Saturday, 31 December 2016

Wishbone Ash- Pilgrimage (1971)

Good album for a wintry day. Pilgrimage is the second studio album by the rock band Wishbone Ash. The album focuses more on folk and acoustic music as opposed to the blues rock sound that dominated the first album. The album also contains an instrumental jazz workout ("Vas Dis") which (apart from sounding a bit too much like Vas deferens for my comfort) reminds me a bit of early Gong, and a four-part harmony vocal track in the spirit of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young ("Valediction"). The album sold well, reaching no.14 in the UK charts, but the band would reach their creative and commercial peak with their next studio release, Argus.

1. Vas Dis 00:00
2. Pilgrim 04:45
3. Jail Bait 13:19
4. Alone 18:05
5. Lullaby 20:29
6. Valediction 23:33
7. Where Were You Tomorrow (Live) 29:53
8. Jail Bait (Live) 40:19

At the time, Wishbone Ash comprised of band members:
Bass, Vocals – Martin Turner
Drums – Steve Upton
Engineer – Martin Birch
Guitar, Vocals – Andy Powell, Ted Turner

Producer – Derek Lawrence
Engineer – Martin Birch

Recorded at the De Lane Lea Studios, London in May, 1971
"Where Were You Tomorrow" recorded live at De Montfort Hall, Leicester on June 14, 1971

Released September 1971 by Decca/MCA.

North Utsire

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