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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.




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Argus [Expanded Edition]Argus [Expanded Edition]
Extra tracks · Remastered
Geffen 2002
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Wishbone AshWishbone Ash
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PilgrimagePilgrimage
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Wishbone Ash - New England / Front Page NewsWishbone Ash - New England / Front Page News
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WISHBONE ASH discography


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3.81 | 224 ratings
Wishbone Ash
1970
3.59 | 218 ratings
Pilgrimage
1971
4.22 | 585 ratings
Argus
1972
3.00 | 154 ratings
Wishbone Four
1973
3.89 | 169 ratings
There's The Rub
1974
1.93 | 88 ratings
Locked In
1976
3.11 | 98 ratings
New England
1976
2.88 | 81 ratings
Front Page News
1977
3.50 | 83 ratings
No Smoke Without Fire
1978
2.87 | 84 ratings
Just Testing
1980
2.67 | 59 ratings
Number The Brave
1981
1.94 | 46 ratings
Twin Barrels Burning
1982
1.81 | 48 ratings
Raw To The Bone
1985
2.93 | 54 ratings
Nouveau Calls
1987
2.92 | 40 ratings
Here To Hear
1989
2.64 | 35 ratings
Strange Affair
1991
3.70 | 58 ratings
Illuminations
1996
1.78 | 27 ratings
Trance Visionary
1998
1.65 | 26 ratings
Psychic Terrorism
1998
3.00 | 35 ratings
Bare Bones
1999
3.67 | 41 ratings
Bona Fide
2002
2.96 | 46 ratings
Clan Destiny
2006
3.19 | 51 ratings
Power Of Eternity
2007
3.21 | 24 ratings
Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash: Argus - Through The Looking Glass
2008
3.56 | 49 ratings
Elegant Stealth
2012
3.25 | 41 ratings
Blue Horizon
2014

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

4.41 | 77 ratings
Live Dates
1973
4.57 | 12 ratings
Live In Tokyo
1979
3.65 | 41 ratings
Live Dates Volume 2
1980
3.00 | 6 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert
1991
3.38 | 11 ratings
Live In Windy City (USA 1992) (AKA "Live in Chicago & Living Proof)
1992
3.22 | 9 ratings
Live in Geneva
1996
2.50 | 2 ratings
Live - Timeline
1997
2.00 | 1 ratings
Their Greatest Hits
1998
2.09 | 3 ratings
Mother of Pearl
1998
3.10 | 14 ratings
Live Dates 3
2001
2.48 | 3 ratings
Runaway
2001
3.81 | 7 ratings
Almighty Blues - London and Beyond
2004
3.48 | 4 ratings
Time Was... The Live Anthology
2004
3.93 | 6 ratings
New Live Dates, Volume One
2006
3.43 | 7 ratings
Live In Hamburg
2007
3.94 | 9 ratings
New Live Dates, Volume Two
2007
2.06 | 9 ratings
Argus Then Again Live
2008
3.83 | 6 ratings
The Life Begins Tour
2011
3.91 | 2 ratings
Live in London 1978
2012

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

4.00 | 7 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
2001
3.05 | 5 ratings
Inside Wishbone Ash 1970-2004
2003
3.09 | 3 ratings
Live Broadcasts
2003
4.50 | 2 ratings
Almighty Blues: London & Beyond
2004
3.75 | 4 ratings
Phoenix Rising - Classic Ash: Then & Now
2004
2.36 | 6 ratings
25th Anniversary Of The Marquee (DVD)
2005
3.10 | 10 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
4.50 | 4 ratings
Live in Hamburg
2007
4.33 | 6 ratings
40th Anniversary Concert - Live In London
2009
3.93 | 6 ratings
Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - The Life Begins Tour
2010

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

3.54 | 10 ratings
Classic Ash
1977
2.60 | 5 ratings
Hot Ash
1981
3.00 | 1 ratings
The King Will Come
1993
4.65 | 8 ratings
Distillation
1997
3.05 | 3 ratings
The Millenium Collection
1999
3.33 | 3 ratings
On Air
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
Wishbone Ash (The Primo collection)
2003
2.33 | 3 ratings
The Collection
2003
3.25 | 3 ratings
Warriors
2003
2.31 | 7 ratings
Lost Pearls
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Backbones
2004
3.05 | 3 ratings
Tracks
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
Tracks 2
2004
2.10 | 2 ratings
The King Will Come
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mystery Man
2005
3.61 | 10 ratings
First Light
2007
3.50 | 2 ratings
Tracks 3
2007
2.00 | 2 ratings
Tender
2008
2.00 | 1 ratings
Tough
2008
2.00 | 1 ratings
Rocked Up Beyond Belief
2008
4.17 | 9 ratings
Sometime World: An MCA Travelogue
2010

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

2.66 | 16 ratings
Live From Memphis
1972

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 Live in London 1978 by WISHBONE ASH album cover Live, 2012
3.91 | 2 ratings

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Review by tvtennis

4 stars This one is a rare find, a 'bit on the expensive side, if you are fortunate to find it. It appears to be taken from the "No Smoke Without Fire" tour, Recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, London On 25 November 1978 with the MK 2 lineup. The audio is very good, my only gripe is, that it is too short, clearly not the entire show. However if you combine it with the "Live in Tokyo" from the same tour, you get a decent length, close to a full concert. That one has a total of 5 tracks on it, 3 of which appear on this release as well: "The Way Of The World"; "You See Red" & "Blowin' Free". Despite doubling-up on those 3 tracks, it is still enjoyable to combine the two for one "more complete" performance, since the performances differ, after all they were performed on two different times and on different continents. As far as the performance is concerned, it rivals the "Live Dates 2" release, perhaps less polished, but that raw feel gives it even more appeal.
 Live In Tokyo by WISHBONE ASH album cover Live, 1979
4.57 | 12 ratings

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Review by tvtennis

5 stars This used to be hard to find "live" cd of the Mark 2 lineup of Wishbone Ash. Initially only released in Japan on vinyl features great versions of F.U.B.B. and The Way Of The World. Since, it has been released on CD by Enigmatic Records in 2010. Originally recorded when the band were playing live at Tokyo Sun Plaza in Japan, on November 10th and 15th, 1978; during their No Smoke Without Fire tour. It is a great addition to the Live Ash collection. The sound is very good, it is a shame that the entire concert was not released. It is a great companion to the "Live in London 1978" from the same tour. That one has a total of 8 tracks on it 3 of which appear on the Tokyo release: "The Way Of The World"; "You See Red" & "Blowin' Free". Despite doubling-up on those 3 tracks it is still enjoyable to combine the two for one "more complete" performance, since the performances differ on the two releases.
 Runaway by WISHBONE ASH album cover Live, 2001
2.48 | 3 ratings

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Review by tvtennis

4 stars This release is now hard to come by, but a few years ago it was readily available on top of the discount binns for a budget price. Not much info available on it anywhere online either. Since there is not much info disclosed in the CD cover, I'll venture to guess that this is from a promotional tour for "Just Testing" release, given that the opening track is "Helpless". Under that assumption, this must have been recorded in '80-'81. I have come across numerous compilations where the various record companies bunch two concerts together on two CD's, and release it under a different name to make a quick $. This identical tracklist appears as CD #1 on few of them as well. So if we dig deeper, and assume further that those represent the same recording as this release, we can make some comparisons. First off, the copy I have has a slightly different cover image, the track list is identical to this listing, the CD is gold color, released by "k-Point Gold", and as mentioned above, not much info, simply due to the quite unusual CD sleeve. It is not paper, the cover image is rather translucent and made of plastic! The audio quality is very good on this version, very clear separation, no hiss, the recording volume level is about average, my only gripe is that is seems to be in Mono! As far as the performance of the band itself goes, it rivals the "Live Dates 2" since it is most likely the same line-up. It is more suited for someone who is a completist when it comes to this band, such as myself. I find it to be a nice addition to the Live Dates 2 release.
 Wishbone Ash by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.81 | 224 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Woolier and looser than the sound of their enduring breakthrough album, Argus, Wishbone Ash's debut album certainly doesn't offer crystal-clear and finely crafted compositions on the level of those offered on that album. It makes up for it, however, by delivering six tracks of bluesy hard rock with the occasional progressive inclination here and there, especially on the two long tracks on side two where the band allow themselves to spread out and jam a little. If you want more like Argus, then you're looking in the wrong place (and I'm not sure they ever quite recaptured the magic ingredients that went into that album), but if you are not averse to a bit of mildly psych-tinged jamming then this is a fun listen.
 Elegant Stealth by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.56 | 49 ratings

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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars The reputation indicates an album at the same caliber as Bona Fide. Do I agree? No.

Let's see why, track-by-track:

Reason To Believe: In the spirit of their students Iron Maiden, this hard 'n' heavy song is a very quality one, YET another song that proves the incredible diversity they bare as artists!

Warm Tears: Blues rock to the core, both lyrically and musically. The slower guitar parts are clearly a reference to Jimi Hendrix. The whole songs is blasting, bravo guys!

Elegant Stealth: Very nice song, has an essence of AOR, clearly of pop origin, but with solid hard 'n' heavy parts. Radio friendly, very nice chorus vocals, sounds a bit like the Scorpions melodies.

Can't Go It Alone: And you think you've listened everything by WA, and here they are with a Medieval intro in a Kansas-like song. No, I'm not on drugs, that's what they did here! Very melodic song, very interesting, really great!

Give It Up: Something form Gary Moore in this elegant song, which is fine but not so special as the previous.

Searching For Satellites: Love ballad, ideal for dancing with your partner. The lyrics are not so trite as one would expect from a song like this, as they sing about a divine message about love. The music is not something unique though, so I'll pass.

Heavy Weather: It begins as a rather indifferent mid-tempo song, but it changes to a rocker after the 4th minute, being basically a 2-in-1 song. Interesting for it's diversity, but not so significant overall.

Mud-Slick: An OK instrumental by Muddy Manninen, enjoyable but not special.

Big Issues: Too much trouble for a little matter. It seems like they tried to create a new F.U.B.B., but in my opinion they failed. Yeah, the solos and the jamming are all good and well, but we already know damn well they can play as good as anyone. So if you don't create a unique composition, what do you offer with a song like this?

Migrant Worker: Nice blues rocker, with obviously social lyrics (the title speaks for it's self). Nothing we haven't heard before a billion times, though.

Invisible Thread / Reason To Believe (remix): Finally, an interesting song again in this album! Very good mid-tempo blues rocker, with clever, catchy riffs and nice vocals. / A dance remix of the first song, kinda cool to be honest!

RATING: I can't see why people consider this one as great as Bona Fide. There is nothing as great here, this album is inferior in every aspect. However, it's not a bad album at all; In fact, it's better than most WA albums. I'll rank it above New England and below Illuminations. 3 stars.

 Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash: Argus - Through The Looking Glass by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.21 | 24 ratings

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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

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 that this is not the case... Here, MTWA are pretty much mimicking the original masterpiece, condemned to an inferior result.

Why did Martin Turner decided to release this album? Money is the only reason that comes in mind. They rehearsed these songs for their tour (they played Argus in it's entirety), so it was not difficult for them to record it, print it, and sell it with the merchandise at their gigs for extra income.

The songs are obviously fantastic, but I can't find a single reason to listen to this album, apart from the pure curiosity I had when I first got it. 3 stars for offering nothing significant to anyone but WA fanatics that wanna have/listen to everything there is.

 Power Of Eternity by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.19 | 51 ratings

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Power Of Eternity
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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars Just a bit better than Clan Destiny, but they have not found their way back to greatness yet.

Let's see what they did, track-by-track:

The Power: Very good song, with nice melodies both vocally and musically. It's also a multilayered song, with clap hands, back vocals, additional percussion etc. Nice!

Driving A Wedge: Jazz-funk essence in a pretty good song that grooves very well. Nice, again!

In Crisis: Strange song, sounds feminine for some reason, in a way that I would expect it to be a song by a female artist. Although the guitar solo is great and the music not bad, those unusual vocal lines estrange me... It's also too long, 6:35 without particular reason in my opinion.

Dancing With The Shadows: Sensual blues rhythm, with appropriate lyrics too. The most sensual song ever by WA, yet something different by this chameleon of rock music. Since I enjoy songs like this very much, I like it!

Happiness; Pretty simple soft rocker, nothing too special. At the end if fades out to an acoustic guitar part, maybe to connect better with the next one.

Northern Lights: Bittersweet instrumental that could be the soundtrack of a love scene in a movie. For some reason I can't take it seriously, I feel like I wanna dance with an imaginary woman in a parody fashion. :-)

Your Indulgence: Soft love ballad, with sensitive lyrics and mostly acoustic music. It's OK, but others have done it better a LOT of times.

Growing Up: They sound like mediocre U2 in this one, radio-friendly but not above average. The highlight is once again the guitar solo.

Disappearing: Oh, now they play lounge music? This one's music is by Andy Powell's son Aynsley, and it's not that great, but as a different sound it's definitely interesting.

Hope Springs Eternal: Reminds me of a famous U2 song that I can't recall the title, since I'm not a fan. Good song, but... I'm not a fan.

RATING: After the first four songs, with three of them being good enough, I hoped for a better album... But afterwards, every other song sounds average. In the all-time WA ranking, I'll put it above Clan Destiny, and lower than New England. 2,5 stars.

 First Light by WISHBONE ASH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2007
3.61 | 10 ratings

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First Light
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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

4 stars The long lost first recordings by Wishbone Ash, the ones that earned them their first contract!

Much like "Perkin Tapes" by Pavlov's Dog, "First Light" contains some material that was re-recorded for WA first and second albums, and two songs that never found their place in an album: Roads of Day to Day and Joshua. Also, here we find the original version of Alone from "Pilgrimage", with lyrics and a quite different approach in general.

The raw and more "amateur" approach on these recordings make them a treasure for any WA fan, as we can listen to great songs in less polished versions that could be on the studio albums like this, if they were not asked by MCA to re-record them.

All in all, a valuable album for any classic rock lover.

 Clan Destiny by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 2006
2.96 | 46 ratings

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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars Ben Granfelt was vital to the band, and that becomes obvious with the step they took back from Bona Fide to this one. Muddy Manninen didn't had the same quality as a composer, so the results are inferior.

Let's see what they did, track-by-track:

Eyes Wide Open: Old fashion WA song, it could belong to Wishbone Four for example. Simple but effective, very nice vocal line and catchy riff. Very good for a starter on this album!

Dreams Outta Dust: An ordinary up-tempo WA song, but with a heavier solo section to make a difference. An OK song.

Healing Ground: Alternative rock sound in this one, makes you feel you're listening to a different band. They did pretty well, but not special.

Steam Town: An average, southern style rocker.

Loose Change: Guitar picks that bring shades of Argus throughout the song, but actually an Elton John style tender song. Not of the highest quality, but peaceful and enjoyable.

Surfing On A Slow Wave: Mid-tempo instrumental song, with a guitar effect that takes you straight to Latin America. Good composition, unique for it's sound.

Simple Time: Back to the regulars (almost). Blues rocker but in the "new" fashion, with a more mainstream sound. Indifferent.

Capture The Moment: Rhythm and breaks straight from Vas Dis, in a more "regular" song (normal lyrics and all). My favorite song from this album, has an "it" factor!

Your Dog: A strangely loose composition, sound like they should rehears it more before recording! I know this is how it sounds and not how it is, obviously, but it leaves the feeling that something doesn't "click" right.

The Raven: Love song that, regarding it's atmosphere, it could belong to any of the 70s WA albums. Maybe it should be shorter, as the change from a ballad to a more up-tempo song comes a little late, making you think that it's a more indifferent song than it actually is. A nice song after all!

Motherless Child: A traditional Negro spiritual, essentially simplistic, covered for moral reasons rather than musical. Great as a reference.

RATING: Not in any case as good as Bona Fide, it has to be put in the "pool" of the 3 stars albums by Wishbone Ash. The best thing about it is that it's SO rich, it has anything from alternative, to southern, to blues, to... Negro spiritual! On the other hand not a single song is something monumental. In my personal WA chronology, it has to be put just under New England, with 2,5 stars.

 Bona Fide by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.67 | 41 ratings

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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

4 stars After 28 long years, finally, Wishbone Ash released a REALLY great album!

Let's see how they matched long forgotten excellence track-by-track:

Almighty Blues: ZZ Top style rocker, with a surprising atmospheric bridge that leads to an old fashion guitar solo section, and then back to the "regular" section, closing with another solo. Very nice song, one of the best WA songs of the "Andy Powell Band" period (1996 and on).

Enigma: Mediocre lyrics and vocal lines, but very nice music. The instrumental parts of the song are great, if the vocal lines were more inspired we could talk about a classic.

Faith, Hope And Love: Fantastic intro, a wonderful power ballad in general, with perfection in every aspect. The FIRST song that I'd put in a strict WA "Best of" compilation after Real Guitars Have Wings from Nouveau Calls (1987). Splendid!

Ancient Remedy: What a unique ethnic riff! Very catchy, I was singing along the rhythm instead the voice! I really love that, and I believe it would make a major radio hit if it was released by another band. I would just want it to be a shorter (3:00-3:30), as it becomes a bit repetitive.

Changing Tracks: Another ZZ Top style song, with a lyrical reference to the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. Not so special, but very well played and produced. This band line-up really found a chemistry!

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda: A boogie rocker with playful nature, the groove reminds me of reggae music. It's an OK song, just not my taste.

Bona Fide: That riff sounds like "Tin Soldier" by Small Faces, only faster! Yeah, not THAT much, but it came to my mind right away. Anyway, the guitar work is truly inspired in this one! Excellent additional riffs here and there, fantastic solos, a wounderful instrumental track. Bravo!

Difference In Time: A radio friendly song, not very special, but with a fantastic guitar solo, which brings shades of the first WA albums. If the rest of the song was at the same level we would talk about something huge!

Come Rain, Come Shine: FLUTE?! YES!!! I love this instrument as a Jethro Tull Tull fanatic, so I moved from my sit as soon as it came through the speakers! The song is a very complex one: It stops at 2:30, and we're listening to TV news sounds about Islamic terrorist attacks, only to begin again at 3:00. Before and after it goes from elegant mid-tempo (Shine) to hard rock (Rain) over and over, in order to recreate it's title musically. A very intelligent song, big Jethro Tull influence here, listen carefully!

Peace: The basic riff reminds me a little of REM's Everybody Hurts, but it's a very basic riff in general, so it doesn't mean anything. A very bright, optimistic instrumental that comes as the ideal epilogue of Come Rain, Come Shine. War, Peace, War, Peace... Where does it stop? To Peace of course!

RATING: Fantastic! The Elite Four of Wishbone Ash albums (Debut, Pilgrimage, Argus, Where's The Rub) finds a fifth member, and a VERY powerful one. No track sounds odd, nothing to be taken out. Excellent production, steadily high musical level, comprehension, stand-out songs... Bravo guys! For me, the fourth greatest WA album overall, better than Pilgrimage and a bit less great than Where's The Rub. 4 stars without a question.

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