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Illuminations


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Audio CD, November 19, 1996
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1. Mountainside
2. On Your Own
3. Top Of The World
4. No Joke
5. Tales Of The Wise
6. Another TIme
7. A Thousand Years
8. The Ring
9. Comfort Zone
10. Mystery Man
11. Wait Out The Storm
12. The Crack Of Dawn (Bonus Instrumental Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Renaissance
  • ASIN: B000005NNX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joan B. Montney on June 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This Wishbone Ash album only contains one original member in it's lineup,Andy Powell.After listening to illuminations several times and for several days in a row,it became apparent as to how important Andy Powell is to that classic wishbone sound. And you will hear plenty of it. There is lots of the bands unique trademark harmony guitar work along with superb performances by the bass and drums.Strong musical influences in the likes of Kansas and Yes can also be heard.Illuminations is a 1996 recording that features many songs reminiscent of the early Ash.Yet it is recorded using modern studio/sound techniques.Giving the listener a well balanced full sound.Great progressive Rock with 12 tracks totaling more than 65 minutes.A nice variety of music.Some to stomp your feet to,some to sing along to,some to feel blue to and a few to dance along to.Which is what music should do.My advice to the die hard skeptic is be courageous like the warrior on the Argus cover and " Give this one a try ".Fast fact: Wishbone Ash's first big break resulted from a gig they did with Deep Purple.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brendan on November 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Going for that Argus feel which is nice. I'd been a fan since coming across Argus by chance in 1994 so I was interested in hearing some contempoary Ash when I bought this in 96 or 97. Fans of AOR would like Mountainside. Tales of the wise is a 10 minute epic (with some nice soloing from Andy), Another time is in the classic WA style of yore, the Ring is nice and Crack of dawn is a dreamy acoustic instrumental ( a bit like Throw down the sword). Very nice indeed. Another album which the line-up recorded is Live in Geneva, also recomended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By don macvicar on May 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
A great melodic rock album with excellant guitar playing through out, had it came out in the seventies at some point it would probaly have sold and been appreciated a hell of a lot more than it has been. standout tracks include 'on your own', 'top of the world' and the ten minite 'tales of the wise' that reminded me of classic richie blackmore in his hey day with rainbow. with over an hours worth of music there's definitly plenty to choose from and has had me pleasantly listening for the past five years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
One of their best records! And that's saying something from such a great band! This album marked their return to a more classic style-straight out rock music, with the very talented Roger Filgate accompanying founding member Andy Powell on guitar. Excellent collection of songs-my favorites are On Your Own and Top Of the World-and one great album!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Otis Robb on February 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Bad to the bone and then some! This definetly is one of the Best Bone releases in quite some time! After the very 'dreary' return of the original lineup that produced nova wava techno pap, (Noueveau Calls)- which was bassist Martin Turner's idea - this ONE kicks axe like the days when LAURIE WISEFIELD manned the SG!!! (GUITARIST Roger Filgate who shares the 6 string duties with original member Andy Powell on this record was a big fan of the Laurie/Andy lineup) Tony Kishman who has appeared in several versions of the 'Beatlemania' production handles most of the lead vocals, (except for 'No Joke') has a dynamic range and delivery throughout. Yes, tinges of 'Argus' - "On Your Own", but this stands up as a very highly original work and WITHOUT the GLOSSY SHEEN that heavily MARRED the previous 3 releases, the original four boners put out before this one. A big shame the 'Illuminations'lineup w/the top notch ROGER FILGATE didnt follow up with another studio release. (Though 'Live in Geneva' proved 'worthy' as a very acceptable substitute) Nevertheless, Mr. Powell is too stubborn to quite at this point in time-what other job skills does he have??!! BTW, the latest lineup (w/Muddy Manning on guitar, Bob Skeat on bass, and Ray Weston on drums) is worth checking out!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Cavicchioni on February 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to Wishbone Ash since its very beggining, and it is incredible how this new formation (only Andy Powell remains from the original group) have achieved a great ensamble. Maybe the cause is that the new members of the band are fans of the old Ash and got the same style of playing guitar, bass and drums. The incredible twin guitars leads are present with a strong enphasis in harmony. I'm sure you're going to enjoy this production.
Antonio Cavicchioni
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With only one member left from the glory days of Argus and records either side of this popular album, you cant expect the WA music to always sound the same. It is good basic rock music with the twin guitars, drums and bass, nearly always providing good melodies and to my ear, not too different from those earlier albums. Look at almost every group that have put out a good body of product since the 60's and 70's, the first few albums were the most interesting & creative of their careers, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Yes, Genesis, Blue Oyster Cult, Mountain, The Who, ELP, Pink Floyd etc. A handful have maintained great output all the way through (you make up your own list). I think the last 4 or 5 WA albums have been pretty good, great that the name lives on.
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One of the band's unknown gems, this classic is a stylish, tightly focused effort. The songwriting muscle behind the album, guitarists Andy Powell and Roger Filgate along with bassist/vocalist Tony Kishman, delivered a set of tunes with airy arrangements and precise, melodic guitar work. Highlights include the sophisticated pop of "Top of the World", the progressive rock sweep of "Mountainside", and the wrenching blues guitar workout "Tales of the Wise". Powell and Filgate's styles mesh well together and the band's trademark dual lead guitar work is represented exceptionally well on this release.
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