Raw to the Bone is the 13th album by rock band Wishbone Ash. Like its predecessor, Twin Barrels Burning, it is one of the band's heaviest records, capitalising on the popular new wave of British heavy metal that Wishbone Ash had helped influence. It is the only Wishbone Ash album to feature Mervyn Spence on bass and vocals. It is also the last album with guitarist/vocalist Laurie Wisefield, who ended his eleven-year stint with Wishbone Ash after the release of this album.
Either the mid-'70s or the addition of Ted Turner's replacement, Laurie Wisefield, brought about a severe identity crisis for Wishbone Ash. No longer were they the self-conscious band that evolved from their blues-based debut to their prog precursor Pilgrimage to their progressive tour de force Argus. While Wishbone Ash was still a guitar-oriented band, Locked In provided no originality and, save for a guitar refrain in "Rest in Peace," no memorable passages whatsoever…
If Wishbone Ash can be considered a group who dabbled in the main strains of early-'70s British rock without ever settling on one (were they a prog rock outfit like Yes, a space rock unit like Pink Floyd, a heavy metal ensemble like Led Zeppelin, or just a boogie band like Ten Years After?), the confusion compounded by their relative facelessness and the generic nature of their compositions, Argus, their third album, was the one on which they looked like they finally were going to forge their own unique amalgamation of all those styles into a sound of their own…
Just Testing is the tenth studio album by the British rock band Wishbone Ash, released in 1980. It was to be bass guitarist and vocalist Martin Turner's last appearance on a Wishbone Ash album, until the release of Nouveau Calls in 1987.
Phoenix Rising is a historical look at Wishbone Ash from it's beginnings to the present. This long awaited DVD will give the causal listener and the true believer insight into what has made this one of the most unique bands of our time. The players may have changed over the years, but the musical integrity laid down by the founding fathers lives faithfully on today.
WISHBONE ASH Argus 'Then Again' Live (2008 UK 12-track CD album - Featuring the whole of the 'Argus' album in running order this CD delivers in spades the sheer brilliance of the seminal million-selling album from the seventies. Performed in America for Radio XFM [the largest radio station in America] the quality both of the recordings and the performances excel.
During the early- and mid-'70s, Wishbone Ash were among England's most popular hard rock acts. The group's roots dated to the summer of 1966, when drummer Steve Upton formed a band called Empty Vessels with bassist/vocalist Martin Turner and guitarist Glen Turner. Empty Vessels soon changed their name to Tanglewood and moved to London; during a gig at the Country Club in Hampstead, they were seen by would-be rock manager Miles Copeland, who was impressed with the jazz and progressive rock influences within the band and offered to be their manager.