An impassioned homage to English folk music, this 1978 album (a #19 LP) includes the bonus tracks Living in These Hard Times (recorded at Maison Rouge in '78) and Broadford Bazaar (from Nightcap Unreleased Masters ).
Like 1977's Songs from the Wood
, Heavy Horses
is often unfairly posited as the thematic follow-up to its aforementioned studio predecessor. While Songs from the Wood
evokes a magical atmosphere, Heavy Horses
is far more earthly. Indeed, on the nine-minute-long title-track--a most poetic ode to the England's plough horses--Ian Anderson sings with the sorrow of a farmhand witnessing modern harvesting equipment coming over the horizon for the first time. One can even forgive him the rather randy line, "Let me find you a filly for your proud stallion seed, to keep the old line going." Sure, there's plenty of prattle about drinking afternoon tea with mice, but tracks like "Moths" and "Acres Wild" mark Heavy Horses
as a must-own title in the Jethro Tull canon. --Kevin Maidment