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War Child [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Jethro TullAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common love of Blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. ... Read more in Amazon's Jethro Tull Store

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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Emi Divested
  • ASIN: B000008H24
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Warchild
2. Queen And Country
3. Ladies
4. Back-Door Angels
5. Sealion
6. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
7. Bungle In The Jungle
8. Only Solitaire
9. The Third Hoorah
10. Two Fingers

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tull's Return To The Short Song Format December 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
After making two one-song albums in a row, "Thick As A Brick" and "A Passion Play," and, as brilliant as both of those albums are, it was only inevitable that Jethro Tull would return to the short song format--apparently for good--with their next release, 1974's "Warchild." As Ian Anderson says in the new CD liner notes, the songs on "Warchild" are "whimsical, lighter in subject matter, and, above all, short!". The album contains many Tull favorites, such as "Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day" and "Bungle In The Jungle" (a U.S. top 20 hit), as well as the title song, "Back-Door Angels," "Sealion," and "Two Fingers," a re-recording of an older, obscure Tull song, "Lick Your Fingers Clean." Also, this new remastered version of "Warchild" not only has improved sound quality, but also contains a generous seven bonus tracks, including the excellent "Paradise Steakhouse" and "Glory Row," as well as a pair of charming instrumentals, "Warchild Waltz" (an orchestral piece), and "Quartet." Ian & the boys sound great on this one, the songs are strong, and the band's performances and Ian's vocals very sharp. You can't go wrong getting this disc: "Warchild" is a fine Jethro Tull classic.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Often overlooked, but still a classic November 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"War Child" came on the heels of the album-long epics "Thick as a Brick" and "A Passion Play" and was originally intended to be a film soundtrack. The film never materialized, leaving a solid set of songs. David Palmer's orchestral arrangements shine throughout, and the album even provided a hit single in the US (Bungle in the Jungle, coincidentally the weakest track on the album).
This album also include remnants from earlier Tull albums: "Two Fingers" is a reworking of "Lick Your Fingers Clean", intended to be on Aqualung, and "Only Solitaire" which was part of the aborted Chateau d'Isaster Tapes.
My personal faves are the title track and its semi-reprise "The Third Hurrah". The former smolders, the latter smokes! Other tracks include concert fave "Skating Away" the rollicking "Sea Lion" and "Queen and Country" and the subtle "Ladies" and "Back-Door Angels".
There are 7 bonus tracks added, including "Rainbow Blues" and "Glory Row" (previously available on M.U. and Repeat), "Saturation" (from the 20 Years of JT box)and "Sealion 2", "Paradise Steakhouse" and "Quartet" (from Nightcap).
The highlight of this album, though, is the previously unreleased "Warchild Waltz", an all-orchestral piece reprising the musical themes of "Warchild" and "The Third Hurrah". Those who have Ian Anderson's "Divinities" album know the utter depth of his compositional skills, and "Waltz" shows that in spades. Solid support is given throughout by guitarist Martin Barre, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (bass) Barrie Barlow (drums) and John Evans (keyboards and accordian). Ian also plays some mean sax.
I give this album 5 thumbs up--buy it!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lighter Side of Tull January 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
War Child is an album that becomes more interesting as the years go on. Jethro Tull was at the end of a dizzying three-year climb to the very top of the progressive rock world -- in a day when progressive rock was just about the only game in town. They were a band in huge demand, having issued four consecutive #1 albums (one a compilation double album) in those three years. They toured incessantly, and were widely known for putting on just about the best live show in existence at the time. The band had to be worn down to a frazzle, in dire need of a break, when along comes the time to produce yet another album.
War Child, to employ a term often used about the great J.S. Bach, is to quite a large extent an album of "borrowed" work. (For those uninitiated in classical music, he wrote what you know of as "Bouree"). Probably having neither the time or energy to produce another album of the magnitude (and length) of those they created in 1971-1973, the band "borrowed" a lot of music and ideas from previous recording sessions (notably the Chateau D'isaster and Aqualung sessions), reworking and adding significantly to pieces of music begun and discarded during the prior three years. And once they also "borrowed" more-than-a-little from the scherzo in Beethoven's Ninth (The Third Hoorah). What they ended up with was a "miniature" album, which was not at all what the fans of the day wanted to see but which has worn incredibly well over the years -- to the point that what now stands out in this "little" album is simply how much fun it is to listen to.
While there are a few meaty servings (Back-Door Angels and the magnificent, acoustic Skating Away...), for the most part this album is light fare.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now for Something Different February 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
After the intense albums of the three previous years, including the heavy duty albums "Thick as a Brick," "Passion Play," and "Aqualung," which demanded a huge amount of attention and effort, and constant touring, Jethro Tull was ready for something relatively light. "Warchild" is quite playful and sometimes almost frivolous in comparison to Tull's prior works. The album was also a break before the group plunged back into the depths with "Minstrel in the Gallery" and other weighty works. I imagine "Warchild" as a Mayday celebration after the labors of the previous works, with the costumes shown on the CD enhancing the playful aspects of this album. Unfortunately, the playfulness contrasts a lot with their other albums and makes this album less desirable.

Getting right into a song that was supposed to form a movie soundtrack, "Warchild" delivers war-like sound effects and hints little at the story, which is the afterlife of a little girl killed in an accident. The music is somber underneath, with a lot of strings and musical drama to match the relatively simple lyrics.

Back into a topic more familiar to Tull, "Queen and Country" is a brief political commentary regarding empires and governments. There is a piano accordion in this song that hints at Britain's naval prowess.

The fun begins with "Ladies," a pleasant melody with clever percussion that makes this song stylistically fit with Tull's renaissance music. I think this song is one of the better songs on this CD, with excellent music and simple lyrics. There is a jazzy ending that makes the introduction to "Back-Door Angels" seem a bit bizarre. "Back-Door Angels" has a heavier sound than the previous songs with interesting keyboards and lyrics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Tull albums
This was the first tour I saw Jethro Tull at the young age of 14. It was incredible music then and it's incredible music now. One of the bands best IMHO.
Published 11 months ago by J. Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Jethro
I really enjoy Jethro Tull, but I don't think this is one of the best albums, and part of me feels that the major reason I bought it is because I wanted to complete my Tull... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alec Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars war child
being a War Child myself i love this album Vietnam. great music and it's Jethro Tull so you know already you can't miss:>))))))))
Published 12 months ago by lhobbs4
5.0 out of 5 stars Jethro Tull is Great!!
I love Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull! I love early Jethro Tull and used to listen to Jethro Tull albums!!!
Published 12 months ago by Johnnyw12
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Anderson and friends.
Jethro Tull isn't just a person in a band pisses me off when people think that's how it is .This CD has a lot of great material on it especially bungle in the jungle.
Published 14 months ago by Mark
1.0 out of 5 stars Really Bad!!
I have no idea what happened to Jethro Tull (and Ian Anderson) mid-way through their career. It must have been a really traumatic experience whatever it was, because everything up... Read more
Published 16 months ago by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars jetro tull
war child is my 3rd favorite Tull cd.... i love the way Ian tells a story with music!!!
very entertaining!!!
Published 17 months ago by Nora B Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars Jethro Tull Fan
My first Jethro Tull Concert was The War Child concert. It was incredible!!!! I was truly amazed! I wore out my vinyl LP long ago. Read more
Published 19 months ago by nicelunchlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
If you are a Tull fan, you will want this cd. Jethro Tull really brings on the music in his unique style and these classics are well worth the space in your cd collection.
Published 20 months ago by J. Hutchings
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album with several so-so bonus cuts
Jethro Tull / War Child: The story of War Child was our story for the ten years before the albums release. Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by J. Bynum
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