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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
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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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By The Guardian TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2015
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Wishbone Ash’s third studio album is by universal consent their career-best, head-and-shoulders above its two predecessors and all their follow-up releases. In a year with an embarrassment of riches (Yes’ ‘Close to the Edge’ for example, and the Stones’ ‘Exile on Main Street’) Argus was named Melody Maker’s ‘Album of the Year’ in 1972. This music still sounds great, 40 years on.

WA were always the quintessential Brit-rock 2-guitar band, both Andy Powell and Ted Turner (no relation to Martin Turner, the bass player/singer) playing dual lead in contrast to distinct rhythm & lead guitar roles as in the Rolling Stones. This had been done before: Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck with The Yardbirds, Peter Green and Danny Kirwan in the original Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers. But Turner and Powell gelled so well and wove such complex musical patterns they became masters of the art; even after Turner left the band, Powell sought a second guitarist to continue the format and maintain WA’s unique 2-guitar sound.

‘Argus’ has a theme, and each song fits the mood. Listening to it can be a rich, even spine-tingling experience. It’s difficult to pick out highlights because the album gels as a totality and needs to be listened to as a whole experience, not sampled song-by-song i-Tunes style.

As with all great art, it’s hard to define exactly why ‘Argus’ is so special. It’s full of memorable compositions (mainly in minor keys), largely instrumental but with finely harmonised vocal passages in each song, and with the mojo in overdrive. Like Van Morrison’s ‘Astral Weeks’, Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and Zeppelin’s ‘Runes’ album, ‘Argus’ is a milestone, timeless and endlessly playable, 40 minutes of superbly crafted perfection. It rocks, soothes and satisfies in equal measure, and has rarely been equalled.
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EXCELLENT SELLECTION OF MUSIC!!!
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I am a lover of all things electric guitar and own all of the great albums containing Hendrix, Page, Beck, Clapton, Allmann, Blackmore, Iommi, May, Howe, Scholz, Van Halen, Satriani etc. However I have to say that the 3-4 minute twin guitar solo at the end of 'Throwdown the Sword' that climaxes 'Argus' is unsurpassed in the annuls of Rock Music and still sends shivers down my spine when the volume is cranked up (my wife laughs as I wax lyrical about it as she hates guitar solos!!). I only discovered this album about 5 years ago after reading an article in 'Classic Rock' magazine. I never really thought of Wishbone Ash as a guitar rock band (saw their records in the library as a 12-year old in the early 80s but didn't pay much atention as I thought they looked more like a folk band on some of the later album covers). The electric guitar has never sounded so poetic, melodic, beautiful. The rest of the album is excellent also (no filler like on some other Wishbone Ash albums and stronger vocals, although 'Four' and 'There's the Rub are pretty good too but the twin guitars less prominent). If you like twin guitar then also check out 'Allman Brothers Live at Filmore East' and 'Happy Trails' by Quicksilver Messenger Service (and not forgetting the interplay between Clapton and Duane Allman on Derek and the Domino's 'Layla and Assorted Love Songs'. ..... but 'Throwdown the Sword' tops them all!!!
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I've been a WA fan since the 1st album was released (on Vinyl) so having read all the positive reviews I bought this album expecting to be energised by listening to my 2nd favourite WA album with fresh ears! Big disappointment!!
The basic remastering part is good but overall the mix is not. There is a consistent harsh sound across most of the songs which seems to be caused by the boosted high frequency content. The Lead guitar is pushed to the front and at times it sounds like the band is in one room and the lead guitar in another. The great thing about the original album was the resonance of the album - it sounded like a really tight band playing MUSIC together.
This one boosts the lead guitar with everything else dropped back slightly. In my opinion, whilst the instruments are clearer, it has lost most of its musicality and drive now. If you want to hear why this album was so good buy the original mix - not this remastered version.
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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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Of its time it definitely deserves 5 stars!
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Quick service and as described
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Classic 70's rock concept album showing the great dual lead guitar sounds of Wishbone Ash
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