Mention Wishbone Ash to rock fans of a certain age and they'll no doubt quickly reference the band's early '70s output and specifically the beloved Argus album. The band has a solid group of diehard fans and that's why there are now about 25 Wishbone Ash titles on the market. The good news for those who fell off the bandwagon after Argus or maybe a couple albums later is that Blue Horizon has lots of songs that sound like the early days.
The subject matter is a little bit different from the tales of ancient England found on Argus; album opener "Take it Back" lyrically deals with aging and a longing for the good old days but musically it could easily be an Argus forgotten track.
"Tally Ho!," "American Century" and the title cut also tune in to the classic Wishbone Ash sound, twin melodic guitars blazing and smooth vocals from founding member Andy Powell. But Powell and company have never been a one-trick pony and Blue Horizon is not meant as a re-visitation of Argus; "Deep Blues" is a ZZ Top-like blues boogie, "Strange" is jazzy and funky and "Being One" is breezy and poppy.
Still, with the rocked-up English folk of "All There is To Say" closing the album, comparisons to the Argus-era are inevitable. Longtime fans really have a treat in Blue Horizon and new fans will be inspired here to go back and start buying the oldies.
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