[UPDATE II] WISHBONE ASH 30CD BOX – THE VINTAGE YEARS 1970-1991

We now know that this limited Edition 30CD The Vintage Years 1970-1991 Box set featuring a TON of classic Wishbone Ash material including bonus session tracks will be released on April 20 of 2018. The set is limited to only 2500 copies worldwide and will carry a price tag of $337 (US), and £250 (UK).  This set is currently on pre-order.

We also know a bit more about inclusions. The set will not only contain remastered albums (many from original source tapes, as I’ve long understood Wishbone Four, and There’s The Rub original tapes to be considered gone for good) from the Wishbone Ash debut through Strange Affair albums, but also a wealth of bonus material. You can expect ‘rare album outtakes, B-sides, and 12 previously unreleased studio tracks’, all slipcased within mini-LP cardboard gatefold sleeves.

The Live collection will include the first  Live Dates album, Live Dates Volume Two, and Live in Tokyo. The additional live sets include eight previously unreleased live shows, all between the golden era of 1973 through 1980:

  • Portsmouth Guildhall 1973 (2CD) from the Wishbone Four / Live Dates tour.
  • Southampton University 1973 from the Wishbone Four / Live Dates tour.
  • Edinburgh Usher Hall 1976 from the New England tour.
  • Marquee Club 1977 from the Front Page News tour.
  • Newcastle City Hall 1977 from the Front Page News tour.
  • Bournemouth Winter Gardens 1978 (2CD) from the No Smoke Without Fire tour.
  • Guildford Civic Hall 1980 (2CD) from the Just Testing tour.
  • Chelmsford Odeon 1980 from the Blowin’ Free tour.

We know that tracks from the Portsmouth Guildhall show were used in the original Live Dates set. Here, we get the entire show over 2CDs. Unfortunately, that’s all from that album. (This means that a Deluxe Edition of Live Dates is STILL a viable grail set with ALL shows remastered and presented, along with a rich booklet of remembrances, and memorabilia included. C’mon Universal, Martin, and Andy! Please?!)

The Box will also include 156-page book of photos, memories, and other goodies. A 36-poster book is added as are four fold-out posters reproductions of original posters for: Christmas at the Palace Dec 1973, Live Dates European tour – Hamburg Musikhalle 1974, Europe 1975 tour, and the Front Page News tour – Empire Pool Wembley 1977.

A facsimile promo pack from MCA is stuffed into this box along with a 7″ flexidisc of “Blind Eye”. To finish the box, signed photos of the band members will be provided.

CD1 – Wishbone Ash (1970)

01. Blind Eye [03:45]
02. Lady Whiskey [06:13]
03. Errors Of My Way [06:57]
04. Queen Of Torture [03:23]
05. Handy [11:37]
06. Phoenix [10:26]
Bonus Tracks
07. Lady Whiskey (First Light recording) [03:12]
08. Roads Of Day To Day (First Light recording) [05:50]
09. Blind Eye (First Light recording) [03:35]
10. Joshua (First Light recording) [02:14]
11. Queen Of Torture (First Light recording) [03:08]
12. Handy (First Light recording) [12:40]
13. Errors Of My Way (First Light recording) [06:25]

CD2 – Pilgrimage (1971)

01. Vas Dis [04:46]
02. The Pilgrim [08:35]
03. Jail Bait [04:45]
04. Alone [02:25]
05. Lullaby [03:03]
06. Valediction [06:22]
07. Where Were You Tomorrow [10:27]
Bonus Tracks
08. Alone (full length album sessions version with vocals) [05:56]
09. Alone (First Light recording with vocals) [03:05]
10. Where Were You Tomorrow (album sessions studio version) [07:23]

CD3 – Argus (1972)

01. Time Was [09:42]
02. Sometime World [06:55]
03. Blowin’ Free [05:18]
04. The King Will Come [07:06]
05. Leaf And Stream [03:55]
06. Warrior [05:53]
07. Throw Down The Sword [05:55]
Bonus Tracks
08. Jail Bait (live from Memphis 1972) [04:54]
09. The Pilgrim (live from Memphis 1972) [10:08]
10. Phoenix (live from Memphis 1972) [17:05]

CD4 – Wishbone Four (1973)

01. So Many Things To Say [05:04]
02. Ballad Of The Beacon [05:03]
03. No Easy Road [03:46]
04. Everybody Needs A Friend [08:22]
05. Doctor [05:51]
06. Sorrel [05:01]
07. Sing Out The Song [04:23]
08. Rock ‘n’ Roll Widow [05:53]
Bonus Tracks
09. No Easy Road (1972 Single Version) [03:35]
10. Blowin’ Free (1972 Single Version) [03:55]

CD5 – Live Dates (1973)

01. The King Will Come – June ’73, Croydon, Fairfield Hall [07:44]
02. Warrior – June ’73, Newcastle, City Hall [05:42]
03. Throw Down The Sword – June ’73, Newcastle, City Hall [05:57]
04. Rock ‘n Roll Widow – June ’73, Reading, University [06:08]
05. Ballad Of The Beacon – June ’73, Reading, University [05:22]
06. Baby What You Want Me To Do – June ’73, Portsmouth, Guildhall [07:48]
07. The Pilgrim – June ’73, Croydon, Fairfield Hall [09:14]
08. Blowin` Free – June ’73, Newcastle, City Hall [05:31]
09. Jail Bait – June ’73, Reading, University [04:37]
10. Lady Whiskey – June ’73, Reading, University [05:57]
11. Phoenix – June ’73, Croydon, Fairfield Hall [17:23]

CD6 – There’s The Rub (1974)

01. Silver Shoes [06:38]
02. Don’t Come Back [05:10]
03. Persephone [07:00]
04. Hometown [04:48]
05. Lady Jay [05:56]
06. F*U*B*B [09:37]

CD7 – Locked In (1976)

01. Rest In Peace [06:44]
02. No Water In The Well [03:48]
03. Moonshine [03:35]
04. She Was My Best Friend [03:54]
05. It Started In Heaven [03:18]
06. Half Past Lovin’ [05:31]
07. Trust In You [05:07]
08. Say Goodbye [05:02]
Bonus Tracks
08. Bad Weather Blues [04:35]
09. Chicago Tease [03:05]

CD8 – New England (1976)

01. Mother Of Pearl [04:34]
02. (In All Of My Dreams) You Rescue Me [06:15]
03. Runaway [03:19]
04. Lorelei [05:27]
05. Outward Bound [04:54]
06. Prelude [01:17]
07. When You Know Love [05:47]
08. Lonely Island [04:34]
09. Candlelight [01:52]

CD9 – Front Page News (1977)

01. Front Page News  [05:11]
02. Midnight Dancer[04:31]
03. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend [03:52]
04. Surface To Air  [04:53]
05. 714  [03:23]
06. Come In From The Rain  [04:45]
07. Right Or Wrong  [02:53]
08. Heart Beat  [04:22]
09. The Day I Found Your Love  [04:31]
10. Diamond Jack  [04:19]
Bonus Track
11. Come In From The Rain (live) [05:06]

CD10 – No Smoke Without Fire (1978)

01. You See Red [06:00]
02. Baby The Angels Are Here [04:49]
03. Ships In The Sky [03:03]
04. Stand And Deliver [07:19]
05. Anger In Harmony [05:09]
06. Like A Child [05:00]
07. The Way Of The World – Part 1 [04:11]
08. The Way Of The World – Part 2 [05:29]
Bonus Tracks
09. Time And Space (album session outtake) [05:55]
10. Firesign (album session outtake) [05:03]
11. Hard On You (album session outtake) [04:59]
12. John Sherry Jam (album session outtake) [06:28]
13. Sherriff Of Sherwood (album session outtake) [06:09]

CD11 –  Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza 1978

01. F*U*B*B [10:50]
02. The Way Of The World [10:26]
03. You See Red [06:27]
04. Jail Bait [07:02]
05. Blowin` Free [05:15]
Bonus Tracks
06. Bad Weather Blues (live B-Side from ‘You See Red’ 12″ single) [08:38]
07. Helpless (live single) [04:04]
08. Blowin` Free (live single) [06:30]

CD12 – Just Testing (1980)

01. Living Proof [05:43]
02. Haunting Me [04:33]
03. Insomnia [05:08]
04. Helpless [04:04]
05. Pay The Price[03:32]
06. New Rising Star [03:54]
07. Master Of Disguise [04:25]
08. Lifeline [06:28]
Bonus Tracks
09. Fast Johnny [04:04]
10. Come On [03:23]
11. Is Justice Done (album outtake) [04:21]
12. The Bells Chime (album outtake) [03:22]
13. Out On A Limb (album outtake) [03:44]
14. Where You Been (album outtake) [04:00]
15. Halfway House (album outtake – Martin Turner vocal) [03:46]
16. Halfway House (album outtake – Claire Hamill vocal) [03:48]
17. Football And Boxing (album outtake) [03:29]
CD13 – Live Dates Volume Two (1980)
01. Doctor – Hull City Hall, 1980 [05:43]
02. Living Proof – Bristol Colton Hall, 1980 [05:50]
03. Runaway – Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 1980 [03:15]
04. Helpless – Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 1980 [03:48]
05. F*U*B*B – London, Hammersmith Odeon, 1978 [09:45]
06. The Way Of The World [10:29]
07. Lorelei [06:20]
08. Persephone [06:20]
09. (In All Of My Dreams) You Rescue Me [06:58]
10. Time Was [06:52)
11. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend [05:20]
12. No Easy Road [07:20]

 

CD14 – Number The Brave (1981)

01. Loaded [04:11]
02. Where Is The Love [03:19]
03. Underground [04:14]
04. Kicks On The Street [04:15]
05. Open Road [05:18]
06. Get Ready [03:13]
07. Rainstorm [04:54]
08. That’s That [03:02]
09. Roller Coaster [03:17]
10. Number The Brave [04:56]
Bonus Tracks
11. My Mind Is Made Up (B-side) [04:39]
12. Get Ready (single mix with Claire Hamill backing vocal) [03:15]
13. Now Or Never (album outtake – John Wetton) [03:54]
14. Hard On You (album outtake) [04:59]

CD15 – Twin Barrels Burning (1982

01. Engine Overheat [04:04]
02. Can’t Fight Love [04:00]
03. Genevieve [03:36]
04. Me And My Guitar [04:00]
05. Hold On [04:50]
06. Streets Of Shame [04:37]
07. No More Lonely Nights [05:18]
08. Angels Have Mercy [03:54]
09. Wind Up [05:06]
Bonus Tracks
10. Cat And Dog Fight [03:41]
11. Go For The Gold [04:05]
12. Night Hawker [06:15]

 

CD16 – Raw To The Bone (1985)

01. Cell Of Fame [04:33]
02. People in Motion [03:50]
03. Don’t Cry [03:29]
04. Love Is Blue [03:44]
05. Long Live The Night [03:33]
06. Rocket In My Pocket [03:46]
07. It’s Only Love [04:13]
08. Don’t You Mess [03:54]
09. Dreams (Searching For An Answer) [03:30]
10. Perfect Timing [03:56]
Bonus Tracks
11. She’s Still Alive [03:40]
12. Apocalypso [03:47]
13. Valley Of Tears [03:42]
14. Nkomo [03:39]
15. Talk To Me [03:26]

CD17 – Nouveau Calls (1987)

01. Tangible Evidence [04:22]
02. Clousseau [03:40]
03. Flags Of Convenience [04:30]
04. From Soho To Sunset [03:28]
05. Arabesque [04:30]
06. In The Skin [04:51]
07. Something Happening In Room 602 [03:35]
08. Johnny Left Home Without It [03:35]
09. The Spirit Flies Free [03:44]
10. A Rose Is A Rose [03:39]
11. Real Guitars Have Wings [03:14]
Bonus Track
12. T-Bone Shuffle [03:32]

CD18 – Here To Hear (1989)

01. Cosmic Jazz [03:30]
02. Keeper Of The Light [03:55]
03. Mental Radio [04:55]
04. Walk On Water [04:02]
05. Witness To Wonder [04:10]
06. Lost Cause In Paradise [04:46]
07. Why Don’t We [06:13]
08. In The Case [03:28]
09. Hole In My Heart – Part One [03:06]
10. Hole In My Heart – Part Two [04:33]
Bonus Tracks
11. Heaven Is (album outtake) [04:35]
12. Bolan’s Monument (B-side) [03:56]
13. Duffle Shuffle (album outtake) [03:59]

CD19 – Strange Affair (1991)

01. Strange Affair [04:18]
02. Wings Of Desire [03:51]
03. Renegade [03:55]
04. Dream Train [04:58]
05. Some Conversation [04:17]
06. Say You Will [04:06]
07. Rollin’ [03:55]
08. You [03:50]
09. Hard Times [03:01]
10. Standing In The Rain [05:38]
Bonus Tracks
11. Chimes Of Freedom (album outtake – Andy Powell vocal) [03:26]
12. Standing In The Rain (album outtake – Martin Turner vocal) [05:35]
13. Strange Affair (album outtake – brass mix) [04:24]
14. Dream Train (album outtake – brass mix) [05:00]
15. Rollin’ (album outtake – brass mix) [03:53]
16. Chimes Of Freedom (album outtake – Andy Powell vocal) [03:25]

CD20 – Portsmouth 1973 – Wishbone Four / Live Dates recording tour Part 1

01. The King Will Come [07:01]
02. Warrior [05:38]
03. Throw Down The Sword [06:41]
04. Ballad Of The Beacon [06:21]
05. Rock ‘n Roll Widow [07:11]
06. Everybody Needs A Friend [07:16]
07. Blowin’ Free [05:23]
08. Jail Bait [04:58]

CD21 – Portsmouth 1973 – Wishbone Four / Live Dates recording tour Part 2

01. Doctor [06:28]
02. So Many Things To Say [07:01]
03. Baby What You Want Me To Do [07:20]
04. Phoenix [18:56]
05. It Ain’t Easy [04:47]
06. Where Were You Tomorrow [09:41]

CD22 – Southampton 1973 – Wishbone Four / Live Dates recording tour

01. The King Will Come [07:34]
02. Warrior [05:40]
03. Throw Down The Sword [05:53]
04. Ballad Of The Beacon [07:06]
05. Rock ‘n Roll Widow [06:29]

06. Everybody Needs A Friend [06:52]
07. Blowin’ Free [05:21]
08. Jail Bait [05:07]
09. Doctor [06:26]
10. So Many Things To Say [07:23]
11. Baby What You Want Me To Do [06:33]
CD23 – Edinburgh 1976 – New England tour
01. Runaway [03:30]
02. The King Will Come [07:19]
03. Warrior [06:45]
04. Lorelei [06:23]
05. Persephone [09:29]
06. (In All Of My Dreams) You Rescue Me [07:16]
07. Outward Bound [04:09]
08. Mother Of Pearl [05:59]
09. Rest In Peace [06:44]
10. Time Was [07:14]
11. Bad Weather Blues [08:45]
12. Jail Bait [06:08]

 

CD24 – Marquee Club 1977 – Front Page News tour

01. Blind Eye [02:41]
02. Lady Whiskey [02:41]
03. The King Will Come [06:33]
04. Warrior [05:10]
05. Throw Down The Sword [04:27]
06. Front Page News [06:20]
07. Sometime World [07:06]
08. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend [05:53]
09. Runaway [03:37]
10. Phoenix [10:36]
11. Jail Bait [05:20]
12. Blowin’ Free [06:43]
13. Bad Weather Blues [08:37]

CD25 – Newcastle 1977 – Front Page News tour

01. Blind Eye [02:42]
02. Lady Whiskey [02:48]
03. The King Will Come [06:18]
04. Warrior [05:24]
05. Throw Down The Sword [04:36]
06. Front Page News [06:04]
07. Sometime World [07:20]
08. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend [05:48]
09. Runaway [03:27]
10. Come In From The Rain [05:17]
11. Jail Bait [05:40]
12. Blowin’ Free [08:15]
13. No Easy Road [06:23]
14. Bad Weather Blues [08:52]

CD26 – Bournemouth 1978 Part 1 (Live)

01. The King Will Come (Bournemouth 1978) [07:03]
02. Warrior (Bournemouth 1978) [06:28]
03. Errors Of My Way (Bournemouth 1978) [06:21]
04. You See Red (Bournemouth 1978) [06:54]
05. F*U*B*B (Bournemouth 1978) [09:32]
06. The Way Of The World (Bournemouth 1978) [10:53]

CD27 – Bournemouth 1978 Part 2 (Live)

01. Phoenix (Bournemouth 1978) [12:52]
02. Anger In Harmony (Bournemouth 1978) [03:39]
03. Time Was (Bournemouth 1978) [07:16]
04. Runaway (Bournemouth 1978) [03:39]
05. Lady Whiskey (Bournemouth 1978) [02:51]
06. Jail Bait (Bournemouth 1978) [05:38]
07. Queen Of Torture (Bournemouth 1978) [03:45]
08. Blowin’ Free (Bournemouth 1978) [08:28]
09. Bad Weather Blues (Bournemouth 1978) [08:36]

CD28  – Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour Part 1

01. Doctor (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [05:41]
02. Blind Eye (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [04:05]
03. Way Of The World (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [10:14]
04. Living Proof (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [05:57]
05. The King Will Come (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [06:46]
06. Lifeline (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [06:52]
07. Insomnia (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [05:01]

CD29 – Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour Part 2

01. Phoenix (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [16:38]
02. Blowin’ Free (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [06:38]
03. Queen Of Torture (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [03:28]
04. Helpless (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [03:31]
05. Jail Bait (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [06:49]
06. Bad Weather Blues (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [10:00]
07. Too Much Monkey Business (Guildford 1980 – Just Testing tour) [05:10]

CD30 – Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour

01. Doctor (Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour) [05:06]
02. Lady Whiskey (Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour) [02:54]
03. Helpless (Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour) [03:50]
04. I Need People (Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour) [05:36]
05. The Pilgrim (Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour) [08:34]
06. Lookin’ For A Reason (Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour) [03:56]
07. Runaway (Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour) [05:48]
08. The King Will Come (Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour) [06:57]
09. Phoenix (Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour) [15:31]
10. Blowin’ Free (Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour) [06:52]
11. Jail Bait (Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour) [05:15]
12. Bad Weather Blues (Chelmsford 1980 – Blowin’ Free tour) [08:40]