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Editors’ Notes

Ian Anderson's music follows a familiar schematic for anyone who grew up loving the sounds of Jethro Tull. Anderson’s flute solos and his decision to accentuate the key riffs in these songs are immediately recognizable to anyone who’s ever heard “Aqualung.” The backing band features strong musicians who supply Hammond organ and piano (John O’Hara), brawny electric guitars (Florian Opahle), and complicated rhythms (bassist David Goodier, drummer Scott Hammond); they follow Anderson through ambitious twists and turns. The two and a half minutes of “New Blood, Old Veins” make a tougher assignment than being in a bar band playing the blues. The 15 songs here tell the tale of Thick as a Brick’s Gerald Bostock having discovered a manuscript from the '20s written by a British soldier named Ernest T. Parritt, who was suffering from malaria. Parritt’s writings tell the history of northern Europe from the Mesolithic era to his own and into the future. Bostock takes these writings and fashions them into lyrics that are then sung by the real-life Ian Anderson, whose prog-rock experience comes in mighty handy turning these ideas into songs.

Customer Reviews

Could be Epic...

From the track snippets I’ve heard so far through the Jethro Tull/IA website and marketing campaign there are moments in the music that echo some of the best prog-era Tull I’ve heard in many years. Elements of Heavy Horses, Minstrel and even later stuff like Broadsword and the Beast - are present in the tracks - and Anderson’s voice, at times throughout the samples has enough reverb applied and precision to echo earlier Tull. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the songwriting of TAABII (aside from Change of Horses), but am very hopeful of what I’ve heard so far. The overall attention to the design of the packaging and concept is pretty lush as well, which is always a good sign in my book.

Ian at the top of his game!

Great album. Anderson brings back the spirit of Heavy Horses in this follow up to TAAB2. Martin Barre can be imitated.....never duplicated.

Prog Rock Feast

This one has it all and is the most enjoyable prog rock record from IA in a long time. Lyrics, melodies, crunching guitar solos, stirring keyboards, strong vocals. Killer rock tracks - Doggerland and Cold Dead Reckoning — OMG the beginning and the end.

Biography

Born: August 10, 1947 in Dunfermline, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Probably best known as the lead vocalist, flutist, and guitarist in the progressive folk-rock band Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson has also released several albums under his own name. Born in Fife, Scotland, Anderson was interested in music from a young age, gaining influence from his father James' record collection of big band and jazz, as well as early rock & roll by Elvis Presley. The Anderson family later relocated to Blackpool where Ian finished his studies. In 1963, alongside his school friends,...
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