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Broadsword And The Beast

March 20, 2007 | Format: MP3

$11.49
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Finally, after many years of waiting, my favorite band has released the remastered B&B and I can complete my Jethro Tull collection! Now you might say "wait a tick, Broadsword and the Beast has been out on CD for years." That's true, but the original CD release was nearly unlistenable, and certainly the weakest disc in the collection. It sounded a bit like it was recorded with a hand held microphone inside a wet felt sack - muddy and of inconsistent quality.

This release is much superior to the original! Broadsword & the Beast was a moderate success in the United States, but in Germany and other European countries - this was "THE" Jethro Tull album to have, eclipsing Aqualung, Thick as a Brick and all the rest in sales and chart ranking. With perhaps the best artwork on any album cover, ever - this disc became quite popular and the menacing pixie like image of Ian still adorns concert tee shirts.

While the tone of the album took the guise of Scandinavian or Celtic themes, this album was definitely a stinging commentary of contemporary times. Among the several notable songs on this collection, THE CLASP and FALLEN 0N HARD TIMES both got a respectable amount of radio play in 1982. Both songs referred to the troubled times in which we were living, both economically and politically. An ailing Leonid Brezhnev was the General Secretary of the still thriving Soviet Union, only to be replaced by an equally threatening Yuri Andropov later that year. Reagan and Thatcher had formed a powerful, yet decidedly unsettling alliance in the west. These were scary times folks, and Ian's lyrics reflected the uncertainty we were all feeling!
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After their controversial "A" album from 1980, Jethro Tull charged into the year 1982 with their outstanding release, "The Broadsword And The Beast." Truly one of the group's very best works, "Broadsword" saw Jethro Tull acquire two new band members in the forms of keyboardist Peter John Vettese and drummer Gerry Conway. Vettese added a more keyboard-heavy, synthesised gloss to Tull's trademark folk-rock, and the combination works amazingly well. "Broadsword" also features some of the best material Tull frontman Ian Anderson had written since 1977's "Songs From The Wood." Lots of Tull goodies on this one, such as the marching rock of "Beastie," the catchy "Fallen On Hard Times" (which the band appropriately released as a single), the anthemic "Broadsword," the fun of "Watching Me Watching You," and the atmospheric punch of "The Clasp" and "Seal Driver." Also, this new remaster of "Broadsword" comes with a very generous helping of *eight* bonus songs all recorded during the sessions for the album, including the Christmas-themed "Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow," the part-ballad/part-rocker "Jack A Lynn," and the excellent "Overhang" and "I Am Your Gun." The album's early-80's production is top-notch, and Jethro Tull themselves sound truly inspired on this set. All the way around, "The Broadsword And The Beast" is a great Tull classic.
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THE BAND: Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, acoustic guitar), Martin Barre (electric & acoustic guitar), Peter-John Vettese (piano/keyboards/synthesizer), David Pegg (bass, mandolin), Gerry Conway (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: (1982) Originally 10 songs clocking in at approximately 39 minutes, this digitally remastered (2005) version features 8 bonus tracks pushing the entire listen to just over 64 minutes. Included with the disc is a 10-page booklet with original album artwork, song titles/credits, song lyrics, a 2-page intro from Ian Anderson, and thank you's. Label - Chrysalis Records.

COMMENTS: This album is an enigma to me. I like "Broadsword", but simply can't and won't put it on the same lofty perch as my favorites "Songs From The Wood", "Aqualung", "Minstrel In The Gallery", "Warchild", or "Thick As A Brick". "Broadsword" pulls you in many different directions. Anderson himself is quoted in the liner notes, "It was our fastest selling and biggest album in Germany, and did well through Europe... (however) the ho-hum response in the U.S. was a mystery." For me, the different line up personnel may have had something to do with it. The 70's were gone - and so was the magic of Tull's best drummer ever Barriemore Barlow, John Evan (keyboards), John Glascock (bass, R.I.P.), or any of those stunning orchestral arrangements from David Palmer. Two things I really found disappointing with this album was the heavy emphasis on keyboards and electronics, and the total lack of Ian's skilled flute playing. I know 'change' is inevitable. Jethro Tull's previous album "A" (1980) was a huge change in direction - a completely different sound... and in my opinion disappointing. While I admire Anderson for taking chances... it doesn't mean I have to enjoy the album.
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Jethro Tull's fourteenth studio album entitled The Broadsword and the Beast was released in April of 1982 in Europe and early May of 1982 here in the US.
After the group's controversial album from 1980 simply entitled A was released, Jethro Tull toured from the end of 1980 into 1981 and assembled the home video Slipstream in th process. Then lead singer/songwriter/flautist/acoustic guitar/Tull mastermind Ian Anderson, longtime lead guitarist Marin Barre and bass player Dave Pegg regrouped after a small break and got two new members as keyboard player Eddie Jobson (who didn't consider himself a band member) and drummer Mark Craney both left to pursue other music ventures. After auditions, the group settled on Scottish keyboard player Peter John Vettese and former Cat Stevens drummer Gerry Conway and another new Tull lineup was born. Also, Ian wanted to utilize Bob Ezrin as producer but due to scheduling and climate conflicts, it fell through. Then Ian (who was rightfully tired of producing Jethro Tull albums) settled on ex-Yardbird member and one-time Cat Stevens producer Paul Samwell-Smith to produce and created another great album, as I found out when I bought the remastered CD in October of 2005 while having a pit stop from leaving Massachusetts in South Carolina while visiting family before going to south Florida where I would relocate to proper in January, 2006.
We kick things off with the excellent rocker "Beastie" which speaks of the fears and problems one has to overcome in life. Next was another great synth induced rocker "The Clasp" (which would open shows on the Broadsword tour). Next is the catchy and still relevant number "Fallen On Hard Times" (which the band did released as a single and did well on US rock radio).
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