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Jethro Tull War Child

Q: 3 stars out of 5 - "...A remarkably coherent collection...demonstrating the full recovery of frontman Ian Anderson's acerbic wit and musical devilment..."
War Child
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  • Released: March 16, 2015
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Capitol

Entertainment Reviews:

Q - 12/00, p.144
3 stars out of 5 - "...A remarkably coherent collection...demonstrating the full recovery of frontman Ian Anderson's acerbic wit and musical devilment..."

Tracks:

  • 1.Warchild
  • 2.Queen And Country
  • 3.Ladies
  • 4.Back-Door Angels
  • 5.Sealion
  • 6.Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
  • 7.Bungle In The Jungle
  • 8.Only Solitaire
  • 9.The Third Hoorah
  • 10.Two Fingers
  • 11.Warchild Waltz
  • 12.Quartet
  • 13.Paradise Steakhouse
  • 14.Sealion 2
  • 15.Rainbow Blues
  • 16.Glory Row
  • 17.Saturation

Product Description:

Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson (vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, sopranino, soprano & alto saxophones); Martin Barre (electric & Spanish guitars); John Evan (piano, organ, piano accordion, synthesizers); Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (acoustic & electric basses); Barriemore Barlow (marimba, drums, glockenspiel, percussion).
Additional personnel: David Palmer (conductor); Philamusica Of London.
Recorded at Morgan Studios, London, England.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson (vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, sopranino, soprano & alto saxophones); Martin Barre (electric & Spanish guitars); John Evan (piano, organ, piano accordion, synthesizers); Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (acoustic & electric basses); Barriemore Barlow (marimba, drums, glockenspiel, percussion).
Additional personnel: David Palmer (conductor); Philamusica Of London.
Recorded at Morgan Studios, London, England.
Ultradiscs are mastered from the original master tapes using Mobile Fidelity's proprietary mastering technique, then plated with 24 karat gold and housed in a stress-resistant lift-lock jewel box.
Personnel: Ian Anderson (vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Martin Barre (electric guitar, Spanish guitar); John Evan (accordion, piano, organ, synthesizer); Barriemore Barlow (marimba, glockenspiel, drums, percussion); Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (bass guitar).
Liner Note Author: Ian Anderson .
Recording information: Morgan Studios, North London, England.
Arranger: Jethro Tull.
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. ~ Bruce Eder

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  • Sales Rank: 34,050
  • UPC: 724354157127
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