Just Testing

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Just Testing
Wishbone Ash - Just Testing (1980).jpg
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 No. 41. It also reached No. 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:


Additional personnel
  • 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