The ’59 2018 #090: 180331
Wishbone Ash – Argus (1972)
This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. We’re currently at year 14 – 1972
The third album from Wishbone Ash was released in April 1972. It was named “Album of the Year” in the 1972 year-end issue of Sounds magazine. It’s considered to be a landmark album in the progression of twin-lead guitar harmonisation later adopted by bands such as Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden. The bulk of the melodies and lyrics were provided by bassist/lead vocalist Martin Turner, although all members contributed to the song arrangements.
In 2002, an expanded CD was released, featuring a remix (by Martin Turner) of the original album as well as 3 live tracks from the EP Live from Memphis promotional EP, recorded in the studios of WMC-FM.
In 2007, a deluxe edition was released. This included the 1972 mix as well as additional BBC Session tracks.
In 2008, Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash released a new studio recording of Argus. Andy Powell’s incarnation of Wishbone Ash also released its own live version of the album entitled Argus “Then Again” Live. Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash played the entire piece live for the first time in February 2008 – the first time any incarnation of the band had done so – and embarked on a lengthy Argus tour. Andy Powell’s band followed suit and added the full piece to their repertoire for several shows.