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Argus [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Wishbone Ash Audio CD
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The classic rock bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s enjoy a unique place in popular musical history. The Beatles had gone their separate ways, Britain had already experienced the Blues Boom, and Psychedelia had made its impact. The creative possibilities were infinite.

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  • Audio CD (18 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000062X90
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Jail Bait (Live (1972/Memphis)) 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Pilgrim (Live (1972/Memphis))10:10Album Only
Listen10. Phoenix (Live (1972/Memphis))17:05Album Only

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This LP only reached #169 on the charts but is now renowned as a prog-rock classic. This 30th-anniversary reissue is remixed, remastered and expanded with the debut release of the entire promotional EP Live in Memphis , recorded during the Argus tour!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Often copied , never bettered 3 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
back in 1972 a college friend of mine said " theres a band called Wishbone Ash playing down at the uni.I think they are quite good,fancy going?".So off we went to see them.Well he was wrong, they were not quite good,they were fantastic and I have been a huge fan ever since. I guess I own pretty much everything recorded by Wishbone and there have been some real classics both before and after this album but this is undoubtedly their standout album.To my mind there is no weak track at all, it is all great with every track containing several real high points ranging from killer riffs,phrasing of notes that still gives me shivers and of course their famous twin lead guitar harmonies that no one else has cracked to the same level.How these guys never became bigger stars is beyond me,perhaps because they did not make singles ,perhaps they were ahead of their time ,who can say.What I do know is that this album still sounds as good today as it did over 30 yrs ago,the sign of a true classic.This is the fourth time I have bought this album,I wore out two vinyl copies and my CD was recently damaged.Knowing this album as well as I do the remastering is clear for all to hear and to my ears no bad thing.It sounds very fresh and detailed but not cold.The additional live tracks are a welcome bonus.So in summary do not hesitate in buying this album if you are remotely interested in guitar based rock . This is an album that everyone should own . It is a true classic in every way,turn it up loud get out your dancing shoes,your air guitar and a handerchief, you just might need all three
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ash 21 April 2000
Format:Audio CD
It hardly seems like almost thirty years have passed since I first heard this album as a sixteen-year old. This album has stood the test of time well, with Andy Powell's and Ted Turner's dual guitar still sounding as good as ever. Steve Upton's superb drumming and Martin Turner's solid bass/vocals completed the greatest Wishbone Ash line-up. For those that think Thin Lizzy invented the harmony lead guitars, this album pre-dates Jailbreak by three full years. This was a number-one album and deservedly so. A true classic from one hell of a good band!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As another Turner said 'simply the best'!!!!! 25 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
At a time when musical ability in writing, arranging and playing was all important (at least in rock circles), it was no mean feat to be awarded album of the year (1972).
I personnaly go one step further and class this as THE album of all time, no fillers on show here, every track is a sheer delight to listen to.
The acoustic opening of 'time was' creates a somewhat sombre mood prior to exploding into a more familiar rock format.
'Sometime world' starts in a similar vein, a song of wasted opportunities and could have beens, before building up to an almost jazz/rock rhythm with bass riffs only surpassed by Caravan's Richard Sinclair, this one really grows on you.
The chopping riffs of 'blowing free' made it a 'live' favourite, I can still visualise the bobbing heads.
The bouncy guitar/snare opening overlaid with wah wah heralds the advent of 'the king will come' fine guitarwork both in the riffs and the breaks, seven minutes of heaven.
'Leaf and stream' could be described as the lull before the storm, an acoustic number with an almost folk feel to it, some splendid finger picking guitarwork, and the only song on the album not to feature harmonised vocals. A chance to catch your breath before the final onslaught.
I always think of the final two tracks as being the one (they are segued together), 'warrior' tells the tale of mankinds warlike traits with rasping riffs that give way to a folky guitar riff that opens 'throw down the sword' which is a more laid back number extolling the virtues of turning swords into shears before embarking on a dual guitar finale that thirty six years on still sends shivers down my spine, it is awesome with a capital A, and worth the five stars on its own. Play it loud and shut your eyes its mind blowing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album but shame about the "bonus" track 25 Jan 2000
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Argus - what can you say? The ultimate dual guitar album. Fleetwood Mac may have started the sound and Lizzy may have followed but neither band topped this album. I've been listening to it for over twenty years! Electric and accoustic guitars never sounded so good. Great harmony vocals and melodies too.
One major minus is the inclusion of "No Easy Road" from "Wishbone Four" on this re-issue. This a catchy 'commercial' song has NOTHING whatever to do with Argus, an album which from the opening "Time Was" to the closing "Throw Down the Sword" hangs together perfectly as a complete work. I always have to rush to switch off the CD player before "NER" destroys the magic created by "TDTS"
Who was the genius at MCA with the bright "bonus" track idea - the band must really be big fans of him/her!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great record, terrible sound 11 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Like a lot of other people, I bought this mainly for the extra BBC In Concert on cd2. However, as is often the case with remastered recordings, it's been compressed and processed through a limiter and the result is a mush of sound, where all the subtlety is lost, the instruments seem to merge together, and the recording seems to "shout" at you from your speakers. I understand this technique is supposed to enable you to hear the quieter parts when playing on your car's cd player, and I can only assume that the original musicians have no say in the matter - they surely wouldn't allow their work to be messed up in this way.
So, as the title of my review says, great record, terrible sound. Buy the original on vinyl, or an early "un-remastered " cd.
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