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Wishbone Ash


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5 stars Argus is 44 years old at the time of writing this review - and yet it doesn't sound at all dated and is still my favourite album of all time.

Wishbone Ash really peaked with this, their third album, and unfortunately never reached quite the same heights again. All seven songs have something special. Time Was, the wonderful solos and especially Martin Turner's running up and down the frets of the bass guitar as the lead solo plays. Sometime World - an inspired closing solo from Andy Powell plus that brilliant bassline. The infectious enthusiasm of Blowin' Free, the powerful riff and apocalyptic lyrics of The King Will Come, followed by the pastoral beauty of Leaf and Stream. And then to close, the war/anti-war duo of Warrior and Throw Down The Sword, culminating in my favourite part of the album, the interweaving lead guitar solo which still sends a shiver down my spine. Messrs Turner, Turner, Powell and Upton were on top of their game here, all excellent musicians and topping it up with lovely harmony vocals too.

Argus never seems to appear in those "1001 albums you must hear before you die" lists, and to me it is a glaring omission. Every classic rock fan needs to hear this one.

AlanB | 5/5 |


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