Wishbone Ash – Silver Shoes (Tarantura TCDWA-01-1, 2)

Silver Shoes (Tarantura TCDWA-01-1, 2)

Nakano Sun-Plaza, Tokyo, Japan – October 2nd, 1976

Disc 1 (58:27):  SE, Monitor Check, Runaway, The King Will Come, Warrior, Lorelei, Silver Shoes, Persephone, Candle Light, You Rescue Me

Disc 2 (54:45):  Rest In Peace, Mother Of Pearl, Outward Bound, It Started In Heaven Finished With Rock ヤnユ Roll, Time Was, Blowin’ Free, Bad Weather Blues

Silver Shoes is another document from Wishbone Ash’s second tour of Japan.  Like the other Tarantura releases, it is sourced from a previously uncirculated Mr. Peach recording and is very clear and enjoyable, capturing the atmosphere in the Nakano Sun Plaza that evening perfectly. 

Touring just about the time their seventh LP New England was released and second of the year, they were becoming more “soft rock” with the addition of a keyboard player.  But in concert, with the duel guitars of Andy Powell and Laurie Wisefield, they were much more of a jam band than anything else. 

Most of the songs in this show push the ten minute mark with interesting improvisations.

Silver Shoes is another interesting release by Tarantura.  Packaged in a gatefold cardboard sleeve, it contains photographs from the correct era.  For those who collect Wishbone Ash, this is an essential and fascinating release to have. 

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