May 6, 2009 – 4:10 am

Briefly Ted Turner returned to Wishbone Ash in 1988. This is the first show with the reunited lineup.

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At The Hammersmith Odeon, 1988 [no label, 1CD]

Live in London, March 4, 1988. An excellent FM stereo recording. Incomplete show but the complete broadcast.

When Miles Copeland took the band over to his IRS label in 1987, he reformed the original Wishbone Ash and recorded the Nouveau Calls album - an all-instrumental album. To reform the band, Copeland brought back Martin Turner, who had left in 1980, and Ted Turner, who left in 1974.

This show in London was the first where Ted Turner reappeared. The tour started without Ted, who was stuck in Chicago, tangled by immigration matters. He would miss rehearsals and a couple of the shows as the tour kicked off on Feb 27. He makes it to the stage at the Hammersmith only for the second set.

Clearly Turner was not under rehearsed as this concert shows. It’s a tour de force of all the old chestnuts, The King Will Come, Jailbait, Phoenix and Blowin’ Free. Mixed in are two new instrumental tracks off the Nouveau Calls album.

How to describe this performance is perhaps best left to Steve Upton who said of their reunion: “[W]e all looked pretty much the same as we did 15 years earlier - just a few more wrinkles and a little less hair. We had travelled different paths and our experiences had forged much stronger characters than when we were boys. Not just musically, but we were now men and had our own formulated ideas. It was fascinating seeing how we had all developed both as people and musicians. The latter was like putting on a well worn glove - it fitted perfectly.”

Compare this version of Phoenix with the last time they played it in 1974. There is a passion here that goes beyond nostalgia.

This is a great recording made by the BBC, the stereo image is nice and wide with the drums properly miked. To the fan who taped it and shared it all those years ago, we thank you. Pass it on.
- The Little Chicken

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

First Set
Living Proof (9.0MB)
Genevieve (6.5MB)

Second Set
The King Will Come [Ted Turner joins the band] (9.5MB)
4. In The Skin [*omitted - this track can be found on the Tracks album released in 2002]
Lap Steel Solo by Ted Turner [aka Clousseau?] (2.3MB)
Jailbait (8.8MB)
Phoenix (18.9MB)
Blowin’ Free (9.7MB)
Bad Weather Blues (8.9MB)

Martin Turner (bs/voc)
Andy Powell (gtr/voc)
Ted Turner (gtr/voc)
Steve Upton (dr)
Jamie Crompton (guitar, on first set)

This is the setlist of the complete show.
Set I
Miles Copeland Intro
Tangible Evidence
Living Proof
No More Lonely Nights
Real Guitars Have Wings
Room 602

Set II
The King Will Come
Throw Down The Sword
In The Skin
Blowin’ Free
Jail Bait
Bad Weather Blues

A BBC transcription vinyl album exists with the following tracklist:
Tangible Evidence; Living Proof; Genevieve; No More Lonely Nights; The King Will Come; Throw Down The Sword; Clousseau; In The Skin, Blowin’ Free; Jailbait

The best live presentation of the original Wishbone Ash remains their double live album Live Dates. Get it here.

  1. 4 Responses to “HELLO”

  2. What a great show. I remember seeing Wishbone Ash when they first started at the Dagenham Roundhouse. We were sitting right in front of the stage. My ears have been ringing ever since! I’d like to thank BigO for such a great site. Definitely the best on the web as far as I’m concerned. Long may you continue.

    By Jeff on May 7, 2009

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    By Alvaro on May 17, 2009

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  5. I was very excited seeing this as I remembered taping from the radio at the time, but like many tapes it disappeared.

    Sadly I only seem to be able to download a few tracks as the rest seem to be unavailable with dodgy links

    Oh well, be grateful with what I can get.
    Good work though for all the things you bring out

    By Andy on Mar 2, 2017

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