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WISHBONE FOUR

Wishbone Ash

 

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3.04 | 183 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars The music from this album is as original as its title.

Still, there are some good rocking moments to find (prog is alien, but this is not a new feature). The fabulous twin guitar sounds are probably less impressive now, but the opener does hold some excellent guitar though. "So Many Things To Say" is a solid hard rock song, with a touch should I say: this is not too bad a start.

I won't say that this work is a masterpiece, but a fine rock album with ups and downs. The syrupy ballad ("Ballad Of The Beacon") is probably not the best of their song, but the (short) guitar solo is rather emotional. And I like emotions.

The bottom low is reached with the weak "No Easy Road" which features too much trumpets to my taste. If I were you, I would press the next key in this case. Same applies to the country-style "Sing Out The Song".

I have always liked their long songs: it was the occasion of great instrumental intros and they provided the opportunity to develop superb guitar solo. While "Everybody Needs A Friend" starts, I immediately think of CSN & Y. Again.

It starts with a very melodic vocal part, and then a sumptuous guitar moment lifts off: really great and passionate. These are great rock moments that needs to be shared. Of course, the prog aspect is non-existing; but once in a while it is good to plunge into something else. It is a quiet but beautiful song (even some mellotron lines can be distinguished). This is a highlight as far as I am concerned.

I would be more indulgent than most of my fellow reviewers in this case (it is so rare that I like to point this out). I you like some good (hard) rock from the seventies this album should suit you pretty well ("Doctor" for instance holds some other jewel guitar breaks).

My second preferred song from this album is the closing "Rock 'N Roll Widow". Again (but this is usual with "Wishbone Ash"), guitars are just prefect. And illustrate quite well the strength of the band.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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