Wishbone Ash

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Wishbone Ash are a British rock band who achieved success in the early and mid-1970s. Their popular records included Wishbone Ash (1970), Pilgrimage (1971), Argus (1972), There's the Rub (1974), and New England (1976). They were one of the first bands to use twin lead guitars.

Wishbone Ash are considered to be one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format. 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 members from King Crimson, Trapeze, and Uriah Heep, 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.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1970 Wishbone Ash 4 5
1971 Pilgrimage 6
1972 Argus 4.65 9
1973 Wishbone Four 3 3
1974 There’s the Rub 3
1976 Locked In 1
1976 New England 2
1977 Front Page News 3
1978 No Smoke Without Fire 2
1980 Just Testing 2
1981 Number the Brave 2
1982 Twin Barrels Burning 2
1985 Raw to the Bone 1
1987 Nouveau Calls 5
1989 Here to Hear 1
1991 Strange Affair 1
1994 There's the Rub + Locked In 1
1996 Illuminations 1
1998 Trance Visionary 1
1998 Psychic Terrorism 1
1999 Bare Bones 1
2002 Bona Fide 1
2003 Strange Affair 1
2006 Clan Destiny 2
2007 First Light 1
2007 The Power Of Eternity 1
2011 Elegant Stealth 1
2014 Blue Horizon 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1992 Classic Ash Compilation 1
1993 Time Was: The Wishbone Ash Collection Compilation 1
1994 The Very Best of Wishbone Ash: Blowin' Free Compilation 1
1997 Distillation Compilation 1
1997 The Best of Wishbone Ash Compilation 1
1999 Millenium Collection Compilation 1
2003 Warriors Compilation 1
2004 Backbones Compilation 1
2004 Lost Pearls Compilation 1
2008 Tender Compilation 1
2008 Tough Compilation 1
2010 Sometime World: An MCA Travelogue Compilation 1
Legends of Rock: The Best of Wishbone Ash Compilation 1
The Best of Wishbone Ash Compilation 4 1
The Collection Compilation 1
The Primo Collection Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1973 Live Dates Live 5 3
1980 Live Dates II Live 2
1992 The Ash Live in Chicago Live 2
1995 BBC Radio One Live in Concert Live 1
1995 Live in Geneva Live 1
1997 Live - Timeline Live 1

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