|Badge from the Singing Bear Collection|
Often unjustly forgotten when the names of British rock greats are wheeled out for inspection, Wishbone Ash made a handful of excellent albums through the 70's, the finest of the bunch being the brilliant Argus LP from 1972.
Passing the time in a Bath record shop the other day, I came across the 'deluxe' version of this beauty for a mere handful of pounds and duly snapped it up, having parted ways with the vinyl some time ago. It's been receiving repeated plays ever since. With a double lead guitar line-up, the band were vaguely an English version of the Allman Brothers except there was less R&B and a distinctly folky influence as well.
Throw Down The Sword (1972)
The first Wishbone Ash album I purchased back in the olden days was actually their 1974 release, There's The Rub which saw founder member, Ted Turner, leave to be replaced on guitar by Laurie Wisefield.
Another really solid set, There's The Rub included the lovely, 'Persephone'.
Very much of their time, WA suffered in the face of the the rising punk tide, being blown away by the necessary clear out of all things overblown and ever so slightly ridiculous but they did regroup later in the 80's and are still going strong in a much reformed line-up to this day. Not sure about their recent stuff but, for me, the 70's output is pure gold.
Vas Dis (1971)