With the Stormwatch deluxe set on the horizon for this summer, what better time to have a look at this next book in the excellent On Track series, dealing with the canon of the mighty Tull.
As with the previous books, this looks at each album song by song, including compilations and Ian Anderson’s solo efforts, giving a brief but informative summary of each piece. The author provides some interesting insights into both music and lyrics for this most quintessentially English of bands, whose catalogue veers from blues to prog to folk to rock as the years pass. I’m primarily a fan of their seventies work really, from Benefit through to Stormwatch, although that’s certainly not to dismiss the earlier and later albums – I have a lot of time for the Broadsword album, in my opinion the last great Tull record, although oddly the author is quite dismissive of it. He is quite good on the merits of the later albums from Crest onwards, which I must confess I haven’t listened to more than a handful of times each – indeed, the book has inspired me to give a second chance to albums like Catfish Rising, Roots » Continue Reading.