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Their #2 smash release from '74, featuring the hit Bungle in the Jungle; Warchild; Queen and Country; Two Fingers ; seven bonus tracks, and more!

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listen  6. Skating Away (On The Thin Ice Of The New Day) (2002 Digital Remaster) 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bungle In The Jungle (2002 Digital Remaster) 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Only Solitaire (2002 Digital Remaster) 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Third Hoorah (2002 Digital Remaster) 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Two Fingers (2002 Digital Remaster) 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Warchild Waltz 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Quartet (2002 Digital Remaster) 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Paradise Steakhouse (2002 Digital Remaster) 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sealion II (2002 Digital Remaster) 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Rainbow Blues (2002 Digital Remaster) 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen17. Saturation (2002 Digital Remaster) 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00006JKON
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By "barny280" on 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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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on 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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bellagio on 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Reverend on November 25, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Here is everything you'll ever need regarding the "Warchild" recording. The original 1974 stereo mix in high resolution, the new 2014 stereo (Steven Wilson) mix in high resolution stereo and 5.1 surround. A complete CD full of unreleased orchestral material, alternate takes, singles, B-sides, and ephemera in high resolution new stereo and 5.1 mixes. The DVD-V contains some home movies of Tull presenting a check to the mayor of Montreaux with a comic voice over by Ian Anderson and a concert promo film for the song "Third Hoorah". The set comes in booklet form and houses 2CDs/DVDs and a photo and fact packed book telling you more than you've ever wanted to know about the times and recording of this material. The new stereo mixes are incredible adding new life to oft buried instruments like accordians and keyboards and Ian's much maligned sax actually sounds much better in this mix. Don't get me started regarding the 5.1 surround mix. It is completely other-worldly to say the least. The audio soundstage is stacked with instruments and voices which often appear front and center then blend into the periphery. Acoustic instruments are given a breath of new life with a presence in every song and crystaline sound. This is material that you could use to demo your 5.1 system. it's that good. Well worth every penny (@$30) for this collection that was done with tender loving care.
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