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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" ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724354157127
  • Catalog Number: 415715

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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