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Written In The Stars

Martin Turner

Dirty Dog Discs 2015

Review by David Bowling

 

Bassist/vocalist Martin Turner will always be associated with the classic rock band Wishbone Ash who reached their height of popularity during the 1970’s. They were one of the first band to use twin guitarists, which set a format for many hard rock bands that followed. Martin’s bass lines and vocals helped to establish the bands distinctive sound.

Wishbone Ash split and reunited a number of times down through the years and there has been a revolving door of members. Recently Turner toured under the name Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash until a court battle with another original member forced him to drop the band’s name. His new studio album includes the backing of his road band; including guitarists Danny Willson and Misha Nicolic, plus drummer Tim Brown..

While touring with Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash, he would usually play classic songs from the band’s catalogue. His new album with newly created originals is an extension of that Wishbone Ash sound. The twin guitars, Martin’s strong bass lines, and tight harmonies all add up to a release that should please any fan of the band.

Songs such as “The Beauty Of Chaos,” “Vapour Trail,” “Falling Sands,” and “Interstellar Rockstar” may not change the rock and roll world but they are well-crafted and make it more pleasurable.

Martin Turner has reached back into his past to create a solid album of hard rock. Written In The Stars is well-worth a listen for any fan of hard rock.

Rating: ***

 

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