Stormwatch (Bonus Tracks) (1979)
|Artist: Jethro Tull|
Jethro Tull formed in February 1968 from the ashes of two unsuccessful blues/rock bands of the era.
Ian Anderson brought his unique and innovative style of flute playing to a public raised on the guitar based British bands who courted acceptance at London's famous Marquee Club.
After their first tentative blues oriented album, titled This Was, the group moved through successive records towards a more progressive sound, and with Aqualung in 1971 achieved their first real international level of success. A few hit singles, notably "Living in the Past", livened up their early career although it was as an album band with songs of real substance, that the group really took off, both on record and as a major live concert act.
So-called concept albums followed in the early 70's (Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play) with the attendant platinum No. 1 album chart sales. Tull survived the critical backlash of the return-to-basics later 70's to produce some of their finest creative efforts which, although not quite matching the commercial success of the previous works, established the band as one of the truly creative exponents of progressive music throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's.They have continued to constantly reinvent themselves, albeit with several personnel changes along the way.
Ian Anderson (flute and vocals) and Martin Barre (guitar) provide to this day the musical and historical backbone of the group, joined by Doane Perry on drums, Andrew Giddings on keyboards, and Jonathan Noyce on bass.
With sales of around 60 million albums and more than 2500 concerts in 40 countries, the band continue to tour and record, typically performing 100 concerts per year. In early 2002, Jethro Tull completed their first DVD of live concert and performance material. Also released is the new associated live CD. Both are entitled, Living With The Past.
In 2003, Ian A. released his fourth solo album, Rupi's Dance, M
|Originally released in 1979, the moody and sometimes dark tone of Stormwatch reflected the troubled state of the world economy at the time. Stormwatch marked an end of an era in Jethro Tull's history, as it was the last album on which several longtime band members participated. Now digitally remastered, the album features 4 new bonus tracks.|
Very dark, brooding, and political is this last Tull release with the 1970's band lineup. Songs like "North Sea Oil," "Something's on the Move" and "Dark Ages" reflected Anderson's pessimism about the industrial world's future and ecological threats. Often considered the last of three successive Tull "folk rock" albums (others being "Songs from the Wood" and "Heavy Horses"), it is far more electric and less acoustical than its kin. The album, however, includes an acoustical fan favourite, "Dun Ringill."
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson (vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, bass); Martin Barre (electric & classical guitars, mandolin); John Evan (piano, organ); David Palmer (portative organ, synthesizers); Barriemore Barlow (drums, percussion).|
|Additional personnel: John Glascock (bass).|
|Recorded at Maison Rouge Studios, Fulham, England and in the Maison Rouge Mobile.|
|Personnel: Ian Anderson (vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, bass guitar); Martin Barre (electric guitar, classical guitar, mandolin); John Evan (piano, organ); John Glascock (bass guitar); Barriemore Barlow (drums, percussion).|
|Liner Note Authors: Kaz Akaiwa; Ian Anderson .|
|Recording information: Maison Rouge Mobile; Maison Rouge Studios, Fulham.|
|Arranger: Jethro Tull.|
|Changes in personnel (yet again) brought forth this rather chilling record. Following the story of a world frozen over, this is a very wintry record from a band that always managed to inject some warmth into even the chilliest of topics. A very cold way to end the seventies. ~ James Chrispell|
Producer: Ian Anderson; Robin Black
Engineer: Robin Black
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Associated Artists and Works
|London Symphony Orchestra|
|Palmer, David (Jethro Tull)|
|Release Date : 02/09/2004|
|Original Release Date : 1979|
|Catalog ID : 5933992|
|Label : Capitol|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00724359339924|