A keeper. John Davidson: Argus is one of those genuine classic albums that was already regarded as a relic from another era by the late s. Back in I had a cassette tape recording of Argus that I took on holiday and remember playing it to death on a little mono portable tape player - there were no frills like headphones before the Walkman! It still has all the class and charm it did back in the day. It's not glossy but its not grubby either. The production is pretty straightforward I guess, but suits the music.
Time Was and Sometime World both start slow before kicking into a higher gear half way through. But the fact that Blowin' Free is the out and out 'rocker on the album tells you all you need to know about how musical tastes had evolved within the next few years. One of the aspects i really like about the album is the bass playing - which given Martin Turner wrote most of the songs is perhaps unsurprising.
My only real criticism is that it sounds a bit measured and precise. I saw Wishbone Ash play most of this album live last year or the year before and they breathed real life into the songs. It must have been even better in their heyday. Overall, it was great to listen to this again, even if it is a bit dated. None the less the strong songwriting and musicianship shine through. Hai Kixmiller: I never heard of this band until now.
I definitely thought that Pete Townshend could've written some of these melancholy songs. I really enjoyed the songs in the middle of the record. They sorta gave off a Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young vibe especially some of the vocal melodies and harmonies. This was surprisingly a very entertaining rock album.
No barn burners or fist pumpers here, still, some nice mellow jams to just sit back, chill, and grove to. Bill Griffin: I had to delete my initial review because I have it in my car now and have a completely different opinion than I did listening to it on my lower quality pc speakers.
While I still haven't heard anything that reaches out and grabs me, I like it a lot more than I did. I do have a problem with the vocals by committee approach though.
The voices just don't mesh like say, Crosby, Stills and Nash do. Not unpleasant but not inspiring either. This album does shine instrumentally but I don't hear the twin leads I was expecting anywhere. Comparisons to the twin guitars of Thin Lizzy, made often, are way off base to my ear. Having someone play rhythm while someone else plays a lead is not what I consider a twin guitar attack.
Still, the instrumental breaks are pretty good. Having Martin Birch behind the board helped a lot I'm sure, and my new found appreciation is a relief. One week after saying I had never heard an album Birch was involved with that I didn't like, this one was close. Dramatic Rollicking Rousing Theatrical Trippy.
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