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Superb compilation of a vastly under-rated band
on 2 September 2010
I've always really liked Wishbone Ash but listening to this years later I'm struck by just how very classy they really were. This was intelligent, melodic, harmonic, thinking person's rock music, with a deep and significant English feel to the songs and lyrics and marvellous musicianship all round. There is some stinging guitar playing, full of invention and ideas and you can really hear Martin Turner's superb bass-work and Steve Upton's great drumming on these remasters. On disc one the writing and playing is nothing less than inspired, and lifts them higher than all but the very best of their era. This is great music in any genre and transcends the boundaries that we think of as rock. If disc two doesn't quite match the compositional originality and quality of disc one then the playing certainly does and not many bands can boast this sort of level of ability. You can also only imagine how many other bands that must have copied their style, and their influence on European rock in its most fertile and interesting years. Therefore it is one of rock history's great injustices that this band have been largely overlooked since their early seventies heyday, while lesser bands who never scaled these heights of creativity are accorded more respect and continued success for a thinner volume of work. I can think of a few huge name bands who never made music quite this good. Hopefully this wonderful compilation may go some way to remind us just what remarkable quality they were - and to some extent still are - and perhaps one day they'll be recognised for their magnificent contribution to English rock music.