Stormwatch [Bonus Tracks]

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Stormwatch, Jethro Tull's 12th studio album, found lead singer/songwriter Ian Anderson who also played flute as usual, while on most tracks adding bass guitar for the ailing John Glascock bewailing the greedy, anti-environmental tilt of contemporary governments and corporations, and sternly warning of dire consequences to come. Anderson began with a specific topical concern, the British government's decision to develop the North Sea oil reserves off Scotland, in the opening song, "North Sea Oil." Later songs were more general and poetic, but he carried the theme throughout, celebrating the qualities of nature "Orion" and home "Home" before predicting a return to the "Dark Ages." The album's narrator clearly located ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Stormwatch, Jethro Tull's 12th studio album, found lead singer/songwriter Ian Anderson who also played flute as usual, while on most tracks adding bass guitar for the ailing John Glascock bewailing the greedy, anti-environmental tilt of contemporary governments and corporations, and sternly warning of dire consequences to come. Anderson began with a specific topical concern, the British government's decision to develop the North Sea oil reserves off Scotland, in the opening song, "North Sea Oil." Later songs were more general and poetic, but he carried the theme throughout, celebrating the qualities of nature "Orion" and home "Home" before predicting a return to the "Dark Ages." The album's narrator clearly located himself in Scotland, from which he both celebrated ancient traditions and deplored modern trends. These views were set to typical Jethro Tull music, the sort of madrigal folk-rock Anderson and company had been playing for years, and the familiarity of the sound, along with the cranky sentiments, may have contributed to the album's turning out to be a holding action commercially; despite respectable showings in the Top 30, it placed lower in the U.K. and U.S. charts than any of the band's albums in ten years, which is to say that it sold to Jethro Tull's existing fan base and no more. Coming at the end of the 1970s, it also marked the end of a phase in the group's career, with only Anderson and guitarist Martin Barre continuing to later lineups. The 2004 reissue adds four previously released tracks of the period all drawn from the box set 20 Years of Jethro Tull. The catchy "A Stitch in Time" was a one-off single released the year before Stormwatch appeared, while "Crossword," "Kelpie," and the traditional instrumental "King Henry's Madrigal" are all songs recorded during the Stormwatch
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724359339924
  • Catalog Number: 933999
  • Sales rank: 23,463

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 North Sea Oil - Chris Ward (3:12)
  2. 2 Orion (3:58)
  3. 3 Home (2:46)
  4. 4 Dark Ages (9:13)
  5. 5 Warm Sporran (3:33)
  6. 6 Something's on the Move (4:27)
  7. 7 Old Ghosts (4:23)
  8. 8 Dun Ringill (2:41)
  9. 9 Flying Dutchman (7:46)
  10. 10 Elegy (3:38)
  11. 11 A Stitch in Time (3:40)
  12. 12 Crossword (3:38)
  13. 13 Kelpie (3:37)
  14. 14 King Henry's Madrigal (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jethro Tull Primary Artist
Ian Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Martin Barre Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar
Barriemore Barlow Percussion, Drums
John Evan Organ, Piano
John Glascock Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Ian Anderson Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Jethro Tull Arranger
Martin Barre Composer
Barriemore Barlow Composer
Robin Black Producer, Engineer
John Evan Composer
David Palmer Composer
Hugh Gilmour Reissue Design
Peter Wagg Art Direction
Traditional Composer
David P. Jackson Cover Painting
Kaz Akaiwa Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Weather Album revisited

    The last of a self-proclaimed trilogy of albums, this CD continues on the theme from its predecessor, "Heavy Horses", but with a darker take on society. Stand outs include the relentless "Something's On the Move", the heartfelt "Home", and "Flying Dutchman", the last blast from this classic Tull line-up that ended with the untimely death of bassist John Glascock. The bonus tracks are of surprisingly good quality, with the upbeat "Kelpie" (which should have made the original album), and "King Henry's Madrigal" which for years languished on a hard to find EP. Front-man Ian Anderson claimed "if you like Songs from the Wood and Heavy Horses, then you'll probably like this one as well". I agree whole-heartedly.

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