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Great album, fitting addition to the 'classic' Wishbone releases.,
This review is from: Elegant Stealth (Audio CD)
This really is a cracking album of music produced by Wishbone Ash - in the form of Andy Powell, Muddy Manninen,Bob Skeat and Joe Crabtree. Indeed, they have, I believe, delivered an album here that exceeds the high standards this incarnation of Wishbone Ash reached with their 'Bonna Fide'album.
The compositions on Elegant Stealth are carefully crafted and very well put together and no track on the album 'overstays it's welcome'.
Please be advised - This album does not pretend to be an 'Argus' or a 'Pilgrimage' and this is precisely why you won't find anything like 'Phoenix' on here - those are some of the greatest albums ever created in rock music I'm sure you'll agree.
Instead though, there are still some great guitar licks (definitely not 'predictable') and these are played by two 'masters of the axe' (surely, by anyone's standards) - Messrs Powell and Manninen.
Mr Don Airey(yes!) plays a truly great Hammond cameo appearance on the 'Mud Slick' track, superbly duelling with Mr Powell/Manninen's guitars - one of my personal favourites.
This incarnation of Wishbone Ash have truly 'moved with the times' here and not made the mistake of trying to re-produce something they did to a 5 star standard with, say, Argus.
When reviewing an album it is often very difficult to perhaps review 'objectively' and not be influenced by what you feel something 'could' or perhaps 'should' have been and this is why I can strongly recommend this record/CD to you. The reason I say this is because I have been a Wishbone ash fan for many years now and whilst I appreciate hearing 'Argus' and other early gems very regularly I know that those masterpieces (because that's what their first 3 albums are - believe me) cannot and should not be 'copied'.
It is the sign of a band confident in their own identity who 'moves on' and takes that risk - actually, here in this instance it is very well realised.
For diehard 'Ash' fans, try to look at 'Elegant Stealth' as coming from a band that has tried to moved forward after 'slogging'(with Andy Powell)the musical highway of the last 40 years and touring pretty much non-stop throughout that period.
The slick compositions, producing and mastering of this music go hand in hand with the fact that anything on this album CAN BE PLAYED 'LIVE' - a sign of any great band I'm sure you will agree.
Listeners 'new' to Wishbone Ash can rest assured that you will be hearing here an album played by true experts in the field who have truly been there, done it and got the T-shirt. For a band with that heritage (maintained with Mr Powell at the helm) to produce an album like this and to claim they are 'under the radar' (as they modestly do) then this is your chance to listen to some Classic Rock, beautifully played.....................Again, not Argus but the best yet by this line up I believe.