Wishbone Ash

Wishbone Ash - A Staple in the diets of most Underground FM Stations in the early 70s.

Wishbone Ash – Live At Paris Theatre – 1972 – Past Daily Soundbooth

Wishbone Ash
Wishbone Ash – A Staple in the diets of most Underground FM Stations in the early 70s.

Wishbone Ash – Live at Paris Theatre, London – May 25, 1972 – BBC Radio 1 In Concert –

70s Hard-rock/Headbangers tonight. Wishbone Ash in concert at Paris Theatre in London and recorded for BBC Radio 1’s In Concert series from May 25, 1972.

Even from the release of their self-titled debut album, Wishbone Ash were a staple in the diets of most Underground FM Stations all over the U.S. from the get-go. They really didn’t quite fit in the hard-rock mold initially, judging by a first listening to Blind Eye, the opening track on the album – the twin lead-guitars got everybody’s attention and we were all hooked.

Wishbone Ash are noted for their extensive use of harmony twin lead guitars, which had been attracting electric blues bands since Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page had played together in the Yardbirds in 1966. Their contributions helped Andy Powell and Ted Turner to be voted “Two of the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History” (Traffic magazine 1989), and to appear in the “Top 20 Guitarists of All Time” (Rolling Stone). Melody Maker (1972) described Powell and Turner as “the most interesting two guitar team since the days when Beck and Page graced The Yardbirds”. Several notable bands have cited Wishbone Ash as an influence, including Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy, Metallica, Dream Theater, Overkill and Opeth.

Formed in Torquay, Devon, in 1969, out of the ashes of trio The Empty Vessels (originally known as The Torinoes, later briefly being renamed Tanglewood in 1969), which had been formed by Wishbone Ash’s founding member Martin Turner (bass & vocals) in 1963 and complemented by Steve Upton (drums and percussion) in 1966. The original Wishbone Ash line-up was completed by guitarists/vocalists Andy Powell and Ted Turner. In 1974, Ted Turner left the band, and was replaced by Laurie Wisefield. The band continued on with strong critical and commercial success until 1980. There followed line-ups featuring former bass players from King Crimson (John Wetton), Uriah Heep (Trevor Bolder), and Trapeze (Mervyn Spence), Wisefield left in 1985. In 1987, however, the original line-up reunited for several albums – Nouveau Calls, Here to Hear and Strange Affair – until 1990, when Upton quit the band. After Martin Turner was replaced in 1991, the band recorded The Ash Live in Chicago, before Ted Turner left in 1993. This left Andy Powell as the sole remaining original founding member of Wishbone Ash to continue the band on into the future.

For a taste of the earlier days, press the play button and fall back into 1972 for this concert by Wishbone Ash, as it heard over the BBC on May 25, 1972.

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