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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Gone are the longtime Anderson images of the vagabond/sage (the group is clad in white jumpsuits on the cover) -- also gone are the historical immersion of their music and anything resembling Dickensian, much less Elizabethan sensibilities. And nearly gone was Jethro Tull itself, for A started life as an Ian Anderson solo project but ended up as a Jethro Tull release, probably for commercial reasons. The difference is probably too subtle for most people to comprehend anyway. It is more reflective than Tull's usual work, but lacks the sudden, loud hard rock explosions that punctuate most of the group's albums. The death of bassist John Glascock in late 1979, and the departure...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Gone are the longtime Anderson images of the vagabond/sage (the group is clad in white jumpsuits on the cover) -- also gone are the historical immersion of their music and anything resembling Dickensian, much less Elizabethan sensibilities. And nearly gone was Jethro Tull itself, for A started life as an Ian Anderson solo project but ended up as a Jethro Tull release, probably for commercial reasons. The difference is probably too subtle for most people to comprehend anyway. It is more reflective than Tull's usual work, but lacks the sudden, loud hard rock explosions that punctuate most of the group's albums. The death of bassist John Glascock in late 1979, and the departure of Anderson's longtime friend John Evans after the release of Stormwatch, as well as the exit of arranger/keyboard player David Palmer, led to some major lineup shifts; Fairport Convention's Dave Pegg's taking over Glascock's spot and the addition of Eddie Jobson (ex-Roxy Music/King Crimson violinist/keyboardist) all seem to have removed some of Anderson's impetus, at least for a time, for keeping the group going in the studio. What finally emerged is the first Tull record not to feature Anderson's acoustic guitar, yet it also has a more balanced sound than any of their prior records. Jobson's arrangements are leaner and more muscular than Palmer's, giving the music a stripped-down sound, a sort of hard folk-rock (reminiscent of Steeleye Span's All Around My Hat), augmented by synthesizer and electric violin. This somewhat updated Anderson's music and moved him into the art rock category. Released in the midst of the punk
ew wave boom in the United States, it didn't do too much for anyone's career, although it probably maintained Anderson's credibility better than any traditional Tull album would have. [This version of the album includes a DVD of bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724359710303
  • Catalog Number: 971033
  • Sales rank: 53,725

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crossfire (3:55)
  2. 2 Fylingdale Flyer (4:36)
  3. 3 Working John, Working Joe (5:04)
  4. 4 Black Sunday (6:38)
  5. 5 Protect and Survive (3:37)
  6. 6 Batteries Not Included (3:53)
  7. 7 Uniform (3:34)
  8. 8 4.W.D. (Low Ratio) (3:43)
  9. 9 The Pine Marten's Jig (3:28)
  10. 10 And Further On (4:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Introduction
  2. 2 Black Sunday
  3. 3 Dun Ringill
  4. 4 Fylingdale Flyer
  5. 5 Songs from the Wood
  6. 6 Heavy Horses
  7. 7 Sweet Dream
  8. 8 Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll
  9. 9 Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day
  10. 10 Aqualung
  11. 11 Locomotive Breath
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jethro Tull Primary Artist
Eddie Jobson Keyboards, Electric Violin, Guest Appearance
Ian Anderson Flute, Vocals
Dave Pegg Bass
Martin Barre Guitar
Mark Craney Drums
Technical Credits
Eddie Jobson Additional Music
Ian Anderson Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Jethro Tull Arranger
Robin Black Producer, Engineer
Leigh Mantle Engineer
Martyn Goddard Insert Photography
Hugh Gilmour Reissue Design
Peter Wagg Art Direction
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