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WISHBONE FOUR

Wishbone Ash

 

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3.05 | 174 ratings

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2 stars After a masterpiece like Argus it's obviously very difficult making something at the same level, and effectively the Wishbone Ash didn't. Wishbone Four is a collection of songs without any concept and the songs are shorter and weaker than on Argus.

The rock and roll element is more in evidence so that the only song that every listener is likely to remember after the first listen is "No Easy Road", that's just a rock and roll song. Also the best version of this song is the live one of "Hot Ash" where it's extended to over 10 minutes by a solid guitar instrumental part.

To stay in the Rock and Roll world, the best track is probably "Rock and Roll Widow", the rest goes from country-rock in a CSN&Y style (4 way street comes to mind) to more bluesy things, but it's quite a forgettable album on which the most distinctive element of WA's music, the twin guitars, is partially left behind. This could have been one of the reasons why Ted Turner left the band after this album the first of a huge number of lineup changes which during the years will see the disappearing of all the original members of the band.

It's not a bad album, its principal defect consists in being the first "just normal rock" album after three very excellent releases so it probably appears weaker than what it really is. However I can't rate it with more than two stars.

octopus-4 | 2/5 |

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