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SONGS FROM THE WOOD

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.16 | 977 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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5 stars "Let me bring you all things refined, Galliards and lute songs served in chilling ale."

First of all: nice cover art with that Ian's looking like man you can also see in the cover of the 1985 compilation Original Masters. With Songs From The Wood Jethro Tull start an important TRILOGY creating a very original prog/folk/rock . The theme is the representation of three different stages of the world evolution: The 1977 album shows a strong Norse mythic influence and we could define MYTHIC AGE (the past-growing nature) prog/folk/rock; then it's the turn of Heavy Horses in 1978, inspired to a more concrete reality's vision, more pessimistic vision of the world through the evaluation of rural life and I dare to define RURAL AGE (the present- harvested fields); after that album we have Storwatch (1979) in which there's the predominance of the modern world with all its factories and pollution. An apocalyptic vision of human genre. I call it IDUSTRIAL AGE prog/folk/rock (the future-nature's destruction). In Songs From The Wood there's more legends influence (Cup Of Wonder, Hunting Girl, The Whistler), more joy that flows from the music (Ring Out, Solstice Bells). Great technical contribution from all the Tull members (Anderson, Barre, Evan, Glascock, Barlow, Palmer), great vocals from Ian! Many of these tracks became miliar stone in the JT live repertoire.

In the 2003 remastered edition feature two extra tracks: the great powerful Beltane and a live version of the "medieval" Velvet Green.

I have to rate it with 5 stars this splendid opus!

Highly Recommended! Highly Recommended!!

Andrea Cortese | 5/5 |

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