Wishbone Ash ‘Vintage Years’ Giant Box Set Due

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Wishbone Ash The Vintage Years 1970 – 1991

You’re a Wishbone Ash fan and you’ve said to yourself: “I need a 30-CD box set of Wishbone Ash‘s vintage years loaded with rarities, memorabilia, a new interview and a lavish 156-page hardback book. If I could create this myself, I would want a third of this new collection to feature previously unheard and unreleased material.”

You would think about what would be in it and you would suggest that it includes all 16 studio albums that the British classic rock band released between 1970-1991, each of which would feature bonus material including rare album outtakes, B-sides and 12 previously unreleased studio tracks.

But don’t stop there. It could also include three original live albums (Live Dates, Live Dates Volume Two and Live in Tokyo) and eight previously unreleased live albums (on 11 discs) recorded between 1973 – 1980.

That 156-page book? It could be a coffee table book and include personal photos, rare posters and flyers and collector’s memorabilia.

You’re on a roll. And if you had your druthers, maybe it could also include:

• A 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-inch flexi disc for the single “Blind Eye,” the first of the 11 Japanese singles series
• Individually signed photos of each band member

You and the band’s founding member Martin Turner must be kindred spirits. Because Wishbone Ash’s The Vintage Years 1970 – 1991 mammoth, 30-CD box set, authorized by all the original members, is being released April 27 on Madfish Music. Pre-order and complete track listing is available here. (Note: it’s being limited to 2500 copies.)

Watch the official unboxing video

Turner explains how it came about: “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.”

Related: Two individual Wishbone Ash albums were recently remastered and released as picture discs


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  1. Billy K.
    #1 Billy K. 18 March, 2018, 00:00

    I saw Wishbone Ash once, as an opening act for someone(which escapes me)…..and I thought it was a really blah and boring set. But who knows, maybe it was a bad night for them….and especially for me being a person not familiar with their recordings. (Not to mention the venue loaded with smoke from the weed there!)

    Could indeed possibly the case of all of the above, and the fact it was 30+ years ago, and tastes do change in that period of time.

    Still, this box set has to be the best put together of any compilation package. Really has the fan in mind, and it appears that the band, and their colleagues put a lot of thought and effort into this package.

    I have never seen a band do such a good job on this type of project. Ever. Wow!

    Kudos to Wishbone Ash for a phenomenal job on this!

    Now to get online and listen to a few Ash tracks, to see if the music is good enough justify buying this.

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