Thursday, April 05, 2007

This is the Holy Grail of all Wishbone Ash recordings!

As most of you know from reading the Wishbone Ash® Newsletter, that over the past few months I have alluded to an announcement that would rock the world of Wishbone Ash®. Well, now is the time to make it official with the pending CD release of “First Light.”

Back in late 1969 or early 1970, a very young Wishbone Ash® (Andy Powell, Ted Turner, Martin Turner and Steve Upton) made an album of songs in hopes of securing a record deal with a major label. This album was recorded in the dead of night at AdVision Studios in the UK. Upon completion it was then sent over to Apple Corps LTD in London for mastering.

For over 35 years, these recordings have remained forgotten in the Apple vaults gathering dust. Recently, however, Christie’s Auctions put this acetate of these recordings up for purchase through their online auction house where it was bid on and won by collector extraordinaire, Dr. John. Dr. John then contacted Andy Powell about the find and offered them back to him to do with as he pleased in hopes that they would be released for all the fans of the band to enjoy.

What makes these recordings so special is the energy and enthusiasm displayed on every song played. “First Light” has a rawness and edge that the first official recording on MCA lacks. Plus it contains two songs never released anywhere before.

This special artifact contains the first known recordings of: Lady Whiskey, Roads of Day to Day, Blind Eye, Joshua, Queen of Torture, Alone, Handy, and Errors of My Way. The recording of Handy on this disk is worth the price of admission alone.

Barry Riddington at Talking Elephant has since purchased the rights to these recordings and will be releasing “First Light” on April 2, 2007.

We all owe Dr. John a very special thanks for making this, the Holy Grail of all Wishbone Ash recordings, available for the first time for all to enjoy.