Cut it out entirely and you wind up with “Dun Ringill” next in line, the perfect complement to “Something on the Move,” a song that presents a different form of intensity while strengthening the storm metaphor. Done. . It’s the Dutchman you will be Parts where it’s all aggressive and then parts where it’s gentler? It's certainly no slouch in terms of what's on offer - there's some real hard-drivin' tunes, plenty of folk influence, and the standard flute playing we've all come to know and love. For lost virginity a thousand miles away. And goddamn if Ian didn’t nail the poetic imagery: Let me just say that I deeply resent the decision to shift to gender-neutral names for hurricanes and tropical storms. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKHSBG0hgyY. And Dark Ages used to be a much better song before being committed to record, I like how it was played live during the spring 1979 Stormwatch tour with John Glascock still on board, and with the upcoming 40th release you will get the studio version with John on bass. Ack. Ignoring the middle piece of the “folk-rock trilogy” that began with Songs from the Wood and ended with Stormwatch (both of which I’ve reviewed) leaves an obvious hole in my Tull narrative. Happy I bought it. Dun Ringill (Early Version) 4. ... to review and enter to select. Almost. He’s been responsible for many gentlemen of a certain age loosening their money belt and, as a … And what’s that “Before we all are nuclear—the better way!” crap all about? Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKHSBG0hgyY. Album Rating: 3.5woa it's jethro bump time, love Dun Ringill so much, Album Rating: 3.5''woa it's jethro bump time'' At this point, the dual irritations of incomplete ideas and jumbled track order are really starting to annoy me, but Ian Anderson manages to save the day with what I think is one of his greatest and most impactful compositions, “Flying Dutchman.” Written during the period when the exodus of the “boat people” escaping Vietnam was at its peak, the song is unfortunately a timeless reminder of human resistance to providing haven for people fleeing violence and repression in search of a new life—resistance that is often tightly linked to racism and xenophobia. Stormwatch is an excellent end to the trilogy and deals with many socially relevant issues with a timelessness that will keep this fresh. . Also a lot of jamming and instrumentals which I love Tull for. I just listened to the whole thing again, and it's worth a 3.5 really. You have items in your shopping bag. Dark Ages (Early Version) Side 2 1. There’s something about the feel of it and the way it repeatedly builds up to Anderson’s “Ho… ooo… oooome” that fills my mind with images of a stadium full of lighters held aloft while everybody sings along. ( Log Out / The song is in 5/4, and there is nothing wrong or unusual about the chord progression. Not only did Stormwatch mark the end of Jethro Tull’s seventies output, but it also concluded their so-called “folk trilogy”. The contrast between the gentle piano-flute duet and Martin Barre’s distorted, trebly guitar is quite dramatic, expressing in music the gap between innocence and hard experience. I love Orion, and Dark Ages has it's moments. Stormwatch is also the album where Ian Anderson began dabbling in current events, with seriously mixed results. But hey, I'm a J-Tull newbie so my opinion probably doesn't count as much as much as you guys who have listened to these songs for years. Floating slowly out to sea I think I enjoy Stormwatch a little more than you, but I understand your criticisms. I’ll never understand why an album titled Stormwatch didn’t open with a song charting the path of a fierce storm gathering in the near-distance. I get sentimental with Elegy, since is one of the few tracks where John Glascok plays, and he died a couple of months after the release of Stormwatch. Album Rating: 3.5I'm actually talking about a rough period that has started with Glascock's health problems/death (wich have greatly affected both Barlow and Co, and the album's process), and soon has continued after the loss of all Jethro Tull' members except for Anderson and Barre. The news that a 40th Anniversary Edition of Stormwatch (The Force 10 Deluxe Edition, no less) is on its way reminded me that I hadn’t done a Tull album in quite a while and still had plenty of holes to fill in the Tull narrative. Once Punk had happened, I remember the music press in the UK continually using phrases like “Unfocused bombast” and just plain old “Bombastic” to slag off Tull. This is one song that could benefit from remastering, and I hope the deluxe version cleans up the mix. James Brown & The Famous Flames – Live at the Apollo, Update on Life, International Relations and the American Boycott, Book Review: Sleeping with Patty Hearst by Mary Lambeth Moore, The Temptations - The Definitive Collection - Classic Music Review, King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King - Classic Music Review, Alex Chilton - Like Flies on Sherbert - Classic Music Review, Fleetwood Mac - Future Games - Classic Music Review, Jethro Tull - Songs from the Wood - Classic Music Review, The Shirelles - 25 All-Time Greatest Hits - Classic Music Review. Staring ghostly in the mirror All it would take to put first-worlders in the same boat is one crazy bastard doing something to ignite a war, and given the recent ascendance of several crazy authoritarian bastards who are fully committed to fostering hatred between human beings, any of us could find ourselves taking a sail on the Dutchman in pretty short order. This was my first Tull album I have always had a soft spot for it despite its weaknesses, but then I also like Rock Island for different reasons. Far better than original. Many consider Stormwatch to be the third album of a “folk trilogy”. Urban Apocalypse 2. Very far! Man Of God 4. The fact that Flying Dutchman is very easily the best track on the album and it also mostly ignores the new direct and simplified approach is also quite telling. Ian Anderson in particular and the band in general were going through the upheaval of losing longtime bassist Glasscock and still produced solid work here. Whispered. No hope of immigration, keep on passing through. Have a pos'd. I like this album much more than it seems from the above, but it’s deservedly overshadowed by everything else Tull made in the 1970s. However, the album lacked diversity and, aside from Ian Anderson’s flute, not much separated Jethro Tull from the multitude of other competent blues ensembles. No, it’s not their best, but those few keepers make Stormwatch worth an edited spin. Your children playing in the sun Album Rating: 3.5I'll have to re-listen to that album, even if my rating might stay the same. Okay. It’s really intense and rocking, and certainly as good or better than most of what wound up on the album. Originally from San Francisco, I am now a French/EU citizen living in Nice. I feel that this album is a bit more even than Heavy Horses (1978) and altogether darker. The rest of the album is… meh. Click or Press Enter to view the items in your shopping bag or Press Tab to interact with the Shopping bag tooltip. I think it cleverly modulates from Ab major to A minor through the catchy V/I power chord bar. Jethro Tull / Emerson, Lake & Palmer US Tour (26) Jethro Tull 1998 Tour (38) Jethro Tull with Anoushka Shankar (5) Living With the Past (61) Minstrel in the Gallery (70) Not Quite The World, More The Here And There (49) Rock Island (61) Roots To Branches (70) Small Venues 1990 (19) Songs From the Wood (119) Stand Up (40) Stormwatch (61) Of course, the circumstances that surround the recording of this album are not pleasant, but the music and playing are inspired. It is considered the last in the trilogy of folk-rock albums by Jethro Tull (although folk music influenced virtually every Tull album). The slight lift in energy from “Orion” vanishes pretty quickly, a phenomenon that usually points to a problem with track placement, but trying to resolve that issue uncovers another problem. Add to Collection Add to Wantlist Remove from Wantlist. As the story morphed over time, the phantom ship came to be seen as a portent of impending doom, making the threat of the horrible consequences of allowing “foreigners” into one’s country a sick form of common wisdom. As the white sea snaps No. But very interesting that the songs I like the most are the ones you dislike, and still we arrive to similar conclusions in assessing the album ! Gag. In truth, the Flying Dutchman is a creation of our own fears, a projection of our shadows. I didn’t want to mention it because I’ve slammed Tull bass contributions so often (mainly Jeffrey’s) that I think people were getting tired of it. Also, are you sure you even like music?). “Something on the Move” would have made a far more compelling opener with its ripping guitar, energetic flute and . I’m posting this a few days after the 40th anniversary showed up on my doorstep, and I’m curious as to what your thoughts are on it? I never liked the impersonal sound of this album - or in fact any of their albums - … (-cough- Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll… -cough-). And the bonus material includes some great remixes of previously available songs. Jethro Tull is, to some extent, the Rodney Dangerfield of classic rock. As much as I love him as a musician and a true songwriting genius, his bass playing sucks. . Been jamming this a lot lately, good winter album. Songs has a strong unifying thread running through it that’s about fertility, mankind’s connection to nature and how Britain’s “pagan” customs used to deal with those things. It will forever befuddle me (no blonde jokes, please) that Stormwatch did not open with the pairing of “Something on the Move” and “Dun Ringill,” as those two songs back-to-back make for an intensely compelling introduction while clearly establishing a strong central theme. I think Beethoven would like a word. Album Rating: 3.5P/ Jamie. In the late 1970s, Jethro Tull released a trio of folk rock albums, Songs from the Wood (1977), Heavy Horses (1978), and Stormwatch (1979). It is considered the last in the trilogy of folk-rock albums by Jethro Tull (although folk music influenced virtually every Tull album to some extent). Only a woman could make such a dramatic, dominating and icily mesmerizing entrance, paralyzing men in their tracks as they struggle to understand how they could possibly sport an erection in a sub-zero environment. Jethro Tull at the end of the seventies is still mixing classic rock, folk rock and progressive. All hands vanished with the captain Combine all those personnel changes with the irrepressible restlessness of Ian Anderson and it’s hard to see how Stormwatch could have been anything but a transitional album. I’ve studiously avoided it but I’ve decided to go forward thanks to Cliff Richard and the Shadows, of all people. Naturally they wouldn't get any better than this afterwards (let's face it, the 80's either destroyed Progressive Rock or made it much more mainstream), but there is quite a lot of memorable work to be found here, especially on the latter half of the album. songs wood - spring, heavy horses - autumn and this winter. Nice work though, you're doing a great job on this discog. Sad cargo of an old ship: young bodies whoring This album's been growing on me recently. A Stitch In Time came out particularly well. It’s a song that evokes images of shadowy pagans gathered amidst a stone circle (a la Stonehenge), united in ritual as they contemplate the destructive power of nature: We’ll wait in stone circles What weakens Stormwatch more than any other factor is the lack of clear thematic intent. Anyone expecting a fantasy or heavy metal album was due for a disappointment, however, for most of the songs that have any identifiable references are about topical politics more than anything else. #review #jethrotull #stormwatch Review of the new 40th Anniversary Force 10 Edition of Stormwatch, by Jethro Tull. “Home” is one of those wistful, reflective songs that belongs near or at the end of an album, but unfortunately, there’s already a wistful, reflective number in the closing spot, the uninspired instrumental “Elegy.” The problem isn’t track placement but a shortage of sufficiently diverse, quality material. I’ll try to work “unfocused bombast” into a satirical review! Review by greenback SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator Stormwatch is the last Tull album before the new keyboards technology incorporation, present on the "A" record. Album Rating: 3.5Not later than the year after, they experienced a pot relapse; That is exactly what Jethro Tull has been doing with its copious output and now their twelfth album, Stormwatch, has been polished up by the master of all things remastery, Steven Wilson. I would define Stormwatch as a transitional album between the folk-rock lean that preceded it and the more electronic sound that followed it. At the very least the lyrics needed another pass. It grabs you attention for a second and before you know you are in A minor. Sweet Dream (Live) ‘Till the force comes through Look around you, can you see? It’s about 100 times more interesting than Dark Ages – I’m baffled as to why it got cut. As a huge Tull fan, I remember how disappointed I was when I heard Stormwatch for the first time. ( Log Out / (And how do people manage to square the disco influenced tracks with the idea that it’s folk?) And be there when the Dutchman comes. ( Log Out / The critical response to Stormwatch at the time of its release was both unfavorable and unfair. Edit Release All Versions of this Release Review Changes . If you’re hoping that side two is any better, guess what? Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – Get Up! All the Tull deluxe editions released so far have been of the highest quality, and I’ve always learned something new from the listening experience. I had no doubt that Tull put on a great show—by all accounts, they were an excellent live band. ), (* Bombastic? 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On your supermarket run Jethro Tull: Stormwatch ... CDL 1238: UK: 1979: Sell This Version: Recommendations Reviews Add Review [r2667193] Release. ... Jethro Tull – Stormwatch 2... (A Needle On A Spiral In A Groove) ... Stormwatch Session Out-takes And Associated Recordings May 1978-May 1979 All Tracks Remixed By Steven Wilson Independent music reviewer on altrockchick.com and 50thirdand3rd.com. Edit Release All Versions of this Release Review Changes . You could make a much better case placing Stormwatch in the genre of progressive rock, but really, the music is all over the map. Mentioned previously, “Elegy” isn’t worth another word. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I rather like “Orion,” especially once Ian stops channeling Milton (“Let’s sip the heavens’ heady wine” is particularly annoying) and plants his feet on terra firma: And young girls shiver as they wait by lonely bus-stops The first verse describes an old woman standing at a harbor, sending warm wishes to the children who have set sail for distant shores. I guess the lines are well written, but there is no sense of groove at all. John Evan gives us a marvelous farewell performance in this piece, forming a compassionate counterpoint to Ian’s gentle, sadness-tinged vocal. I will now move on to the denouement. The bass line is spot on, and John Glascock would have probably played it exactly that way. Highly recommended. Side one wraps up with the sprightly instrumental “Warm Sporran,” where Ian shines on both flute and bass (filling in for the ailing Glascock). Your comment regarding “Home” is now officially a classic. And also,the 'Dark Age' of progressive rock had just begun at the time. I would have preferred more clarity on Martin Barre’s rough guitar in the choruses, but that loss is offset by the excellence of Barriemore Barlow’s responsive drum patterns. STREAM THE ALBUM. . I’m almost always happy when Martin Barre is prominent on a Tull song, as he seems to feed off the energy of the others while returning the energy in full. I love listening to Tull outtakes—great learning experiences for those interested in the recording and composition processes. Their journey is doomed before it begins, as barriers to entry have sprung up in a multitude of countries, ensuring they will “come empty home again.” The music supporting the verse alternates between quiet moments and sudden thrusts, oscillating between quietly expressed hope and the natural fear that would accompany any journey into the unknown. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The Heavy Horses tour also gave us Tull’s first live album (Bursting Out), so … Elegy rules, as your review does, my friend. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Streetcore, King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King. Ian’s voice is particularly fine on this track, his tone alternating between matter-of-fact acceptance of fate and soaring when offering his companion a stroll to this magical, darkly romantic place. Might. I’ve never understood the notion that Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses and Stormwatch are some sort of semi official “folk trilogy.” How anybody can listen to Songs from the Wood then Heavy Horses and decide that those two albums are very similar is bewildering to me. ( Log Out / Spectacular as usual. So, when I do get the “Stormwatch” 5.1 SDE bookset, it’ll be like hearing it for the first time — and (now) with a song like “ORION” (for one) being presented in its original, unedited, full (9+ minute) length, and surround-sound glory, what can I say, but: “Thanks” to Ian and Steven, as these JETHRO TULL / STEVEN WILSON MIXED 5.1 booksets are industry-RE gems — and imho, the standard by which I … “Dark Ages” can be dispensed with in short order: nine minutes and fourteen seconds of poorly-arranged, generally uninspiring music supporting a set of thoroughly incomprehensible lyrics. Some extra atmosphere might help this track. Edit Release All Versions of this Release New Submission . Change ). Dark Ages is unfocused and bombastic for no real reason.” It doesn’t help that you can clearly see what it was trying to do but then also clearly see it not quite doing it. The symbol of the ghost ship of legend doomed to sail the seas for all eternity serves as a metaphor for the fear of outsiders. The melody in the verses flows very nicely, and the mix of acoustic guitar, strings and piano blends exceptionally well. This time David Palmer overdoes it on the strings, and Martin’s electric guitar fills feel quite out of place with the tender mood expressed in the lyrics. (Although I’m quite hopeful that the 40th Anniversary release will offer us a version with the longer, more ominous introduction. Jethro Tull: Stormwatch (LP, Album, RE) Chrysalis: 6307 670: Portugal: Unknown: Sell This Version: Recommendations Reviews Add Review. . It’s also one of the best-engineered tracks on the album, so I hope the remastering doesn’t mess with it too much. Album Rating: 4.0underrated album; some good songs here. Songs from the Wood (1977) was the first Tull album to receive generally positive reviews since the release of Living in the Past (1972). While the new edition may clean up the inconsistent quality of the production, some of the songs are simply unsalvageable because they weren’t very good songs in the first place and don’t fit particularly well with the other songs on the album. “Home” is a relatively pedestrian love song where Ian expresses garden-variety rock star guilt about leaving the main squeeze behind while he traverses the planet on a jumbo jet. Ah, Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll . Album Rating: 3.5Damn you, I just posted a review two minutes ago. The only song which immediately grabbed me was Dun Ringill. especially WHEN ONE OF THE SONGS ON THE ALBUM DOES EXACTLY THAT. 4'd. Steve Wilson’s remixes, as usual, are outstanding. Great review as always! Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2016 This 1979 release is a great album that still holds its appeal for me. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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