratings

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Review by Heart of the Matter

3 stars There are certain artists in the Archives, whose reason to be here may not be related so much with their "progressiveness" as with their iconic status as "classic rock heroes". And I think that such thing is not bad, at all, since it allow us to reconsider some sacred cows like, let's say, The Who, or in this case, Wishbone Ash. An what may be the result of the present reconsideration?

In the first place, like I implied above, this album can't be deemed as "progressive" in any plausible sense of the term.

Not less discouragingly, the first half of the album pass like a continuous and somewhat monotonous jigging festival.

Fortunately, the second half, beginning with "Drive" gets much better, proving their recuperation with good melodies and nice guitar interweaving, as it's expected from this historic band.

 Argus by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.23 | 707 ratings

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Review by Kempokid
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4 stars While the bulk of my experience with early 70s prog comes more from the more symphonic and jazzy sides of things, I still hold an appreciation for the style that Wishbone Ash has, feeling more like hard rock with proggy overtones, fitting more cleanly into the vein of classic rock while still clearly being something a bit more complex and often grandiose. Of the albums I've heard from this band, Argus is the one I'd consider their true masterpiece, being the album with the most well-realised sound, carrying some folkiness and medieval atmosphere that feels very core to their identity here, as opposed to just another element tacked on for the sake of it like I feel some prog bands can fall into the trap of. While this alone already makes this quite an entertaining album in its own right, it's the fact that this is couple with some exceptional songwriting and some of the best guitar work I've heard, these amazing elements coming together to complement the already promising sound that the album had going for it.

Time Was is your fairly typical prog epic in a lot of ways, but it's a pretty great one regardless, with the way the first few folky minutes then break into more energetic rock that reminds me of Rush, especially in the interplay between the guitar and bass, especially during solos. The song doesn't really hit any grand peaks like a couple of later tracks, but continuously shifts around extremely distinct sections, all of them paced quite well in order to give a very clear and satisfying sense of progression as everything keeps speeding up. Funnily enough, the song after this, Sometime World ends up following a lot of things that the opener accomplishes, but executes it so much better despite being about 3 minutes shorter. Once again, the song starts off being primarily acoustic, but this time around it's so much more emotional, the vocal melody and delivery being incredibly heartfelt as the hints of electric guitar just amplify the emotion. It's once this part ends that the song is elevated even higher however, with an incredible bassline backed up by one of the most epic sounding choruses I've heard, without even a hint of exaggeration, and it just doesn't feel like it stops, just keeps going with it until it erupts into an extremely triumphant, powerful guitar solo that floors me every time. All of this makes it one of the absolute pinnacles of 70s prog rock for me. It's unfortunate that this masterpiece is followed up by what's easily the weakest track on the album, and just a painfully mediocre one in general, sounding more like some generic hard rock than anything else, not really going anywhere interesting or having anything I'd personally consider enjoyable to listen to.

It's fortunate that things get back on track relatively quickly with The King has Come, which while having less of an overall impression on me than some other songs here, also has some of my favourite instrumental work on the album, especially in the intro, which builds up perfectly into a very memorable riff. The rest of it is a bit tamer than most of the album despite being one of the ones to most prominently make use of the electric guitar, overall another good song. After the reasonably decent, pretty Leaf and Stream, highlighting the folk aspects of the album exquisitely and creating a great atmosphere, the album closes off with the amazing one - two punch of Warrior and Throw Down The Sword, which once again return to the purely epic nature of Sometime World. Warrior in particular impresses me, especially with the vocal harmonies during the "I have to be a warrior" section, really just sounds amazingly powerful once again, especially once the guitar starts to interweave with the gaps in the vocals. Throw Down Your Sword brings things to a close perfectly, still having the sense of grandiosity, but with a sense of quiet triumph to it all. If Warrior was a song about an army going into battle, Throw Down the Sword would be the result after victory was achieved, and it closes everything off perfectly.

I find that the mix of prog and hard rock is that potentially can end up sounding rather generic or just uninteresting if not handled properly, leaning firmly into the aesthetic of one side too hard, which is something that I believe Wishbone Ash did right here, being able to avoid such pitfalls and using these 2 sounds to make something truly interesting and distinct. This is definitely an album that I'd 100% recommend to fans of artists such as Uriah Heep or Rush, but more broadly just to fans of hard and progressive rock in general, taking the best aspects from both of these genres and making something that I could easily see fans of either of them liking quite a lot. I'd rate this a bit higher even, but I personally do believe that Blowin' Free detracts from the album enough to give it a slightly lower score in the end.

Best tracks: Sometime World, Warrior, Throw Down the Sword

Weakest tracks: Blowin' Free

 Argus by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.23 | 707 ratings

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Review by VianaProghead
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5 stars Review Nš 371

Wishbone Ash is a famous British rock band who achieved great success in the 70's. During the early and mid of 70's, Wishbone Ash were among England's most popular hard rock acts. They were described in some quarters, at the time, as England's answer to The Allman Brothers, albeit with a mystical lyrical element. Wishbone Ash fused heavy blues-rock with fine harmonies of jazz and prog. Their most popular albums, at the time, included their self titled debut album, 'Wishbone Ash' of 1970, 'Pilgrimage' of 1971, 'Argus' of 1972, 'There's The Rub' of 1974 and 'New England' of 1976.

Wishbone Ash was also one of the first bands to come to use two lead guitars, although, Judas Priest which was also a contemporary of them, did the same thing too. They're also considered to be one of the major innovators of the harmony in the twin lead guitar format. Their contribution helped Andy Powel and Ted Turner to be considered for several times two of the most important guitarists in rock history and they were also described as the most interesting duo of guitarists since the old days when Jeff Back and Jimmy Page were members of The Yardbirds. This fact made that Wishbone Ash can be considered a very influential rock band. They have been cited frequently as a band with deep influence on some rock bands, such as, Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy, as well as many other dual guitar rock bands.

'Argus' is the third studio album of Wishbone Ash and was released in 1972. 'Argus' has seven tracks. All songs were composed by Andy Powell, Martin Turner, Ted Turner and Steve Upton. The first track 'Time Was' is a perfect song to open this great album. It's the lengthiest song on the album and is a very classic rock guitar song with a very soft and beautiful introduction of acoustic guitar sound. However, the rest of the song is played in a very high rhythm speed. It's a fantastic song, really. This is a song sung by Ted Turner and Martin Turner. The second track 'Sometime World' is also a song with a start as a mellow song. But again, as their previous song, it also explodes in a very high rhythm speed. This is a song with an absolutely fantastic guitar work by both, Ted Turner and Andy Powell. These guys make a unique duo and we can say that they're absolutely genius in their own style. It's absolutely a superb song and represents one of my favourite tracks on the album. This is a song sung by Martin Turner and Andy Powell. The third track 'Blowin'Free' is a different song. It's made more in the rock'n'roll style. This is a calmer song with several guitar sounds all over the track. It's also a very good song but, I must confess, that it's my less favourite song on the album. This is a song sung by Martin Turner, Ted Turner and Andy Powell. The fourth track 'The King Will Come' is, without any doubt, one of my favourite moments on this album. It's a remarkable and an unforgettable song that live forever within us. This is one of the most beautiful, complex and progressive rock songs of the group and where both guitarists use the uah uah pedal effects and huge scales which became very significant in the history of rock. It's really a must track for any prog music lover. This song is sung by Martin Turner and Andy Powell. The fifth track 'Leaf And Stream' is a very beautiful and soft ballad. In opposition with the opinion of some of my colleague reviewers, I don't agree this is the weakest point on the album. Despite be a very simple acoustic song, it represents, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful moments on this album. This song is sung by Martin Turner. The sixth track 'Warrior' is also, without any doubt, one of my favourite moments on the album. This is an extraordinary powerful music which represents, in my humble opinion, one of the highest points inside the group's music. It's the perfect example why Wishbone Ash is a so unique and special band that shows everything what they have and how great they can be. I think is consensual to say that 'Warrior' and 'The King Will Come' represent, probably, their best musical moments ever. This is a song sung by Martin Turner and Andy Powell. The seventh and last track 'Throw Down The Sword' is another great song and I think we can consider it a perfect closer for this spectacular and unique album. Curiously, this is a song that brings back all to the principle, and I'm willing to hearing all the album again. This is a song sung by Martin Turner and Andy Powell.

Conclusion: I only bought 'Argus' a few years ago and I've never heard it until that time. It's true I'd seen this album before, on sale in the 70's, when it was released, but I must confess that I only was impressed with its fantastic cover. Now, I'm able to say that I'm very sorry for not bought it in those days. I missed some great music for so many years. 'Argus' is one of the albums that I heard in the last years that most impressed and surprised me. 'Argus' is, without any doubt, the most popular album of the group and is widely considered the best work of the band by fans and progressive reviewers. It was also one of the best studio albums released in 1972. This is really a fantastic and marvellous album, truly the rock music at its best. If you are a progressive rock music fan and you have the need or you like to have something different and new in your collection, won't hesitate and buy 'Argus'. I'm sure you will not regret.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Wishbone Ash by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.88 | 277 ratings

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Review by VianaProghead
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4 stars Review Nš 370

In 1966, brothers Glenn and Martin Turner met Steve Upton and decided to form a band named Empty Vessels. The name didn't last too long and soon became Tanglewood. Then the trio left his hometown, Exeter, in England, and decided depart to London. The group was almost giving up when they were surprisingly invited to opening a show of The Yardbirds. Meanwhile, the guitarist Glenn Turner decided to return to Exeter. However, the remaining pair continued in London. To continue with their project, the group needed to recruit another new guitarist and than, they decided to hear some candidates. During the hearings, the two remaining musicians liked of two of them, David Ted Turner and Andy Powell. They decided not to hire a keyboardist and stayed with the two guitarists. At that moment they felt the necessity of changing the name, one that needed not the labels. So, in 1970 began the career of Wishbone Ash.

'Wishbone Ash' is the debut studio album of Wishbone Ash and was released in 1970. This is a solid debut album from a great English band that covers a wide variety of music from blues to a hint of English country even hard rock. Their debut is solid hard rock with both blues and boogie mixed in it. It's hard to think that this album came out in 1970, especially when you look at how influential it was. If you listen to this and then put on an Iron Maiden's album, it's clear that Iron Maiden took a lot of influences from these guys. Wishbone Ash was probably the first band to both twin-guitar riffs, although Judas Priest was also a contemporary that did the same thing. Even with only six songs here, the album is generally flawless, and a brilliant combination of hard rock, blues-rock, folk and progressive rock too. Amazing musicianship throughout, everything from the guitar, bass and drums is always exciting and interesting. The vocals are also top-notch here, with the band singing about such mystical things that were common amongst the 70's metal/rock.

The line up on 'Wishbone Ash' is Andy Powell (vocals and guitar), Ted Turner (vocals and guitar), Martin Turner (vocals and bass) and Steve Upton (drums).

'Wishbone Ash' has six tracks. All songs were composed by Andy Powell, Martin Turner, Ted Turner and Steve Upton. The first track 'Blind Eye' is the first song we can hear on a Wishbone Ash's album. For a band based on guitar sound and without keyboards the least I can say is that is absolutely unexpected the nice piano sound on this song. It's a song with a blues approach and where the twin guitars sound great. This is a very interesting song. The second track 'Lady Whisky' is a rock'n'roll song with a very heavy sound. This song sounds more to the classic Wishbone Ash's sound with great twin guitar solos and also with a very interesting percussion section by Steve Upton. This is a very good song too. The third track 'Errors Of My Ways' is a very emotional and beautiful song. This is a song in the style of an electric ballad very well performed and, once more, it has fantastic guitar works. We may say that the songs on the album appear in a kind of growing and this is, without any doubt, the best, the most complex and the more progressive song of the album, until now. The fourth track 'Queen Of Torture' is another rock song with a heavy sound. It's a little repetitive, and at my taste, it's probably one of the less attractives on the album, despite has nice guitar works too. This is a good track but with nothing special. The fifth track 'Handy' is one of the lengthiest songs on the album, with the last track 'Phoenix'. It's also one of the best, complex and more progressive songs on the album with 'Phoenix' and 'Errors Of My Ways'. The song starts with good guitar works and bass guitar works in a very calm and peaceful begin on the song. We can also hear on the song a very good drum solo, so typical of the albums of the 70's, especially in live albums. Definitely, this is a very good progressive song. The sixth and last track 'Phoenix' is my favourite song on the album. It opens with guitars, bass and drums. This is the most creative and progressive song on the album with some absolutely fantastic solo guitar sections, which would be the band's trademark. This song reminds to us their great masterpiece 'Argus'. This is really a fantastic and brilliant piece of music, one of the best ever recorded by the group.

Conclusion: 'Wishbone Ash' is with 'Argus' the only two albums I have from the group, until now, and they're also the only musical works that I know of them until today. 'Wishbone Ash' is, in my humble opinion, a great album and a fantastic debut album of the group. Of course it isn't 'Argus' but it's, nevertheless, a fantastic album to any rock lover and also for those who like great guitar sounds. I know that some prog heads don't like to consider Wishbone Ash as a truly progressive band. That is mainly due to their style of music and also because they don't use any keyboards on their music. I respect their point of view but I don't agree totally with them. It's true that Wishbone Ash isn't totally a progressive rock band but it's also true that they have some songs very progressive, such as 'Phoenix' on this album, and 'The King Will Come' and 'Warrior' on 'Argus'. So, I think it's totally fair to consider them as a prog related band.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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Review by Spacehead

4 stars One of the ups about these trying times is that there is plenty of it in which to reflect, assess and re-assess. Back in my day when afghans an flares ruled a goodish part of the Earth WA was part of the musical cannon . But while we were music rich we were cash poor, so I had Argus and Pilgrimage and never bought or borrowed the eponymous first album. And at some point down the track WA and I drifted apart and we lost touch. I don't think going to the Number the Brave tour helped, (unfortunately the only time I saw the band).Despite me wanting to love the gig it seemed a workaday affair from a band sadly with no real identity, purpose or direction in a new musical landscape; no raison d'etre except the pay cheque. But here is the thing; now needing more than the ever dependable and the odd flurry into the new(ish) I have dusted down some the stuff I haven't played in years even decades. I'd forgotten how stonkingly good Argus and Pilgrimage are and was curious as to where they might have come from...Wishbone Ash is a fascinating and intriguing record; charting a band undergoing a metamorphosis from a bluesy boogie heritage to one finding it's prog voice culminating with the aptly named Phoenix. While the rest of the album is much more than simple ashes Phoenix takes us to a different magnificent place and I remember why I love that old flame
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Review by ken_scrbrgh

5 stars From the early 1970's through the early 1980's, New Orleans was home to a singular musical venue, the Warehouse. On Tchoupitoulas St. not too far upriver from Downtown New Orleans, this 'converted' old railroad warehouse witnessed legendary New Year's Eve performances by the Allman Brothers and early in their career performances by Yes, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, and Elton John. Wishbone Ash was also a regular performing group.

Indeed, Wishbone Ash had a particular affinity for New Orleans and the Warehouse. However, it is ironic that, by the time I first saw them in early 1975, Laurie Wisefield had already replaced the departed Ted Turner and the performance occurred at the old University of New Orleans Field House. Touring their recently released, There's the Rub; the back-up band was Camel. If only I appreciated Camel at that time! Andy, Martin, Laurie, and Steve were certainly convincing, especially with FUBB.

When I finally saw Wishbone Ash at the Warehouse in early 1976, they were touring their unfortunate Locked In album. To make matters worse, our heroes were upstaged by some new back-up band known as Styx . . . . Mercifully, by the end of 1976 Wishbone Ash 'redeemed' themselves with New England In a sense, though, 1972's Argus has abided through these years as the band's iconic statement.

It would appear to me that the harmony, dual lead guitar efforts of Andy Powell/ Ted Turner on Argus 'set the stage' for, as a primary example, Boston's first album in 1976. For high school, quasi-performers, 'Blowin' Free,' 'Warrior,' and 'Throw Down the Sword' became intense pieces for study and emulation. With his Gibson Flying V guitar, Andy Powell was the ostensible dominant lead in the band. However, Ted Turner demonstrated his 'chops' in a noteworthy way through his solo on 'The King Will Come.' On bass and drums, Martin Turner and Steve Upton comprised an effective rhythm section with Martin's bass lines in 'Time Was' and 'Sometime World' standing out. Yes, I was in a 'garage band' in the mid-seventies in which we butchered not only the music of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix, but also Wishbone Ash.

To this day, Argus produces an almost ineffable reaction in me. The musicality of this album is legendary. But there is something truly mythic, atavistic, and archetypal to Argus. The enduring legacies of Glastonbury and Arthur, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien are 'introduced' to us by a 'gatekeeper' we know as Argus. I believe we followers of progressive rock recognize certain years that are watersheds in development. In 1972, we were given Close to the Edge, Thick as a Brick, Foxtrot, Can't Buy a Thrill, Trilogy, and Argus. In 'Time Flies,' on Porcupine Tree's The Incident, Steven Wilson reminds us of his year of birth, 1967, also the year of the releases of Sgt. Pepper and Are You Experienced? What more pertinent question could a 'gatekeeper' album pose than, 'Are you experienced; not necessarily stoned, but beautiful?'

Time truly flies.

 Time Was - The Wishbone Ash Collection by WISHBONE ASH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1993
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Review by AlanB

— First review of this album —
3 stars Wishbone Ash have been one of my favourite bands since I was in my teens, and when I had a vinyl collection I had quite a few of their albums. I now have most of the albums on CD, but when I first moved from vinyl to CDs I bought "Time Was" to keep me going. It is a very good introduction to the 1969 to 1980 period of the band, a little too skewed towards the Mark 1 band maybe, but a good selection of tracks are included. At the time it was released, two of the tracks were previously unreleased, namely the live version of The Pilgrim and the studio version of Where Were You Tomorrow (superior to the live version on the Pilgrimage album, IMO). The Argus songs here are also remastered versions, later featured on a reissue of the whole album. If I have one minor criticism it is that I think the title track of the Number The Brave album should have been included, either as well as or instead of the inferior Underground.

I would recommend this collection as a good starting point for anyone unfamiliar with this great band.

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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

5 stars Once upon a time before the twin guitar effects of bands such as Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy made the practice common place, a humble blues rock band named WISHBONE ASH gestated the technique in the nascent proto-prog days of the early 70s and in the process became one of the most successful bands in all of the 70s UK and has only become more so worldwide as time goes by. Despite a rather bizarre moniker, this band that was blues rock based found a way to incorporate a nice mix of blues, jazz, progressive rock and psychedelic improvisation into their sound without anything sounding forced.

This Torquay (city) band from England copped the perfect blues rock attitude in 1970 with the eponymously titled debut that took a clue from the American scene a la The Allman Brothers, Johnny Winter and The Yardbirds and created a bona fide pillar of transitional glory between the blues rock oriented 60s and the more progressive rock 70s. Formed as the quartet of Andy Powell (lead guitar, vocals), Ted Turner (lead guitar, vocals), Martine Turner (bass, vocals) and Steve Upton (drums), this band found success opening for Deep Purple in early 1970 when Andy Powell dared to jam with Ritchie Blackmore whom he impressed and scored a record contract from the get go.

While many worship the altar of the more sophisticated "Argus," i have to admit i much more admire this extremely adventurous debut which finds six tracks that are blues rock based taking extreme liberties. While each is imbued with the status quo blues rock elements of bluesy developments, beautifully constructed melodies and typical 60s zeitgeist constructs, i have to admire the band's ability to transcend into the next level of sophistication without eschewing the paradigms of the era. Basically this album takes a fairly typical blues rock style that was common in the era and ramps up the energy until the final climaxes of the closing lengthy "Phoenix" takes the listener on a voyage of blues rock / jazz / progressive possibilities of the given era.

While steeped in the blues rock of the era, WISHBONE ASH deviated from the pack by creating a dual harmonic approach with two guitars creating a tapestry of melody instead of merely one guitarist picking up the slack. The results were quite successful and became a staple in much of 80s metal music with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest becoming the most successful successors of the technique. With a firm grasp of boogie rock with more than a touch of radio friendly riffage, WISHBONE ASH skirted the fine line between commercially acceptable and progressively challenging. While the tracks are rooted in in a graspable blues rock easy to grasp sensibility, they equally challenge the listener with lengthy jamming instrumental prowess as well as unwarranted sophistication unexpected from typical commercial bands of the era.

WISHBONE ASH eschewed a predictable formula, yet every track is easily accessible and easy to get one's hooks within its essence yet still the tracks take you to places unexpected and even now several decades later, this still sounds interesting and innovative without any sense of where things will lead. The dual twin guitar attack of Andy Powell and Ted Turner provide the main impotence of this then-fresh approach to blues rock but it was done so extraordinarily well that i find this debut album extraordinary exciting even several decades after its release. While not as complex as other blues rock bands like Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple, WISHBONE ASH took a different route and one that worked quite well. Think of this band as the Grateful Dead that didn't require drugs to appreciate!

This album is roughly broken up into two parts. The tracks are for the most part vocally based blues rock track but there are equal amounts of instrumental jamming sessions. Perhaps the most diverse is in "Handy" that not only provides a lengthy guitar jamming session but also displays a major drumming session that doesn't sound too show-offy for one's sensibilities. I dunno why i luv this one so much but it definitely registers high on my blues rock with prog touches. A major accomplishment for WISHBONE ASH at an early stage and although they would find success all through the 70s, this one remains my absolute favorite of their entire discography. Cheers, mates!

4.5 but i''ll round up since it's not gettint nuff luv round theez parts

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