Wishbone Ash – Wishbone Ash (1970)

Artist Credit
Martin Birch Engineer
Gene Brownell Photography
Derek Lawrence Producer
John C. Leprevost Art Direction, Design
Dave Ling Liner Notes
Andy Powell Composer, Guitar, Vocals
Russell Procope Composer
Al Sears Composer
Don Shain Executive Producer
Martin Turner Bass, Composer, Group Member, Guitar, Vocals
Ted Turner Composer, Group Member, Guitar, Vocals
Steve Upton Composer, Drums, Group Member
Wishbone Ash Group, Primary Artist

For a band that quickly evolved into a radio-friendly prog-leaning outfit, it’s a wonder that Wishbone Ash started out as the boogie and blues-based group that this debut reveals. If the term “jam band” existed in 1970, Wishbone Ash surely would have been a major player in that genre. As it was, this album stacked up nicely when compared with other British hard rock releases that year. Not as complex or calculated as Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin III but definitely more focused than Mott the Hoople’s Mad Shadows, Wishbone Ash more closely resembled Benefit by Jethro Tull, a group that hadn’t yet adopted its own progressive elements. The dual lead guitar attack of Andy Powell and Ted Turner was a component that none of the above bands possessed, but unfortunately their (shared) lead vocals lacked the punch and authority necessary for hard rock bands to be taken seriously. So while they could rock as loudly and convincingly as virtually anyone, their lead singers, perhaps, held them back from being the force they should have been. The follow-up, Pilgrimage, took steps to rectify Wishbone Ash’s odd position, but this album nevertheless opened eyes and ears and revealed to the rock & roll community a band with incredible potential and talent.

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