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There's the Rub [Import, Special Edition]

Wishbone AshAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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The classic rock bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s enjoy a unique place in popular musical history. The Beatles had gone their separate ways, Britain had already experienced the Blues Boom, and Psychedelia had made its impact. The creative possibilities were infinite.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Special Edition
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B0036G4CZY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Silver Shoes
2. Don't Come Back
3. Persephone
4. Hometown
5. Lady Jay
6. F.U.B.B. [Instrumental]

Editorial Reviews

Japanese only SHM paper sleeve pressing. Features 2010 Remastering. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing, SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums EVer ! December 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you want to hear an album that was recorded in a time when expert production, expert engineering, expert musicianship and superb songcrafting existed, this one will surely serve as a prime example.

It's so hilarious to hear pompous music critics continually squawk the mantra that "the mid-seventies were bloated and stale and therefore punk was ushered in" or words to that effect. Meanwhile albums such as this continually serve to prove those idiots wrong. I admit bands like Yes got a little over the top during this era, but "There's The Rub" is a must-have for anyone who appreciates masterpieces that will stand the test of time, regardless of what the critics think is cool this week. Every note on this album means something. Not one note is stale or cliche'. The tones are heavenly, yet still rocks in all the right ways. The opening song "Silver Shoes" sounds like no other song ever written, and is delivered with incredible confidence and flair, which sets the tone for the rest of the album that sounds like nothing that's ever been produced before, nor since.

I would love to hear from any of you who buy this CD on my word and agree that it's a masterpiece upon hearing.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album represents a radical change of Ash style February 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Following "Wishbone Four", "There's the Rub" appeared with a change in the band's lineup. Ted Turner left the band to go to Peru, and Laurie Wisefield joined. The sound also change and sweet distorted guitars became the distinctive mark in this CD. Songs as beatiful as "Persiphone" and as intricate as "F.U.B.B" transport you through the space of twin guitars and spectacular bass lines. Don't miss it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laurie Wisefield's debut. August 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
'There's the rub' introduces fans to the amazing talent of new guitarist Laurie Wisefield. The man can cook as this disc shows. Every track is great. There is some very serious guitarwork here-amazing solos- Silver Shoes, Persephone, Lady Jay and of course F-U-B-B.'Lady Jay' will go down in history as one of the best ballads ever recorded, check out the solo at the end of the track, brilliant as it segues into the closing track. The band got the formula right with this one. This cd begs for a proper remastering. A must-have for fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCOMPARABLE GUITAR WORK November 25, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For over 20 years, every time I've played this album for non-Ash fans, they've completely flipped. "Who is that?!" You won't find better guitar work anywhere and the sound is as fresh as if it were recorded yesterday. You'd have to be dead not to find this album utterly superb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's No Rub! October 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Wishbone album to feature Laurie Wisefield from the band Home on guitar replacing Ted Turner. This is also the first line up change from the classic period that gave us the Argus years. There's the Rub is a combination of the classic Wishbone sound and their self perceived "Live Rock Blues Band" approach that they tried on Wishbone 4. It is a bit of a hybrid to straddle both sounds and is far more successful in this than Wishbone 4. Some of the classic sounding tunes include Persephone for example and the rockers are Hometown, Silver Shoes. Excellent production and a very clean drum sound. Here Steve Upton showcases his new "in the pocket" style for the first time. It is clean and strong (killer snare drume sound!) but I still prefer his Keith Moon style that he used on the earlier albums. Wisefield adds a smooth voice and very tasty guitar to accompany Andy Powell. This is one of their best post Argus albums and their inspiration is obvious. Bone On!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oh dear... I made a very bad, regrettable mistake November 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I made the assumption that Wishbone Ash turned into mediocre soft rock immediately after Argus was released... oh my goodness I was wrong! I can't turn back time and correct this mistake, and for that, I feel sick to my stomach.

Plain and simple- There's the Rub absolutely positively *rules*. If you like your guitar solos indescribably beautiful and your songwriting tearful and powerfully moving... well look no further than THIS extremely underrated masterpiece.

The only reason I'm not crying while listening to this album right now is because I'm sitting in a really cold room, and I'm too darn stubborn to turn on the furnace. Hey, the economy's in bad shape and money is somewhat of an issue right now! However, it should be noted that money should NOT be an issue when it concerns spending a little more money than you normally would to buy There's the Rub. It's okay to spend 20 bucks on it, seriously.

Let's talk about the highlights. "Hometown" reminds me of the splendid songwriting that more popular bands like the James Gang were doing around the time this Wishbone Ash album was released. Those vocals are absolutely gorgeous and yes... even though you'll think I'm exaggerating, this is seriously some of the best hard rock ever laid down on tape.

Wishbone Ash obviously had a talent for really connecting with their listeners, and perhaps that's why they've never slipped off the radar over 40 years later. That speaks volumes how important they've been to their loyal fans.

The entire album does one thing amazingly well- every single guitar line seems to count for something *huge*. This is a big deal to me because how many times in your life have you heard a boring guitar solo? I bet plenty of times. That's NOT a problem with Wishbone Ash.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Theres the Rub- Wishbone Ash
I remember after buying this album on vinyl in 1974 it sounded so musically perfect to me and the playing packed with gems of composition and originality backed up with flawless... Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Gorman
5.0 out of 5 stars There's the rub
Wishbone ash's "There's The Rub" Has to be one of their best records.The duel guitars are great! I would recomend this to any Wishbone Ash fans. Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by jeff wakefield
3.0 out of 5 stars A good effort...
When a new member comes into a band, there is often a 'honeymoon' period of increased creativity and better playing. We have some of that here. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by Geoffrey F. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars maybe my favourite 'ash' album
the review title says it all, 'there's the rub' is really one of wishbone ash peak of creation. you can find in it, all the guys, with the new axe-man, Laurie Wisefield, can do... Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by denis
5.0 out of 5 stars One Solid Album!
WB had a unique sound, and "THERE'S THE RUB" is possibly their best album. Laurie Wisefield did a great job filling Ted Turner's spot. Read more
Published on July 8, 2008 by Music Police
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ash's Best!
Bast WA album, IMHO. Had (actually still have but in bad shape) the LP, had the cassette but it broke, finally bought the CD. Read more
Published on July 12, 2007 by nick_the _guitarist
5.0 out of 5 stars IMHO Their Best Album
I was on a remote assignment in Alaska (taking care of F-15 fighters on the Yukon River) and a friend on mine and I were discussing great albums that the other might have missed. Read more
Published on October 23, 2006 by Ray Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Ted Turner
The first four studio cds and the "live Dates" cds were fantastic,they had brilliant songwriting,two brilliant guitarist and one great rythm section. Read more
Published on October 8, 2005 by Dennis R. Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wishbone's best
On this album, Wishbone Ash managed to compose some of their best songs and tighten up on the arrangements--with the result that this album sounds like no other of theirs. Read more
Published on May 18, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars The classic Wishbone Ash 70's album.
If you like Wishbone Ash, you probably already know about this 1975 album, and like it. What's to say ?
Published on July 7, 2002 by Jiminy Cricket
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