Wishbone Ash - Just Testing (1980) (bonus tracks)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Ape + Cue + Log | covers
MCA/Universal MCLD 19375 | rel: 1998 | 725Mb
When one is listening to the great opening track "Living Proof", one is brought back some years backwards: the good old days should I say... And the good feel is even maintained while you hear the great guitars during "Haunting Me". Would this "Wishbone Ash" album be the one of some kind of recovering the glory?
So far so good, but "Insomnia" shows some other kind of direction, although not too bad. Heavy pop-rock: a new genre maybe. Not too thrilling to be honest. Most of this album is quite upbeat and good old rocking ("Pay The Price"). It is of course not the style of music one could be found of on this site. Nonetheless, if you would except some good new wave bands, who was really playing good music in the early eighties?
This album has to be taken for what it is. No less no more. Good rock music, that's it. Some Led Zep influence ("Tea For One") can be observed during the very good "New Rising Star". I would have liked this song to be much more extended, but this is not the first time I write such a comment. It is my fave from this album.
The closing and longest track here is also a good rocking moment: vocal harmony, heavy bass and of course excellent guitar work are the ingredients that should please your rocking ears. Even some prog ones could be charmed.
In all, this is a good rock album. It is above average when compared with the overall production from the early eighties. Three stars (but not for the prog angle of course). ~progarchives
01. Living Proof (5:43)
02. Haunting Me (4:33)
03. Insomnia (5:08)
04. Helpless (4:06)
05. Pay The Price (3:30)
06. New Rising Star (3:54)
07. Master Of Disguise (4:25)
08. Life Line (6:33)
09. Come On onus Track (3:25)
10. Fast Johnny onus Track (4:06)
11. Blowin' Free (live) onus Track (6:35)
12. Helpless (live) onus Track (3:46)
- Andy Powell - electric and acoustic guitars, back up vocals
- Laurie Wisefield - electric and acoustic guitars, back up vocals
- Martin Turner - lead vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar and back up vocals
- Steve Upton - drum