In the annals of rock music, there have been few bands with a lasting stylistic influence who continue to be active to this day and are celebrated at their shows not only for their past accomplishments but who continue to impress their fans with new albums, new songs and fresh ideas at regular intervals. WISHBONE ASH certainly counts among this rare species. Almost precisely 50 years ago this month, the group led by guitarist/vocalist Andy Powell first caught attention with the release of its debut album, “Wishbone Ash” (1970). Two years later, they went on to write music history with their third release, “Argus”, and since then WISHBONE ASH has brought out more than two dozen outstanding studio and live recordings, among them classics such as “Live Dates” (1973), “There’s The Rub” (1974) and “New England” (1976), as well as more recent gems such as “The Power Of Eternity” (2007) and “Elegant Stealth” (2011). Their upcoming release, “Coat Of Arms”, forges an arc to all these offerings, featuring WISHBONE ASH‘s characteristic twin lead guitar parts, their haunting melodies and diverse stylistic facets, while at the same time imbuing the scene with a breath of fresh air.
“Coat Of Arms” sounds stylistically diverse and technically accomplished, yet the new album is typical of WISHBONE ASH‘s traditional strengths — a balancing act that is a challenge to Andy Powell every time.
“Following the countless songs that we have written throughout the history of WISHBONE ASH, my own expectations are extremely high,” Andy says. “On the one hand, as a composer, you try not to repeat yourself in your creative output but to come up with new ideas all the time. On the other, you want to remain faithful to your style. Good songs need an inner conviction and the right inspiration. We had both when we started working on ‘Coat Of Arms’.
“You’d be right in describing the current lineup as the best in the history of WISHBONE ASH. We all love our lives as musicians, the direct contact with our fans, travelling, the shows, our songs. It’s that commitment by everybody involved that you hear in every single note on ‘Coat Of Arms’.”
“Coat Of Arms” will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on February 28, 2020 as CD DigiPak, 2LP version (including a bonus track), download and stream.
January 10, 2020 will see the arrival of the lead single “We Stand As One”, which Powell proudly describes as a “real heavy rock anthem featuring wonderful guitars, in the true spirit of WISHBONE ASH classics such as ‘The Warrior’.”
01. We Stand As One (4:16)
02. Coat Of Arms (7:55)
03. Empty Man (5:17)
04. Floreana (5:14)
05. Drive (4:55)
06. It’s Only You I See (7:35)
07. Too Cool For AC (4:51)
08. Back In The Day (4:46)
09. Deja Vu (4:07)
10. When The Love Is Shared (4:21)
11. Personal Halloween (5:38)
12. Latitude (instrumental bonus track, vinyl only) (2:30)
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- Wishbone Ash - There's The Rub - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.85, €17.25 (New Item) (arrived 07-May-2021 12:37)on May 7, 2021 at 10:39 pm
WISHBONE ASH There's The Rub (1974 UK 6-track LP on the black 'rainbow' label, their fifth studio album including the singles Hometown & Silver Shoes, housed in a Hipgnosis designed picture sleeve. The matte sleeve shows a little light shelfwear & the vinyl is in excellent condition MCF2585)
- Wishbone Ash - Classic Ash - UK - vinyl LP - £8.00, $11.12, €9.20 (New Item) (arrived 06-Feb-2021 12:05)on May 7, 2021 at 10:39 pm
WISHBONE ASH Classic Ash (1980s UK 9-track LP, a collection of their classic hits including Phoenix, Blowin' Free & The King Will Come, picture sleeve. The sleeve has a mark on the right side which might have been a sticker, whilst the vinyl appears barely played MCL1621)
- Wishbone Ash - Pilgrimage - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £150.00, $208.50, €172.50 (Back In Stock) (arrived 21-Dec-2020 09:16)on May 7, 2021 at 10:39 pm
WISHBONE ASH Pilgrimage (Rare 1971 UK 6-track LP on the orange & purple MCA 'dogbone' label, matte gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows very little evidence of wear other than minor shelfwear, remaining in Excellent condition. The vinyl grades Excellent with the odd mild paper scuff or light hairline not affecting play - a superb example some forty seven years on! MDKS8004)
- Wishbone Ash - Pilgrimage - 1st - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £50.00, $69.50, €57.50 (New Item) (arrived 21-Dec-2020 09:21)on May 7, 2021 at 10:39 pm
WISHBONE ASH Pilgrimage (1971 UK first press 6-track LP on the orange & purple MCA 'dogbone' label, gatefold matt picture sleeve. The cover is Very Good with some faint crease marks over the years, with all text legible & no writing. The vinyl isa clean VG/VG+ with some faint cosmetic signs of play including spindle marks around the centre hole labels & some minor paper hairlines not affecting play MDKS8004)
- Wishbone Ash - No Smoke Without Fire + 7" - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.80, €23.00 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jan-2021 10:36)on May 7, 2021 at 10:39 pm
WISHBONE ASH No Smoke Without Fire (Limited Edition 1978 UK 7-track LP, housed in a custom stickered picture sleeve with illustrated lyric inner & a bonus vinyl 7" [in a company sleeve] featuring live versions of Come In From The Rain & Lorelei, recorded at the Sheffield City Hall [18/10/77] & Glasgow Apollo [19/11/76], respectively. The sleeve has a small split to the top seam, whilst the vinyl has just a few light scuffs leaving it Excellent MCG3528)