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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I am in agreement with some reviewers that this album is extremely difficult NOT to play.
Every track is a winner (perhaps excluding track three)
The best track is track six which has possibly the best medieval dual guitar break there has ever been on record.
The beauty in this album lies in it's simplicity.
Buy it today.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2006
An absolute, all-time classic guitar album from a band at their peak that still positively radiates class, compromised by an ill-judged and badly executed remix job.

I was a mere 12 years old when this little beauty came out, and I've loved it ever since, having used up 3 vinyl copies over the intervening years. I'm therefore deeply disappointed with the results of this remix, which does absolutely NOTHING to improve the quality of this album whtsoever. (I heartily concur with Glasgow Johnny's assessment!)

Quite the contrary, part of the album's charm is its warmth and intimacy, an integral part of the band's own sound at the time, (NOT just a factor of vinyl, but an aspect of early 70s production sadly lost in the digital age) and Martin Turner's efforts have merely served to decimate this with his ham fisted attempts to update the sound. A simple remaster would have been amply sufficient, with any remix aspirations better directed at Wishbone Four.

The songs, the harmony vocals and the immaculate playing remain magical (only enhanced the the addition of the excellent live material), one of the last true echoes of West Coast melodic sensibilities blended with a rootsy British rock and folk tradition; and it would certainly take more than a grotty reissue like this to tarnish such beautiful and timeless music.

That said, however, this is a bloody awful mix of a fantastic album, do yourself a very big favour and hunt down a copy of the original CD release, you will not regret it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2011
I got this cd for my dad's birthday he loves it and will not stop playing it my mum and i found him sitting in his car for ages just lessoning to the music and bobbing his head so funny and im very happy he likes it so much
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on 18 May 2015
Still sounds good after all these years
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on 3 May 2015
Rexcellent recording promptly delivered
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2008
Sometime world had passed me by. Finding Blowin' Free on a recent compilation album got me flicking through Amazon. Now I have Argus on CD, not scratchy vinyl. It still works. Overblown guitar pyrotechnics? Yeah, but why not? I think this album is probably their finest hour; it's unfortunate that they peaked so soon, though I still remember subsequent albums with joy. And they were the first professional band I ever saw live (October '77, supported by The Motors). This is a good quality album, a good example of their craft.
A down note; why do record companies insist on sticking extra tracks on the end of re-issued (if that's the right term) albums? I'm not really interested in space fillers. Outtakes, rough demos - they give an insight into the process of honing the songs, but here they've chosen to add a completely separate release.
There is, somewhere, a CD of the original Argus; I would have bought that if I could. But let's not quibble; buy this, and enjoy a wonderful '70's rock band at its finest
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2012
Wishbone Ash, young men, produced this beauty.

It is, what was called, a 'concept album'. Its fantastic and provides the joy that music that hits your soul does.

Classic? Yes
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2011
Used to listen to this years ago on old record. Even better on CD - without crackles! Excellent
Service excellent. CD arrived very quickly.
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on 4 January 2015
Some good stuff on this....
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2008
This album just doesnt age, a real joy and one of the real worthy classics of all time, play it again guys.
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