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Wishbone Ash


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Peter Pan
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5 stars What's progressive with "Argus"? It was on the threshold between rock and prog-rock in 1972 when it was released. Playing with two lead guitars (or "twin guitars") as Wishbone Ash did was uncommon and invented a new sound. Unusual and thrilling vocals like in the second part of "Sometime world" or in "Vas Dis" (from "Pilgrimage" 1971) were never heard before in this way and sure were no mainstream. Though the band doesn't go so far in their own appraisal to construct a relation with prog-rock. In the nice and informative booklet of the remastered Argus-CD they describe themselves as "thoughtful innovators of classic rock".

This is an early concept album which combines high variety in melodies and themes with consistency throughout the album. The topics of the seven songs linger around war, voyage, and time. Still one of the most entertaining albums of rock history with beautiful melodies and harmonies and one of the few I can listen to from the beginning to the end without a break.

However "Argus" marked the transition of Wishbone Ash to mainstream rock. The follow-ups like "Four" and "There's the Rub" were well-done but missed the brilliance of this album throughout. Later on the group suffered from ongoing personal changes and never could achieve former heights.

The remastering of "Argus" by founding member and bass player Martin Turner in 2002 made the sound crystal clear and makes one forget former editions. On their web site the band claims that there has been a remix but thank God I can hear no change at all of the original balance between instruments or voices and no emphasizing.

Peter Pan | 5/5 |


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