- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Argus Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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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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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.
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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I had forgotten how good wishbone ash were this album is brilliant I already it on vinyl the bonus tracks are excellentPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Classic album from the early '70's which influenced many musicians, buy it now and enjoyPublished 6 months ago by Mr. J. Taylor
My first Wishbone Ash album enjoyed immensely. I remember looking at this album in the 70s but didn't buy it.????all the tracks are good best one Time WasPublished 7 months ago by stephen plant
A must have album no matter what decade you were born in. And no it didnt reach no 169 in the charts as in your description it reached no 2 and was voted album of the year in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by julie