STORMWATCH – JETHRO TULL

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Jethro Tull have brought out many great albums and it was hard to choose between them all. Should I choose the first one I ever owned (Stand Up) or maybe their most well known (Aqualung) or should I choose Heavy Horses, an album I still find interesting to this day.
In the end I chose the one that had the most meaning to me and that was Stormwatch, another album that was to be a soundtrack throughout my pubescent teenage years.
Whenever I listened to it I felt the rage and expanse of the North Atlantic ocean, a certain type of freedom that called out to me, enticing me to step out of my world and into vast fury. This I willingly did and still find the same feeling whenever I listen to it.
There are some really beautiful songs on this album, some of Jethro Tull’s finest.
From what I’ve heard, the band found this album one of their most difficult to record and produce but despite that they did a fine job.
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THE ALBUM

Stormwatch (1979) is an album by the rock group Jethro Tull and is considered the last in the trilogy of folk-rock albums by Jethro Tull (although folk music influenced virtually every Tull album).

The album deals with the deterioration of the environment, warning of an apocalyptic future if mankind does not cease its drive for economic growth and pay attention to nature.

In 2004, a remastered version of Stormwatch was released with four bonus tracks.

This is the last Tull album to feature the classic line-up of 1970s. Bassist John Glascock is only featured on three tracks (“Flying Dutchman”, “Orion”, and “Elegy”). Ian Anderson played bass elsewhere on the album.

The instrumental piece “Elegy” was written by David Palmer.

Track listing

All songs composed by Ian Anderson except where noted.

1. “North Sea Oil”
2. “Orion”
3. “Home”
4. “Dark Ages”
5. “Warm Sporran”
6. “Something’s on the Move”
7. “Old Ghosts”
8. “Dun Ringill”
9. “Flying Dutchman”
10. “Elegy” (David Palmer)
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Personnel

* Ian Anderson – Vocals, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar (except tracks 2, 9, 10).
* Martin Barre – Electric Guitar, Mandolin, and Classical Guitar
* Barriemore Barlow – Drums, Percussion
* John Evan – Piano, Organ
* David Palmer – Synthesizers, Portable Organ and Orchestral Arrangements
* John Glascock – Bass Guitar on tracks 2, 9, 10.

Also featuring:

* Francis Wilson – Spoken Voice on track 8.

Dun Ringill is the historic site of an Iron Age fort on the Isle of Skye, which served as the original seat of the Clan MacKinnon. Anderson once owned and lived in nearby Kilmarie House, until he sold the estate in 1994.
A sporran is a type of pouch traditionally worn with a kilt.

Other tracks allude to the constellation of Orion and the legend of the Flying Dutchman.

It is sometimes rumored that “Elegy” was a homage to John Glascock — who was very ill at the time due to a congenital heart defect, and would die shortly after the album’s release. Actually, it is an elegy to David Palmer’s father and is one of the few tracks on which Glascock plays.
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(thanks to Wikipedia for the information supplied)

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