Songs From The Wood

Label
EMI UK
Release date
19 Mar 2007
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
46:48

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Songs from the Wood 4:53 74,494
2 Jack In The Green 2:39 18,383
3 Cup of Wonder 4:34 30,188
4 Hunting Girl 5:10 33,476
5 Ring Out Solstice Bells (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:34 621
6 Velvet Green 6:05 33,768
7 The Whistler 3:31 67,684
8 Pibroch (Cap in Hand) 8:37 22,279
9 Fire at Midnight 2:26 34,327
10 Beltane 5:19 6,421

About this album

Far and away the prettiest record Jethro Tull released at least since Thick as a Brick and a special treat for anyone with a fondness for the group’s more folk-oriented material. Ian Anderson had moved to the countryside sometime earlier, and it showed in his choice of source material. The band’s aggressive rock interplay and Anderson’s fascination with early British folk melodies produce a particularly appealing collection of songs — the seriousness with which the group took this effort can be discerned by the album’s unofficial “full” title on the original LP: “Jethro Tull With Kitchen Prose, Gutter Rhymes, and Divers Songs from the Wood. ” The group’s sound was never more carefully balanced between acoustic folk and hard rock — the result is an album that sounds a great deal like the work of Tull’s Chrysalis Records labelmates Steeleye Span (though Nigel Pegrum never attacked his cymbals — or his entire drum kit — with Barriemore Barlow’s ferocity). The harmonizing on “Songs From the Wood” fulfills the promise shown in some of the singing on Thick as a Brick, and the delicacy of much of the rest, including “Ring Out, Solstice Bells” (where the group plays full out, but with wonderful elegance), “Hunting Girl,” and “Velvet Green,” set a new standard for the group’s sound. “Pibroch (Cap in Hand),” which is dominated by Martin Barre’s electric guitar — in a stunning array of overlapping flourishes at full volume — is the only concession to the group’s usual hard rock rave-ups, and even it has some lovely singing to counterbalance the bulk of the song. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

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  • afonseca1

    All the songs are aweeesomeeeeee

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • nssworld

    Love this album, especially the title track and The Whistler...

    21 Feb 2012 Reply
  • C3R14LK1L4

    I love this album (the original LP). Extremely original tracks!

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Drazba

    remember when this came out-had given tull up for gone after" too old to....."but this was a real come back for them for me.

    9 Sep 2011 Reply
  • tschoettler

    great album - compare this to Aqualung, Thick As A Brick: Ian Anderson shows his diversity

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • daviddcj

    perfect album, perfect fusion of folk-prog

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Wildebrand

    The drumming on this is amazing.

    7 Jul 2011 Reply
  • dr_bun

    their best being thick as a brick

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • dr_bun

    this is such a great album

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • ozratygollum

    I always keep smiling throughout the whole record, I just can't help myself, it's absolutely marvellous... one of the best three Tull albums without doubt (along with Minstrel and Broadsword of course)...

    5 Jan 2011 Reply
  • OneSalient

    I bought this CD about 4 months ago. My last Jethro Tull was Aqualung and I bought that in 1990. I really didn't expect much, but this album has really grabbed me and surprised me. It is amazing that such a complex and interesting album has stood the test of time, even though it was released in the midst of the punk explosion.

    5 Dec 2010 Reply
  • rasen-virus

    magical

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • OneWhiteDuck

    Life's long celebration's here....the album that kickstarted my love of music for me at the tender age of 11. :DDDDDDD

    30 Oct 2010 Reply
  • callla_c

    Wonderful album!

    12 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Wildebrand

    I love it!

    18 Jul 2010 Reply
  • raigsingh

    excellent album

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • OneSalient

    Tags need fixing

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • Eywin

    One of the best albums ever!

    8 May 2010 Reply
  • ricz_dm

    My 3rd fav album, actually.

    19 Feb 2010 Reply
  • fevereb

    Amazing album. Ian's a genius.

    10 Nov 2009 Reply
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