Wishbone Ash “Coat Of Arms” – a short review by cmartin

New CD of the twin guitar band.

After “Blue Horizon” from 2014, Wishbone Ash has recorded “Coat of Arms”, a full studio album in 2019. This gem was published today, February 28th 2020. The new line up only did a live record in 2018: “Live in Sacramento” .

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In 2019 the band was celebrating 50 Years Wishbone Ash.

Wishbone Ash “Coat Of Arms”

Line up

Andy Powell: Vocals, guitar, mandolin

Mark Abrahams: Guitars

Bob Skeat: Bass

Joe Crabtree: Drums

Additional musicians

Tom Greenwood: Organ

Ted Lynch: Percussion

Horn section: Hugh Davis, Carol Javis, Tom Greenwood

Michael Laval: Bass

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Songs

We Stand As One

Great tune, typical WA. Rocking.

Coat of Arms

Midtempo tune with a rocking riff. Wonderful twin guitar lines.

Empty Man

Driving folk song and all of a sudden hard riffing and then reggae, Caribbean rhythm guitar and sweeping guitar sounds. Wishbone Ash twin sounds. Great acoustic guitar solo lead out.

Floreana

Pretty smooth song, very melodic, soulful vocals by Andy Powell, at the end sort of reggae feeling.

Drive

Stomping tune with Southern feeling, great guitar sounds.

It´s Only You I See

More quiet song with chorus and delay effects on guitars, typical Wishbone Ash riffing @ 2:42 and parallel beautiful melodies.

Too Cool For AC

Very nice Southern like twin guitars

Back In The Day

Rocking rhythm chords, driving drum beat reminds me on British beat bands??!?!?

Déjà vu

Sentimental balladesque song, great harmonies, a bit of middle age flair

When The Love Is Shared

Main riff reminds me on Camel´s Lunar Sea, rocking riff

Personal Halloween

Great guitar riff, blues feeling, with horn arrangement

Great cd. Wishbone Ash is what you get here. WA´s rhythm section is superb. Varying music. Typical Ash guitar . Sweet sounding axes!!! Nice cd booklet with all the lyrics

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The band is amazing. Mark Abrahams, member since 2017, is a great addition and a fountain of youth for Wishbone Ash.

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