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Wishbone Ash


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4 stars The second album reconfirmed their existence in rock music scene with some experimental nature of the composition, more towards progressive music as you can find it even from the opening track "Vas Dis" (4:41). The band really pushed the envelope further through putting a quite significant element of jazz especially on the way the vocals are handled. It's really great vocal work supported dynamically with tight bass lines, dazzling drumwork and solid guitar work. From this opening track you can judge how crispy their composition is. I also enjoy the drum solo at the end of the track accompanied with nice contribution by other instruments. "The Pilgrim" (8:30) is another favorite of mine - not because of its long duration which might refer to progressive music. It starts with double guitar work in ambient mode. The music truly takes off at approx minute 3 with the entrance of drums and bass in relatively fast tempo while guitar still plays as dominant player in the music. It's a stunning double guitar work with one guitar takes care melody line while the other provides rhythm section with repeated notes. In some parts I find there are similarities with later King Crimson music (Discipline album onwards). Vocal enters at approximately minute 5:20 with no lyrical verse. The guitar plays in crescendo with higher register notes as the music progresses. This track will satisfy those of you who love long guitar solo work. The drumming style at the end of the track is also interesting.

"Lullaby" (2:59) is a mellow instrumental track with ambient guitar work augmented with bass guitar. "Where Were You Tomorrow" (10:23) is an upbeat track with some flavor of rock'n'roll music. It flows nicely with excellent vocal work, tight basslines, stunning guitar solo in vintage style. Again, I enjoy the guitar solo that starts nicely at approx minute 1:21 in blues rock style. And I am sure, for those of you who love guitar, this is a great track to enjoy, especially because the track duration is quite long.

Overall, this is an excellent album with similar vein as the band's debut album. Keywords of the music are: blues rock tinge, powerful and stunning double guitar work and tight composition in almost each individual track. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

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