War Child

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
As a return to standard-length songs following two epic-length pieces Thick As a Brick and A Passion Play, it was inevitable that the material on War Child would lack power. The music was no longer quite able to cover for the obscurity of Tull's lyrics: The title track is reasonably successful, but "Queen and Country" seems repetitive and pointless. "Ladies," by contrast, is one of Tull's folk-based pieces, and one of the prettiest songs on the record, beautifully sung and benefiting from some of Anderson's best flute playing to date. The band is very tight but doesn't get to really show its stuff until "Back-Door Angels," after which the album picks up: "Sealion" is one of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
As a return to standard-length songs following two epic-length pieces Thick As a Brick and A Passion Play, it was inevitable that the material on War Child would lack power. The music was no longer quite able to cover for the obscurity of Tull's lyrics: The title track is reasonably successful, but "Queen and Country" seems repetitive and pointless. "Ladies," by contrast, is one of Tull's folk-based pieces, and one of the prettiest songs on the record, beautifully sung and benefiting from some of Anderson's best flute playing to date. The band is very tight but doesn't get to really show its stuff until "Back-Door Angels," after which the album picks up: "Sealion" is one of Anderson's pseudo-philosophical musings on life, mixing full-out electric playing and restrained orchestral backing, while "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day" is a beautiful, largely acoustic number that was popular in concert. "Bungle in the Jungle," with a title that went over well, got most of the radio play. [War Child was reissued in an upgraded, remastered edition during November of 2002, with improved sound and seven bonus tracks recorded during the sessions for the album that add 27 minutes to the original running time. The new tracks include the gently orchestrated instrumental "Warchild Waltz," which is really an overture of sorts, quoting from songs off the finished album and mostly a showcase for conductor/arranger David Palmer and the Philomusica Of London chamber orchestra; the instrumental "Quartet," which is exactly what it says, a piece of chamber music for the group with some low-level accompaniment from the orchestra; the slightly rambling electric guitar and flute driven "Paradise Steakhouse"; the silly sounding but catchy "Sealion 2," which is a worthy follow-up to its previously issued namesake; "Rainbow Blues," which ought to have been released before this, as one of the group's better and more memorable hard-rock numbers of the period; the gorgeous, folk-like acoustic guitar driven "Glory Row," which could have been a single B-side; and the hard, crunchy "Saturation," which is superior to at least a third of the songs on the original LP.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724354157127
  • Catalog Number: 415715
  • Sales rank: 27,032

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 War Child (4:36)
  2. 2 Queen and Country (3:00)
  3. 3 Ladies (3:18)
  4. 4 Back Door Angels (5:26)
  5. 5 Sealion (3:40)
  6. 6 Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day (4:12)
  7. 7 Bungle in the Jungle (3:37)
  8. 8 Only Solitaire (1:39)
  9. 9 The Third Hoorah (4:51)
  10. 10 Two Fingers (5:19)
  11. 11 Warchild Waltz (4:21)
  12. 12 Quartet (2:44)
  13. 13 Paradise Steakhouse (4:03)
  14. 14 Sealion, Pt. 2 (3:20)
  15. 15 Rainbow Blues (3:40)
  16. 16 Glory Row (3:35)
  17. 17 Saturation (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jethro Tull Primary Artist
Ian Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
Martin Barre Electric Guitar, spanish guitar
Barriemore Barlow Percussion, Drums, Glockenspiel, Marimbas
John Evan Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Accordion, Piano-Accordion
Patrick Halling Leader
Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond Bass Guitar, String Bass
David Palmer Conductor
Technical Credits
Ian Anderson Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Jethro Tull Arranger
Robin Black Engineer
David Palmer Orchestration
George Peckham Engineer
Melvyn Abrahams Engineer
Terry Ellis Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An extremely underrated album

    The concept of War Child, a child born and bred for war, is a fascinating one and presented in a very entertaining (and slightly over the top) way. This is not a Rock Opera in the way that the Who's Tommy was, but this collection of songs conveys the story of the War Child with the only stage direction being your imagination (the best kind). The original album has 10 tracks. This CD has added 7 bonus tracks, NONE of which help this album at all. Stop after the first 10 and ignore the rest.

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