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 - Wishbone Ash - 1st - UK - vinyl LP - £195.00, $243.75, €218.40 (Back In Stock) (arrived 29-Oct-2020 07:41)on October 29, 2020 at 10:19 am
WISHBONE ASH Wishbone Ash (Rare 1970 UK first issue 6-track stereo LP on the red & pink MCA label, the magnificent debut produced by Derek Lawrence of Deep Purple fame, featuring elements of blues, progressive rock & psychedelia, gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only the very lightest signs of shelfwear & the vinyl is in glorious near mint condition. A beautiful, one previous owner, copy MKPS2014)
- Wishbone Ash - Helpless / Blowin' Free - UK - 12" vinyl - £8.00, $10.00, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 11-Aug-2020 12:47)on October 29, 2020 at 10:19 am
WISHBONE ASH Helpless / Blowin' Free (1980 UK 12" vinyl single including live versions of both tracks recorded in Newcastle and Bristol respectively during their World Tour. The picture sleeve has a little age yellowing and ringwear but the vinyl looks barely played MCAT577)
- Wishbone Ash - Classic Ash - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.50, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 29-May-2020 14:22)on October 29, 2020 at 10:19 am
WISHBONE ASH Classic Ash (1983 UK Fame issue 9-track LP, a collection of their classic hits including Phoenix, Blowin' Free & The King Will Come. The glossy picture sleeve displays some light general wear and the vinyl looks barely played FA3053)
- Wishbone Ash - Live In Tokyo - Japanese - vinyl LP - Promo - £50.00, $62.50, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jun-2020 10:55)on October 29, 2020 at 10:19 am
WISHBONE ASH Live In Tokyo (1979 Japanese-only promotional sample 5-track LP with custom silver on white labels, recorded in Tokyo on their November 1978 'No Smoke Without Fire' tour. Comes housed in a unique picture sleeve with fold-out Japanese insert & bonus flyer for the Osaka tour. The sleeve & vinyl appear Near Mint VIM-6187)
- Wishbone Ash - Live In Tokyo + Obi - Japanese - vinyl LP - £50.00, $62.50, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jun-2020 12:46)on October 29, 2020 at 10:19 am
WISHBONE ASH Live In Tokyo (Rare 1979 Japanese-only 5-track LP, recorded live in Tokyo on 10th & 15th November 1978, housed in a unique picture sleeve with fold-out Japanese/lyric insert & obi-strip. The packaging is Excellent with only the lightest spot of age wear & the vinyl is Excellent to Near Mint with few signs of play VIM-6187)