Friday, May 7, 2010

Wishbone Ash - Argus (1972)

I guess I'm one of those dudes that always thinks records like this one should've been bigger than they were; maybe there's a perfect world where all the greatest overlooked music exists in perfect harmony with the over-rated- a place where Wishbone Ash would be filed (alphabetically, of course) right in between The Who and Yes (because that's sort of exactly where they're filed in my mind).

This album should be known for its outstanding guitar work; Andy Powell and Ted Turner's twin axe attack was maybe the first instance on record where two guitars could take a lead at the same time, interweaving their lines and runs into, as well as on top of, one another's. Lead singer Martin Turner's vocals aren't especially great but his bass work stands out here, clicking perfectly with drummer Steve Upton to create one of the most rewarding hidden gems of the decade.

If you're a prog rock fan, or an early '70s hard rock junkie, here's a pretty nice record that runs down the middle of those two genres, incorporating some folky influences as well...

Wishbone Ash - Argus (1972; MCA Records)

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