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Wishbone Ash


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3 stars 1. Time Was launches the LP with the sound that will characterize them, soft vocals and duo-stereo guitars; 3 minutes in arpeggio as an intro before the real start, rock, hot bluesy from the US and a raw sound that leans on Caravan-style convolutions, on prog from the day after tomorrow; Andy and Ted play together and form a new framework with these two guitars, at first it smells like the Lou Reed afterwards, then we can feel the side of the future Thin Lizzy with these well-stocked guitars, in short we were there 2. Sometime World direct attack for an early bluesy slow if we take Deep Purple's signature slow as a reference; its delicate, crystalline, airy, more advanced one could think of the future in Gary Moore; halfway through and the progressive convolution comes suddenly with backing vocals; the guitar drift makes me understand instantly how prog could have been born, how it could have disappeared with these long solos which no longer make us dream now! Wrong or not, there were fewer album releases, we could really take the time 3. Blowin' Free and its intro which reminds us of the future of Status Quo, yes that's how it is; sound with the heavy bass and Andy's vocals up front; his guitar on a good old Velvet Underground; a rock but a rock which gives pride of place to guitars and which leads to the de facto prog edge, to future prog metal with these guitars which squirt everywhere, setting fire

4. The King Will Come beautiful crescendic intro with Andy and Ted, yes this trademark which will be emulated; on the Judas Priest, on the Iron Maiden, on the Thin Lizzy, groups above all hard ultimately, was Wishbone Ash one of the fathers of hard rock in fact? The solo is stunning, the purity of the time when we still played with only 10 fingers; Camel tune, Boston rhythm, yes innovators 5. Leaf and Stream guitar arpeggio on soft vocals, a bucolic ballad like Led Zeppelin was able to release with 'The battle of evermore' for example; the melody flows without interruption and it is good to have a peaceful air 6. Warrior with this guitar that tears off your right ear... A strong tune, not heavy, a gripping tune, on the verge of hard, yes for me Wishbone Ash is indeed one of the fathers of hard; a musical touch that I will find later on Deep Purple, when the latency of the air simply gives rise to a sound. The ambient, progressive finale is transmitted on 7. Throw Down the Sword yes, you have the two titles linked together and almost 12 minutes without interruption; a minute of rise for a folk tune then the piece that turns my head the most with the guitar association which splits into a solo for two without interruption, one of those that every proguous fan, metallic or otherwise must have secretly playing on his Fender neck or his broomstick... Huge finale indeed. In short, a UFO before its time!

alainPP | 3/5 |


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