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Founded in Torquay, UK in 1969 - Still active as of 2017

The history of WISHBONE ASH goes back to 1966, when drummer Steve Upton of the 'Scimitars' joined bassist Martin Turner and Martin's brother Glen in the band 'The Empty Vessels'. The trio named themselves 'Tanglewood' and moved to London. Glen Turner quit soon and was replaced by Ted Turner of Birmingham band 'King Biscuit'. The line-up was finalised by guitarist Andy Powell (Ex-'Sugarband'). The two guitarists developed a melodic twin guitar lead style that would become the trademark of 'Wishbone Ash'.

In 1970 WISHBONE ASH released their self titled first record, establishing a mixture of Blues-Rock, Jazz and English Folk, that the band would elaborate on in their following records. The production work by Martin Birch was excellent and the record contains the masterpiece 'Phoenix', that would become a 'Wishbone Ash' live classic and give way to elaborate improvisations on stage. At the same time the band would start to use lyrics and imagery drawn from mythology and fantasy. like 'The King will come', 'Throw down the sword', 'Persephone' & 'Argus'.

In 1971 'Wishbone Ash' released 'Pilgrimage' and a year later 'Argus', both records bringing the WISHBONE ASH sound to perfection by introducing elaborate vocal arrangements and sophisticated instrumental passages. Both records are masterpieces. In 1973 the band released their fourth LP, 'Wishbone Four', and toured Europe, documented by their live release 'Live Dates' (1973) and followed by an extended America Tour. In 1974 Ted Turner left and was replaced by Laurie Wisefield (Ex-Home) who added steel guitar and banjo to the 'Wishbone Ash' sound on their 1974 release 'There's The Rub'. During the rest of the seventies the new line-up recorded a series of good but less interesting records.

In 1987 the original line-up re-united for a series of records, including the all instrumental 'Nouveau Calls' (1988), before going again though a series of line-up changes. At the end of the 90's the band found a new stability with founding guitarist Andy Powell, bass player Bob Skeat and drummer Ray Weston, joined in 2004 by Finnish guitarist Muddy Manninen.

'Pilgrimage' and 'Argus' are highly recommended.

Why this artist must be listed in : 'Wishbone Ash' mixed Blues-Rock, Jazz and English Folk in a progressive way.

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Argus [Expanded Edition]Argus [Expanded Edition]
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Here To HearHere To Hear
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Island Uk 1991
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WISHBONE ASH discography

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WISHBONE ASH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.82 | 243 ratings
Wishbone Ash
3.60 | 236 ratings
4.23 | 625 ratings
3.05 | 174 ratings
Wishbone Four
3.89 | 185 ratings
There's The Rub
2.04 | 101 ratings
Locked In
3.12 | 112 ratings
New England
2.89 | 92 ratings
Front Page News
3.49 | 93 ratings
No Smoke Without Fire
2.87 | 93 ratings
Just Testing
2.70 | 71 ratings
Number The Brave
1.96 | 52 ratings
Twin Barrels Burning
1.81 | 55 ratings
Raw To The Bone
2.93 | 65 ratings
Nouveau Calls
2.91 | 47 ratings
Here To Hear
2.63 | 40 ratings
Strange Affair
3.69 | 66 ratings
1.83 | 31 ratings
Trance Visionary
1.70 | 29 ratings
Psychic Terrorism
2.98 | 40 ratings
Bare Bones
3.64 | 46 ratings
Bona Fide
2.96 | 51 ratings
Clan Destiny
3.18 | 57 ratings
Power Of Eternity
3.22 | 27 ratings
Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash: Argus - Through The Looking Glass
3.55 | 57 ratings
Elegant Stealth
3.28 | 50 ratings
Blue Horizon

WISHBONE ASH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.44 | 85 ratings
Live Dates
4.63 | 15 ratings
Live In Tokyo
3.69 | 46 ratings
Live Dates Volume 2
3.38 | 8 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert
3.39 | 12 ratings
Live In Windy City (USA 1992) (AKA "Live in Chicago & Living Proof)
3.22 | 9 ratings
Live in Geneva
2.50 | 2 ratings
Live - Timeline
2.00 | 1 ratings
Their Greatest Hits
2.09 | 3 ratings
Mother of Pearl
3.13 | 16 ratings
Live Dates 3
2.48 | 3 ratings
3.81 | 8 ratings
Almighty Blues - London and Beyond
3.49 | 5 ratings
Time Was... The Live Anthology
3.94 | 7 ratings
New Live Dates, Volume One
3.43 | 7 ratings
Live In Hamburg
3.95 | 10 ratings
New Live Dates, Volume Two
2.06 | 9 ratings
Argus Then Again Live
4.00 | 3 ratings
40 - Live In London
3.86 | 7 ratings
The Life Begins Tour
3.83 | 3 ratings
Live in London 1978

WISHBONE ASH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.96 | 8 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
3.05 | 5 ratings
Inside Wishbone Ash 1970-2004
3.09 | 3 ratings
Live Broadcasts
4.33 | 3 ratings
Almighty Blues: London & Beyond
3.80 | 5 ratings
Phoenix Rising - Classic Ash: Then & Now
2.36 | 6 ratings
25th Anniversary Of The Marquee (DVD)
3.13 | 11 ratings
30th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
4.00 | 5 ratings
Rock Milestones Wishbone Ash : Argus
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live at the Spirit of 66
4.50 | 4 ratings
Live in Hamburg
4.29 | 7 ratings
40th Anniversary Concert - Live In London
3.88 | 7 ratings
Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - The Life Begins Tour

WISHBONE ASH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.54 | 10 ratings
Classic Ash
2.60 | 5 ratings
Hot Ash
3.00 | 1 ratings
The King Will Come
4.67 | 9 ratings
3.05 | 3 ratings
The Millenium Collection
3.50 | 4 ratings
On Air
4.00 | 1 ratings
Wishbone Ash (The Primo collection)
2.33 | 3 ratings
The Collection
3.25 | 3 ratings
2.37 | 8 ratings
Lost Pearls
0.00 | 0 ratings
3.05 | 3 ratings
3.50 | 2 ratings
Tracks 2
2.10 | 2 ratings
The King Will Come
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mystery Man
3.61 | 11 ratings
First Light
3.50 | 2 ratings
Tracks 3
2.00 | 2 ratings
2.00 | 1 ratings
2.00 | 1 ratings
Rocked Up Beyond Belief
4.16 | 10 ratings
Sometime World: An MCA Travelogue

WISHBONE ASH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.77 | 20 ratings
Live From Memphis


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 Argus by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.23 | 625 ratings

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Review by The Jester

5 stars I don't know about other countries, but Argus is a legendary album in Greece.

It was released on January 1972, it was the 3rd studio album of Wishbone Ash, and it is considered their best work by far. Needless to say that is also their most famous work. Many music magazines named it as 'album of the year' on 1972.

The album has a Medieval theme, and the music style includes elements of Progressive Rock, Hard Rock and Folk Rock.

The major characteristic of Argus was the two leading guitars (instead of the usual one lead and one rhythm guitar), that gave to their sound a very different feeling. Actually, this album is considered as a landmark for it's special guitar sound. This two-lead-guitar style, was adopted later on from bands like Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden, among others.

The sound engineer was Martin Birch, who had also worked with Deep Purple and later on with Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. In the years that followed, Argus became a big live attraction, which still continues in many occasions in our days.

The album includes 7 songs, and with the exception of Leaf and Stream (3.55), all the other songs are over 5 minutes long. Songs like Warrior, The King will Come, and Throw down the Sword are examples of how good and well-structured Rock music should sound like.

I remember buying the vinyl edition at some point during the 80's and the CD re-issue almost ten years later, which was including one extra song.

In my opinion, Argus is a brilliant album and a 'must-have' for every Rock fan. In case you don't have it yet, buy it without a second thought! 5.0 Stars from me

 Argus by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.23 | 625 ratings

Wishbone Ash Prog Related

Review by cedo

4 stars I'm not sure was it "Argus" or was it "Wishbone Four" the first Ash's album that I have listened to, in 1976-1977, thanks to good friend of mine who came back from UK, from English Language Summer School, with a couple of great LPs, but never mind, from that time till now, "Argus" has remained one of my favorite albums. Like in the cookbook, add to it Thorens turntable, huge Marantz cassiver (receiver with incorporated cassette tape module), and Acoustic Research loudspeakers, and love at first listen is born. So, at very first listen, it grabbed me and that grip is still firm. Twin-lead guitar sound, very nice melodies and harmonies, three "warriors" tracks that make some kind of concept, songs that have original structure, different from usual radio hits (most songs structure are not usual, without classic verse-verse-refrain-verse-refrain-solo form, and that also contributed to the progressive feel of album).

Every song is memorable, unique and fresh, nothing like something that is heard before or after. Later I have listened to other albums of MK I, and albums of Mk II, had opportunity to see Mk II live on "Just Testing" tour, and Mk IV on "Twin Barrels Burning" tour, but "Argus" stayed most loved and listened to. Other albums of Mk I are also great, so are "There's the Rub" and "No smoke without fire" of Mk II, each of it containing great songs, epics and concert favorites, but "Argus" was successful in making the album with most progressive parts, some of them thematically connected, which other albums lacked of, as a collection of unrelated songs.

First side is generally of life and love themes, while most of second side is of war oriented songs. The best A side song is "Time was" with beautiful acoustic intro, moving into hard rocking body where guitarists showed their pyrotechnic capabilities.

B side starts softly with one guitar playing rhythm, the other playing theme, accompanied with melodic bass line, all three building atmosphere of waiting for something to happened, raising a sound level slowly, and it really does, turning into most memorable guitar riff of all Wishbone Ash songs. And when lyrics comes, with "in the fire, the king will come", you are conquered and you surrender unconditionally. Song also has nice quite gentle intermission, that once again leads into famous guitar riff, moving to effective end. After "King will come", there comes beautiful ballad "Leaf and stream", some kind of contemplative thoughts of dreams and world beyond reality. And then again, return to warriors thematic, with two connected songs, first telling about the urge to fight for freedom, and second about a need to laying down the arms, cause in war no one wins and everybody lose. "Warrior" has interesting structure, starting with calm two verses melody, changing into strong, several times in a row repeated refrain, each time with differently played in-between connection, while "Throw down the sword", the only song with keyboard support, has beautiful twin guitars intro, leading into strong ballad, finishing with great guitars soloing, each guitar simultaneously leading its own solo, merging into one at the end. Excellent!

The album is produced by Derek Lawrence, who did a great job (he also produced their previous two albums, and later "No smoke without fire"), and engineered by Martin Birch (who later worked with Deep Purple, and especially with Iron Maiden where that recognizable twin-lead guitar sound can be heard). The cover art is on the same lane with music, with famous Argus guardian watching over.

The songs are positioned on sides A and B in a way that first is more rockier, while the second is more progressive. The only complaint that I have is that maybe songs on B side should have been slightly different ordered. I think that "King will come" must be placed right before the "Warrior", to make great three songs story of war and peace. "Leaf and stream" somehow calms down the continuity of most progressive part of album, and my opinion is that this song should have been first on side B. Luckily, on CD player is easy to enter wished song order, so everyone can make his own (mine is 1-2-3-5-4-6-7).

I got two versions of LP (one gate-folded, one just sleeve), and 1991 MCA CD reissue with B-side bonus track "No easy road", but that song is somehow out of context here, it just doesn't fit. Maybe the best choice is to find 2002 MCA remaster with whole three tracks rare live 1972 EP "Live in Memphis" as a bonus, with excellent 17 minutes performance of "Phoenix" epic from first album. There is also 2007 2CD Universal remaster, with aforementioned B-side track and unfortunately only partial live EP (without "Jail bait") on first disc, but with various live performances from "Argus" time on second disc.

In recent times, the second fraction of group, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash made excellent studio re-recording of complete "Argus" named "Argus through the looking glass" (2008) placing song "Blowin' free" as the last on disc (eventually it was supposed to be so in 1972, but LP format was a limited factor), followed by complete live version "Argus 'then again' live" (2008) by Andy Powell's fraction of band, and again by complete live performance by Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash on "The Life Begins tour" 2CD (2011). So we have four versions of "Argus" so far, two studio, two live, as a sign how much that album means to its creators (and to 'Ashers').

Regarding the first rockier album side, a kind of inappropriate place of "Leaf and stream" song on excellent more progressive B side, a fact that this is primarily a progressive rock archive, and that I am very fond of Wishbone Ash's music, bright shining four stars is something that I stand for.

 Nouveau Calls by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1987
2.93 | 65 ratings

Nouveau Calls
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Review by tszirmay
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3 stars This is one of those much-maligned prog-rock releases that get slammed for being deviant of past classics, as if artists need to continually rehash the same but very good songs that made their fame. All the luminary bands like Jethro Tull (Aqualung/TAAB vs Under Wraps/A), Marillion, Oldfield, Yes, King Crimson etc' have faced this rather easy criticism , which often is quite unfair both to the artist (it's their art after all) and the discerning public (who may desire diversity). In the case of Wishbone Ash, there is little doubt that albums such as 'Argus', 'Live Dates' and 'There's the Rub' are recognized classics. Within such a long career, every artist has released some form of dud, whether forced upon them by sharky record companies (Lou Reed's monstrous' Metal Machine Music' comes to mind) or just plain old 'Sometimes I feel so Uninspired' vibe as penned by Traffic.

This is part of the IRS Records collection of reworked all-instrumental material (hence the 'No Speak' label) from artists as varied as Pete Haycock, Stewart Copeland, Billy Currie, William Orbit, Steve Hunter, Jimmy Z, Ronnie Montrose, Robbie Krieger, Jan Akkerman, Darryl Way and a few compilations. Some are pretty good, others okay but I daresay this is one of the better ones. Sadly, it gets knocked down by those who wished for another bone (excuse the pun) of dual guitar, rock 'n roll mayhem. Again context is crucial, as many progressive bands in the late 80s were left in the proverbial desert of unemployment, as disco, punk, grunge and new age ruled the airwaves. These were very lean years indeed and anything that defied the fads is better than silence, in my opinion. The set list on 'Nouveau Calls' (a wordplay on 'no vocals') comprises 11 tracks all written by Andy Powell, Martin Turner and Steve Upton, and by adding Ted Turner, this is the definite classic Wishbone Ash line-up. As discreet rock music but bold background music, it contains a few brilliant tracks, namely the suave 'Arabesque', the fabulous 'In the Skin', the heavily synthesized opener 'Tangible Evidence' (also emboldened by a delirious and funky bass furrow).

The other tunes are all interesting, the twangy, bass-propelled 'From Soho to Sunset' shows a slick technique of unending detail (lap-steel, mandolin) , some closer to rock roots like 'Something is Happening in Room 602' with its cool surf-guitar licks or the Police-like riffs on 'Johnny Left Home Without It', conjuring images of Andy Summers on the guitar. If one added vocals to songs like 'The Spirit Flies Free', this could have been a hit among their hits, as Powell and Turner show off gorgeous melodies on the fret boards, then shriek like madmen, the mandolin making another fine appearance.

The last two tracks are the Achilles heel of this album. Not a big fan of the rather limp 'A Rose is a Rose', it's a 'skip it' track that is just too saccharine for my taste. The finale is the short 'Real Guitars Have Wings', a mid-tempo piece that offers complex guitar interweaving but offers a very binary feel that fails to explode into nirvana. But the 9 previous tracks are completely listenable.

My conclusion: listen to this album without paying attention to who it is, let bygones be bygones and evaluate according to what you hear and not what you would like then to play. I enjoyed this album when it came out in the prog 'Ice Age' and still do today.

3.5 Novophones

 Live in London 1978 by WISHBONE ASH album cover Live, 2012
3.83 | 3 ratings

Live in London 1978
Wishbone Ash Prog Related

Review by tvtennis

4 stars This one is a rare find, a 'bit on the expensive side, if you are fortunate to find it. It appears to be taken from the "No Smoke Without Fire" tour, Recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, London On 25 November 1978 with the MK 2 lineup. The audio is very good, my only gripe is, that it is too short, clearly not the entire show. However if you combine it with the "Live in Tokyo" from the same tour, you get a decent length, close to a full concert. That one has a total of 5 tracks on it, 3 of which appear on this release as well: "The Way Of The World"; "You See Red" & "Blowin' Free". Despite doubling-up on those 3 tracks, it is still enjoyable to combine the two for one "more complete" performance, since the performances differ, after all they were performed on two different times and on different continents. As far as the performance is concerned, it rivals the "Live Dates 2" release, perhaps less polished, but that raw feel gives it even more appeal.
 Live In Tokyo by WISHBONE ASH album cover Live, 1979
4.63 | 15 ratings

Live In Tokyo
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Review by tvtennis

5 stars This used to be hard to find "live" cd of the Mark 2 lineup of Wishbone Ash. Initially only released in Japan on vinyl features great versions of F.U.B.B. and The Way Of The World. Since, it has been released on CD by Enigmatic Records in 2010. Originally recorded when the band were playing live at Tokyo Sun Plaza in Japan, on November 10th and 15th, 1978; during their No Smoke Without Fire tour. It is a great addition to the Live Ash collection. The sound is very good, it is a shame that the entire concert was not released. It is a great companion to the "Live in London 1978" from the same tour. That one has a total of 8 tracks on it 3 of which appear on the Tokyo release: "The Way Of The World"; "You See Red" & "Blowin' Free". Despite doubling-up on those 3 tracks it is still enjoyable to combine the two for one "more complete" performance, since the performances differ on the two releases.
 Runaway by WISHBONE ASH album cover Live, 2001
2.48 | 3 ratings

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Review by tvtennis

4 stars This release is now hard to come by, but a few years ago it was readily available on top of the discount binns for a budget price. Not much info available on it anywhere online either. Since there is not much info disclosed in the CD cover, I'll venture to guess that this is from a promotional tour for "Just Testing" release, given that the opening track is "Helpless". Under that assumption, this must have been recorded in '80-'81. I have come across numerous compilations where the various record companies bunch two concerts together on two CD's, and release it under a different name to make a quick $. This identical tracklist appears as CD #1 on few of them as well. So if we dig deeper, and assume further that those represent the same recording as this release, we can make some comparisons. First off, the copy I have has a slightly different cover image, the track list is identical to this listing, the CD is gold color, released by "k-Point Gold", and as mentioned above, not much info, simply due to the quite unusual CD sleeve. It is not paper, the cover image is rather translucent and made of plastic! The audio quality is very good on this version, very clear separation, no hiss, the recording volume level is about average, my only gripe is that is seems to be in Mono! As far as the performance of the band itself goes, it rivals the "Live Dates 2" since it is most likely the same line-up. It is more suited for someone who is a completist when it comes to this band, such as myself. I find it to be a nice addition to the Live Dates 2 release.
 Wishbone Ash by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.82 | 243 ratings

Wishbone Ash
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Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Woolier and looser than the sound of their enduring breakthrough album, Argus, Wishbone Ash's debut album certainly doesn't offer crystal-clear and finely crafted compositions on the level of those offered on that album. It makes up for it, however, by delivering six tracks of bluesy hard rock with the occasional progressive inclination here and there, especially on the two long tracks on side two where the band allow themselves to spread out and jam a little. If you want more like Argus, then you're looking in the wrong place (and I'm not sure they ever quite recaptured the magic ingredients that went into that album), but if you are not averse to a bit of mildly psych-tinged jamming then this is a fun listen.
 Elegant Stealth by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.55 | 57 ratings

Elegant Stealth
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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars The reputation indicates an album at the same caliber as Bona Fide. Do I agree? No.

Let's see why, track-by-track:

Reason To Believe: In the spirit of their students Iron Maiden, this hard 'n' heavy song is a very quality one, YET another song that proves the incredible diversity they bare as artists!

Warm Tears: Blues rock to the core, both lyrically and musically. The slower guitar parts are clearly a reference to Jimi Hendrix. The whole songs is blasting, bravo guys!

Elegant Stealth: Very nice song, has an essence of AOR, clearly of pop origin, but with solid hard 'n' heavy parts. Radio friendly, very nice chorus vocals, sounds a bit like the Scorpions melodies.

Can't Go It Alone: And you think you've listened everything by WA, and here they are with a Medieval intro in a Kansas-like song. No, I'm not on drugs, that's what they did here! Very melodic song, very interesting, really great!

Give It Up: Something form Gary Moore in this elegant song, which is fine but not so special as the previous.

Searching For Satellites: Love ballad, ideal for dancing with your partner. The lyrics are not so trite as one would expect from a song like this, as they sing about a divine message about love. The music is not something unique though, so I'll pass.

Heavy Weather: It begins as a rather indifferent mid-tempo song, but it changes to a rocker after the 4th minute, being basically a 2-in-1 song. Interesting for it's diversity, but not so significant overall.

Mud-Slick: An OK instrumental by Muddy Manninen, enjoyable but not special.

Big Issues: Too much trouble for a little matter. It seems like they tried to create a new F.U.B.B., but in my opinion they failed. Yeah, the solos and the jamming are all good and well, but we already know damn well they can play as good as anyone. So if you don't create a unique composition, what do you offer with a song like this?

Migrant Worker: Nice blues rocker, with obviously social lyrics (the title speaks for it's self). Nothing we haven't heard before a billion times, though.

Invisible Thread / Reason To Believe (remix): Finally, an interesting song again in this album! Very good mid-tempo blues rocker, with clever, catchy riffs and nice vocals. / A dance remix of the first song, kinda cool to be honest!

RATING: I can't see why people consider this one as great as Bona Fide. There is nothing as great here, this album is inferior in every aspect. However, it's not a bad album at all; In fact, it's better than most WA albums. I'll rank it above New England and below Illuminations. 3 stars.

 Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash: Argus - Through The Looking Glass by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.22 | 27 ratings

Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash: Argus - Through The Looking Glass
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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars I've been to Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash concerts three times in Greece, and at the very first I bought this album.

I thought to myself "wow, through the looking glass should mean we will have a tribute to the original with adapted/alternated songs structures, this is SO interesting!".

Only that this is not the case... Here, MTWA are pretty much mimicking the original masterpiece, condemned to an inferior result.

Why did Martin Turner decided to release this album? Money is the only reason that comes in mind. They rehearsed these songs for their tour (they played Argus in it's entirety), so it was not difficult for them to record it, print it, and sell it with the merchandise at their gigs for extra income.

The songs are obviously fantastic, but I can't find a single reason to listen to this album, apart from the pure curiosity I had when I first got it. 3 stars for offering nothing significant to anyone but WA fanatics that wanna have/listen to everything there is.

 Power Of Eternity by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.18 | 57 ratings

Power Of Eternity
Wishbone Ash Prog Related

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars Just a bit better than Clan Destiny, but they have not found their way back to greatness yet.

Let's see what they did, track-by-track:

The Power: Very good song, with nice melodies both vocally and musically. It's also a multilayered song, with clap hands, back vocals, additional percussion etc. Nice!

Driving A Wedge: Jazz-funk essence in a pretty good song that grooves very well. Nice, again!

In Crisis: Strange song, sounds feminine for some reason, in a way that I would expect it to be a song by a female artist. Although the guitar solo is great and the music not bad, those unusual vocal lines estrange me... It's also too long, 6:35 without particular reason in my opinion.

Dancing With The Shadows: Sensual blues rhythm, with appropriate lyrics too. The most sensual song ever by WA, yet something different by this chameleon of rock music. Since I enjoy songs like this very much, I like it!

Happiness; Pretty simple soft rocker, nothing too special. At the end if fades out to an acoustic guitar part, maybe to connect better with the next one.

Northern Lights: Bittersweet instrumental that could be the soundtrack of a love scene in a movie. For some reason I can't take it seriously, I feel like I wanna dance with an imaginary woman in a parody fashion. :-)

Your Indulgence: Soft love ballad, with sensitive lyrics and mostly acoustic music. It's OK, but others have done it better a LOT of times.

Growing Up: They sound like mediocre U2 in this one, radio-friendly but not above average. The highlight is once again the guitar solo.

Disappearing: Oh, now they play lounge music? This one's music is by Andy Powell's son Aynsley, and it's not that great, but as a different sound it's definitely interesting.

Hope Springs Eternal: Reminds me of a famous U2 song that I can't recall the title, since I'm not a fan. Good song, but... I'm not a fan.

RATING: After the first four songs, with three of them being good enough, I hoped for a better album... But afterwards, every other song sounds average. In the all-time WA ranking, I'll put it above Clan Destiny, and lower than New England. 2,5 stars.

Thanks to alucard for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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