April 2, 2009 – 2:58 pm

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Glasgow 1977 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Apollo Theatre, Glasgow (inaccurately announced as a London Rainbow show by DJ Brian Matthews), October 17, 1977. Ex FM stereo.

In this Mk II incarnation of Wishbone Ash, the band can still be identified by singer Martin Turner’s smooth singing style which gave the band its mellowness while the twin lead guitars gave it a winding, pastoral harmony. The departure of original guitarist Ted Turner early in 1974 did not significantly alter the band’s classic English sound.

Many UK bands would adopt this dual lead guitar attack, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon and Def Leppard to name a few. What they also had that Wishbone Ash lacked was an image. Thin Lizzy had an extroverted lead guitarist. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon and Def Leppard all were metal bands with outlandish outfits and lifestyles. By comparison, the mellowness in Wishbone Ash’s sound filtered into their makeup. The songs were tame by comparison and their workaday outfits looked sedated next to Iron Maiden’s reference to the “beast” or Saxon’s leather outfits.

That Ash sound, of twin guitars circling and criss-crossing, repeating the riff, also has an appealing hypnotic effect that makes the listener want to hear them again and again. As this concert illustrates, Wishbone Ash fans favored songs from the Argus era and each incarnation of the band has had to play the favourites. Locked into a set pattern, it’s no wonder internal strife eventually led to singer Martin Turner’s departure. Wishbone Ash have never reaped the commercial success of their peers like Deep Purple, Yes, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

From 1976 to 1978, attempts to find a new sound failed and it was back to Argus producer Derek Lawrence for 1978’s No Smoke Without Fire.

This concert is taken from a second generation tape of a BBC In Concert FM broadcast.
- The Little Chicken

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Thanks to Thomas Schmid for sharing with us this Wishbone Ash show and his insightful comments below. Dr Schmid has in the past shared his Mountain and Leslie West shows as well.
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These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Track 01. Brian Matthews intro
Track 02. Blind Eye
Track 03. Lady Whiskey
Track 04. Warrior
Track 05. Throw Down The Sword
Track 06. Front Page News+
Track 07. Goodbye Baby, Hello Friend+
Track 08. Come In From The Rain+
Track 09. Phoenix
Track 10. Blowin’ Free
11. Sometime World [omitted]*

* included on the Distillation 4CD boxset [Repertoire]
+ These songs were from their then current album Front Page News.

Mk II lineup:
Martin Turner - bass, vocals
Andy Powell - guitar, vocals
Laurie Wisefield - guitar, vocals
Steve Upton - drums

Front Page News was the album Wishbone Ash were touring to promote in 1977. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 12 Responses to “WISHBONE ASH - GLASGOW 1977”

  2. Was never as into Wishbone Ash as a few buddies were, but this offering sounds really, really good. I know I have the LiveDates in my vinyl collection, so this is going to make me discover some ‘new’ music. Thanks!

    By urbansurfer on Apr 2, 2009

  3. Excellent, many thanks for this.

    By Tony on Apr 2, 2009

  4. Ladies and Gents:
    Wishbone Ash sounds great! Do you have any from the period when John Wetton played bass for them?
    Keep up the good work and thanks again.

    By James on Apr 2, 2009

  5. Thank you very much. No. This has never been released. It was broadcast on the King Biscuit Flower Hour in the summer of 1977. I taped it then and must have played it a hundred times. A great Wish Bone Ash performance.

    By Dixie Howard on Apr 2, 2009

  6. I was a Wishbone Ash fan from the very first time I heard Warrior and remain one. The Ted Turner/Laurie Wisefield years were by far their best creatively, though I must admit, the recent touring band, featuring original member Andy Powell with Ray Weston & Bob Skeat, could make you remember the old days at times. Thanks for the post. Now how about some vintage ’70’s / current Strawbs.

    By Paul on Apr 3, 2009

  7. Hey, Mike!

    Nice to see you ROIO’ed a Wishbone show from their heyday. With it being a 2nd gen. copy and with the officially released “Sometime World” being omitted, it looks exactly like you may have used my version… :-)

    On their 1977 tour, they supported “Front Page News” a very “american” album in feel, i.e. pretty poppy and mellow with subdued guitars, and bare of any twin lead harmony assaults.

    It always seemed to me that for their tour they decided to somehow counterbalance this sound that needed getting used to by resurrecting numbers from their past what hadn’t been played in a few years such as said “Sometime World”, “Throw Down the Sword”, “Phoenix”, “No Easy Road”, “Blind Eye” & “Lady Whiskey”.

    Nice show, EX sound, just a bit on the short side, right? Matthew announces it as a London Rainbow show, but on that tour, they played the -even larger- Wembley Empire Pool (a 8000 seater, whereas The Rainbow held some 5000 patrons). Facing the furious Punk movement of that year, they decided to add a 2nd London show at The Marquee as a symbolic “back- to-the-streets” move.

    By Th:-)mas on Apr 3, 2009

  8. Sit back, put your feet up, light up, and groove to Wishbone Ash - a unique combination of biting guitars and mellowed-out vocals with an early-1970s feel.

    By O.B. Dan on Apr 4, 2009

  9. There was a broadcast on BBC Radio in 1978 of this particular Ash lineup.
    I think it was a concert recorded in Hammersmith, I had it on tape along with many other concerts but lost them in a house move. That’s why I like this site so much - I’m gradually replacing them all!
    Anyone out there got that one?

    By Tony on Apr 6, 2009

  10. Any ahance of getting this Badfinger posted:

    Badfinger - Would The Real Please Stand Up? [Westwood 3CD] This is the Tom Evans’ Badfinger that toured US in 1982 and ‘83. The 55 tracks here cover the following shows - Bloomington, Indiana, Nov 1982; Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nov 1982 and Cowboys Club, Newark, Delaware, Dec 16 1982. There are also 4 studio tracks recorded in 1983 and 3 interviews including one with Joey Molland in 2000. For those to young to know Pete Ham and Tom Evans wrote Without You. Both later committed suicide. Excellent liner notes. Gd - VG AUD mono?

    By Reston on Apr 9, 2009

  11. Wishbone Ash were a great band up to and including the ‘There’s the Rub’ album. Their style changed significantly when Ted Turner left the band. The chemistry between Andy and Ted was what made them truly magical, and once that was gone they couldn’t recapture it. Again, ‘There’s the Rub’ was the exception. They should never be compared to a metal band. Their music is way too sophisticated for that.

    By Scott on Apr 1, 2011

  12. Please can this gig be uploaded again !…?

    By John Radclyffe on Mar 24, 2016

  13. Please can this show be made available to download again !?

    By John Radclyffe on Aug 14, 2016

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