Jethro Tull – Songs From The Wood (40th Anniversary Edition) [Steven Wilson Remix] (1977/2017) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Jethro Tull – Songs From The Wood (40th Anniversary Edition) [Steven Wilson Remix] (1977/2017)
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Jethro Tull’s tenth album was inspired by Ian Anderson’s departure to a more rural environment in a transition which bore clear influence on the writing and recording process, with the band notably doffing a cap to British folklore and countryside. Songs From The Wood is often referred to as one of the most commercially appealing Jethro Tull albums, containing elements of rock, prog and folk-rock. Although media reaction at the time divided opinion, the album has certainly developed a nostalgic rapport with fans through the years and it is perceived today as one of the band’s most popular albums. Drummer Barrie Barlow comments that it sounds “Fresh, unique, great textures, interesting and dynamic!”, while guitarist Martin Barre remembers that “It was a very tight band, one of the strongest line-ups Tull ever had… I think that Songs From The Wood and Heavy Horses [the follow up album] as a pair of albums are near the top of the tree”.

The first album of the set contains the Steven Wilson remix of the original studio album, accompanied by associated recordings. This includes the tracks “Old Aces Die Hard” and “Working John, Working Joe” which are being released here for the first time on any format. “Old Aces Die Hard”, a title Ian Anderson recently gave the track in a subtle nod to Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, is, according to Ian “an extraordinary find, because it’s a long piece, and quite evolved, and one that sounds like it is pretty much complete – it doesn’t sound as if it was waiting for me or anyone else in the band to go back and redo vocals or guitars or whatever.”

It was a very tight band, one of the strongest line-ups Tull ever had… I think that Songs From The Wood and Heavy Horses as a pair of albums are near the top of the tree

Far and away the prettiest record Jethro Tull released at least since Thick as a Brick and a special treat for anyone with a fondness for the group’s more folk-oriented material. Ian Anderson had moved to the countryside sometime earlier, and it showed in his choice of source material. The band’s aggressive rock interplay and Anderson’s fascination with early British folk melodies produce a particularly appealing collection of songs – the seriousness with which the group took this effort can be discerned by the album’s unofficial “full” title on the original LP: “Jethro Tull With Kitchen Prose, Gutter Rhymes, and Divers Songs from the Wood.” The group’s sound was never more carefully balanced between acoustic folk and hard rock the result is an album that sounds a great deal like the work of Tull’s Chrysalis Records labelmates Steeleye Span (though Nigel Pegrum never attacked his cymbals or his entire drum kit with Barriemore Barlow’s ferocity). The harmonizing on “Songs From the Wood” fulfills the promise shown in some of the singing on Thick as a Brick, and the delicacy of much of the rest, including “Ring Out, Solstice Bells” (where the group plays full out, but with wonderful elegance), “Hunting Girl,” and “Velvet Green,” set a new standard for the group’s sound. “Pibroch (Cap in Hand),” which is dominated by Martin Barre’s electric guitar in a stunning array of overlapping flourishes at full volume is the only concession to the group’s usual hard rock rave-ups, and even it has some lovely singing to counterbalance the bulk of the song.

01. Songs From The Wood (Steven Wilson Remix)
02. Jack-In-The-Green (Steven Wilson Remix)
03. Cup Of Wonder (Steven Wilson Remix)
04. Hunting Girl (Steven Wilson Remix)
05. Ring Out, Solstice Bells (Steven Wilson Remix)
06. Velvet Green (Steven Wilson Remix)
07. The Whistler (Steven Wilson Remix)
08. Pibroch (Cap In Hand) [Steven Wilson Remix]
09. Fire At Midnight (Steven Wilson Remix)
10. Old Aces Die Hard (Steven Wilson Remix)
11. Working John, Working Joe (Steven Wilson Remix)
12. Magic Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells) [Steven Wilson Remix]
13. Songs From The Wood (Steven Wilson Remix)
14. Fire At Midnight (Steven Wilson Remix)
15. One Brown Mouse (Steven Wilson Remix)
16. Strip Cartoon (Steven Wilson Remix)
17. The Whistler (US Single Mix)

Ian Anderson – vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, mandolin, cymbals, whistles
Martin Barre – electric guitar, lute
John Evan – piano, organ, synthesisers
David Palmer – piano, portative pipe organ, synthesisers
John Glascock – bass guitar, vocals
Barriemore Barlow – drums, marimba, glockenspiel, bells, nakers, tabor



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