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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wishbone Ash - Live Dates (1973 uk, outstanding solid guitar rock, 2013 double disc audiophile remaster)

'Live Dates' is the first live album by Wishbone Ash. Although it's not the same, as being in the first row of the seats, this record is an excellent display for the true concert. "The double album was released in December 1973, earlier that same year, in May, they released "Wishbone IV", the production handeled by the members of the band.  

Live Dates is a collection of their recorded performances in four different cities, at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, England (June 17th 1973), Portsmouth Guildhall, England (June 21st 1973), Reading University, England (June 23rd 1973) and Newcastle City Hall, England (June 24th 1973), the band exercise their repertoire with engaging quality - their exquisite performances drag you into the colourful world of these Brit rockers. You just wish you were there to witness their greatness in person.

Five songs from the setlist of these appearances were left out. Andy Powell's riff for '' The King Will Come '' opens the album and the powerful trilogy with 'Argus' songs continues with 'Warrior' and 'Throw Down The Sword'. The energy of Wishbone Ash on stage, the dynamics of authentic composition and the characteristic double guitar harmonies, offer an alloy of their first and best releases.

The album climbed up to No. 23 in the UK and became silver. In the United States - whose release included a number of photos from their tours, sold 100,000 copies in the first week of its release.

Disc 1
1. The King Will Come - 7:44
2. Warrior - 5:42
3. Throw Down The Sword - 5:57
4. Rock 'n Roll Widow - 6:08
5. Ballad Of The Beacon - 5:23
6. Baby, What You Want Me To Do (Jimmy Reed) - 7:48
All compositions by Andy Powell, Martin Turner, Ted Turner, Steve Upton except track #6
Disc 2
1. The Pilgrim - 9:15
2. Blowin' Free - 5:31
3. Jail Bait - 4:38
4. Lady Whiskey - 5:58
5. Phoenix - 17:23
All songs by Andy Powell, Martin Turner, Ted Turner, Steve Upton

The Wishbone Ash
*Andy Powell - Guitar, Vocals
*Ted Turner - Guitar, Vocals
*Martin Turner - Bass, Vocals
*Steve Upton - Drums

1970  Wishbone Ash - First Light (2007 release)
1972-2001  Wishbone Ash - Tracks (2001 double disc release) 
1972  Wishbone Ash - Argus (2013 SHM remaster) 
1973  Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Four (2015 audiophile remaster)
1974  Wishbone Ash - There's the Rub (2013 SHM remaster)

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