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Poll Question: What is your favorite Ash recording from the 70s?
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    Posted: July 25 2013 at 16:19
A tough choice for me, as i love all of them from that decade. (I have not included live boots released later on.) The first four do the most for me, as the band sound so fresh and invigorating in their musical approach.
I will go with Argus, as it is certainly a very special musical outing for the band.
      What is your favorite one?
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Argus, no doubt
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That Argus album they released was pretty good..... so I suppose that one. Wink
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Argus is one of the very few discs I rate as nearly perfect - there's not a bad note on it.
 
But Pilgrimage and Live Dates are also excellent and No Smoke Without Fire is also very good.
 
Several others are also good, the only turkey being Locked In.
 
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Argus.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Horizons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 25 2013 at 21:08
I like their debut most. My favorite Ash record though is Elegant Stealth. 

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Argus is one of those albums that absolutely every Prog fan should hear.

Or so I'm told, I've never heard it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 25 2013 at 23:30
Originally posted by stegor stegor wrote:

Argus is one of those albums that absolutely every Prog fan should hear.

Or so I'm told, I've never heard it.

I heartily suggest you hear it!  Check it out on YouTube!  

I first saw them in 1973, they were amazing!  More recently, I saw Andy Powell's version just a few months ago, it was really fine!

It's hard to understand why there are two Wishbone Ashes, rather ridiculous....Martin Turner's version with Ted Turner and Steve Upton sounds excellent!  

Hey, whatever, I enjoy all of it!  Here's a good Andy Powell interview:



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I was lucky enough to have witnessed the Nektar/Martin Turner W.A. gig at B.B. Kings in NYC (very proud of that Embarrassed).  Certainly a fine band I've been missing out on for years.  Currently I only have 'Argus' and 'Live Dates', both of which are highly excellent, I intend on getting more of their 70's discog in the future.  Can't honestly vote.  They do strike me as more than just 'Prog Related'..........they are no less Prog than, say, May Blitz (for instance).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BarryGlibb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2013 at 03:12
I'm a huge WA appreciator from the 70s and I think Argus is brilliant but Blowin' Free (from Argus) however does not do it for me and to me it is the only weak point on the album.

There's The Rub however is sublime from go to whoa. Buy it, play it, make it part of your life!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2013 at 07:18
It's hard to think of another band who has one album so far above the rest as Ash have with Argus. In order to give the others a bit of a chance, I voted for Pilgrimage.
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Argus it has to be for me.  It is an album that I never tire of and can listen to it anytime.  Very key in my youthful listening world.  But as the Glibb mentioned, Blowing Free was a song that really did not fit with the rest and was a hit in England if I recall correctly, it is my least favorite on that album, but the rest of the album is perfect!
 
Their first album, self titiled is excellent also and worthy of votes.  Phoenix is a killer..
 
I was saddened to hear their are two versions of the Ash going around, just work it out, shut up and play!


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Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:

Argus is one of the very few discs I rate as nearly perfect - there's not a bad note on it.
 

But Pilgrimage and Live Dates are also excellent and No Smoke Without Fire is also very good.

 

Several others are also good, the only turkey being Locked In.

 
After i voted initially, the first other vote registered was for Locked In. Who would figure?
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love them all but 'four' and ' new england' my faves at the moment, in fact' new england' comes really close to ' argus'
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I was a big fan in the 70s, lost interest after Martin Turner left in 1980 but got back into them in the last 15 years. I've seen MT's band many times and for me they have the classic WA sound of the 70s.

As for albums, I have to go with Argus. It's my favourite album by any band, and the most progressive of Wishbone Ash's catalogue. Other albums of theirs that I really like are No Smoke Without Fire, There's The Rub, and Live Dates Vol 2.
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Argus. But there was other great stuff.

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Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:

Originally posted by stegor stegor wrote:

Argus is one of those albums that absolutely every Prog fan should hear.

Or so I'm told, I've never heard it.

I heartily suggest you hear it!  Check it out on YouTube!  

I first saw them in 1973, they were amazing!  More recently, I saw Andy Powell's version just a few months ago, it was really fine!

It's hard to understand why there are two Wishbone Ashes, rather ridiculous....Martin Turner's version with Ted Turner and Steve Upton sounds excellent!  

Hey, whatever, I enjoy all of it!  Here's a good Andy Powell interview:


 Cool interview. I wonder what kind of drugs They were on.Cool
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Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:


It's hard to understand why there are two Wishbone Ashes, rather ridiculous....Martin Turner's version with Ted Turner and Steve Upton sounds excellent!  

 
I hope you don't mind me correcting you -  Martin Turner indeed has an excellent band, but it doesn't include Ted Turner and Steve Upton. Martin is in the same position as Andy Powell in that both bands have just one original member. Ted Turner has guested with Martin's band a few times (most recently in Japan a few weeks ago), but Steve Upton doesn't play any more, sadly.
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