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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 fora 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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'Wishbone Ash' mixed Blues-Rock, Jazz and English Folk in a progessive way.



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1970 WISHBONE ASH
1971 PILGRIMAGE
1972 ARGUS
1973 WISHBONE FOUR
1973 LIVE DATES
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  • Wishbone Ash + Taz Taylor Band + Sound On Sound at The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano on 4 May 2014
  • Cambridge Rock Festival 2014 on 7 Aug 2014

WISHBONE ASH discography


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

3.75 | 170 ratings
Wishbone Ash
1970
3.58 | 160 ratings
Pilgrimage
1971
4.22 | 453 ratings
Argus
1972
2.97 | 119 ratings
Wishbone Four
1973
3.88 | 126 ratings
There's The Rub
1974
1.86 | 67 ratings
Locked In
1976
3.08 | 76 ratings
New England
1976
2.85 | 55 ratings
Front Page News
1977
3.53 | 59 ratings
No Smoke Without Fire
1978
2.78 | 59 ratings
Just Testing
1980
2.71 | 43 ratings
Number The Brave
1981
1.95 | 31 ratings
Twin Barrels Burning
1982
1.72 | 29 ratings
Raw To The Bone
1985
2.96 | 39 ratings
Nouveau Calls
1987
2.85 | 26 ratings
Here to Hear
1989
3.50 | 2 ratings
Hear To Hear
1989
2.64 | 25 ratings
Strange Affair
1991
3.75 | 44 ratings
Illuminations
1996
1.73 | 18 ratings
Trance Visionary
1998
1.69 | 17 ratings
Psychic Terrorism
1998
2.99 | 25 ratings
Bare Bones
1999
3.58 | 27 ratings
Bona Fide
2002
2.86 | 32 ratings
Clan Destiny
2006
3.14 | 36 ratings
Power Of Eternity
2007
3.18 | 17 ratings
Argus Through The Looking Glass
2008
3.69 | 35 ratings
Elegant Stealth
2011
4.40 | 11 ratings
Blue Horizon
2014

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

4.43 | 57 ratings
Live Dates
1973
4.11 | 9 ratings
Live In Tokyo
1979
3.57 | 35 ratings
Live Dates Volume 2
1980
2.75 | 4 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert
1991
3.36 | 9 ratings
Live In Windy City (USA 1992) (AKA "Live in Chicago & Living Proof)
1992
3.00 | 7 ratings
Live in Geneva
1996
2.50 | 2 ratings
Live - Timeline
1997
2.00 | 1 ratings
Their Greatest Hits
1998
2.00 | 1 ratings
Mother of Pearl
1998
3.08 | 11 ratings
Live Dates 3
2001
1.09 | 2 ratings
Runaway
2001
3.84 | 6 ratings
Almighty Blues - London and Beyond
2004
3.46 | 3 ratings
Time Was... The Live Anthology
2004
4.00 | 4 ratings
New Live Dates, Volume One
2006
3.20 | 5 ratings
Live In Hamburg
2007
4.00 | 5 ratings
New Live Dates, Volume Two
2007
1.73 | 6 ratings
Argus Then Again Live
2008
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Life Begins Tour
2011

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

3.96 | 4 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
2001
3.05 | 5 ratings
Inside Wishbone Ash 1970-2004
2003
3.09 | 3 ratings
Live Broadcasts
2003
5.00 | 1 ratings
Almighty Blues: London & Beyond
2004
3.67 | 3 ratings
Phoenix Rising - Classic Ash: Then & Now
2004
2.29 | 5 ratings
25th Anniversary Of The Marquee (DVD)
2005
3.19 | 8 ratings
30th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2006
4.05 | 3 ratings
Rock Milestones Wishbone Ash : Argus
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Spirit of 66
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Hamburg
2007
4.00 | 2 ratings
40th Anniversary Concert - Live In London
2009
4.08 | 4 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 | 8 ratings
Classic Ash
1977
2.50 | 4 ratings
Hot Ash
1981
4.14 | 7 ratings
Distillation
1997
3.05 | 3 ratings
The Millenium Collection
1999
2.00 | 1 ratings
On Air
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
Wishbone Ash (The Primo collection)
2003
2.18 | 2 ratings
The Collection
2003
3.18 | 2 ratings
Warriors
2003
2.09 | 4 ratings
Lost Pearls
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Backbones
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Tracks
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tracks 2
2004
2.10 | 2 ratings
The King Will Come
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mystery Man
2005
3.48 | 7 ratings
First Light
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tracks 3
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tender
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tough
2008
2.00 | 1 ratings
Rocked Up Beyond Belief
2008
4.07 | 5 ratings
Sometime World: An MCA Travelogue
2010

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

2.58 | 14 ratings
Live From Memphis
1972

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 Blue Horizon by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.40 | 11 ratings

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Review by Kingsnake

5 stars Wishbone Ash are still going strong. The new millenium is very constistent. Andy Powell has a steady and energetic group of musicians in his band. For almost seven years the line-up is the same.

This new album is exactly what you woul expect from the Ash: folkrock, bluesrock, progrock and even some jazzfusion, lots of twinleads, beautiful melodies, some riffing, some clean guitar. They even added some fiddle in two songs.

Andy is perhaps not the most famous and outstandig leadvocalist but he always does a good job.

This album reminds me sometimes of Argus but also Illuminations, There's the Rub and No Smoke Without Fire.

This is not only one of the best records the band ever put out, but perhaps even the best record of 2014 of any band.

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 Classic Ash by WISHBONE ASH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1977
3.54 | 8 ratings

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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3 stars I really loved Wishbone Ash's "Argus" so have been drawn to live Cds and compilations that are surprisingly cheap these days from Wishbone Ash. The great WA sound consists of duel guitar playing from the excellent musicianship of Andy Powell and Ted Turner; they would always be remembered for this. The guitar breaks are nothing short of extraordinary, before Iron Maiden and before Judas Priest's twin guitar solos there was Powell and Turner. Martin Turner's vocals are easy to take and he doesn't go for high octave but stays in the mid range, his bass playing is noteworthy too.

There are some of the classics here that appear often in live performances or on comps.

'Throw Down the Sword' is criminally missing but I guess most ash addicts are going to have "Argus" as it is the penultimate treasure. "Pheonix" is here all 10 and a half minutes of it including those incredible twin guitar solos. 'Persephone' is a slow paced bluesy thing with tons of grinding Hammond taken from "There's The Rub" from 1974.

'Rock N Roll Widow' is from "Wishbone Four", a straight forward rocker with loads of lead guitar breaks. 'Blowin' Free' from "Argus" begins with the killer riff that drives the song. The lyrics are great to sing to; "I Thought I had a girl I know because I seen her, her hair was gold and brown, blowin' free like a cornfield..." The twin guitar solo is a feature once again and this is a real favourite with the band and they always include it on their live set, which sound jammier and better than this. There are some delicious passages of soaring guitar and blues scales on this. The time sig remains fairly much the same apart from some slower bits thrown in such as; "In my dreams..." section.

"Argus" gem 'The King Will Come' is my favourite Wishbone Ash song and I saw this on the Classic Rock Anthology which drew me to the band. The band have so much fun rockin' it out and the lead guitarist wears flowing white flares. Powell moves back and forth playing a flying V guitar staring into the camera just having the time of his life. They sound incredible live, so this studio version is not as loud and aggressive though it's still great. The guitars are not as up in the mix but the harmonies are divine. It is a song about the Biblical end times when the king (Jesus) will return and apocalypse will reign; the Revelation. The lead break is magnificent from both guitarists using wah wah pedal effects and huge scales. Once again this is a staple of the live set and would not be complete without it. It is brilliant prog rock. "See the word of the prophet on a stone in his hand, poison pen Revelation, just a sign in the sand..."

Overall it is a solid compilation, cheap and succint; it epitomises all that make Wishbone Ash great. There are better comps stretching to 2 CDs or more but at least this comp features some of the treasures of the great Wishbone Ash at an affordable price for those that want to dip their toes into the sound and fury of this great band.

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 No Smoke Without Fire by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.53 | 59 ratings

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Review by AlanB

4 stars Derek Lawrence, producer of Wishbone Ash's Magnum Opus, Argus, was back in the fold for this album, and boy, does it show! Of the 5 albums in between Argus and NSWF, two were pretty good, two were disappointing, and one was downright awful. No Smoke Without Fire is, in my opinion, the best Wishbone Ash album since Argus and the best of the Laurie Wisefield era. The album opens with You See Red, a Wisefield composition that was released as a single (but never got anywhere near the charts). The song includes some lovely vocal harmonies and twin lead guitar. Next up is Baby The Angels Are Here, which has some excellent interplay between Martin Turner's bass and Andy Powell's guitar. I was never too keen on the mellow Ships In The Sky, whilst Stand And Deliver is one of the more controversial Ash lyrics. Based on the poem The Highwayman, the song seems to glorify rape, particularly in the second verse

When I climb inside your window With more in my mind than a share of the night You can kick bite and scratch, but you'll have to surrender The chances are you won't see me no more

Musically the song has a great hook line, but the dodgy lyrics let it down. Shame.

On to Side 2, we have three of the best songs on the album. Anger In Harmony is a rocker with some lovely twin guitar duelling at the end. The album title comes from a line in this song, and it also contains what I think is an inspired lyric "your trigger finger's itching on your loaded tongue." Then we have Like A Child, with a beautiful guitar line underpinning the vocals and some excellent vocal harmonies again. Finally, the epic Way Of the World is the Mark 2 band's Phoenix and easily stands up against that masterpiece.

AND if that wasn't enough, the CD version of NSWF has the best bonus tracks I've ever heard on a CD. There are two songs, Firesign and Time and Space, which are as good as any track on the album, and were presumably left out only because of lack of space. Personally I would have included one of them in place of Stand And Deliver. Then we have three live tracks, Lorelei, Come In From The Rain and the regular encore number Bad Weather Blues, all of them performed to Wishbone Ash's usual high standard. These three are included because Bad Weather Blues was the B side of the You See Red single, whilst a 7" single containing the other two live tracks was given away with the original vinyl album.

Highly recommended

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 Live Dates Volume 2 by WISHBONE ASH album cover Live, 1980
3.57 | 35 ratings

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Review by AlanB

4 stars I saw Wishbone Ash live about half a dozen times during the 1970s, and all but one of those occasions was the Turner/Upton/Powell/Wisefield lineup. They always gave a great show, and Live Dates Volume 2 showcases their performance perfectly. What I like about this album is that some of the songs actually sound better than the original studio versions - in particular Living Proof, which has a bassline which just drives the song along, Goodbye Baby Hello Friend, which sounded insipid on Front Page News but is given new life here, and the closing rocker, No Easy Road. But for me the highlight of the album is what was side 3, consisting of the three slow numbers Lorelei, Persephone and You Rescue Me. Powell and Wisefield's soloing is sublime here.

This album wasn't available on CD for many years which was a frustration to fans, but it became available a couple of years ago. I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates melodic rock and skilful guitarists.

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 Argus Then Again Live by WISHBONE ASH album cover Live, 2008
1.73 | 6 ratings

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Review by AlanB

1 stars Oh Dear Oh Dear.......

Argus is my all time favourite album, but on this recording Andy Powell butchers it. Powell's vocals can be reasonable, even if they don't sound like classic Wishbone Ash, but he was having an off-day here. It says much that the best track on the CD is Real Guitars Have Wings, and yes, you've guessed it, it's an instrumental. Musically the performance is excellent, but my advice is, avoid this album, listen to the original Argus instead, or if you want a decent live rendition of the whole album, look no further than the Life Begins live DVD or CD recorded by Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash.

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 Classic Rock Legends (DVD) by WISHBONE ASH album cover DVD/Video, 2001
3.96 | 4 ratings

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars Real Guitars Have Wings

Wishbone Ash's entry in the Classic Rock Legends DVD series is one of the better ones that I've seen and is well-deserving of the title. For those who are unfamiliar with the series I can add that it has entries by among many others Rick Wakeman, Strawbs, Uriah Heep, Caravan, Hawkwind, and Asia. Like its companions, Wishbone Ash's entry is graced with beautiful Roger Dean art work for its cover. It features a host of classic Wishbone Ash songs performed with enthusiasm, energy, passion, and precision. The line- up features Andy Powell, Ted Turner, Martin Turner, and Steve Upton.

The performance opens with the instrumental Real Guitars Have Wings which I think is a great little piece that sounds better live than in its studio version. This is followed by the eternal The King Will Come from Argus. Next up is three tracks from the band's most recent album at the time of this recoding, Here To Hear. What you think about this live video probably depends to a significant degree on what you think about that album and especially the songs chosen from it: Cosmic Jazz, Keeper Of The Light, and Why Don't We. Personally, I like the Here To Hear album and these songs.

Blowing Free is performed as the closing number with a medley consisting of bits of Blind Eye, Lady Whisky, Sometime World, and Phoenix being played as the first encore, and then finally Jailbait. The whole concert is very good, but I actually enjoy the first five songs the most. While the set list is not by any means my dream set list, I still think that this is the best Wishbone Ash live experience that I have so far been exposed to.

A fine entry into the Classic Rock Legends series and a welcome addition to any Wishbone Ash collection

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 25th Anniversary Of The Marquee (DVD) by WISHBONE ASH album cover DVD/Video, 2005
2.29 | 5 ratings

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Bolder goes where no man has gone before

This DVD captures Wishbone Ash live on stage at the Marquee Club, London in February 1983. The line-up at this time featured Andy Powell, Laurie Wisefield, Steve Upton, and Trevor Bolder. Bolder's presence is a bit of a surprise, but he was actually a member of Wishbone Ash for a brief period in the early 80's and recorded the studio album Twin Barrels Burning with them. Normally, of course, we would hear Bolder playing bass in Uriah Heep, and before that with David Bowie's Spiders From Mars (having the longest sideburns anybody has ever had!). Bolder sadly passed away earlier this year, just a few months after I saw him live with Uriah Heep looking as well and lively as he does on this video. RIP Trevor Bolder.

Three of the eight songs featured on this live recording were taken from Twin Barrels Burning. These are Can't Fight Love, No More Lonely Nights, and Engine Overheat. These are clearly the worst songs in the set. Two songs were chosen to represent the previous album Number The Brave from 1981 (that featured John Wetton): Open Road and Underground. These are not bad songs. The highlights are however the classics The King Will Come and, especially, the epic Phoenix.

I enjoy watching and listening to this DVD, and it does offer a rare glimpse into a forgotten period and line- up of the band. Yet, it does leave something to be desired; it features only eight songs, the majority of which are not among the band's best. As such it is primarily recommended for fans and collectors.

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 Argus  by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.22 | 453 ratings

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Review by VOTOMS

4 stars Some say they are pioneers of the twin lead guitar hard rock/heavy metal. The first track I've heard of this was The King Will Come, and this track is a great classic rock one, and the mind blowing intro can drive anyone to madness in a great way, but the fantastic expectations made this album not so special when I finally got it to listen to it as a whole album. Argus is like if you were looking for a horse ride in a distant road. You want a long road to feel the fresh air and look at the beautiful environment. The road is long but sometimes repetitive. The ride was funny, the horse is very unusual too, but you had better expectations, so you kill the horse with a shot in mouth. This is a great album, and the first track is amazing. The blues guitar solos are fine. The songs are lenghty but not really progressive at all, and the blues solos are too long. Some boring, non-relevant, and unmemorable tracks and parts, but not so bad, I could listen to the whole thing without skipping any track, so it's OK. Well, it's a good addition to any collection, good songs performed by a good band, and a cool album cover. But I really prefer Neil Young folk & country rock songwriting with his lenghty guitar improvisations without any "prog" tag to fool my personal expectations.

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 The King Will Come by WISHBONE ASH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2005
2.10 | 2 ratings

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Review by Kotro
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2 stars This one is an odd piece. This German two-disc collection features material recorded live as well as studio tracks from albums from different periods, namely Argus (1972), Just Testing (1980) and Bona Fide (2002). Other studio tracks appear to be rarities culled from earlier compilations (especially 2004's Backbones). There isn't any information on the origin of the live tracks (only three of them display the information that they were recorded in 2002), but all sound like they're from more recent line-ups. I'm not entirely sure about the official character of this release (it isn't listed on any of the Wishbone Ash official websites), but soundwise it is surely above the quality of your average bootleg. The accompaning libretto contains a text (in German and English) with some basic info on the groups's begginings, followed by great praise of Andy Powell's work. It's not a bad compilation, as the material on it is quite good, and can be found really cheap, but the whole lack of information makes me a bit suspicious of it.

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 There's The Rub by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.88 | 126 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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3 stars Wishbone Ash are one of those bands where, like Grandaddy, there's one album in their discography which stands so tall above all the others that it kind of ruins all of their other output for me. Just as I can't listen to any of Grandaddy's other stuff without thinking "You know, I could be listening to The Sophtware Slump right now", I can't listen to There's the Rub without getting an uncontrollable urge to just give Argus another spin. If you absolutely want more Wishbone Ash, then There's the Rub is by no means a bad collection of tracks, but if you already have Argus it feels pointless to lend your time to anything else.

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