Wishbone Ash - Argus

Wishbone Ash - Argus

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Wishbone Ash - Argus
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Studio album by Wishbone Ash
Released 28 April 1972
Recorded De Lane Lea Studios, London, England
January 1972
Genre Progressive rock, folk rock, hard rock
Length 44:48
Label Decca/MCA
Producer Derek Lawrence
Wishbone Ash chronology
Live From Memphis
Wishbone Four
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Allmusic 4/5 stars
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Melodic Music 5/5 stars
SputnikMusic 5/5 stars


  "Argus" is the third album by the rock band Wishbone Ash. It is their most commercially and critically successful album. It peaked at No. 3 ion the UK Albums chart.




The album is medieval-themed, featuring a blend of progressive rock, folk, and hard rock, and is considered a landmark album in the progression of twin-lead guitar harmonisation later adopted by bands such as Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden. The sound engineer on "Argus" was Martin Birch, who also worked with Deep Purple, later with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and other hard rock bands. The bulk of the lyrics were provided by bassist/lead vocalist Martin Turner, although all members are credited with the music and arrangements.

It was named "Album of the Year" in the 1972 year-end issue of Sounds magazine.




Track listing

Music by Wishbone Ash, lyrics by Martin Turner, except "Time Was" by Ted Turner & Martin Turner, "Leaf and Stream" by Steve Upton.

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Time Was" T. Turner, M. Turner 9:42
2. "Sometime World" M. Turner, A. Powell 6:55
3. "Blowin' Free" M. Turner, A. Powell, T. Turner 5:18
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "The King Will Come" M. Turner, A. Powell 7:06
2. "Leaf and Stream" M. Turner 3:55
3. "Warrior" M. Turner, A. Powell 5:53
4. "Throw Down the Sword" M. Turner, A. Powell 5:55




Wishbone Ash
  • Martin Turner – bass guitar, vocals
  • Andy Turner – lead (all tracks except 4), harmony lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, vocals
  • Ted Turner – lead (tracks 2, 3, 4, 6), slide (track 3), harmony lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, vocals
  • Steve Upton – drums (all tracks except 5), percussion
Additional personnel
  • John Tout – organ on "Throw Down The Sword"




Wishbone Ash - Argus

UK MCA MDKS 8006 stereo (1972).

Album produced by Derek Lawrence.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album's original hinged cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged hinge and spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

The album has it's original company blue stereo inner sleeve.

Please note the original printed paper insert is absent.

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