Just Testing

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Just Testing
Studio album by Wishbone Ash
Released 18 January 1980
Recorded 1979 at Surrey Sound Studios, except "Helpless" at Kingsway Recorders
Genre Hard rock
Length 38:00
Label MCA
Producer Martin Turner, John Sherry and Wishbone Ash
Wishbone Ash chronology
Live In Tokyo
Just Testing
Live Dates 2
Singles from Just Testing
  1. "Living Proof / Jail Bait (Live)"
    Released: January 1980
  2. "Helpless (Live) / Blowin' Free (Live)"
    Released: May 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Just Testing is the tenth studio album by the British rock band Wishbone Ash, released in 1980. It was to be bass guitarist and vocalist Martin Turner's last appearance on a Wishbone Ash album, until the release of Nouveau Calls in 1987.


Just Testing spent four weeks in the British album charts, peaking at #41. It also reached #179 on the US Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Living Proof"   L. Wisefield / C. Hamill 5:40
2. "Haunting Me"   M. Turner 4:36
3. "Insomnia"   M. Turner 5:09
4. "Helpless"   P. Kendrick 4:05
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Pay the Price"   M. Turner 3:33
2. "New Rising Star"   M. Turner 4:01
3. "Master of Disguise"   A. Powell 4:26
4. "Lifeline"   M. Turner / A. Powell / L. Wisefield / S. Upton 6:30
Total length:
1998 Remastered Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Come On"   C. Berry 3:23
10. "Fast Johnny"   M. Turner / A. Powell / L. Wisefield / S. Upton 4:04
11. "Blowin' Free (Live)"   A. Powell / S. Upton / T. Turner / M. Turner 6:34
12. "Helpless (Live)"   P. Kendrick 3:46
Total length:


Wishbone Ash
Additional musicians
  • Claire Hamill – vocal contributions on "Living Proof", "Pay the Price" and "Master of Disguise"
  • Ian Kew – organ on "Master of Disguise"
  • Produced by Martin Turner, John Sherry and Wishbone Ash
  • Recorded at Surrey Sound Studios except "Helpless" at Kingsway Recorders
  • Engineered by Martin Moss at Surrey Sound Studios / Bob Broglia at Kingsway Recorders
  • Sleeve Design: Colin Elgie
  • Photography and art direction: Hipgnosis
  • Colour prints by Maintide
  • Management: John Sherry


Year Chart Position
1980 UK Albums Chart 41
1980 Billboard 200 179


  • Wishbone Ash - Just Testing, CD booklet essay, Gary Carter, © 1998