Argus (studio album) by Wishbone Ash

Argus by Wishbone Ash
Year: 1972
Overall rank: 786th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 254 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1972 (18th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (177th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (786th)
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Argus is ranked as the best album by Wishbone Ash.

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 254 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.5/100, a mean average of 79.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.6.

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75/100
From 09/06/2022 17:37
Solid prog record
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From 08/21/2022 00:28
Another one of the all time essential prog albums! Nearly every song is perfect, both complex and listenable. Those guitars are just excellent!
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From 07/07/2022 18:56
Solid prog rock with interesting themes.
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90/100
From 05/21/2022 00:10
What an outstanding display of guitar work that demands your attention right from the start. This is one of the best guitar performances I have ever heard on a prog rock record with them synchronising so well with the other instruments. This makes for a cohesive listen for us and one that never stops putting out quality performances. The vocals slot in perfectly as well with the drums adding an extra layer to make it even better. The compositions the group have come up with as well are simply stunning with them providing us with some fantastic build up and then giving us a beautiful payoff on basically every track. Not a single song on here is filler with every song being great and all of them fill you with energy due to the vibrant solos and passionate vocal performance. It is seamless also as one song leads into the next making the record completely fly by. Overall, this is a record I didn't stumble across for a while but now I have I am immensely grateful as this is phenomenal.
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From 04/13/2022 17:31
I made a revisit today. What a revisit it was, this album is AWESOME. The guitar work. harmonies, the song structures are just fantastic. A classic album and should be higher on any list. Recommended. All songs are at least 95/100
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From 06/10/2021 18:46
Just going to echo what everyone else said. A fantastic album that somehow took years to reach me. Some of the best guitar work on any album ever. It's full of enjoyable, accessible prog/folk/hard rock from start to finish. All killer, no filler.
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95/100
From 06/01/2021 19:39
Ive been getting into prog a lot lately... a friend recommended me this one and I loved it!! Some of the best guitar work Ive heard on any record. Sometime World and Warrior in particular are awesome!
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85/100
From 07/07/2020 04:33
Wishbone Ash's guitar work is really what separates them from the rest of progressive rock, most bands only had one guitarist, if any. Argus is their version of a magnum opus; sprawling, technical, and understated.
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From 11/09/2018 12:45
I went into this album not knowing a lot about the band, and I fell in love with the guitar interplay throughout the album. A real winner that somehow took a while to reach my ears.
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From 07/04/2018 21:26
One of the best prog albums of all time. Superb guitar and bass throughout, underpinned by drums which sit perfectly in the mix. An album where you can pick each instrument out individually and where the vocals sit correctly in the mix also. This could well be my all time favourite album cover. As the warrior looks over the land one wonders what is going through his mind, flip the sleeve over and you can pick out the feint outline of a UFO. Well done to Hipgnosis for such a simple yet effective and thought provoking sleeve design.
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Best Albums of 1972
1. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
2. Exile On Main St. by The Rolling Stones
3. Pink Moon by Nick Drake
4. Close To The Edge by Yes
5. Harvest by Neil Young
6. Transformer by Lou Reed
7. Machine Head by Deep Purple
8. Thick As A Brick by Jethro Tull
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10. Ege Bamyası by Can
11. #1 Record by Big Star
12. Clube Da Esquina by Milton Nascimento / Lô Borges
13. Superfly by Curtis Mayfield
14. Acabou Chorare by Novos Baianos
15. Can't Buy A Thrill by Steely Dan
16. Talking Book by Stevie Wonder
17. Eat A Peach by The Allman Brothers Band
18. Argus by Wishbone Ash
19. Vol 4 by Black Sabbath
20. Roxy Music by Roxy Music
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