Re-releases of ‘Twin Barrels’ & ‘Raw to the Bone’

Wishbone Ash's Twin Barrels Burning and Raw To The Bone Given First Official and Remastered Definitive Edition Re-release!

Each album is available on 2CD and Picture Disc LP with extensive bonus materials, just in time for Christmas!

These are the FIRST OFFICIAL re-releases of Twin Barrels Burning from 1982 and Raw to the Bone from 1985 in decades and DEFINITIVE EDITIONS with all new 2017 REMASTERS.

Both albums feature new liner notes by rock journalist Dave Ling, including new interviews with all the surviving members and archive quotes from the late Trevor Bolder.

Twin Barrels Burning - This smoking hot 21 TRACK 2CD set includes the American Remixes of the album on a second disc, which have NEVER BEEN ON CD BEFORE.

Raw To The Bone - This mammoth 23 TRACK 2CD set has bonus tracks including a HOLY GRAIL for Wishbone Ash fans – ALL FOUR UNRELEASED SONGS from the post-album 1986 SESSIONS. The bonus CD also includes The Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions, which are often described as better than the album versions, plus four live tracks from Hammersmith.

These re-issues are FULLY APPROVED by Steve Upton, Laurie Wisefield, Andy Powell, Merv Spence, and the estate of Trevor Bolder.

These 2CD sets and Picture Disc LPs are IN STOCK NOW with PledgeMusic orders being sent out in time for Christmas – ahead of being released by Cherry Red on 2nd February 2018.

The second disc of bonus tracks accompanying each CD will not be available with any product or box set.

The editions are IN STOCK NOW and can be ordered from: http://pmusic.co/lvPp2D

Twin Barrels Burning 2CD Track List DISC ONE:
1. Engine Overheat
2. Can’t Fight Love
3. Genevieve
4. Me and My Guitar
5. Hold On
6. Streets of Shame
7. No More Lonely Nights
8. Angels Have Mercy
9. Wind Up
Bonus Tracks:
10. Cat and Dog Fight
11. Go for the Gold
12. Night Hawker

DISC TWO – The American Remixes
1. Engine Overheat
2. Can’t Fight Love
3. No More Lonely Nights
4. Wind Up
5. Streets Of Shame
6. My Guitar
7. Hold On
8. Genevieve
9. Angels Have Mercy

Raw To The Bone 2CD Track List DISC ONE:
1. Cell of Fame
2. People in Motion
3. Don’t Cry
4. Love in Blue
5. Long live the Night
6. Rocket in my Pocket
7. It’s Only Love
8. Don’t You Mess
9. Dreams (Searching for an Answer)
10. Perfect Timing
Bonus Tracks:
11. She’s Still Alive
The 1986 Sessions
12. Apocalypso
13. Valley of Tears
14. Nkomo
15. Talk To Me

DISC 2:
The Friday Rock Show
1. Long Live the Night
2. Cell of Fame
3. Love in Blue
4. People in Motion
Live at Hammersmith on BBC local radio
5. Living Proof
6. Cell of Fame
7. The King Will Come
8. Blowin’ Free

Available for order:
Twin Barrels Burning 2 CD
Raw To The Bone 2 CD
Twin Barrels Burning Picture Disc LP
Raw To The Bone Picture Disc LP
CD Bundle
Picture Disc Bundle
All Formats Bundle

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Box set details released!

Here's the official press release about the long-awaited box set!

Pre-order here

WISHBONE ASH: THE VINTAGE YEARS (1970-1991)
Limited Edition Deluxe 30CD Box Set
Available April 2018
Authorised by all of the original band members

In April 2018, Madfish celebrate Wishbone Ash, one of Britain’s most enduring and best-loved rock acts, by releasing a comprehensive deluxe 30 CD box set, “The Vintage Years.” Loaded with rarities, memorabilia, a new interview and a lavish 156-page hardback book, a third of this new collection features previously unheard & unreleased material.

Following decades of being starved of unreleased material from the true vintage years from Wishbone Ash, fans will soon be able to enjoy the long-awaited, remastered anthology from this esteemed and influential band in its pure quality in both musical and printed content.

This box set is strictly limited to 2,500 copies and includes all 16 studio albums between 1970-1991, all of which feature bonus material including rare album out-takes, B-sides and 12 previously unreleased studio tracks. These are presented in mini-gatefold sleeves. Three of the 16 albums are currently out of print on CD (“Nouveau Calls,” “Here to Hear” & “Strange Affair”). The box set will feature brand new cover artwork designed by Colin Elgie, the original designer behind the award-winning “Live Dates” sleeve artwork.

There are 3 original live albums (“Live Dates,” “Live Dates Volume Two” & “Live in Tokyo”) and 8 previously unreleased live albums (on 11 discs) recorded between 1973 & 1980.

1.        Portsmouth Guildhall 1973 (2CD) from the Wishbone Four / Live Dates tour
2.        Southampton University 1973 from the Wishbone Four / Live Dates tour
3.        Edinburgh Usher Hall 1976 from the New England tour
4.        Marquee Club 1977 from the Front Page News tour
5.        Newcastle City Hall 1977 from the Front Page News tour
6.        Bournemouth Winter Gardens 1978 (2CD) from the No Smoke Without Fire tour
7.        Guildford Civic Hall 1980 (2CD) from the Just Testing tour
8.        Chelmsford Odeon 1980 from the Blowin' Free tour

All music has been remastered from the original multitrack and quarter-inch tapes, sourced from Martin Turner and Andy Powell's personal collections, and from the Universal Music and Atlantic archives.

Accompanying this thorough collection of repertoire is a 156-page coffee table hardback book written by Classic Rock's Dave Ling, which includes personal photos, rare posters and flyers and collector's memorabilia.

Fans lucky enough to purchase this set also receive: • 36-page poster book covering the early years through to “Here to Hear.” • Four reproductions of original posters for: Christmas at the Palace Dec 1973 Live Dates European tour – Hamburg Musikhalle 1974 Europe 1975 tour Front Page News tour – Empire Pool Wembley 1977 • A Facsimile MCA debut album promo pack. • A 7" flexi disc for the single Blind Eye, the first of the 11 Japanese singles series • Individually signed photos of each band member.

Talking about the release, founder member Martin Turner explains, “I looked after most of these tape recordings for decades, wondering when they would ever see the light of day and I am very glad that they will at last be available for everyone to hear. I wanted to mix the live performances myself, but being a busy chap and not famous for my speediness, we decided to give it all to the wonderful Pete Reynolds whom I believe has done a brilliant job of mixing and remastering a massive collection of work. It’s almost like having one’s whole musical life in one box. It certainly represents the most comprehensive Wishbone collection that I know of and I hope you enjoy it.”

Andy Powell agrees, “It’s truly amazing to look back at the musically fertile 70s and 80s and wonder at the sheer amount of incredible creative output from our band. We had great roots and a really strong blue-print for success. I feel blessed to have played my part in it all and I’m truly thankful that it’s set the course for my entire life and all the music that’s followed, as the band continues to live on into the 21st century.”

Rarely is an anthology of this quality ever released… Wishbone Ash: The Vintage Years is so comprehensive and lovingly-compiled, with such beautiful and quality accompanying material … if ever there was a box set not to miss, this is it!

Pre-order the box set here'>

Open Road Tour 2018 Poland

We're excited to announce four Polish dates in March! The upcoming tour will look as follows:
09 March - Bydgoszcz
10 March - Rzeszów
11 March - Katowice
13 March - Warszawa

Promoter Miroslaw Kozik (pictured here with Andy) says, "This will be a perfect tour to begin our concerts for 2018 and the third time we will be having Wishbone Ash in our country, which has already become a tradition. As I have learned a lot from Andy as a promoter, the more delight I take in it each year."

Venues will be announced shortly.

UK Tour Wrap-Up

Our UK tour started in the beautiful, state-of-the-art theatre called The Stables located in Wavenden, Bedfordshire and owned by British jazz icon Ms. Cleo Laine. It finished in the unlikely little Lancashire town of Clitheroe, located in the beautiful Ribble Valley, where we held--or more specifically, the fans held--the 2017 annual AshCon or Wishbone Ash fan convention, at an equally beautiful venue called The Grand. In between these two great shows we played London, several interesting places in the West Country, Wales and Scotland. Sadly no Ireland this time round, but that will be put to right in June when we play the Ballyshannon Festival. This event is dedicated, as always, to the memory of a great Irish guitar-player, Mr. Rory Gallagher, who I personally had the good fortune to play on several bills with over the years.

In looking back at the month, there were lots of great memories created and many standout shows. Perhaps just nudging into the lead, for us, would be Holmfirth, Picturedrome, itself nestled in the picturesque Yorkshire town that has now become a bona fide rock ’n' roll pilgrimage for many. We gave probably our best performance that night, though the fan convention itself proved to be full of last-minute surprises with the Pat MacManus Band and Canadian rocker Steve Hill joining us for some impromptu songs like “Errors of My Way” and Lowell George’s “Willin.'”

In London, the entire audience sang along to several of our songs, which was truly rousing and quite humbling at the same time. I must thank Steve Hill for the excellent way he opened our show each night throughout Britain. For any of you who missed him, check out his song “Dangerous” on YouTube. It’s had over one million views. Steve performs as a kind of one man band - it’s incredible to watch and he is a fearsomely great guitar player, singer and songwriter into the bargain. His French Canadian crew, Marc and Carl, were especially pro and very nice guys, and we had some good laughs and conversations along the way.

When Pauline and I visit the country of our birth, we always have the added bonus of reconnecting with distant family members and, in one case in Plymouth, an old school friend we hadn’t seen for many years. The three of us were at Apsley Grammar School together in Hertfordshire, back in the day. I also met up with another friend from my teenage years, Terry Finn, who used to drum in a band I played in before Wishbone Ash, and he reminded me of how he had met me at the station on the evening after that first audition for what later became Wishbone Ash. Terry went on to crew for us as we played some of those first shows as a band, and he filled in some important gaps in my memory. Great seeing him and his wife Rose.

Through Ancestry.com I also managed to meet two long-lost (to me) distant cousins, Matt and Robert. They drove to Swindon especially for our show, from Wales and Aylesbury respectively. We had a great evening connecting even more dots and sharing photos. Family members also came to shows in London, Newmarket, Hunstanton, Aberdeen,Swindon and Milton Keynes. We are everywhere!!!

It’s interesting how Wishbone Ash has built up this tradition of touring in different countries during specific, dedicated months. Folks actually know that during a certain month in the year, their own country will be graced with a tour. If it’s November, it’s the U.K. and in January / February it’s Europe and so on. Of course it’s quite grueling for the musicians and crews, but I personally wouldn’t have it any other way. Being a weekend warrior is simply not really being a band, in my opinion, but there again, I’m old school. The touring thing means that we get musically tight and more than a few band members like myself really like the ‘comfortably numb’ feeling of just having the show to think about each day while leaving the day to day, life concerns of home, somewhat on the back burner.

A big shout-out to several hardcore fans who must also enjoy this, because we saw them on so many shows: Ian and Doreen Barton, Mike and Sue Day, Keith Fox, Colin Hargrave, Ben Reinhardt, Derek Thompson, and Chris and Carolyn Wright; and then we have our dedicated crew to thank, John Galliard on guitars and backline and Richard Buckland on sound. A special shout-out to my nearest and dearest, Pauline, who actually worked tirelessly through the summer booking all our complicated travel and hotel needs, together with merchandise and a myriad of other things that go into keeping a touring band functioning on the road. She then got to fulfill the actual tour dates themselves with me. Amazingly tough lady!

Another tough lady, who has also been working tirelessly behind the scenes on this tour covering all the U.K. PR and social media posts, is Kate Goldsmith. (The band you see on stage is just a part of the team that makes all these tours possible). Oh, and did I mention that she, like our other USA PR person, Billy James at Glass Onyon PR, is one hell of a drummer.

Guy Roberts, ably assisted by Sue, worked his usual magic for AshCon, and Pauline and Guy Holt along with Daniel Moore and several other folks crewed for us there. Big thanks to you all! Special mention to Ian Crockett from Snapper Music who gave a very informative and in-depth talk to the fans about the upcoming “Vintage Years” box set release slated for April on that label. It’s been 4 years in the making and will prove to be an amazing testament to one of the most iconic British bands to have graced the live stages and recording studios of the world. I’m very proud to have been associated with the preparation of this 30-CD record of the first 20 years of Wishbone Ash. I believe advanced orders were even being taken at AshCon. At £250 per box, there will only be 2,500 made and that's it for all time. Billy James will handle PR for Snapper on this release. I believe it will garner a lot of reviews.

Lastly, the boys in the band just excelled. Joe Crabtree kept us all anchored to the beat while remaining upbeat throughout, and new man Mark Abrahams simply supplied the ‘wow factor’ having settled in like the pro he is, during the USA tour, which directly preceded this one. 50-plus dates on the two tours has really brought this new band configuration right up to speed. The guitar section is now so tight, people are commenting on that as well as the authentic tonal palette, and of course, the renewed energy in the whole band. Bob Skeat has switched over to using a Rickenbacker bass along with a powerful Ashdown bass rig, giving the low end of the band more oomph and growl. Bob, as always, the consummate player.

So now, we have the European continent in our sights and start there on January 10th in Verviers, Belgium, to be precise. This tour promises to be even more of a traveling extravaganza, with the Doris Brendel Band opening each show. She and her guitarist, Lee, will also join us on stage for some vocalizing. I’m sure it’ll also be a party each and every night with so many different characters backstage. I love that.

Many of you have asked after our old friend and sound man par excellence, Daniel Vetter. I’m happy to announce that he will once again rejoin us on this tour, as will Sean Dalton, he of the copious facial hair and special backline abilities. Once again it’ll be a multi-cultural affair.

See you somewhere out there, and if you can’t make a show, I’m sure YouTube will give you something of the experience. Oh, and by the way, someone commented on how amazing it is that I remember so many names and faces whilst on tour. Faces I’m good at but names I sometimes forget; and if I DID draw a blank on you while working the rooms each night, please forgive me.

Best Wishes and Best Bones ~ A.P.

Photos taken at Memorial Hall, Newmarket, by Trevor Cotterell – Concert Photography Plus, www.tcpp.uk

Update on ‘The Vintage Years’ Box Set

The latest information on the box set!

Going for the Gold

On November 10th, 1969 Wishbone Ash made their formal debut at Dunstable Civic Centre as the opening act for Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation.

48 years ago to the day and Wishbone Ash - and the dream - lives on.

In 2 years Andy Powell will celebrate an amazing 50 years of live shows and a huge body of recorded work.

The countdown has begun.