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Ian Anderson


Prog Folk

2.85 | 135 ratings

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2 stars 'A part 2' or 'Prelude to Under Wraps'

The early 80's was a turbulent time for Jethro Tull, and indeed for most classic Prog bands. Ian Anderson had already planned to release a first solo album called A (for Anderson) a few years earlier, but as we all know this was eventually released as a Jethro Tull album in 1980 (but strangely it was not given a different title!). Eddie Jobson, who played on A, would not stay for another album and would be replaced by Peter-John Vettese who also plays on the present album. Released in between the two Jethro Tull albums Broadsword And The Beast and Under Wraps, Walk Into Light became the first album that was released under Anderson's own name. Anyone who heard this at the time of its release could not have been too surprised when hearing Under Wraps, as these two albums have a great deal in common. Indeed, it is hard to see any justification for why this one is an Ian Anderson solo album and Under Wraps is a Jethro Tull album. In my opinion, it would have been better if the mediocre Under Wraps too had been released as an Ian Anderson album.

Like Under Wraps, the present album too sounds very much of its time. Both albums are dominated by Peter-John Vettese's synthesisers and drum machines and Ian's vocals. Guitars and flutes are present but they take a back seat throughout. This gives the album a strongly electronic sound. The warm and organic feel of albums like Heavy Horses is completely absent here. The material is not particularly memorable and I am inclined to say that even Under Wraps has better songs!

Only recommended for fans and collectors of everything Tull

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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