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3 stars I've been a fan of Wishbone Ash since the early 70s, especially Ash Mk I. Ash Mk II also put out some good work, but subsequent line-ups without Martin Turner left a lot to be desired. Turner's role as songwriter, lead singer, distinctive bass player and producer played a big part in the Wishbone Ash sound. The Ash Mk I reunion in the late 80s produced some interesting albums, but the mid-80s albums without Turner did not really have the Ash sound, leaning towards southern US boogie rock. Illuminations is probably the best of the Wishbone Ash albums made without Martin Turner. When I first heard it, the album did not sound right to me, because the absence of Turner was obvious. But when I gave it another chance I decided it was quite a good album. Word has it that Andy Powell set out to make a follow-up to the famed 1972 Argus album. He didn't achieve it, but it's a decent effort and does have more Wishbone Ash feel than the other albums Powell has made under the Ash name. Probably Roger Filgate's contributions are the ingredient that helps make Illuminations good. (This is the only Ash studio album that Filgate plays on.) Also, the band had just been touring with Martin Turner on board before recording this album. For those who want to hear the classic Wishbone Ash sound, check out recent work by Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash.
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