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Martin Turner (ex of Wishbone Ash) To Release 2CD/DVD Live Set, The Beauty Of Chaos – Live At The Citadel

For Wishbone Ash fans, nothing hits the mark like anything new coming from anyone connected with the band. If Steve Upton formed a band, WBA fans would find interest in it! That’s how dedicated a bunch the fans are.

On April 6, Cherry Red UK will release a 2CD/DVD package of The Beauty of Chaos – Live At The Citadel. The show featured on February 26 in 2016. The 2CDs will contain twenty-four performance tracks including the entire released Written In The Stars original album. Of course, there’s a generous helping of classic Wishbone Ash tracks as well. The DVD will be the whole visual experience. This makes for a nice package.

The Beauty of Chaos – Live At The CitadelMartin Turner (ex Wishbone Ash)

01 The Big Bang (Overture)
02 The Beauty of Chaos
03 Written In The Stars
04 Lovers
05 Vapour Trails
06 The Lonely Stars
07 For My Lady
08 Falling Sands
09 Pretty Little Girls
10 Mystify Me
11 Interstellar Rockstar
12 The Pilgrim
13 Blind Eye

01 The King Will Come
02 Warrior
03 Throw Down The Sword
04 Lady Jay
05 Sometime World
07 You See Red
08 Living Proof
09 Blowin’ Free
10 Doctor
11 Jailbait

01 The Big Bang (Overture)
02 The Beauty of Chaos
03 Written In The Stars
04 Lovers
05 Vapour Trails
06 The Lonely Stars
07 For My Lady
08 Falling Sands
09 Pretty Little Girls
10 Mystify Me
11 Interstellar Rockstar
12 The Pilgrim
13 Blind Eye
14 The King Will Come
15 Warrior
16 Throw Down The Sword
17 Lady Jay
18 Sometime World
20 You See Red
21 Living Proof
22 Blowin’ Free
23 Doctor
24 Jailbait


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]

Two Wishbone Ash Album Sets Remastered and Expanded For 2018

Wishbone Ash had enjoyed a strong UK following all the way through their Twin Barrels Burning album, which was issued in 1982. It was followed up by 1985’s  Raw To The Bone. Both albums were released on independent labels as MCA had finished with the band after their Number The Brave album from 1981. For many, the band was still hitting on all cylinders even though they had adopted a familiar and saving ’80s metal sound to stay relevant for Raw To The Bone. Twin Barrels Burning still carried the evolved sounds from Number The Brave and is more reminiscent of the earlier band than Raw To The Bone is. Regardless, Wishbone Ash, admirably helmed by Andy Powell, eventually struggled to maintain an existence with multiple lineups that included the original four for IRS Records (Nouveau Calls – 1987, Hear To Hear – 1989).

Twin Barrels Burning, and Raw To The Bone both disappeared to relative obscurity, forgotten to time, if not for devoted fans, then to the changing times.

On the 19th of December, PledgeMusic will release in limited numbers both classic Wishbone Ash albums in newly remastered and amply expanded editions. After this, Cherry Red Records will be releasing these to the marketplace on wider release, planned for February 2 of 2018. All issues are from the UK and will need importation to the US.

Twin Barrels Burning will be issued in a 2CD package. Not only is the original music remastered, there will be inclusion of three sessions outtakes (“Cat And Dog Fight”, “Go For The Gold”, “Night Hawker”), and the desired American remixes of the original UK album in re-sequenced manner.

Raw To The Bone will also be issued in a 2CD package. The original CD will include the original ten-track album, with the add of five bonus tracks, one from the original 1985 sessions (“She’s Still Alive”), and four from a subsequent 1986 recording session (“Apocalypso”, “Valley of Tears”, “Nkomo”, “Talk To Me”). The added CD will include eight live performance tracks, four from The Friday Rock Show (“Long Live The Night”, “Cell of Fame”, “Love In Blue”, “People In Motion”), and four Live At Hammersmith broadcast from BBC radio (“Living Proof”, “Cell of Fame”, “The King Will Come”, “Blowin’ Free”).

Both titles will also be made available on picture disc vinyl, and two 2CD set bundles via Pledge Music (here).

30CD Wishbone Ash Box, The Vintage Years 1970-1991 Planned For 2018

Earlier this year, it was announced that Wishbone Ash has a massive Box set arriving “at some distant point”. Well, although that point is still not precisely known, we have been given the satisfactory ‘April of 2018’ date. And that works well enough for me.

The newly assembled box has a wealth of music from the band during their first sixteen albums including a lot of live music. As a fan of Live Dates, I have extreme hope that many of the unused songs collected from the shows will find themselves here. (I STILL advocate for the assembly and reissue of an EXPANDED and REMASTERED Live Dates album with ALL songs from ALL four shows, plus a rich booklet of bonuses, remembrances and memorabilia. It’s a project I’d crowdfund!)

The new Box – being released by Madfish (a division of Snapper Music) –  will be called The Vintage Years 1970-1991. It will house 30 CDs of classic Wishbone Ash including sixteen studio efforts through (I assume) Strange Affair, three live albums (both Live Dates and Live Dates II, and perhaps Live in Memphis), and 11 (!) CDs of previously unreleased live sets dating from 1973 through 1980. Also included will be a hard-bound 154 page book, a poster book, four reproduction posters, a “facsimilie MCA debut album promo pack”, a Japanese replica 7″ flexidisc, and signed photos of each band member. The BAD news is that there will ONLY be 2500 copies available for purchase worldwide.

According to Martin Turner, the pricing is yet to be announced, but the set will be available for pre-order on November 30 (2017). It won’t be cheap but then again, what definitive Boxed set is. It depends on your love for the band. For me, this is a must have. Unfortunately, there is also not an available track list of the bonus inclusions and the live sets. I assume these will materialize on November 30 along with the order link.



Martin Turner’s Argus Through The Looking Glass To Be Reissued With Bonus Tracks

Wishbone Ash has had a pretty amazing lifespan, with the usual courses of direction changes, flirtation with superstardom, line-up changes and re-visitations, and new directions after finalized breakups. Andy Powell has maintained the continuing saga of Wishbone Ash with a good series of excellent albums. On the other hand, Martin Turner has stayed with the music of Wishbone Ash from its past. He has released an excellent album of new music with his recent, Written In The Stars album. But it is the legacy of Wishbone Ash that Martin Turner is most interested in.

On November 3, Cherry Red Records (as The Right Honourable Recording Company) will reissue a complete re-record of the classic Wishbone Ash album, Argus. And while nothing will replace the great playing on the original, sometimes a re-record provides a great new perspective on aged music. That’s what Martin Turner’s upcoming Argus Through The Looking Glass hopes to attain.

Argus Through The Looking Glass will offer all of the classic songs on Argus as a fresh set with the current Turner band. In addition, there is some involvement with John Wetton (harmony vocals), and Geoff Downes (Hammond organ) as  guests appearances.  To further add nice touches, the new studio set will deliver four bonus cuts that include an alternate mix (recent)of “Throw Down The Sword”, and three live performance tracks from the 2008 Cambridge Rock Festival (“Throw Down The Sword”, “Time Was”, “Sometime World”).

Argus Through The Looking Glass was originally released in 2008, and re-released in 2010. The new Cherry Red reissue gets a brilliant new cover as an extra bonus.


New Snakecharmer Album, Second Skin, Planned For May

Snakecharmer is a current supergroup of recognizable names from bands that were ascendant during the Golden years of Rock. Those include Micky Moody, and Neil Murray (bass), both from Whitesnake and the David Coverdale band (with Murray having logged time with Black Sabbath). There’s also Harry James (drums) from Magnum, and Thunder, Adam Wakeman (keyboards), who played with Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Ousey (vocals), previously with Heartland, and Laurie Wisefield, who played guitar for Home, and Wishbone Ash. Micky Moody is no longer with the band was replaced Simon McBride (guitar).

Their first release was their self-titled set, originally issued in 2013. The music is easily reminiscent of the early periods that these musicians played in so there’s a bonus for the older audiences looking for some authenticity. Snakecharmer earned a strong showing in the charts and in the live settings that they’ve played in. They have a strong Foreigner sound. Laurie Wisefield has also introduced his twin lead guitars effect learned from his years with Wishbone Ash to great effect.

On May 12, Frontiers Music will release the band’s second album, Second Skin. The new album contains eleven new tracks. Snakecharmer will be supporting the new album with a series of live shows in the UK beginning in May. Some shows are already near sell-out.


In Memoriam: John Wetton

Recently, we had another musical classic performer pass from us. While I hate being morbid, I believe 2016 has really opened the gates of mortality for those of us who have walked along the fence. We remember the bands and performers in our youth that gave us something special to hold on to. People that we’ll never, ever forget. One of those legends was John Wetton.

John Wetton has been in several bands. He began his journey with Mogul Thrash, a band that admittedly I still know nothing about. From there, he moved on to Family, King Crimson, a touring Roxy Music, Renaissance, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, UK, and Asia. His contributions to all of these bands are unforgettable. And for his stretch across the borders of Progressive Rock, we the fans have been the lucky ones.

But, as time will have it, John Wetton went from life as we know it to a massive band gathering. He passed on January 31.

Let’s remember the great music he left behind.

John Wetton

(With few exceptions, I will cease to write or post In Memoriam columns. I choose to be ignorant and feel as if they’re sill here. Without columns such as these, it can feel just a bit better. To me, anyway. I did not forget Butch Trucks, either! May he Rest In Peace, also!)

For K Kline, M Nichols, both who inspired this writing.


Steven Wilson Remix Updates (Yes, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, Tears For Fears, XTC)

Yes Tales From Topographic OceansThere has been a slight date change for the upcoming Steven Wilson remix of YESTales From Topographic Oceans that was originally scheduled for September 26. The new date is now October 6. If you were anxiously awaiting this bliss, you’ll have to wait a week longer. His other project works in release planning are King Crimson 40th Anniversary of the Adrian Belew-era titles (Discipline, Beat, Three Of A Perfect Pair) are still scheduled for October 20, XTC‘s Skylarking, which is on the calendar for October 13, and the upcoming Jethro Tull remix of Stand Up, planned for November 18.

Of interest are the finished but unreleased remixes of the Roxy Music debut, and Tears For FearsSeeds Of Love. It’s crazy that the Roxy Music debut has been finished since 2012!

Of even more interest is the discovery of another set of XTC tapes from the Virgin era. Speculation of which title it is is anyone’s game.

Steven Wilson has also stated in a post that he intends to continue work on he extensive Jethro Tull library, and mentioned This Was, Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, and Stormwatch in particular. ‘he also states that he’s not interested in ’80s Tull output so it looks like Stormwatch may be the end.

Finally, he obviously is very interested in doing up Kate Bush titles. Keep your fingers crossed.

Personally, I DARE him to consider (then do) Wishbone Ash‘s Argus. OF course, I’d like to see others but if anyone of these might get his attention, it will be Argus.


32CD Career Wishbone Ash Box Coming

If you are a dedicated fan of Wishbone Ash, then the following news will put you in a tizzy. It;s not new news, but new enough that some of you are unaware as of yet. Worse, the pertinent details are missing. It may even be until some later point in 2017 before we’re comprised of the fullness of the box. BUT…

Possibly in September of 2017, Snapper Records will release a new remastered 32CD Box called Wishbone Ash – The Vintage Years (I’m hoping for a better title than that!). It is being said that “ancient 24-track masters” have been located (Wishbone Four? There’s The Rub?), which gives me massive hope for a proper remaster of Wishbone Four (if that is what is meant).The box will deal exclusively with Wishbone Ash music from 1969 to 1990.

In addition to the massive serving of WA music, there will be a coffee-table book with “photos, artifacts, and historical material” included!

That’s all of the news available on this set for now. But rest assured, I WILL update as new information becomes available. I already have emails out the door to those that can help.

This is the BEST news I’ve heard all of 2016! (Thanks to Steve Talia, and to John Fell for the heads up!)

Wishbone Ash

Review: Culture Factory Reissues Of Wishbone Four and Argus

Wishbone Ash Wishbone Four CFSadly, the original tapes of Wishbone Four, the fourth studio set by Wishbone Ash, have been lost (or so I’ve been told). With a murky production, the album could have been better presented. Nevertheless, when Wishbone Four was released in 1973  and since then, it has seen more than a fair share of maligning reviews that have sought to demean the set. But if you were to ask me and other fans f the band, you’d be surprised to discover that Wishbone Four has its plane of supporting fans, of which I’m proudly one.

Having to follow in the footsteps of the defining Argus album, the band opted to go into another direction. In that forward step, they intended to create a series of Rock songs that could stand on their own. The hope was that those songs could identify the band in a stronger Rock manner rather than immerse them into the realm of Prog, which Argus had done. And that’s not belittling Argus, which is a great album on its own. But so is Wishbone Four.

Recently, Culture Factory has reissued several Wishbone Ash classics in their usual style. All reissues are mini-LP fashioned with CDs that replicate the vinyl appearance of an LP (with faux grooves, original label appearance, and black coating). The allure is the remastering at “High Definition – 96KHz/24-bit”. And although I’m told that the Wishbone Four tapes are lost, the attempt to revitalize the sound of the original album is an admirable one. If the label succeeded in a superior sound is largely up to the listener with whatever level of equipment it’s played back on. For me, the sound is acceptable and produces an easily enjoyable experience.

The Culture Factory edition of Wishbone Four is a delightful visual experience with its LP appearance, all the way done to the sleeve art, with lyrics provided and the poster art on one side. The music experience puts me in a good mood.

Their reissue of Argus is also a fun experience. The 2CD set really increases the experience with the add of a second CD that supplies eight live BBC Sessions tracks from 1972. Those tracks include: “Time Was”, “Blowin’ Free”, “Warrior”, “Throw Down The Sword”, “The King Will Come”, “Phoenix”, and two BBC repeats of “Blowin’ Free”, and “Throw Down The Sword”. This set replicates the Universal Deluxe Edition. If you don’t have that, then this is a good pick-up.

Wishbone Ash Argus CF