Label: Chrysalis - 72435-93396-2-7 • Format: 2x, CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock
War Child is the seventh studio album by Jethro Tullreleased in October It was released almost a year and a half after the release of A Passion Play. The turmoil over criticism of the previous album surrounded the production of War Childwhich obliged the band to do press conferences and explain their plans for the future.
The band began recording songs for the album on 7 Decemberstarting with "Ladies". The studio equipment worked, the sound in the studio was very workable, and the atmosphere within the band was very settled and productive.
Much of the music derived from past recording sessions of the band. The basic tracks and lead vocals for those two songs were recorded during September sessions in France. Ian Anderson told Songfacts: "It was actually late '72 or early '73 when I was in Paris recording an album that never got released, although one or two of the tracks made it out inbut that was at a time when I was writing an album that was exploring people, the human condition, through analogies with the animal kingdom.
Originally meant to accompany a film project the album was planned as a double-album setit was reinstated as a ten-song, single-length rock album after failed attempts to find a major movie studio to finance the film. Peter and Lucifer portrayed as shrewd businessmen. Notable British actor Leonard Rossiter was to have been featured, Margot Fonteyn was to Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day - Jethro Tull - Live - Bursting Out choreographed, while Monty Python veteran John Cleese was pencilled in as a "humour consultant".
The front cover is a composite photograph featuring a positive color print of Melbourne at night, and a negative print of a studio photo of lead singer Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day - Jethro Tull - Live - Bursting Out Anderson. The back cover of the album contains images of people, including the five members of the band, friends, wives, girlfriends, Chrysalis Records staff, and manager Terry Ellisall related to the song titles.
Anderson's personal touring assistant and future wife Shona Learoyd appears as a ringmasterwhile Terry Ellis appears as a leopard skin-clad, umbrella-waving aggressive businessman. The album prominently features David Palmer's string orchestration across an eclectic musical set, with the band members, as the two predecessor albums, playing a multitude of instruments.
The music is lighter and more whimsical than the dark A Passion Playwith hints of comedy in the lyrics and the music' structure. Although, the lyrics still unleash lashing critiques of established society as in "Queen and Country" and " Bungle in the Jungle "religion "Two Fingers" and critics "Only Solitaire".
Tracks slated to accompany the film such as "Quartet" and "Warchild Waltz" were unearthed and released across several Tull compilations, and finally all of them appeared on the CD reissue. Into commemorate the albums 40th anniversary, War Child: The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition was released; a three-disc, limited edition package, remixed by Steven Wilson containing unreleased tracks, a promo video of "The Third Hoorah", orchestral pieces that were originally written for the film project, a script synopsis and track-by-track annotations by Ian Anderson.
The Rolling Stone review of the album is very harsh, as was the Rolling Stone review of A Passion Play : "Each handcrafted track comes chock-full of schmaltz, strings, tootie-fruitti sound effects and flute toots She Knows Me Too Well - The Beach Boys - Today! boot, not to mention Anderson's warbling lyricism.
The AllMusic review, by Bruce Eder, recognizes the quality of the album and the musicians, but stated that: A Estrada - Padre Zezinho, scj* - A Saudade De Deus Em Canção War Child ] never made the impression of its predecessors, however, as it was a return to standard-length songs following two epic-length pieces.
Calçots I Violencia - Various - Ens Fa Pudor La Boca was inevitable that the material would lack power, if only because the opportunity for development that gave Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play some of their power.
War Child went Gold in the U. On the other hand, the sales decreased in U. In Norway it reached No. All music is composed by Ian Andersonexcept where noted.
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