Thursday 18 January 2018

Wishbone Ash - Pilgrimage (1971)

The second album from this UK band.

Wishbone Ash was a quartet on this album with a lineup of bass, drums, guitars and vocals.

I had the joy of reviewing their self titled debut album (from 1970) on the first day of 2018. You can read my review here. It is a good album, indeed.

Wishbone Ash is famous for their twin-guitars sound. A sound and setup later copied by Kiss, Iron Maiden and many, many other bands.

Wishbone Ash is also a band with their own sound and style. Almost a band with their own genre. And the twin-guitars riffs and solos is very much evident here on this forty-five minutes long album.
The genre they occupy is somewhere between hard rock, symphonic prog and psych prog. Pilgrimage has a great guitar sound and this album is very much guitar driven. There is a lot of good riffs and solos here. The drums and the bass is also very good here. Ditto for the vocals.

It is said that the seeds of their masterpiece, the Argus album, can be found on this album. I can understand that. This album has some very good songs in their own right.

I am not a fan of the live track at the end of this album. The studio tracks are very good though and it is my understanding that the band still play three of those songs in their endless tours in 2018.

Pilgrimage is indeed a very good album and well worth checking out. It is also a pretty unique album from an unique band.

3.5 points

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