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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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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.
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 -!).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every bit as good as Inremembered from When I bought the double album when it first came out. One of the best live albums.Published 8 months ago by B. Shorton
Classic Live-album - by far one of the best ever made. The beginning with "The King Will Come" is purely fantastic. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lars Ringström
The original Live Dates given an upgrade in sound which truly improves on the original.You all know the tracks; my favourite is "The Pilgrim"Published 9 months ago by laurence turner