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Live Dates CD

4.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (20 Mar. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BGO
  • ASIN: B000024JCA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The King Will Come
  2. Warrior
  3. Throw Down The Sword
  4. Rock 'N' Roll Widow
  5. Ballad Of The Beacon
  6. Baby What You Want Me To Do
  7. The Pilgrim
  8. Blowin' Free
  9. Jailbait
  10. Lady Whiskey
  11. Phonenix

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'Live Dates' is the first live album by Wishbone Ash. Following the release of the album, founding member Ted Turner left the band, resulting in a shift of the band's musical approach.

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Format: Audio CD
I first bought Live Dates on vinyl aged 13 in 1973, and as a budding young guitarist the album had a huge influence on my musical development over the next 5-6 years. I bought it again recently on CD and on listening to it felt strongly inspired to pick up my Flying V and jam along once again as I used to in the old days. Where many live albums are something of a disappointment, this one is not; it stands head and shoulders above the rest and ranks easily alongside 'Live and Dangerous' and 'All The Worlds A Stage' as being one of the best live albums ever recorded. Buy it.....you will not be disappointed.
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By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2007
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In a decade when several great live double albums were released, Wishbone Ash were one of the first to mine its potential. This album pretty much wraps up the best of their original classic line-up. Sometimes, when you hear a studio album, you wonder whether the artist could recreate it to a comparable standard on stage. WA proved here not only that they could, but that they could give that music an extra edge in the live arena. The twin guitars sound as telepathic and as sweet as ever and the band as a whole just blazes.

Starting the album with three climactic tracks from the band's legendary 'Argus' was a clever move. It draws you straight in. A blues cover featuring some great slide, reminds you of their roots and serves as an interlude before some more big-hitters. 'Pilgrim' is so tight, it's mesmeric, while 'Blowin' Free' is probably the most obvious candidate for live status WA have ever recorded. They end with the beginning, the epic, revered 'Phoenix' from their first album, but every track on here is a winner.
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I'll begin by saying that I'm not a huge WA fan, just a casual listener....meaning that I have 'Argus' (you could have guessed, right?), which is an album that belongs in every collection of rock music and 'There's the Rub' (both on CD and vinyl). I also have 'Live Dates' on original vinyl, which, like my copy of 'Rub', I bought in pristine sealed state from US dealers in the last few years. Although I first heard 'Argus' in the late seventies, I didn't buy it until the 80s. It remains one of the great 'fantasy' albums, all those songs full of medieval/sword and sorcery imagery and blissed out, outdoorsy hippie summer vibes...marvellous.

But I bought 'There's the Rub' and 'Live Dates' for their superb album covers courtesy of Hipgnosis designs. The music didn't overly disappoint either. And once, on a package tour called 'Night of the Guitars (circa 1986)', I saw the two Ash frontmen play "A King Will Come", which was one of the highlights of a gig that also featured Robbie Krieger of The Doors (my second favourite guitarist ever- the first is Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers), Steve Hunter, Randy California and a number of others. Ash are one of the great twin-guitar bands, up there with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Man and Judas Priest. They're also wonderfully hard to categorise - though I'd say they are more Progressive Rock than anything else, but in a lean and hungry manner, with flashes of West Coast acid.

'Live Dates' is reproduced here in a lovely card sleeve gatefold, replicating the original MCA vinyl LP very well - in fact, almost too well, as like the album, it's near impossible to get the discs out of the thick card sleeve (the CDs are in MCA branded inners and have shiny black playing surfaces -!).
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I bought all of Ash's first four albums on vinyl in the seventies, andthis is the only one I've still got. Live Dates (1973) is Ash at theirbest and is absolutely essential material for the Ash connoisseur, indeedI believe it should be in the collection of every rock and blues listener.
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i have always been rather wary of live albums for obvious reasons: poor sound quality, audience intrusion/singalong, over-indulgent solos etc., and i have very few in my collection, but "live dates" is one of the best live albums you will find, in my opinion almost up there with "made in japan", "live at leeds" and "yessongs". the sound quality is spacious, clear and full, the playing is faultless, this mca double lp contains some brilliant solos and has tracks taken from each of their first four albums. the album was recorded during dates at croydon, newcastle, reading and portsmouth during june 1973 on the rolling stones mobile (..now who else used that?? ). side one disc one kicks straight into "the king will come", "warrior" and "throw down the sword" from "argus". on side two i wish they'd included "errors..." and "handy" instead of "rock'n'roll widow" and "ballad of the beacon", but actually these sound better on this live album than the studio versions, so there you go i suppose. this side ends with the blues song "baby what you want me to do" which includes great blues/slide guitar solos. disc two starts with tight versions of "the pilgrim", boogie- style "blowin' free" and "jailbait" (really cookin' now) and side four has great versions of "lady whiskey" and a beautiful 17 minute long version of "phoenix" from the first lp, other than that track no long improvisations, just excellent renditions of some their best songs. excellent addition!
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