(Rhino / Parlophone)


Following several highly adventurous albums that completely transformed the concept of the long playing vinyl album, Jethro Tull went for a more commercial but no less rewarding sound on the 1974 album release of Warchild. After the amazing artistic breakthroughs on both of Tull’s early ‘70s masterpieces, Thick As A Brick and A Passion Play, the sound of Warchild signaled a desire by Tull founder Ian Anderson to get back onto the Top 40 singles chart. It seemed to do the trick because “Bungle In The Jungle” and the title track were being played everywhere forty years ago. Rhino and Parlophone celebrate 40 years of Warchild greatness with a 40th anniversary edition of Warchild that simply boggles the mind. The net result is a 4 disc box set featuring 2 CDs and 2 DVDs. First, the original ten track CD was remixed by Steven Wilson in stereo while the second CD features no less than 21 bonus tracks, including various mid ‘70s Tull pieces that are known and loved by long time fans, as well as ten orchestral instrumental pieces from the then proposed Warchild film and soundtrack that were unfortunately shelved. The two included DVD discs here feature the 5.1 remixes, various transfers of the original album, including flat transfers of the original Lp mix and a quadraphonic version, as well as promo footage of “The Last Hoorah”, and footage from a January 11th, 1974 press conference where the Warchild project was announced. Also included is an 80 page booklet that goes well into the history of the entire Warchild project, a film script synopsis, an abundance of rare photographs and track by track notes by Ian Anderson. Arguably Tull’s finest commercial moment as a stadium-filling superstar rock band, Warchild remains a milestone of mid 1970’s progressive rock history. Tull fans looking for the final word and the most extensive history of Warchild to date, need to start here. /


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