What does it sound like?:
In February 1977, Ian Anderson surprised fans and critics alike with the direction and sound of this, the tenth Jethro Tull album, Songs From The Woods. It perhaps rather controversially marked a move away from their well-established prog rock sound, although that was still very much in evidence at times, towards a more rural, rustic theme, influenced heavily by the countryside and its folklore, legends and rituals.
Subtitled The Country Set, it now is reissued as the next release in this ongoing and unremittingly excellent series of Tull reboots, and damn fine it is too. The deluxe set comprises a whopping three cds, two dvds and a bulky ninety six page book.
The first cd, as usual, contains Steven Wilson’s new stereo mix of the original album, one of the band’s more commercial offerings with its mix of rock, folk and prog influences. This is augmented by a number of associated recordings from that period – some of these have appeared before such as Strip Cartoon, which I always associate with TOTRR and One Brown Mouse, which likewise I place with Heavy Horses. Speaking of which, there’s no place here for Beltane, which » Continue Reading.