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Distillation (4-CD Boxed Set)
Wishbone Ash
Distillation (4-CD Boxed Set)
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #4

This CD features tracks from tributes, guest appearances, B-sides, and an unreleased song. 16 tracks total and George gives a brief recollection of the events for each track in the sleeve notes. Rock Empire. 2001.


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All Artists: Wishbone Ash
Title: Distillation (4-CD Boxed Set)
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: Repertoire
Release Date: 4/17/2001
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPCs: 4009910464922, 766484158520


Album Description
This CD features tracks from tributes, guest appearances, B-sides, and an unreleased song. 16 tracks total and George gives a brief recollection of the events for each track in the sleeve notes. Rock Empire. 2001.

CD Reviews

Classic Twin Guitars
J. E FELL | Carterville, Illinois United States | 05/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a four cd anthology spanning the years 1970-1996. The first two discs contain remastered versions of their fan favorites. The third disc contains mostly unissued tracks, alternate takes, and non-lp singles. The fourth disc contains unissued live recordings. The live recordings are smoking outtakes and single b-sides from their criminally out of print "Live Dates II" album. The band was from England and was formed in the late 1960's by bassist/singer Martin Turner and drummer Steve Upton. Martin Turner's brother Glen the original guitarist abruptly quit due to lack of success. The remaining members advertised for a new guitarist. Their original intention was to add a new guitarist and a keyboardist. Among the guitarists who answered the add were the progressive Andy Powell (with his Gibson Flying-V or Gibson SG) from Hemel Hempstead and the more bluesy Ted Turner (with his Les Paul and Stratocaster) from Birmingham. Upton and Martin Turner could not decide between the two guitarists so the idea of a keyboardist was abandoned and both guitarists were added. Their music was a combination of hard rock, British blues/boogie, jazzy progressive numbers and folk influenced acoustic numbers. The band was finally given a break following a preconcert jam between Andy Powell and Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore. Blackmore advised Deep Purple's producer at the time Derek Lawrence to recommend the band to some of his record company contacts. Due to this help Wishbone Ash were signed by MCA in 1970. The guitarists alternated between playing harmony lines together and playing counterpoint to each other. This line-up remained intact until Ted Turner left shockingly during their most successful period in 1974 (he rejoined briefly in the eighties). He was replaced by guitarist Laurie Wisefield from the group Home who opened for Wishbone Ash at one point. Their music at this time became slightly more commercial but still interesting. This line-up lasted until 1980 when Martin Turner quit. The line-up has changed many times since with Andy Powell currently being the only remaining original member. This dual lead guitar attack influenced other bands from the United Kingdom such as Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, and Def Leppard to name a few. My favorite numbers on this set include the boogie "Jail Bait", the progressive "The Pilgrim", the riff fest "The King Will Come", the instrumental "F.U.B.B." and the more commercial "Front Page News". It may be useful to compare this set to the domestic 2 cd anthology "Time Was" issued by MCA. The "Distillation" set is more representative of the whole career of the band to this point and contains more rarities. However, the 2 cd "Time Was" contains some rarities and focuses more on the early Ted Turner period. The "Time Was" set contains many essential cuts not in included on the "Distillation" set like the jazzy "Vas Dis", the excellent "Time Was", and the rocking "So Many Things To Say". Neither set contains two favorites "Rock And Roll Widow" or "Mother Of Pearl". If you are a fan you will probably want both sets for the rarities and remastering. If you are just looking for a sampler either set is good but "Distillation" is slightly more representative as it contains material from other labels in addition to their MCA material. This set is a MUST for fans of British progressive rock and dual lead guitar playing."
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D. Prozzo | Stockbridge, GA USA | 08/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's likely that any WA fan who is here is already aware of This CD has just been re-issued and is available there."
Wishbone Ash heaven...
RKL | Asheville, NC | 08/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Needless to say, this is the ultimate collection thus far and long overdue. Martin Turner worked very closely compliling this box. Fans will just go nuts with this one."