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There's the Rub

There's the Rub
Studio album by Wishbone Ash
Released November 1974
Recorded August - September 1974
Criteria Recording Studio C, Miami Florida
Genre Hard rock, Progressive rock
Length 38:57
Label MCA
Producer Bill Szymczyk
Wishbone Ash chronology
Live Dates
There's the Rub
Locked In
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]

There's the Rub is the fifth studio album by rock band Wishbone Ash. It is the first album to feature guitarist/vocalist Laurie Wisefield, who would be a major part of the band's creative direction for the next 11 years. The album is considered by many to be a highpoint of the band's recording career.

The title is taken from Shakespeare's Hamlet; "To sleep—perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub."

The track "F.U.B.B." caused controversy because of the acronym's meaning ("Fucked Up Beyond Belief") upon the album's release. Moreover, the haunting ballad "Persephone" would go on to become one of the band's most popular live songs. The lyrics of "Lady Jay" are based on the Dartmoor folk legend about Kitty Jay.

The cover shows a cricketer rubbing (in effect, polishing) a cricket ball on his trousers – a common practice by fast bowlers who do so to make one side of the leather ball shinier than the other. This helps the ball to 'swing' as it travels through the air after being bowled, so making it harder for the batsman to play it.

Track listing

All songs composed by Wishbone Ash

  1. "Silver Shoes" – 6:36
  2. "Don't Come Back" – 5:12
  3. "Persephone" – 7:02
  4. "Hometown" – 4:48
  5. "Lady Jay" – 6:00
  6. "F.U.B.B." – 9:33


Additional personnel
  • organ, synthesizers
  • Nelson Flaco Padron – congas and additional percussion


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. There's the Rub at AllMusic

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