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WISHBONE ASH – DEBUT LP – Nr MINT UK 1970 ORIG PROG

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Wishbone Ash
(MCA Records  1970  MKPS2014  Pink Dog Tooth Labels)
UK Pressing

Gatefold Sleeve in Nr MINT- condition
– some slight wear along spine edge with a stress mark in middle
Original Inner Sleeve with “PATENT NO. 1,125,555”

Vinyl in Nr MINT condition
(there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don’t affect the sound quality)

Wishbone Ash are a British rock band who achieved success in the early and mid-1970s. Their popular albums included Wishbone Ash (1970), Pilgrimage (1971), Argus (1972), There’s the Rub (1974), and New England (1976). Wishbone Ash are noted for their extensive use of the harmony twin lead guitar format which had been attracting electric blues bands since Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page had played together in the Yardbirds in 1966. Their contributions helped Andy Powell and Ted Turner to be voted “Two of the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History” (Traffic magazine 1989), and to appear in the “Top 20 Guitarists of All Time” (Rolling Stone). Melody Maker (1972) described Powell and Turner as “the most interesting two guitar team since the days when Beck and Page graced The Yardbirds”.

Formed in Torquay, Devon, in 1969, out of the ashes of trio The Empty Vessels (originally known as The Torinoes, later briefly being renamed Tanglewood in 1969), which had been formed by Wishbone Ash’s founding member Martin Turner (bass & vocals) in 1963 and complemented by Steve Upton (drums and percussion) in 1966. The original Wishbone Ash line-up was completed by guitarists/vocalists Andy Powell and Ted Turner. In 1974, Ted Turner left the band, and was replaced by Laurie Wisefield. The band continued on with strong critical and commercial success until 1980.

After revolving line-ups featuring former bass players from King Crimson (John Wetton), Uriah Heep (Trevor Bolder), and Trapeze (Mervyn Spence), Wisefield left in 1985. In 1987, however, the original line-up reunited for several albums – Nouveau Calls, Here to Hear and Strange Affair – until 1990, when Upton quit the band. After Martin Turner was replaced in 1991, the band recorded The Ash Live in Chicago, before Ted Turner left in 1993.

Wishbone Ash is the first studio album by Wishbone Ash. The band’s debut album became a reality when they were opening for Deep Purple in early 1970. Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was jamming during the band’s soundcheck when Wishbone guitarist Andy Powell boldly plugged in and began jamming with Blackmore.

After the show, Blackmore recommended that MCA Records sign the band. Deep Purple producer Derek Lawrence produced this album, which features elements of blues, progressive rock, and psychedelic improvisation. The album was a success and Wishbone Ash would soon become one of the most popular rock bands of the early 1970s.

Track listing

All songs composed by Martin Turner, Steve Upton, Ted Turner and Andy Powell.

Side one
  1. “Blind Eye” – 3:40
  2. “Lady Whiskey” – 6:13
  3. “Errors of My Way” – 6:56
  4. “Queen of Torture” – 3:23
Side two
  1. “Handy” – 11:37
  2. “Phoenix” – 10:26

Personnel

  • Andy Powell – lead guitar, vocals
  • Ted Turner – lead guitar, vocals
  • Martin Turner – bass, vocals
  • Steve Upton – drums
Weight 1.00000000 kg

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