Losing Ted Turner, a guitarist who was incredibly gifted in the fact that he would often choose to play for less notes than anyone else when doing a solo, but could make everyone of those notes count, must've been a huge blow to the group as they set out to record their fifth studio album. However, with a replacement in the shape of the young Laurie Wisefield, Wishbone Ash produced perhaps the last their really classic albums! Production is top-notch and really shows with the opening song 'Silver shoes' which starts the album on a very high note! If there's one criticism it's a small one, and that is a tendency to overlay all the verses on songs like 'Don't come back' and 'Hometown with lead guitar. It might have been better to hold off for a verse and then dazzle us with superb guitar work later, but on every verse the novelty value is gone. That aside, these are still songs that would probably be the high point of most other group's albums. Still the album manages to produce at least two more classics with the hypnotic and beautiful 'Persephone' (I saw them play this on their 1976 tour and it was the highlight of the set) and the excellent 'Lady Jay'. The album ends with the top-notch instrumental 'Fubb' and anyone doubting that the group would survive and find a worthy successor to Ted Turner should've been totally silenced! Both Laurie Wisefield and Andy Powell are on top form in the guitar department and the rhythm section of Martin Turner and Steve Upton are a steady as ever. All in all one of the great Wishbone Ash albums!
I had this on vinyl in the 70s & played it a lot. But I can't find it anywhere,so I purchased it on cd. It was strange listening to it After so many years but I can see why I liked it so much. There are a couple of songs that appear on other collections , most Notability Silver Shoes & Persephone , but Lady Jay is probably my favourite. I will get a couple more of their albums after Getting this. Would recommend.
Excellent album from Wishbone Ash while not as solid as Argus this album is my second favourite album from the band,the album boasts some great songs with Silver shoes starting of the album in typical Ash style lovely stuff and the classic Lady Jay a somewhat traditional English piece and excellent it is as well.New guitarist Laurie Wisefield does a sterling job taking over from Ted Turner who decided to leave the band.this album is available as a digital remaster from Japan if you want better sound quality and if you can find it.I highly recommend this album and am sure it will be a worthy addition for your collection. Please check out my other reviews you might find something of interest.Cheers.
Wonderful wonderful album. Great guitar playing as always but real craft at play, not guitar gymnastics. Great intro with Silver Shoes ( real West Coast feel), then onwards to the beautiful Perspehone, followed by Lady Jay. This is, next to Argus, their best album, although it has a very diffeent atmosphere about it. Heartily recommended.
This album is more diverse and thoughtful than Argus, sort of a mix between Argus and wishbone four. Silver shoes is an amazing song, really doesn't get the recognition it deserves and of course persephone is great too. All the wishbone ash stuff on MCA sounds great on LP so well worth getting a copy if you can.