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Wishbone Ash learned their songcraft via English folk and jazz, as well as ’60 British traditions of white-boy blues, American R&B, and later-era Beatles. When their songs evolved, the four-piece became quite capable of honing said influences into a pop premium, and 1972’s Argus (named after a mythological Greek monster) showed they weren’t at all interested in plodding prog or in boring jams and solos. The English music weekly Melody Maker accurately said the band had the “most interesting two-guitar team” since “Beck and Page graced the Yardbirds.” Songs here shift seamlessly between folksy asides (“Leaf and Stream”), ascending anthems (“Time Was”; listen for its fab one-take guitar solo), radio-playable modal pop (“Blowin’ Free”), and ear-bending tempo changes (“Sometime World”). Sword and sorcery imagery plays a minor role (“The King Will Come,” “Throw Down the Sword”), but don’t hold that against them; the band rose out of Britain’s prog movement of the early '70s, and that stuff was also in the imagination of many kids then. It’s a great album, both as a stand-alone and as a timepiece of the era.

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Argus by Wishbone Ash-Not just nostalgic, but classic!

Having grown up in the 60's and 70's, influenced musically by my drummering brother John, older by six years, a lot of the musicians I revered as a teenager were at least in part inherited admiration. Such was not the case with Wishbone Ash. I fell in love with their Argus album the first time I heard it. An aspiring vocalist/guitarist, their complicated riffs and delectible harmonies were all I sought in any rock and roll band. Add lyrics that told a story and an album with connected, yet varied and individual stylizing elements and you've got one of the most underrated British bands to ever set foot on American soil. It was also my great privilege to see them perform live at Gonzaga University's Kennedy Center in about 1974. They were every bit the live performers of my favorite band 'Yes', but without the phenomenal staging, props and light show. Still, if you've never heard Wishbone Ash, please trust me, the purchase of this downloaded album is well worth the price of admission to their loyal listening family. Enjoy!

Argus!!! Where else can you hear quality, and get a medeival story ?

Gone are the days of rock bands telling stories. With Spinal Tap either mocking this kind of music or sounding it's virtues it seems no one is going in this dirrection anymore. But, everything comes around again and this will be no exception. Itunes has given us a chance to listen to these classics, but there is an album byWishbone Ash that Itunes dos'nt have yet. I'm speaking of the "No Speak " album they did in the 80`s. Its great! There were a number of groups that got together and did these "No Speak "albums. Of course 'no speak' says it all, there are no lyrics at all, its all instrumental and it`s a great album.The problem is I can't remember it's name, my bad. Look for it , you wo'nt be disapointed, Rock on!!

Classic Album,Classy Band

I was hooked on Wishbone Ash from the time I first heard "Phoenix" from their 1st album.I bought everything they released thru the first 7 albums.Personnel changes and artistic changes caused me to lose my enthusiasm for them.But,to me,Argus was their crowning achievement,their Sgt. Pepper'if you will.All,I repeat all the original tracks are top-notch quality songs!Downloading any or all of them is a can't-miss situation.You have out&out rockers,multiple tempo shifts,great vocals and harmonies,dual guitar mastery and one exquisitely beautiful ballad(Leaf And Stream.)Adding the 3 live tracks is just icing on the cake.I also hear that Andy Powell is still playing in some 21st century version of Ash...good for him!A musical trivia note,if itunes ever gets "Ashes Are Burning"(studio version)check out Andy's soaring guitar solo on the title track.


Formed: 1966 in Devon, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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