We've covered this legendary UK outfit fairly extensively elsewhere in these pages so we won't repeat their entire history again here, but we will tell you that this album, which was obviously aimed at the US market and was pretty radio friendly, featured ex-Home guitarist, Laurie Wisefield, who replaced co-founder and guitarist Ted Turner, who left in 1974. The other members appearing on this album were original members, drummer Steve Upton and guitarist Andy Powell, together with Trevor Bolder, previously with David Bowie's Spiders from Mars, nowadays with Uriah Heep. This was also the last album to feature Wisefield, who went on to feature with Tina Turner. It would be another three years before The Ash released a new album: "Raw to the Bone", featuring, Mervyn "Spam" Spence in place of the recently departed Bolder, was released in 1985, saw the band return to their former glory. The original line-up reunited in 1987, recording the instrumental "Nouveau Calls" album for Miles Copeland's IRS label. Later albums included ''Here to Hear'', "Strange Affair" and the excellent "Illuminations", a song from which is proudly featured on our first Dinosaur Days CD. They then released a couple of TRANCE albums (!), quite out of character for the band that were probably the forerunners of the "twin lead axe attack"! Don't let that put you off, though. Remember - we're talking about the band that released the excellent "Argus" all those years ago! 
Question: Which British band did Wishbone Ash guitarist Laurie Wisefield originally come from - Home, Thin Lizzy or Camel? 
Answer: Home. 
(Webmaster: Ash has probably the most beautiful website on the net. You got to check it out.)

Wishbone Ash 
Wishbone Ash - Can't Fight Love, from "Twin Barrels Burning" in 1982, their 15th album. The Ash are the subject of this week's Dino Quiz and a copy of this very album is the giveaway prize. We've covered this legendary UK outfit fairly extensively elsewhere in these pages so we won't repeat their entire history again here, but we will tell you that this album, which was obviously aimed at the US market and was pretty radio friendly, featured ex-Home guitarist, Laurie Wisefield, who replaced co-founder and guitarist Ted Turner, who left in 1974. The other members appearing on this album were original members, drummer Steve Upton and guitarist Andy Powell, together with Trevor Bolder, previously with David Bowie's Spiders from Mars, nowadays with Uriah Heep. This was also the last album to feature Wisefield, who went on to feature with Tina Turner. It would be another three years before The Ash released a new album: "Raw to the Bone", featuring, Mervyn "Spam" Spence in place of the recently departed Bolder, was released in 1985, saw the band return to their former glory. The original line-up reunited in 1987, recording the instrumental "Nouveau Calls" album for Miles Copeland's IRS label. Later albums included ''Here to Hear'', "Strange Affair" and the excellent "Illuminations", a song from which is proudly featured on our first Dinosaur Days CD. They then released a couple of TRANCE albums (!), quite out of character for the band that were probably the forerunners of the "twin lead axe attack"! Don't let that put you off, though. Remember - we're talking about the band that released the excellent "Argus" all those years ago! 
Question: Which British band did Wishbone Ash guitarist Laurie Wisefield originally come from - Home, Thin Lizzy or Camel? 
Answer: Home. 
(Webmaster: Ash has probably the most beautiful website on the net. You got to check it out.)

Wishbone Ash 
Wishbone Ash - Jail Bait, from "Live Dates", recorded in the UK in 1973 and released that same year. Arguably one of the best live albums ever, next to Thin Lizzy's "Live and Dangerous" and Purple's "Made in Japan", this album featured the classic Ash line-up of Ted Turner and Andy Powell on guitars, Martin Turner on bass and Steve Upton on drums. Ted Turner would go on to leave the band after this album and his replacement was Laurie Wisefield from UK folk rockers, Home (who's bassist, Cliff Williams, went on to join AC/DC, just in case you were interested!). Not to digress from the Live Dates album, this showed the Ash at their live best. Their legendary twin axe attack was awesome and the band as a whole was really smoking. A second Live Dates album, this time featuring the aforementioned Wisefield, was released at the onset of the eighties and featured material from albums such as "There's the Rub", "Locked In" and others. The Ash are still around today and are still considered to be one of England's finest rock bands ever. They're also featured on our first Dinosaur Days CD. So buy the damn thing!  
  
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Biography by Bruce Eder
During the early- and mid-'70s, Wishbone Ash were among England's most popular hard rock acts. The group's roots dated to the summer of 1966, when drummer Steve Upton formed a band called Empty Vessels with bassist/vocalist Martin Turner and guitarist Glen Turner. Empty Vessels soon changed their name to Tanglewood and moved to London; during a gig at the Country Club in Hampstead, they were seen by would-be rock manager Miles Copeland, who was impressed with the jazz and progressive rock influences within the band and offered to be their manager.

Glen Turner left the band at that point, and an advertisement for a guitarist resulted in the addition of both David Alan "Ted" Turner and Andy Powell, who provided the basis for the sound of the new lineup with intertwining riffs and phrases drawn from both soul and blues, coupled with Martin Turner's melodic bass sound and Upton's jazz-influenced drumming. A new name was called for, and after several suggestions by Copeland that proved unacceptable, "Wishbone Ash" was chosen from two lists of words. The group rehearsed for weeks at Copeland's home, working out an entirely new repertoire, and played their first gig opening for the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation. It wasn't too long before they were opening for Deep Purple, where a sound check jam between Powell and Ritchie Blackmore led to a recording contract with the American Decca label.

Their self-titled first album appeared in 1970; Pilgrimage and Argus followed over the next two years, and each showed a major advance in the band's sound. The release of 1973's Wishbone Four reflected a greater maturity to the group, and was their first fully developed album, with songwriting that didn't hide behind a progressive pose but luxuriated in the members' folk music inclinations, without compromising the harder edge of their music. The album also saw the departure of Ted Turner, who was replaced by Laurie Wisefield.

Locked In and New England followed; Martin Turner departed after 1979's Just Testing, to be replaced by ex-King Crimson bassist/singer John Wetton. Wishbone Ash soldiered on through the 1980s, and in 1986 even got back with Copeland, by now a major player in the recording industry by virtue of his management of the Police and his founding of I.R.S. Records. Wishbone Ash's history came full circle with the reunion of Powell, Upton, Ted Turner, and Martin Turner, and the recording of three albums for I.R.S.. They remained a working band into the 1990s, led by Andy Powell and Ted Turner and touring and recording regularly. 

 

John Wetton
Martin Birch
Trevor Bolder
Andy Powell
Andy Pyle
Michael Sturgis
Martin Turner
Ted Turner
Steve Upton
Laurie Wisefield
Robbie France
Bob Skeat
Mervyn Spence
Ray Weston
Tony Kishman
Roger Filgate

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Wishbone Ash - 1970 - Wishbone Ash - 3/5

Wishbone Ash - 1971 - Pilgrimage - 4/5

Wishbone Ash - 1972 - Argus - 3/5

Wishbone Ash - 1973 - Live Dates - 4/5

Wishbone Ash - 1973 - Wishbone Four - 4.5/5

Wishbone Ash - 1974 - There's the Rub - 3/5

Wishbone ash - 1976 - Locked In - 1.5/5

Wishbone Ash - 1976 - New England - 3/5

Wishbone Ash - 1977 - Front Page News - 3/5

Wishbone Ash - 1978 - No Smoke Without Fire - 2.5/5

Wishbone Ash - 1980 - Just Testing - 2/5

Wishbone Ash - 1981 - Hot Ash - 2.5/5

Wishbone Ash - 1981 - Number the brave - 2/5

Wishbone Ash - 1982 - Twin Barrels - 2.5/5

Wishbone Ash - 1989 - Here to Hear - 2.5/5

Wishbone Ash - 1993 - Raw to the Bone - 2.5/5

Wishbone Ash - 1996 - Illuminations - 3/5

Wishbone Ash - 1999 - Trance Visionary - 2/5

Wishbone Ash - 2000 - Bare Bones - 3/5

Wishbone Ash - 2000 - Psychic Terrorism - 1.5/5

Wishbone Ash - 2002 - Bona Fide - 3.5/5

Wishbone Ash - 2002 - Lost Cause in Paradise - 3/5

Wishbone Ash - 2003 - Strange Affair - 3/5

Wishbone Ash - 2003 - Wonderful Stash - 4/5

Wishbone Ash - 2004 - Gold Dates - 4/5

Wishbone Ash - 2006 - Clan Destiny - 3.5/5

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