Tull has a long history of bass-related performance problems and the weak bass on Stormwatch really hurts the album. Dun Ringill is the site of an Iron Age fort on the Isle of Skye, a place within walking distance of Ian Anderson’s digs at the time of the recording. Jethro Tull: Stormwatch (remaster) An outstanding if less-celebrated collection of Tull tales, Stormwatch must certainly have bore a sense of closure when it hit shelves in 1979. He’s been responsible for many gentlemen of a certain age loosening their money belt and, as a … Ian’s second message is directed at parents with children, asking them to make the empathic leap: there but for fortune, those could be your kids: So come all you lovers of the good life Ah, Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll . I love Orion, and Dark Ages has it's moments. Given some of Ian Anderson’s remarks when interviewed in the post Stormwatch era, it’s clear that he was deliberately trying to simplify the Tull sound on this album; to bring in a little more directness, to dump some of the “musically complicated” aspects and maybe try to connect with the post-punk audience. Buy Jethro Tull's album titled Stormwatch. For lost virginity a thousand miles away. 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. The critical response to Stormwatch at the time of its release was both unfavorable and unfair. Thank you! “Something on the Move” would have made a far more compelling opener with its ripping guitar, energetic flute and . It’s got some interesting rhythmic gyrations… maybe he felt it was overwrought. He had a strong metaphor to work with; there were plenty of signs in the ’70s that potentially destructive “storms” were gathering on the horizon and exerting a destabilizing effect on societies across the globe. It’s about 100 times more interesting than Dark Ages – I’m baffled as to why it got cut. Rule #142: Never open an album with a song that sounds like the third page of the Business section. They never seem to get any respect. Stormwatch is an interesting, if not as powerful, listening experience which closes out Jethro Tull's 'folk' trilogy which gave their career a much needed boost in the arm. Yes I keep an eye on this album. I’ve studiously avoided it but I’ve decided to go forward thanks to Cliff Richard and the Shadows, of all people. . The new box has a live tour where the new bass player actually does a great job and breaths life in many of the songs. In a misty misery. A Stitch In Time came out particularly well. There’s a brief moment two-and-a-half minutes in where Martin Barre launches a machine-gun attack from the fretboard and Barriemore Barlow sounds like he’s getting ready to let it rip, but the anticipation dies a horrible death when Ian cuts off the power to give us another dull verse. songs wood - spring, heavy horses - autumn and this winter. Are you seriously suggesting that music shouldn’t have any dynamics? Set a sail of your own devising “North Sea Oil” is one of the weaklings in the litter, and its placement in the pole position immediately lowers listener anticipation. But for me, Urban Apocalypse is the real stand out. ( Log Out /  The rest of the album is… meh. timtom December 21, 2020 Report; Fantastic remix indeed. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. (Although I’m quite hopeful that the 40th Anniversary release will offer us a version with the longer, more ominous introduction. @Menawati; I dont know. Though I think it’s somewhat of a mess as an album, I definitely intend to purchase the deluxe edition when it comes out. My parents, who saw all the shows in Tull’s heyday, claim that the Stormwatch concert was one of their favorites, ranking it third on the list, right after the Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play. Independent music reviewer on altrockchick.com and 50thirdand3rd.com. Album Rating: 3.5Not later than the year after, they experienced a pot relapse; I have to admit that I responded to that claim with more than a little skepticism, and may have included an “oh, for fuck’s sake” in my response. Great review as always! Stormwatch is the twelfth studio album by the progressive rock group Jethro Tull, released September 1979. 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 I’ve always felt that the variability in the quality of Tull albums was driven more by the quality of Ian Anderson’s songwriting than style, instrumentation or vibes in the studio. 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. Highly recommended. As she slips in on the full tide I’ll try to work “unfocused bombast” into a satirical review! At the very least the lyrics needed another pass. Edit Release All Versions of this Release Review Changes . ( Log Out /  I think Beethoven would like a word. I did, and you’re right—Wilson was a very good hire, once again. Stormwatch 2 features the tracks from the Stormwatch 40th Anniversary Force 10 Edition that were not on the original vinyl album. Slow ocean hobo ports closed to her crew Ian’s final message to the smug and comfortable attempts to remind them that the same fate awaits them unless they open minds and hearts to the fundamental truth that we are all human and our survival is dependent on mutual assistance: So come all you lovers of the good life ‘Till the force comes through Jethro Tull: Stormwatch ... CDL 1238: UK: 1979: Sell This Version: Recommendations Reviews Add Review [r2667193] Release. The evidence supporting the transitional label is strengthed by the many changes in the band lineup after its release—mainstays John Evan and Barriemore Barlow decided to split, and sadly, bassist John Glascock died of heart problems during the tour. Jethro Tull will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1979 LP Stormwatch with a massive reissue featuring unreleased songs, a recording of a 1980 concert and a new remix of the original album. Album Rating: 3.0Eleventh part of the Tull Discography. Mentioned previously, “Elegy” isn’t worth another word. Very far! Anyway, I dig it. I would define Stormwatch as a transitional album between the folk-rock lean that preceded it and the more electronic sound that followed it. No one left, the tale to tell. Album Rating: 3.5You need to try Roots to Branches. Furby digs. Also a lot of jamming and instrumentals which I love Tull for. 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. Compared to the previous Heavy horses album, the electric guitar here REALLY becomes more distorted and aggressive, and many parts flirt with the metal boundary. Jethro Tull – Stormwatch – Classic Music Review By altrockchick on August 22, 2019 My parents, who saw all the shows in Tull’s heyday, claim that the Stormwatch concert was one of their favorites, ranking it third on the list, right after the Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play. Parts where it’s all aggressive and then parts where it’s gentler? 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? Add Review. 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. And be there when the Dutchman comes. If you’re hoping that side two is any better, guess what? “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. I never liked the impersonal sound of this album - or in fact any of their albums - … 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. Add to Collection Add to Wantlist Remove from Wantlist. Album Rating: 3.5I'll have to re-listen to that album, even if my rating might stay the same. Among other subject-matters, the album touches heavily on the problems relating to the environment, oil and money. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2020 Vinyl release of Stormwatch 2... (A Needle On A Spiral In A Groove) on Discogs. Sweet Dream Fanfare 5. It is considered the last in the trilogy of folk-rock albums by Jethro Tull (although folk music influenced virtually every Tull album). Quite recommended! 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. The second verse describes some of the horrors faced by the boat people during their perilous journey in search of a home: Wee girl in a straw hat: from far east warring Crossword 3. But we arrived at the same place at the end—amazing. It grabs you attention for a second and before you know you are in A minor. ), (* Bombastic? I had no doubt that Tull put on a great show—by all accounts, they were an excellent live band. Look around you, can you see? Edit Release All Versions of this Release Review Changes . What was unfair was that nearly every review I read lumped Stormwatch into Tull’s “folk period” along with Songs from the Wood and Heavy Horses, a view still prevalent to this day. I just listened to the whole thing again, and it's worth a 3.5 really. 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. Kelpie 3. Sweet Dream (Live) 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. (And how do people manage to square the disco influenced tracks with the idea that it’s folk?) Album Rating: 3.5Damn you, I just posted a review two minutes ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKHSBG0hgyY. . Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? Far better than original. In this case, I’m hoping that some of the excluded songs, demos or outtakes will provide substitute material for some of the weaker tracks so I can imagine a more perfect version of Stormwatch. To greasy bed-sitters and make a late-night play 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) But the biggest thing is the Associate Recordings on the second disk, which has studios outtakes and early versions of Dark Ages, Orion and Dun Ringil.Not all versions are quite finished and polished, but with an actual bass player it makes many of those songs much better! 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. Gag. I agree about Steve Wilson’s remixes and yes, I’m planning on getting the 40th-anniversary edition and overcoming my mixed feelings (though I’m still mad at Wilson for cutting Maddy Prior from the remix of “Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll,” even if it isn’t much of a song). Songs from the Wood (1977) was the first Tull album to receive generally positive reviews since the release of Living in the Past (1972). Broadford Bazaar 2. Undoubtely the darkest Tull era, and the loss of its key members didn't help at all. Did you get to hear the new remix by Wilson? Heavy Horses is a collection of disparate songs on muliple subjects with no unifying theme. On your supermarket run This is one of the tightest band performances on the album, with Evan displaying superb touch and Barlow masterfully handling the diverse drumming demands. Jethro Tull's 'Stormwatch' was among my first twenty lp's or so and has therefor had a good change to grow on me. So bad. Ack. The problem isn’t with the musicians—Ian’s flute fills are spot-on and Martin Barre gets in a few good licks—the problem is with the blah lyrics, very awkward melody and curious chord progression. Been jamming this a lot lately, good winter album. 4'd. What weakens Stormwatch more than any other factor is the lack of clear thematic intent. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – Get Up! 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. The windswept nature of this ancient place on a far northern isle is captured in the brief bursts of vocal echoes, like human sounds carried on the wind bouncing between the rockfaces. If there’s anything that ties the three albums together then maybe it’s that Songs concerns itself almost exclusively with country matters (ahem), Horses moves away from that into more urban and modern subject matter and Stormwatch then continues on the same trajectory, leaving behind practically every trace of folkiness. It lands eventually back on Ab major in an unusual way but still sounds OK to my ears. I've not bothered listening to it much since its release. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. And the harbour-master yells The melody in the verses flows very nicely, and the mix of acoustic guitar, strings and piano blends exceptionally well. (-cough- Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll… -cough-). Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2016 This 1979 release is a great album that still holds its appeal for me. Dun Ringill (Early Version) 4. I will now move on to the denouement. In truth, the Flying Dutchman is a creation of our own fears, a projection of our shadows. I disliked “Home” from the first listen. Same as Neil, it was one of my first albums (preceded only by SFTW and Stand up) so while feeling the same way about it being transitional and unfocused, it has several of songs I really like. The line “before we are all nuclear, the better way!” is in my opinion obviously ironical, very typical of Ian: read it in the context of the preceding and following lines. Are you… are you talking about it having loud parts and quiet parts? 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