Wishbone Ash

Live at the BBC

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This oddly slapdash collection brings together a seemingly random selection of highlights from various 1971-1972 Wishbone Ash radio sessions, plus an Old Grey Whistle Test session from 1977, with little regard for just how different the two eras sound. For early fans, and the majority of this CD's potential purchasers, the chance to hear vintage radio performances of "Vas Dis," "Blind Eye," "Lullaby," "Pilgrim," "Jailbait," "Blowing Free," and "Throw Down the Sword" is irresistible. Recorded for DJs Bob Harris, Stuart Henry, John Peel, and Pete Drummond, they are the sound of a band forever expanding its horizons as it journeyed toward the peak of Argus. At the other end of the tunnel, however, the Whistle Test performance is merely adequate, a band going through its career-end motions and so out of step with the rest of the U.K. music scene that it almost hurts. Of course, they would turn it around again in the early '80s, but still, this is one Wishbone Ash CD that you will rarely listen to all the way through.