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When band has not one, not two, but three releases entitled Live Dates, it's a pretty good bet that the band in question is pretty good in concert. And in the case of Wishbone Ash, that's an understatement; various line-ups of the group have been rocking the globe with their patented brand of twin-guitar hard/progressive rock for 40 years now. Though Live Dates (1973) charted, and Live Dates III (2001) is well thought-of by their fanbase, it s Live Dates II (released in 1980 and assembled from various 1976-1980 shows) that's considered the real gem of the three; it's a much better quality live recording than its predecessor, and it ranks as probably the key document of the Wishbone Ash Mk. II line-up of guitarists Andy Powell (he of the Flying V) and Laurie Wisefield, bassist Martin Turner and drummer Steve Upton. This album never came out in the U.S.; what's more, only the first 25,000 copies released in Britain included an extra bonus LP, the contents of which we've included on this 79-minute CD (Live Dates II was only briefly available on CD before in a Japanese limited edition that came out last year and is already fetching triple figures online). A wish (sorry) come true for Ash fans and for '70s rock guitar fans, too check out "F.U.B.B." and "The Way of the World" for some serious axe-slaying.

1. Doctor
2. Living Proof
3. Runaway
4. Helpless
5. F.U.B.B.
6. The Way of The World
7. Lorelei
8. Persephone
9. You Rescue Me
10. Time Was
11. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend
12. No Easy Road

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B0073GQX2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nothintosay on December 19, 2010
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If you were lucky enough to get a copy of this back in the 80's it was a real treat . It was only available on vinyl as a UK import . It was 2 lp's , one of which was described as " a free album of extra live dates " with a sticker on the cover . Here are the tracks :
Live Dates Vol II
1 Doctor
2 Living Proof
3 Runaway
4 Helpless
5 F.U.B.B.
6 The Way of The World

The "free bonus disc"

1 Lorelei
2 Persephone
3 You Rescue Me
4 Time Was
5 Goodbye Baby Hello Friend
6 No Easy Road

It's a great album featuring the guitar work by Andy Powell and Laurie Wisefield . The live version of FUBB is amazing as is Helpless .
As one reviewer pointed out a single lp called Hot Ash was released in the states and was available on vinyl and cassette and included the very hard to find " Bad Weather Blues " .
I've been waiting for this thing to be released on disc forever and despite it's hefty price tag of around $60 , I gotta have it as part of my Wishbone collection .
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Geordie Dad on November 11, 2010
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I bought this on vinyl when it first came out in the UK as a double album.
It contains a blistering version of Living Proof that just rocks.
Some of the tracks were released in the US as an album called "Hot Ash" again a vinyl only release.
The guitar interplay between Andy Powell and Laurie Wisefield is incredible and Martin Turner's bass playing does so much more than keep time - some of the melodic bass lines rival the guitar fireworks.
I've often wondered how much overdubbing was done on this "live" album (Everyone did it, back then). But regardless, the result is one of the best live albums I've ever heard.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Miota on April 21, 2009
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I had the chance to listen to this double LP many years ago and I was shocked by the great improvement in sound quality compared to "LIve Dates" vol. 1. I remember the second LP was a bonus, but it was as good as the first, featuring live versions of such great songs as "FUBB", "Lorelei" and "Persephone". I 've looked for this masterpiece for many years and I still can't understand why it is so difficult to find. It's the same as happens with Neil Young's "Tame Fades Away", sometimes you just don't understand...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2012
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This is a review for the newest edition of the album, the 2012 Real Gone Music CD Reissue. It comes in a mini-LP style sleeve. The remastering is fantastic--easily the best this album has ever sounded!! If you're not familiar with the group or with this particular release, other reviewers have done a pretty thorough job describing it, but in my personal opinion this is WBA's best live album. It has a great song selection, particularly the original LP - songs 1-6, although the bonus tracks are all very good as well. Overall, a nice mix of tracks from their whole career, excellently performed with fantastic sound quality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By strawrider on April 18, 2012
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I had read about this double live album but never saw it available for years and years so I was happy to see it finally get re-issued. This is no doubt the finest showcase for what Wishbone Ash was doing at the time, rocking hard and writing great songs. You'll find fantastic versions of favorites from New England, There's The Rub, No Smoke Without Fire and the like. If I had to choose one gem from this Dates II release that shines brighter than all the others it would be Persephone. It is simply brilliant. All the songs are killer and the live sound and energy is well captured. My only nit-picky complaint would be that there are no notes about which shows these live tracks were gathered from but it's not a big deal. Just play the music and enjoy some Ash!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By hawkman on June 6, 2011
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Yet another gem that I originally bought on vinyl. I actually have the version with the free "Extra Live Dates" album on vinyl but have nothing to play it on anymore ! Listening to this again brought back great memories. Saw a similar lineup of the band at the old Marquee Club in Wardour Street in London in the 80's. This CD version has both of the orignal vinyl albums on a single CD. It sounds great - although it was expensive as I believe it's currently out of print. I would recommend this album as great intro to Wishbone Ash - I prefer it to the original Live Dates album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Kasuboski on July 9, 2012
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FINALLY after 30+ years WISHBONE ASH's awesome 1980 2LP live album "Live Dates II" has been re-released! It took until 2012 for this classic album to be released on CD. For the past 10 years I've ranted and raved about '75-'81 era WISHBONE ASH, while much to my frustration whenever W. ASH came up in conversation it usually revolved around the "Argus"-era early 70s line-up of Martin & Ted Turner/Andy Powell/Steve Upton. I love this classic line-up, BUT have always considered the late-70s Andy Powell/Laurie Wisefield/Martin Turner/Steve Upton line-up to be the most dynamic, talented, and greatest W. ASH line-up. I'm in the great minority when it come to this opinion(although I know I'm right).

"Live Dates II" from 1980(but recorded at various gigs from '76-'80) is the perfect live collection of the amazing '75-'81 line-up. Which is why it was SO frustrating that this awesome live album had never been on put out on CD! Until now. "Live Dates II" contains 80 minutes of some of the most brilliant British hard rock of all-time! From Wisefield's amazing guitar technique & backing vocals and Powell's killer tone and equally great backing vocals, to Martin Turner's way-under-rated lead vocals/bass playing, to Upton's rock solid drumming(a drummer who sadly has flown under the radar regarding brilliant 70s rock drummers, much like Brian Downey of THIN LIZZY), "Live Dates II" is W. ASH at their best.
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Wishbone Ash live question for fanatics
I have a very non-definitive answer for you: either "Live Dates" or "Live Dates 2" would be good for you. The former has been, for many years, the definitive live Ash album, and it's certainly the one with the most classic Wishbone Ash material in "Phoenix,"... Read More
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