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    Posted: December 01 2015 at 14:26
I've just seen a review giving 1 star to one of my 5 stars albums. It's a legitimate opinion and I don't pretend to be right. I'd just like to start an "appreciation" or "disappreciation" thread about Wishbone Ash's Argus.

What does people think is good or bad in that? 

This is my review. Surely not a great one, just to start the discussion if anybody is interested.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RayRo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2015 at 14:36
I'm more of an old school heavy metal fan as opposed to a prog fan, but this album is a killer along with the WA's first two albums.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2015 at 14:43
Well...I like the first 3 the most and Argus the best of those. IMHo they never again achieved that blend of prog blues and  rock like Argus.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AEProgman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2015 at 15:30
Saw that review as well.  This was one of my favorite albums back in those days and I still listen to it from time to time along with the first two.  Argus always had a concept feel to it, at least to me, or the track order went well into each other.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GKR Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2015 at 15:56
Wishbone Ash was one of those bands I hear in the transition between Heavy Metal to progressive rock... it has a special place in my heart and I also give 5 stars to it. Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2015 at 17:39
Originally posted by GKR GKR wrote:

Wishbone Ash was one of those bands I hear in the transition between Heavy Metal to progressive rock... it has a special place in my heart and I also give 5 stars to it. Thumbs Up

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My all time favourite album by ANY band. I like most of the Wishbone Ash albums up to 1980, but they never made anything else as great as this one.
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I like the Ash when they're jamming, especially side 2 of the first album.  Argus is a groovy record - again, great jamming, but I hate it when they sing....and those lyrics - oy!
I like to feel the suspense when you're certain you know I am there.....
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My favorite WA album.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote presdoug Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 03 2015 at 08:46
With Argus is the proof that there was magic in the air in those days; a very, very special record that the band has never equaled since. The atmosphere and vibe are unique and endearing!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote addictedtoprog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 03 2015 at 09:25
Argus is a Masterpiece.
Haven't heard anything else from them.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jeffro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 03 2015 at 11:57
Argus is great, as are the first two albums. 
Haven't been able to really get into anything from Wishbone Ash after Argus. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mascodagama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2015 at 01:10
Originally posted by addictedtoprog addictedtoprog wrote:

Argus is a Masterpiece.
Haven't heard anything else from them.


You could waste a lot of time looking for similar gems in the rest of their catalogue. There aren't any.

Having said that the live albums Live Dates and Live Dates II are very nice, and the first two studio albums also have some excellent parts and are at least worth investigating.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2015 at 01:59
I couldn't believe it when I saw the 1 star rating / review that appeared on the front page that day - still find it difficult to fathom.
Argus is superb - still obsessing over the debut though, and Pilgrimage.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AlanB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2015 at 02:43
The biggest mystery to me is why Argus never appears in any of those "1000 albums you need to hear before you die" type books.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cristi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2015 at 03:26
Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

I couldn't believe it when I saw the 1 star rating / review that appeared on the front page that day - still find it difficult to fathom.
Argus is superb - still obsessing over the debut though, and Pilgrimage.


the debut is my favorite from them Big smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr prog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2015 at 02:38
It's ok. Pretty straight forward though
All I like is prog related bands beginning late 60's/early 70's. Their music from 1968 - 83 has the composition and sound which will never be beaten. Perfect blend of jazz, classical, folk and rock.
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A 1 star review of Argus. Well that has a novelty value in and of itself I suppose. Clearly not listened to Sometime World and that killer bass riff in it. The only negative thing I can say about Argus is that the 2 expanded versions really needed to be just one.

Yep, the first two, Argus and Live Dates as well for that double live album completion backwards principle sake of it.

Argus. 1 star. Hahahahahahaha. Try as hard as you can, come up with a stone classic and someone says... well whatever next?


P.S. It was NOT an opinion i.e. I like versus dislike which is; but is a judgement or assessment / evaluation and requires evidence. Thus it's ok to call someone on this sort of thing. Especially when they get the two concepts mixed up.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 01 2016 at 18:47
Not quite Argus, but I spun There's The Rub yesterday and it's a bloody excellent album start to finish. Easy 4 star - No Smoke Without Fire is close in quality.
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