This site contains historical information on the classic
Mk.1 and Mk.2 line-ups of Wishbone Ash (1969-80, 1987-91)
as well as news on the latest archival releases of the classic line-ups
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Martin Turner, Steve Upton, Ted Turner, Laurie Wisefield
Latest classic Wishbone Ash releases:
ARGUS limited edition prints approved and PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED by the four original members of WISHBONE ASH
The Four original members of Wishbone Ash in collaboration with the Flood Gallery are proud to present an exclusive limited edition of giclée fine art prints featuring the iconic Hipgnosis designed cover image of "Argus", photographed in the Gorge Du Verdon in Provence, France.
Available in two editions, both hand-numbered and signed by the four original members of the band - Martin Turner, Andy Powell, Steve Upton and Ted Turner.
Pre-order now, with shipping starting on December 6th!
ARGUS 50th anniversary boxed set - 2 LP, 3 CD, 7" single, DVD + 48 page book
Wishbone Ash – Argus – a 50th Anniversary multi-format Box Set will be released by @Madfishlabel on 14 April 2023 to celebrate one of the most pivotal entries in the history of great British rock and prog albums.
This super deluxe edition features 2 LPs, 3 CDs, 7” single, DVD and 48-page book with rare photographs and extensive liner notes & contributions from Martin Turner, Andy Powell, & Steve Upton
Pre-orders available here: https://WishboneAshMadfish.lnk.to/argus50
The Argus box set features:
3 CDs: Martin Turner’s Argus remaster, Live at The Alexandra Palace 1973 & Memphis 1972. Also features 4 previously unreleased early version demos.
2 LPs: Original Argus replica, remastered for this release + Argus Live on yellow vinyl (selected recordings from Alexandra Palace & Memphis).
DVD: French & Swiss TV footage, Live from the Rainbow 1973 & RTS Broadcast from 1974.
7” Red vinyl Single of ‘Blowin’ Free’.
Numbered certificate of authenticity
Argus was the group’s third studio LP, their biggest selling album and undoubtedly the classic album within the band’s ‘70s cannon
LIVING PROOF: The Live Recordings 1976-1980 - 10LP vinyl boxed set
5 shows presented on double LP with 60 page book, replica tour newspaper and numbered certificate. Released on 27 May 2022:
Madfish are proud to present a new 10LP box set containing five concerts recorded between 1976 - 1980. Initially appearing on ’The Vintage Years’ CD box set in 2018, four of the shows will be issued on vinyl for the first time, with a newly sourced and previously unreleased recording from the band’s October 1976 run of shows in Nakano Sunplaza, Tokyo on the New England tour exclusively available within.
Featuring the second classic Wishbone Ash line up of Andy Powell, Martin Turner, Laurie Wisefield and Steve Upton, these recordings showcase a band at their live best and firing on all cylinders across four different tours. Album notes and ‘making of’ track-by-track interviews by author and Wishbone expert Campbell Devine are on display within a lavish booklet with sleek design and rare live photographs.
Limited to 1,000 copies as a one time pressing, this is a must have for all Wishbone Ash fans.
The live shows included are:
Nakano Sunplaza, Tokyo, Oct 1976 (New England tour)
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 18th Nov 1976 (New England tour)
Marquee, London, 29th Oct 1977 (Front Page News tour)
Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, 30th Oct 1978 (No Smoke Without Fire tour)
Civic Hall, Guildford, 12th Feb 1980 (Just Testing tour)
PORTSMOUTH 1980 - 2CD / 2LP
Following on from the Vintage Years boxed set and the Glasgow 1977 CD, Madfish release a further classic Wishbone Ash concert on both 2CD and vinyl on 26 November 2021.
Portsmouth 1980 was recorded during the Just Testing tour on 15th Feb 1980. As with several shows on that tour, this show was recorded with Live Dates Volume II in mind, although none of this show made that set and the performance remains unheard until now.
Authorised by all four members who appear on the recording - Martin Turner, Steve Upton, Andy Powell, Laurie Wisefield - Portsmouth 1980 has been mixed from the original multi track recordings.
The track list features the entire concert as performed on the night:
The Way of the World
The King Will Come
Queen of Torture
Bad Weather Blues
Too Much Monkey Business
GLASGOW 1977 - 2CD / 2LP
Following the success of the recently released Wishbone Ash "The Vintage Years" boxed set which featured several discs of previously unreleased live concert recordings. Snapper / Madfish are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of another classic Wishbone Ash concert from the archives - "Live at Glasgow Apollo ' 77", recorded live during the "Front Page News" tour.
Recently mixed from original multi-track tapes from Martin Turner's personal archive, this 1CD / 2LP set is released with full permission and co-operation of Martin Turner, Steve Upton, Andy Powell and Laurie Wisefield. This will be a limited edition of just 3000 CDs and 1000 vinyl LPs.
Track list: Blind Eye; Lady Whiskey; The King Will Come; Warrior; Throw Down the Sword; Front Page News; Sometime World; Goodbye Baby Hello Friend; Runaway; Come In From the Rain; Phoenix; Jailbait; Blowin' Free; No Easy Road.
Recorded 17 October 1977
This is released on 11 January 2019
THE VINTAGE YEARS 1970-1991 32 CD BOXED SET
In April 2018, Wishbone Ash, one of Britain’s most enduring and best-loved rock acts, are to release a comprehensive deluxe 30 CD box set, The Vintage Years, through Madfish. Loaded with rarities, memorabilia, a new interview and a lavish 156-page hardback book, a third of this new collection features previously unheard & unreleased material.
Following decades of being starved of unreleased material from the true vintage years from Wishbone Ash, fans will soon be able to enjoy the long-awaited, remastered anthology from this esteemed and influential band in its pure quality in both musical and printed content.
This box set is strictly limited to 2,500 copies and includes all 16 studio albums between 1970-1991, all of which feature bonus material including rare album outtakes, B-sides and 12 previously unreleased studio tracks. These are presented in mini-gatefold sleeves. Three of the 16 albums are currently out of print on CD (Nouveau Calls, Here to Hear & Strange Affair). The box set will feature brand new cover artwork designed by Colin Elgie, the original designer behind the award-winning Live Dates sleeve artwork.
There are 3 original live albums (Live Dates, Live Dates Volume Two & Live in Tokyo) and 8 previously unreleased live albums (on 11 discs) recorded between 1973 & 1980.
1. Portsmouth Guildhall 1973 (2CD) from the Wishbone Four / Live Dates tour
2. Southampton University 1973 from the Wishbone Four / Live Dates tour
3. Edinburgh Usher Hall 1976 from the New England tour
4. Marquee Club 1977 from the Front Page News tour
5. Newcastle City Hall 1977 from the Front Page News tour
6. Bournemouth Winter Gardens 1978 (2CD) from the No Smoke Without Fire tour
7. Guildford Civic Hall 1980 (2CD) from the Just Testing tour
8. Chelmsford Odeon 1980 from the Blowin' Free tour
All music has been remastered from the original multitrack and ¼" tapes, sourced from Martin Turner and Andy Powell's personal collections, and from the Universal Music and Atlantic archives.
Accompanying this thorough collection of repertoire is a 156-page coffee table hardback book written by Classic Rock's Dave Ling, which includes personal photos, rare posters and flyers and collector's memorabilia.
Fans lucky enough to purchase this set also receive: -
• 36-page poster book covering the early years through to Here to Hear.
• Four reproductions of original posters for:
- Christmas at the Palace Dec 1973
- Live Dates European tour – Hamburg Musikhalle 1974
- Europe 1975 tour
- Front Page News tour – Empire Pool Wembley 1977
• A Facsimile MCA debut album promo pack.
• A 7" flexi disc for the single Blind Eye, the first of the 11 Japanese singles series
• Individually signed photos of each band member.
Talking about the release, founder member Martin Turner explains, “I looked after most of these tape recordings for decades, wondering when they would ever see the light of day and I am very glad that they will at last be available for everyone to hear. I wanted to mix the live performances myself, but being a busy chap and not famous for my speediness, we decided to give it all to the wonderful Pete Reynolds whom I believe has done a brilliant job of mixing and remastering a massive collection of work. It’s almost like having one’s whole musical life in one box. It certainly represents the most comprehensive Wishbone collection that I know of and I hope you enjoy it.
Andy Powell agrees, “It’s truly amazing to look back at the musically fertile 70s and 80s and wonder at the sheer amount of incredible creative output from our band. We had great roots and a really strong blue-print for success. I feel blessed to have played my part in it all and I’m truly thankful that it’s set the course for my entire life and all the music that’s followed, as the band continues to live on into the 21st century.”
Rarely is an anthology of this quality ever released… Wishbone Ash: The Vintage Years is so comprehensive and lovingly-compiled, with such beautiful and quality accompanying material … if ever there was a box set not to miss, this is it!
For latest information on the current activities of the classic members
of Wishbone Ash, please visit their respective sites:
Official site of Martin Turner
Official site of current Wishbone Ash line-up, featuring Andy Powell
Official site of Laurie Wisefield
Official site of Ted Turner