Wishbone Ash Log Out | Topics | Search
Moderators | Register | Edit Profile

Alembic Club » Miscellaneous » Archive: 2006 » Archive through August 16, 2006 » Wishbone Ash « Previous Next »

Author Message
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4123
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 3:55 pm:   Edit Post

Found a nice version of The King Will Come on YouTube.

Wishbone Ash was one of my favorite bands in the seventies. I still have the first four albums (on CD). The band featured twin lead guitars with lots of harmonized melodic lines, and a wonderful bass player and drummer. Their first album was really good rock and roll. Their second album, Pilgrimage, changed directions completely and was amazing, featuring lots of modal instrumental jazz-infused rock. Their third album, Argus, was also amazing, and completely different again as it was greatly infused by what I think of as a traditional English folk feel. Then the fourth album was back to rock and roll tunes. A great band in their day, and a big influence on me.

Sometimes when the mood strikes me (and it's a very depressing song, so it's that kind of mood), I'll hit an open A or E and play some of the opening melody of Throw Down The Sword from Argus. The visual, for me, from the lyrics is of a battlefield (think Braveheart), immediately after the fighting has ended. Very emotional song.

For those of you looking for something a little out of the ordinary to inspire you, I highly recommend Pilgrimage and Argus.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4124
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 4:04 pm:   Edit Post

And here is one from Pilgrimage! Cool little bass line.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4125
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 4:09 pm:   Edit Post

And some rock and roll!
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4126
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 4:18 pm:   Edit Post

And another from Argus! I love this stuff!
lidon2001
Intermediate Member
Username: lidon2001

Post Number: 190
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 5:38 pm:   Edit Post

F.U.B.B. from There's the Rub is a great one.

T
olieoliver
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 587
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 9:43 pm:   Edit Post

Our guitar player in high school turned me on to Wishbone Ash. I can't remember the tune or the lp but there was this one song that had this real cool bass intro. Nothing fancy and kind of long but it was really cool.
georgie_boy
Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 74
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Sunday, July 23, 2006 - 3:19 am:   Edit Post

I was one of the support bands to them when they played the Albert hall in Stirling (home of Braveheart etc.)back in the 70's. They were superb!
Powell played his 63 Flying V but the bass player had a 63 sunburst Thunderbird 4-what a sound!!. All Orange gear. At that time, I was heavy into EB3's and thought the T'bird too trebly. I was young and stupid then-now I'm old and stupid.
Just a BTW, when I lived in london in the 80's, a shop called Chandler guitars had a 63 T'bird 4 that was customised by Alembic. It was a red colour with 3 T'bird gold plated p/ups and the Tree of life up the neck-Beautiful!
Anybody in the world know what happened to this bass??? as at the time, they wanted 1000.00 for it and it was way out of my price range. Stillgot 3 albums by the boys, and listen to Argus often. The T'bird is just one of the best IMHO.
G
paulman
Member
Username: paulman

Post Number: 53
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 8:43 am:   Edit Post

Wow I love these guys.

In the "Rock and Roll" vid posted from Dave, it looks like the Flying V isn't plugged in IE no instrument cord. Were they Milli Vanilli-ing?

No insult intended BTW ;)
olieoliver
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 595
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 9:45 am:   Edit Post

I believe I see a 90 jack with cord tucked underneath the under the guitar.
olieoliver
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 596
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 9:55 am:   Edit Post

"Handy" I believe was the name of the tune I was thinking of in the earlier post. It was on their debut lp, which I think was titled Wishbone Ash. The song has a real nice melodic bass solo. I' ll try to find a clip some where.
bigredbass
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 914
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 6:37 pm:   Edit Post

Dave, was it ARGUS that had the tune 'Time Was'?

I love this stuff, too: Smarter than Slade or Sweet, not as arty as Yes or ELP. Damn I miss those days.

I loved Foghat, was a huge fan of Rod Price's slide work, and God Rest 'Lonesome Dave' Peverett. Always loved their cover of 'Take Me to the River'.

J o e y

(Message edited by bigredbass on July 26, 2006)
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4140
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 8:47 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, Time Was is on Argus.

I really liked Foghat too! Fool For The City was on my setlist for a while way back when.
jet_powers
Advanced Member
Username: jet_powers

Post Number: 280
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 11:04 am:   Edit Post

I caught Wishbone Ash live last fall when they came through Massachusetts. It was in an intimate setting in a large restaurant and though Andy Powell was the only original member there, they still rocked the joint. Definately catch them if they come through your area.

JP

Topics | Last Day | Last Week | Tree View | Search | Help/Instructions | Program Credits Administration