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Wishbone Ash

During the early- and mid-'70s, Wishbone Ash were among England's most popular hard rock acts. The group's roots dated to the summer of 1966, when drummer Steve Upton formed a band called Empty Vessels with bassist/vocalist Martin Turner and guitarist Glen Turner. Empty Vessels soon changed their name to Tanglewood and moved to London; during a gig at the Country Club in Hampstead, they were seen by would-be rock manager Miles Copeland, who was impressed with the jazz and progressive rock influences within the band and offered to be their manager.

Glen Turner left the band at that point, and an advertisement for a guitarist resulted in the addition of both David Alan "Ted" Turner and Andy Powell, who provided the basis for the sound of the new lineup with intertwining riffs and phrases drawn from both soul and blues, coupled with Martin Turner's melodic bass sound and Upton's jazz-influenced drumming. A new name was called for, and after several suggestions by Copeland that proved unacceptable, "Wishbone Ash" was chosen from two lists of words. The group rehearsed for weeks at Copeland's home, working out an entirely new repertoire, and played their first gig opening for the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation. It wasn't too long before they were opening for Deep Purple, where a sound check jam between Powell and Ritchie Blackmore led to a recording contract with the American Decca label.

Their self-titled first album appeared in 1970; Pilgrimage and Argus followed over the next two years, and each showed a major advance in the band's sound. The release of 1973's Wishbone Four reflected a greater maturity to the group, and was their first fully developed album, with songwriting that didn't hide behind a progressive pose but luxuriated in the members' folk music inclinations, without compromising the harder edge of their music. The album also saw the departure of Ted Turner, who was replaced by Laurie Wisefield.

Locked In and New England followed; Martin Turner departed after 1979's Just Testing, to be replaced by ex-King Crimson bassist/singer John Wetton. Wishbone Ash soldiered on through the 1980s, and in 1986 even got back with Copeland, by now a major player in the recording industry by virtue of his management of the Police and his founding of I.R.S. Records. Wishbone Ash's history came full circle with the reunion of Powell, Upton, Ted Turner, and Martin Turner, and the recording of three albums for I.R.S.. They remained a working band into the 1990s, led by Andy Powell and Ted Turner and touring and recording regularly. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Elegant Stealth

1. Reason To Believe

2. Warm Tears

3. Man With No Name

4. Can't Go It Alone

5. Give It Up

6. Searching For Satellites

7. Heavy Weather

8. Mud-Slick

9. Big Issues

10. Migrant Worker

11. Invisible Thread

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Track List: Past & Present (Live)

Disc 1

1. The King Will Come (Live)

2. Throw Down The Sword (Live)

3. Blowin' Free (Live)

6. Persephone (Live)

8. Come In From The Rain (Live)

10. Phoenix (Live)

Disc 2

1. Living Proof (Live)

3. Wings Of Desire (LIve)

6. Real Guitars Have Wings (Live)

7. Sometime World (Live)

10. Rock 'n Roll Widow (Live)

11. Ballad Of The Beacon (Live)

15. Why Don't We (Live)

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Track List: Live On XM Satellite Radio

1. The King Will Come (Live)

2. Warrior (Live)

3. Throw Down The Sword (Live)

7. Living Proof (Live)

9. Ballad Of The Beacon (Live)

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Track List: Clan Destiny

1. Eyes Wide Open

2. Dreams Outta Dust

3. Healing Ground

4. Steam Town

5. Loose Change

6. Surfing A Slow Wave

7. Slime Time

8. Capture The Moment

9. Your Dog

10. The Raven

11. Motherless Child

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Track List: The Best Of Wishbone Ash

1. Blind Eye

2. Phoenix

3. The Pilgrim

4. Lorelei (Live)

5. Sometime World

6. Warrior

7. Throw Down The Sword

8. Persephone

9. F.U.B.B.

10. Blowin' Free (Acoustic)

11. Living Proof

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Track List: Illuminations

1. Mountainside

2. On Your Own

3. Top Of The World

4. No Joke

5. Tales Of The Wise

6. Another Time

7. A Thousand Years

8. The Ring

9. Comfort Zone

10. Mystery Man

11. Wait Out The Storm

12. The Crack Of Dawn

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Track List: Live Dates Volume Two

1. Doctor (Live)

2. Living Proof (Live)

3. Runaway (Live)

4. Helpless (Live)

7. Lorelei (Live)

8. Persephone (Live)

10. Time Was (Live)

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Track List: Wishbone Ash

1. Blind Eye

2. Lady Whiskey

3. Errors Of My Way

4. Queen Of Torture

5. Handy

6. Phoenix

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Track List: Argus (Remastered)

1. Time Was (Remastered)

2. Sometime World (Remastered)

3. Blowin' Free (Remastered)

4. The King Will Come (Remastered)

5. Leaf And Stream (Remastered)

6. Warrior (Remastered)

7. Throw Down The Sword (Remastered)

8. Jail Bait (Bonus Live Track)

9. The Pilgrim (Bonus Live Track)

10. Phoenix (Bonus Live Track)

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Two guitars. Way different styles. Both were excellent...
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Saw them in 74 as the opening act for Blue Oyster Cult, next day went and got Live Dates, great album that should be on this discography, I never hear Blowin' Free on classic rock stations, damn shame, great song.
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Love these guys. Leaf and Stream is the song I play when remembering my son who has passed away. He loved music.
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Very nice guitar work. I just recently happened onto these guys and don't know why. I'm a music head and Big fan of 70s rock. I remember reading the name in the Columbia Music Club catalog and wondering what they sang. Now I know.
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A slave I couldn't be.
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milosdad
I love Blowin' Free. Reminds me of a girl I knew when I was in high school. Rita. What a b**ch she turned out to be.
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beneamata
Takes me back to high school - listening to TDTS and Blowin' Free and Warrior in the Senior Lounge
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Totally underrated band was part of my 70's blend.
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F.U.B.B. great song excellent guitar sound
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Argos has some of the greatest guitar sound ever recorded
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Throw Down Thé Sword Argos Rocks
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swordsinghaw k
this is a band that was done a huge disservice by the general public's short attention span. After all, if you're gonna have a hit, you gotta make it fit, so they cut it down to 3:05.
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Dual guitars, some great songs, lyrics and passages, enjoyed them in the 70's 9 (saw them live twice) and still enjoy them today!
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carl_herling
Hey Pandora! No "There's The Rub" ?!?!?
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Twin guitar Pilgrim really rocks wishbone HOF
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This band is awesome great guitar sound solid bass and drums Argos
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Check out latest release Blue Horizon. Great!
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The most underrated rock band of all time so many great albums this why I never listen to classic rock radio anymore besides W A so many other bands like them u never hear trapeze Mott the Hopple etc . rock on W A
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Original Band-very undererated- great in concert- King Will Come/ Throw down the Sword/ Blowin; Free/ Nothing like it- A Favorite!!
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Saw them in Fayetteville , Arkansas, in 1972 and became an instant fan!
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Throw down the sword
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Still sounds great to me 99 wtf.
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xhidden99
British blues rock has NOT aged well
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Remember seeing them with the Andy - Laurie twin guitar and Trevor on Bass! What a line up. Was top notch. Love me some Ash!!!
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Yea you got that right love this song
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Still sending chills on the road now catch it.
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Great band. Great guitar sound! The King Will Come !!!
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Please do not ever compare Ash to the Grateful Dead, Turner and Powell are great-great guitarist, Liked Jerry as Guitar player but he could never play what these 2 did...saw Ash with Steppenwolf Wildwood Convention Hall in '72' seen lots of great live bands in my day, Zepplin, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Tull etc...none, I mean none were better....gr e a t guitar work to learn by
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Am I the only guy who remembers Blowin' Free/Blowin' in the Wind, ???? Thanks to Peggy for turning me on to WA 40 years ago. Still listening to them.
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Saw them in Kentucky et freedom hall ,Ithink or was it the moody Blues,(storm e d dorman.(back in 72-73
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73' I think
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what about their Live in Memphis at Ardent Studios on FM 100. just freekin awesome especially Jailbait. peace, scrap
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carl_herling
No "there's the rub" ??? Come on pandora!
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Wish I had seen them n the 70's right after they cut Argos n 72 one of the best lp of that time such wonderful guitar work still rocking
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moyerwj62
Do not see their like today. Damn shame. Youngster's, listen and learn
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joewillingha m 3
Saw there first concert in 1969. Opened for the guess who at the state fair music hall in dallas. The next day I bought my first album, wishbone ash.
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saw them in Germany 1976 at a festival ike and tina turner where there also ,great band
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indysaint
Live Dates is the best Rock Album ever.
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Growin up in the 70's had a great rock radio stn. but they never played Wishbone Ash. Hearing it for first time 40 years later I feel cheated yet happy to find something classic thats fresh and new to me....Its like some kind of missing link
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shantteyman
C'mon, Pandora ; get the first LIVE DATES album up; some of their best work !
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carl.shaw15
Saw WA in the Baltimore area in mid-late 1970s and our band immediately started covering them and reveling in the harmonies. Much better live than studio!!
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There midnighters
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Hey if WA is playing in your area, go see them. Great show.
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Such an under rated group in the US. Personally I believe the best lead phrasing and integration of any band.
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george46074
These guys influenced many , the 70's was great !
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And i thought i was the only fan, rock on my brothers and sisters
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I know this band since 1972 and I've all Albums of them! Very great music
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No this is great music that holds up.
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This is painful!
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They have a new album out that's Killer hope they add it to the Discography. Attend Ashfest, best time of my life.
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