Artist: Jethro Tull
Label: Chrysalis
Catalog#: CHR 1238
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1979
A1 North Sea Oil 3:08
A2 Orion 3:55
A3 Home 2:44
A4 Dark Ages 9:07
A5 Warm Sporran 3:31
B1 Something's On The Move 4:24
B2 Old Ghosts 4:20
B3 Dun Ringill 2:37
B4 Flying Dutchman  
B5 Elegy 3:30

Arranged By - Ian Anderson
Drums, Percussion - Barriemore Barlow
Engineer - Robin Black
Guitar, Mandolin - Martin Barre
Piano, Organ - John Evan
Producer - Ian Anderson
Producer - Robin Black
Synthesizer, Organ - David Palmer
Vocals, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar - Ian Anderson
Written-By - David Palmer
Written-By - Ian Anderson


Barcode: 07558512381

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Among Jethro Tull's activities during the previous year, they managed to back Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior on her debut solo album, Woman In The Wings. David Palmer lent his considerable arrangement skills, while Martin Barre contributed a blistering solo to "Cold Flame." The album is worth seeking out. Judging by the Stormwatch album cover, Ian Anderson seemed to have had enough with country life, looking now to the North Sea for inspiration on this, the band's 12th studio album, and the final installment of their so-called folk trilogy. To wit, the album presents a harder edge than its two predecessors, if only slightly. Gone are songs about country estates, and in are the songs concerning oil and the environment. "Orion" isn't particularly inspired, but it has a good hook. "Dark Ages" and "Something's on the Move" are the big rocking tracks, while "Flying Dutchman" sports the large orchestration. It isn't that the album is bad, in fact it's the folksiest of the trilogy; but ultimately, it just sounds like more of the same ole Jethro Tull. However, David Palmer did manage to do something quite rare in Tull-dom: he received a songwriting credit. A tribute to his late father, his self-penned "Elegy" closes the record. Sadly, bassist John Glascock would succumb to a heart condition before the sessions were completed, with Anderson filling in on bass to finish the album. The band would then go through some major personnel changes, beginning with Fairport Convention's Dave Pegg subbing in on the subsequent tour. The album reached No. 27 in the UK, and fared slightly better in the US at No. 22.
Your rating: None Average: 3.8 (8 votes)