Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Doug Collette
One of the most underrated bands to emerge from Britain in the late 1960s to early 1970s, Wishbone Ash achieved a fine balance between progressive and blues-rock. Its original material made prominent use of tandem lead guitars, mirrored by equally uplifting group harmony singing. These virtues distinguish the sound of the band to this day, as evidenced by comparison between a studio album, Elegant Stealth, and a live recording, Live Dates II, previously available in a variety of formats, but here in its entirety on a single compact disc.
A sequel to a similarly-titled live recording of the original lineup, the concert disc takes flight roughly at midpoint with "FUBB," an instrumental that allows guitarists Andy Powell and Laurie Wisefield, the replacement of Ted Turner, to demonstrate the chemistry they discovered after the latter's departure from the group prior to There's the Rub (MCA, 1974). Their interweaving of alternating fluid and staccato guitar lines, alternated with heavy riffing that acts as a refrain, demonstrate how remarkable it was that Wishbone Ash maintained its style and nurtured it upon the departure of a founding member. ... read more...
Personnel: Laurie Wisefield, Andy Powell (vocals, guitar); Martin Turner (vocals, bass guitar); Steve Upton (drums).
Audio Mixer: Rafe McKenna.
Liner Note Author: Scott Schindler.