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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]
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WISHBONE ASH discography


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

3.80 | 223 ratings
Wishbone Ash
1970
3.59 | 216 ratings
Pilgrimage
1971
4.22 | 583 ratings
Argus
1972
2.99 | 153 ratings
Wishbone Four
1973
3.88 | 169 ratings
There's The Rub
1974
1.92 | 87 ratings
Locked In
1976
3.10 | 97 ratings
New England
1976
2.87 | 80 ratings
Front Page News
1977
3.49 | 82 ratings
No Smoke Without Fire
1978
2.87 | 82 ratings
Just Testing
1980
2.66 | 58 ratings
Number The Brave
1981
1.93 | 45 ratings
Twin Barrels Burning
1982
1.79 | 47 ratings
Raw To The Bone
1985
2.93 | 53 ratings
Nouveau Calls
1987
2.92 | 39 ratings
Here To Hear
1989
2.63 | 34 ratings
Strange Affair
1991
3.70 | 57 ratings
Illuminations
1996
1.80 | 26 ratings
Trance Visionary
1998
1.66 | 25 ratings
Psychic Terrorism
1998
3.00 | 34 ratings
Bare Bones
1999
3.67 | 40 ratings
Bona Fide
2002
2.95 | 45 ratings
Clan Destiny
2006
3.18 | 50 ratings
Power Of Eternity
2007
3.20 | 23 ratings
Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash: Argus - Through The Looking Glass
2008
3.53 | 49 ratings
Elegant Stealth
2012
3.24 | 40 ratings
Blue Horizon
2014

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

4.43 | 75 ratings
Live Dates
1973
4.20 | 10 ratings
Live In Tokyo
1979
3.64 | 40 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
3.12 | 13 ratings
Live Dates 3
2001
1.09 | 2 ratings
Runaway
2001
3.84 | 6 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
3.33 | 6 ratings
Live In Hamburg
2007
3.94 | 8 ratings
New Live Dates, Volume Two
2007
2.06 | 9 ratings
Argus Then Again Live
2008
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Life Begins Tour
2011

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

4.00 | 6 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
3.18 | 9 ratings
30th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2006
3.96 | 4 ratings
Rock Milestones Wishbone Ash : Argus
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Spirit of 66
2006
4.67 | 3 ratings
Live in Hamburg
2007
4.20 | 5 ratings
40th Anniversary Concert - Live In London
2009
3.93 | 5 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
4.25 | 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
3.00 | 2 ratings
Tracks
2004
3.00 | 1 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
3.00 | 1 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
4.12 | 8 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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 Elegant Stealth by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.53 | 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
3.20 | 23 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
3.18 | 50 ratings

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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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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
2.95 | 45 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 | 40 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.

 Bare Bones by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.00 | 34 ratings

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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars Acoustic Wishbone Ash? Yeah! This should be a splendid record! Well, not that much...

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

Wings Of Desire: A very nice, worm feeling from this one. I like it better than the original.

Errors Of My Way: Close to the original, but I like the original better.

Master Of Disguise: An OK cover, but not so special. I liked the rich sounds of the original better.

You Won't Take Me Down: New song, of a totally mainstream approach. Nothing fancy.

Love Abuse: New song, much more interesting than the previous. The harmonica work is very good, and the female back vocals add something different. A blues/country love song that is probably the best from the new ones!

(Won't You Give Him) One More Chance: This is a Solomon Burke cover, a song that has been covered by many over the years. This version is close to the sound of The Beatles, a nostalgic song!

Baby Don't Mind: The last new song, this time with a southern rock approach. It could easily be written by Lynyrd Skynyrd, lyrically too. It follows a simple form, nice song but nothing special.

Living Proof: I never liked the original very much, I always thought it's catchy but not actually THAT good. The chorus screams "sing-along" though, so I get why they play it so often live. This version is a toned-down acoustic, which exposes that fact: it's not as a quality composition as other WA classics.

Hard Times: What was so special about this song in it's original form to make them choose it? I don't know. In this version it sounds ordinary, just like the original.

Strange Affair: I don't like the eccentric riff of the original, and I was curious to find out if it worked better as an acoustic piece. Gladly, it did. I find it much better than the original.

Everybody Needs A Friend: What a gentle song, so wonderful sound and heartfelt lyrics... By far the best song of the album, and the electric guitar solo at the end is welcome.

RATING: It had the potential to be a 4 stars album, but the songs selection is poor. Why didn't they picked classics that everyone would like to listen in an acoustic version? Three songs from Strange Affair? THREE? Come on, there are so many songs that could become brilliant acoustic pieces! Also, out of the new songs, two are good and two are mediocre. It has to be 3 stars.

 Psychic Terrorism by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1998
1.66 | 25 ratings

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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

1 stars The second foul play by Andy Powell, and a rather "strange" one. He takes advantage of the Wishbone Ash brand yet again, and uses it to release a second dance album... which is the same as the previous one?!

So, Powell decided to tour for Trance Visionary, the tour was canceled, but they had rehearsed the songs. He liked them better than their original form, so he decided to re-record them and release an album which is basically a live-in-studio version of Trance Visionary entitled Psychic Terrorism.

It might not be the case, but it sounds like a desperate attempt to make money, extending his ethical limits even further. If the previous album was a one-off attempt, I would swallow it. This situation right here is hilarious.

1 star for the ethical approach, if there was 0 stars he would deserve it.

 Trance Visionary by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1998
1.80 | 26 ratings

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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

2 stars The first foul play by Andy Powell. He takes advantage of the Wishbone Ash brand and uses it to release a dance album. You wanna do it? Do it. But have the guts to do it as Andy Powell & Mike Bennett, what the heck do you use the WA name for? Inexcusable.

Ethics aside, the album is not bad. The fact that several of the songs appeared on the Top 100 dance charts in the UK speaks on it's own. They used classic Wishbone Ash riffs as a basis and they built the tracks on them, so it definitely rings some bells on the long time WA fans. Maybe the best example is Wonderful Stash which is built on the classic Vas Dis from Pilgrimage, and it's my favorite from this album.

Since we're talking about a very special genre compared to the majority of music contained in ProgArchives, it has to be classified under the "Collectors/fans only" umbrella, so 2 stars. Oh, and something funny: It's by far the most prog thing ever released under the Wishbone Ash brand, along with the next album.

 Illuminations by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.70 | 57 ratings

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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars Technically, Wishbone Ash were over with Strange Affair (no pun intended). They are Andy Powell Band now, he just holds the rights of the Wishbone Ash brand, and he uses it.

Let's see what he did on this one, track-by-track:

Mountainside: Well, what do we got here! A very promising start for a WA album, after so long! Enjoyable song, close to the WA roots, could this be a sign for things to come?

On Your Own: Riff and groove that reminds me of Time Was from the masterpiece Argus, a good song in general, and again close to the roots. Keep it up Andy!

Top Of The World: Soft rock, could be a Cars song or something. Some nice ideas here and there, but not a special song overall. It's also too long, 6:36 for a radio friendly ballad?

No Joke: Old fashion WA once more! I'm more excited about the aesthetics than the actual quality of the song, but the aesthetics add quality, 'cause these were the aesthetics that marked the greatest period of the WA discography. It takes me back to the 70s, so I like it!

Tales Of The Wise: A ballad for the first 3:25, a jazz rocker 'till 5:25, a peaceful blues workout 'till 7:55, and then it gains a bit of tempo due to the jazzy bass line and expands for a a couple of minutes more, with splendid guitar work. A very - very good composition, worthy of multiple listening, as you discover more stuff every time. Bravo!

Another Time: Gentle song, radio-friendly, with acoustic guitar parts... Huh? Where did those sudden prog-ish bridges came form? That's rather interesting! Special song as a structure, be sure you give it a a listen!

A Thousand Years: Yet another old fashion song, not significant but with a nice feeling.

The Ring: A nice acoustic guitar riff and a pleasant composition overall. I'd really like to listen to it in a hard rock version.

Comfort Zone: Nice grooving song, nothing special though.

Mystery Man: In the AOR spectrum, with very nice bass and some tasty guitar work. The most "radio hit" song of the album.

Wait Out The Storm: A just OK mainstream rocker with nothing significant.

The Crack Of Dawn: The bonus track of the album, an elegant instrumental that sounds like it came from Pilgrimage. Extra nostalgia for fans of the 70s WA like me. So nice!

RATING: Andy Powell Band or not, this is the best WA album in a LONG time! Solid 3,5 stars, very close to Front Page News, better than Just Testing. If you look at the ratings here in ProgArchives you 'll thing it's one of the best albums they ever did, but I strongly believe people overrates this because it was the first quality album they did in many years. If you listen to it straight after the first five albums it's not THAT great, don't overreact guys!

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