Label: MCA Records - MCA2-8006 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album Gatefold Sleeve • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Soft Rock, Classic Rock
The King Will Come 2. Warrior 3. Throw Down The Sword 4. Rock n Roll Widow 5. Ballad Of The Beacon 6. The Pilgrim 8. Blowin' Free 9.
Jail Bait Lady Whiskey Phoenix [Live From Memphis] My CD is the single disc version, released in the mid's by the Beat Goes On Ballad Of The Beacon - Wishbone Ash - Live Dateswhich were the very first companies to actually do a fine, respectful, remastering of the original tapes.
Their work on this album is up to their fame: crystal clear sound, where you can hear everything, even the guitarrist pickin'on the strings of the guitar on the 17 minute epic Phoenix. The single CD holds the entire double LP in running time, quite a feat! The double original CD by MCA has only one song on the second disc, another version of Phoenix, not worth the extra money you had to pay for it. At the time I thought this was very unfair to the fans and I still think so. So look for the BGO version.
The set list is great, picking up songs from their first four LPs. If you ever wanted to know a band that is quite progressive and used no keyboards on their sound, then Wishbone Ash is a good exemple just hear the 9 minute instrumental track Pilgrim to get a glimpse of how good and progressive they really were. Great guitar solos, licks and duels, fine vocal hamonies and a very strong rhythm section the bass is so well mixed you can hardly believe Those guys were very influential for the 80's hard and heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden, among othersbut not only.
Their melodic sound is very original and have some classical and british folk leanings that add to their obvious rock'n roll and blues influences they deliver a great cover of the Jimmy Reed's blues classic Baby Waht You Want Me To Do. Andy Powell is a superb guitarrist, and his slide guitar interventions here and there are quite creative and different from most players.
All in all a classic album recorded when Wishbone Ash was at itsr peak. One of the few live albums that captures the band outdoing their already fine studio perfomances. Everything works here.
A must have for any rock fan, prog or not. Five stars, no less. I saw them first time somewhere at the end of 80's in Vilnius Concert and Sports Hall.
OK, there was different band and different Schlafe Mein Prinzchen - Karel Gott - Weihnachten In Der Goldenen Stadt, we all waited for their old blues-rock songs, but got instrumental rock show. But even in that situation, their live music was better, than their last instrumental albums.
Absolutely the same situation with Live Dates album OK, just from early their history. After few strong studio albums they released disappointed "Wishbone Ash Four" with few strong songs, uninspired musicanship, low quality produced sound This Boy - The Beatles - Renaissance Minstrels Volume I plenty of fillers in album space.
What after? Yes, this live double LP which became double CD later -with just one additional bonus another live Phoenix version put everything in it's places!
WA can play good music, but they do it live! Even songs from "Wishbone Ash Four"sounds better during concert. I am not speaking about earlier golden period songs! Plenty of guitar solos, more focused sound, more energy - that is Live Dates! And more Ballad Of The Beacon - Wishbone Ash - Live Dates sound in comparence with their new Festering Fetus - Splatterreah - Demo #2, started from "WA Four".
OK, I can't name their music prog-rock, no way, but at list you will get more instrumental beauty there. As for me, I think that if you want to have just one WA album in your collection, this is that one!
Live Dates is the only proof needed to show that Wishbone Ash were one of the finest live acts of their time and still are. The flawless renditions of Ballad Of The Beacon - Wishbone Ash - Live Dates classic songs along with an incredible impression of energy is what makes this an absolutely essential part of the Wishbone Ash collection.
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