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Post  globaltrancemission on Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:55 am

Wishbone Ash are one of my all time favourite bands and have been a massive influence on me. Their superb blend of guitars and essential riffs are completely timeless and they still sound as great as ever.
I learned much of my own guitar style from listening to Wishbone Ash....the way they developed riffs...the tone of the guitars ...quite clean but with an edge and great use of reverbs and echo .....and most importantly how to put expression and feeling into what you are playing much like the blues players of old.

Here are 3 tracks .....so hard to choose from so many classics.

Lady Jay from 1972....based on an old folk song this is a not so well known track.

Persephone from 1972.....one of the best songs again on the softer side but in their unique style.

Phoenix.....a true rocker originally from 1970 but this is a much later live version from this decade which is an excellent performance.

WA were the pioneers of the twin guitar harmony sound long before Lynrd Skynrd and Thin Lizzy. many people believe that Phoenix was the inspiration for Skynrd's famous Freebird track.









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Post  Star4mation on Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:01 am

Great choice of songs Peter! I went to the same school as Martin Turner (He'd left by the time I went there though as he's 10 years older than me!! but a friend of mine, also a bass player knew him very well)

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Post  globaltrancemission on Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:47 am

Star4mation wrote:Great choice of songs Peter! I went to the same school as Martin Turner (He'd left by the time I went there though as he's 10 years older than me!! but a friend of mine, also a bass player knew him very well)

I knew the band originated from your area.

They have had a long history of personell changes and to see it all you would need to read the Wkipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wishbone_Ash

Basically the original line up was Andy Powell (lead), Martin Turner (bass), Ted Turner (lead) (no relation), Steve Upton (drums).
When Ted Turner left he was replaced by Laurie Wisefield.

IMO these were the best lineups.

The original lineup reformed from 1988 to 1990.I have a live album which is really good made in the USA.

They made one album which was produced by William Orbit called Nouvea Calling.

After 1990 there have been numerous changes but basically Wishbone is still going fronted by Andy Powell who now uses session musicians and changes the lineup as necessary.

Martin Turner has his own version called Martin Turners Wishbone Ash because Andy Powell registered the name. This caused a long standing rift between them.

Both bands are still touring after 40 years and by all accounts they are both still excellent live acts.

Martin was a superb bass player.....just listen on Argus and Live dates underneath the impressive guitars and you will hear how important a good bass player is.
He was also the main vocalist.

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