Wishbone Ash Raw To The Bone
Label: Neat Records NEAT 1027
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Classic Rock
|A1||Cell Of Fame||4:31|
|A2||People In Motion||3:45|
|A4||Love Is Blue||3:38|
|A5||Long Live The Night||3:27|
|B1||Rocket In My Pocket
|B2||It’s Only Love||4:07|
|B3||Don’t You Mess||3:48|
|B4||Dreams (Searching For An Answer)||3:25|
Written-By Powell* (tracks: A1 to A5, B2 to B5), Wisefield* (tracks: A1 to A5, B2 to B5), Spence* (tracks: A1 to A5, B2 to B5), Upton* (tracks: A1 to A5, B2 to B5)
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Raw to the Bone is the thirteenth album by rock band Wishbone Ash. Like its predecessor, Twin Barrels Burning, it is one of the bands heaviest records, capitalizing on the popular New Wave of British Heavy Metal that Wishbone Ash had helped influence.
It is the only Wishbone Ash album to feature Mervyn Spence on bass and vocals. It is also the last album with guitarist/vocalist Laurie Wisefield, who ended his eleven-year stint with Wishbone Ash after the release of this album.
Andy Powell guitar, vocals
Laurie Wisefield guitar, vocals
Mervyn Spence vocals, bass
Steve Upton drums
Wishbone Ash get to the point
The Ash pull out all the stops here. Instead of the elongated and dull workouts of early releases like Argus this set of tunes find the band getting to the point. These songs have some heft, the guitar work is cool and the band fill the sound spectrum more fully.
This is a more mainstream approach, and less esoteric subject matter helps connectivity. New singer,bassist Irishman Mervyn Spence from Trapeze who replaced Trevor Bolder, Spence had a really good voice. A (slightly) tougher stage image also shows the affect of the boys having lived through the NWOBHM. Also appearing at more ‘rock’ events like the Loreley Metal Hammer Festival shows the band attempting to garner some street credibility.
Personal faves would include lead cut, Cell of Fame which touches on the pitfalls of success. Rocket in my Pocket is slightly funky and Don’t You Mess has a pleasant groove. Great song in “Cell Of Fame” and the thunderous “Its Only Love”.
Perhaps the most accessible Ash studio album and that means its perhaps a good place to start for the newcomer.