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War Child [40th Anniversary Edition]
     

War Child [40th Anniversary Edition]

by Jethro Tull
 

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War Child was Jethro Tull's first album after two chart-toppers, Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play, and was one of those records that was a hit the day it was announced (it was certified platinum based on pre-orders, the last Tull album to earn platinum record status). It never made the impression of its predecessors, however, as it was a return

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War Child was Jethro Tull's first album after two chart-toppers, Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play, and was one of those records that was a hit the day it was announced (it was certified platinum based on pre-orders, the last Tull album to earn platinum record status). It never made the impression of its predecessors, however, as it was a return to standard-length songs following two epic-length pieces. It was inevitable that the material would lack power, if only because the opportunity for development that gave Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play some of their power. Additionally, the music was no longer quite able to cover for the obscurity of Tull's lyrics ("Two Fingers" being the best example). 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 really get to 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 in a manner that recalls Thick as a Brick. "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day" is a beautiful, largely acoustic number that was popular in concert, but "Bungle in the Jungle," with a title that went over well, got most of the radio play. "The Third Hoorah" is really a follow-up to "War Child," and opens with one of the prettiest progressions on a folk tune in Tull's repertory, with some lovely harpsichord from John Evan evolving into a powerful rock number with a surprising orchestral break and what has to be the most successful appearance of bagpipes in a mainstream rock song. [A 40th Anniversary stereo remaster was released in 2014.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2014
Label:
Rhino / Parlophone
UPC:
0825646215935
catalogNumber:
215935
Rank:
12067

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jethro Tull   Primary Artist
Ian Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals,Sax (Sopranino)
Martin Barre   Electric Guitar,spanish guitar
Barriemore Barlow   Drums,Glockenspiel,Marimbas
John Evan   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond   Bass Guitar,String Bass
Philamusica of London   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Ian Anderson   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Jethro Tull   Arranger
Robin Black   Engineer
Patrick Halling   Orchestra Leader
R. Shulman   Mastering Assembly
Phil Smee   Artwork
Steven Wilson   Remixing
Martin Webb   Sleeve Notes
Terry Ellis   Executive Producer

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