Release date
17 Nov 2009
Running length
18 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Time Was 9:44 45,433
2 Sometime World 6:56 42,737
3 Blowin' Free 5:23 54,991
4 The King Will Come 7:47 58,710
5 Leaf And Stream 3:55 44,239
6 Warrior 5:53 53,809
7 Throw Down the Sword 5:54 51,703
8 No Easy Road 3:37 16,405
9 The Pilgrim (Live (1972/Memphis)) 10:10 75
10 Phoenix (Live (1972/Memphis)) 17:08 100
1 Time Was (1972 BBC In Concert Session) 9:55 52
2 Blowin' Free (1972 BBC In Concert Session) 5:22 59
3 Warrior (1972 BBC In Concert Session) 5:44 38
4 Throw Down The Sword (1972 BBC In Concert Session) 6:17 43
5 The King Will Come (1972 BBC In Concert Session) 7:33 81
6 Phoenix (1972 BBC In Concert Session) 19:33 34
7 Blowin' Free (1972 BBC Session) 5:37 30
8 Throw Down The Sword (1972 BBC Session) 6:14 29

About this album

This is the third album from Wishbone Ash (originally released in May 1972) featuring the line-up of Ted Turner (guitar/vocals), Martin Turner (bass/vocals), Andy Powell (guitar/vocals) and Steve Upton (drums).
Argus is the most popular Wishbone Ash album. It was named “Album of the Year” in the 1972 year-end issue of Sounds magazine. The album features a blend of progressive rock, folk, and hard rock, and is considered a landmark album in the progression of twin-lead guitar harmonization later adopted by bands such as Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden. The sound engineer on Argus was Martin Birch, who also worked with Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and other rock/metal bands.
The bulk of the melodies and lyrics were provided by bassist/lead vocalist Martin Turner, although all members contributed to the song arrangements.

With the success of ‘Argus’ (the album reached #3 in the UK charts) Wishbone Ash became one of the most popular live attractions of the day.

A mixture of medieval lyricism and tight musicianship, ‘Argus is not a concept album, but is an album of strong, interesting songs. Fans agree that ‘Argus’ is the classic Wishbone Ash sound and that the band have not bettered this with any of their subsequent releases. Their twin “harmony lead guitars” are masterfully backed up with a tight rhythm section.
Their follow-up “Pilgrimage” album (released in September 1971) did reach #14 in the UK charts.

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