Demonstrating their tremendous musical versatility, Tull turns down the heat for one of their most beautiful songs, “Slow Marching Band.” Some fans have attempted to interpret this song as an apology for the departure of long-time members Barriemore Barlow, John Evan and David Palmer, but I think that’s a case of identifying too much with one’s heroes. There he saw wealthy couples airing out their dirty laundry in public, oblivious to polite convention but very attentive to the need to establish evidence for the inevitable divorce proceedings. The Broadsword and the Beast has a satisfying, holistic feel, a record that successfully links the medieval with the modern from both a musical and thematic perspective. Display of battle flags aside, “Flying Colours” is a musical delight. Broadsword 7. The Broadsword And The Beast was the CD release that most direly needed a remaster—now it's done. von Jogi`s Rockfabrik, 19.05.05. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Released in April 1982 on Chrysalis (catalog no. I do shake hands quite a bit as part of my work, and I have to say I find the ritual awkward, annoying and superfluous, but business transactions have little to do with real human motivations and needs. Release group rating. Conway war zuvor Mitglied der Folk-Rock-Band Fotheringay und Schlagzeuger der Begleitband von Cat Stevens gewesen. Complete your Jethro Tull collection. 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. Even the final vignette "Cheerio" is lovely. "Broadsword" leitet den 2. Interesting take on Broadsword! There’s only one problem, though: most of it sucks. Ian buys a farm, we get Heavy Horses and Stormwatch. I wrote this positive that Broadsword was the band's first electronic/80's album, and just realized that A came before this. The Broadsword and the Beast has many features that clearly identify it as part of this meandering period in Tull history, especially the greater reliance on the synthesizer and the concern with socio-political trends. Board-Mitarbeiter. My day is filled with “synthetic chiefs with frozen smiles holding unsteady courses.” “The Clasp” also deals with our isolation in the human community, how we pass thousands of people every day in the big city and ignore all those strangers instead of taking a risk now and then to break cultural barriers and discover new friends. Gerry Conway’s contributions on drums are also worthy of mention, as he introduces splashes of syncopation and hints of funereal drum rolls while avoiding the impulse to take things too far and turn the song into a tedious military procession. The synthesizer sets a suitably ominous mood at the beginning, but as the song takes shape, the orchestral flavor of the synthesizer and the hard edge of Martin Barre’s always superb lead guitar are perfectly balanced. There are a few tracks I really enjoy though. Take a hand and take a bow. This is my favourite of their 80's albums. i got this for christmas off my nan ages ago, must say i thought it was fucking bollocks like. The record has been universally and justifiably condemned as Tull’s weakest album. Ian Anderson. The Broadsword and the Beast is easily the strongest album of this period, especially from a musical perspective. This review is for the sound quality of the remaster - 5 stars - and as for the music, that's 5 stars as well. Jethro Tull. Share: Tweet. I think it’s partially the stripped back, basic four on the floor of most of the the drumming after the virtuosic Barlow drumming of the past. “Fallen on Hard Times” is Ian Anderson’s attempt to weigh in on the general mess in the U. K. that began in the 70’s and led to the ascension of the Iron Lady in a fearful overreaction by the voting public, similar to what brought Ronald Reagan to power in the USA. Just hum along and keep on going. Descriptors fantasy, male vocals, epic, passionate, melodic. I relate to “Beastie” in part because I have experienced my own beasts, and in part because Ian Anderson is 100% correct when he tells you what to do and what not to do when dealing with those nasty little suckers: If you wear a warmer sporran, you can keep the foe at bay. Teil der ursprünglichen Langrille ein. “Watching Me Watching You” feels like it belonged on A, not here. Cheerio. Kudos for bringing attention to some of their more overlooked albums. The human instinct to protect the family is prominent here, as is the human tendency to call on supernatural forces to pull our asses out of the fire (“Bring me my cross of gold as a talisman.”) The rhythm reflects the drums of primitives, and the overall production is supportive of the story line. Stormwatch is an easy 4 for me. Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Jogi`s Rockfabrik Registrierter Benutzer. As you can tell, I have a definite preference for the “Beastie” side of the coin, but I still think that The Broadsword and The Beast is one of Tull’s better efforts. You paid the piper and called the tune Edited quite a bit of stuff. Walk on slowly don’t look behind you. Songs still have the Jethro Tull … Contentwise, the original rated three stars, max; to swap out at least half the songs for a few from the extra eight would yield a four star album, which is what I'm giving this remaster. Rated #890 in … Album Rating: 3.5Now I wanna do the same treatment for Stormwatch. Still marking time through winter. Typ: Album: Genre(s): Rock: Blues Rock, Hardrock, Progressive Rock « A. CHR 1380; Vinyl LP). After The Broadsword and the Beast came the curious Under Wraps, driven by Ian Anderson’s affection for spy novels. THE BROADSWORD AND THE BEAST ist ein Album, mit dem JETHRO TULL einen ganz besonderen Platz in meinem Herzen haben. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Irgendwie ging mir „Broadsword“ heute nicht aus dem Kopf, und ich habe The Broadsword and the Beast nach Jahren mal wieder aufgelegt. Dave Pegg’s bass part is a work of art in itself, a combination of melodic counterpoint, bluesy moans and relentless drive at all the right moments. Klingt nach BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST zu ihren schlechteren Zeiten. Etwas dramatisch und auffällig ist spätestens hier, dass Jethro Tull auf "The Broadsword And The Beast" verstärkt zu Synthies gegriffen und diese ganz bewusst beim Songwriting eingesetzt haben. Did you ever revisit Heavy Horses? Ich habe sie nach Erscheinen geliebt und bin enttäuscht. Once during a summer hiatus from college, my mother hooked me up with a New Age psychic who gave me a “reading” of my eternal soul that proved to be surprisingly accurate about my deepest fears (though I still think it was more of a lucky shot than astral wisdom). I’m a big Tull fan. I like almost everything they've done, but these two strike the right chord with me and are my "go to" albums when I pull out Tull. Jethro Tull - Broadsword And The Beast (Chrysalis, 1982) For Iain McCaig, working with Jethro Tull was a labour of love. MB bei Facebook . Compared to the scathing social criticism from the punk scene at the time, this is pretty milquetoast stuff that accepts the system as-is rather than what the punks did—identify the system as the fucking problem: Oh, dear Prime Minister, it’s all such a mess. Just enjoying reading through your Tull reviews. Broadsword And The Beast, The (1982) Jethro Tull The Broadsword And The Beast (1982) 0. Album Rating: 3.5Broadsword and Seal Driver are excellent, that I remember. A: We Are Devo! There are a couple of spots where Ian Anderson’s lyrics set my teeth on edge, but generally these lyrics rank as some of his best. “Broadsword” opens side two, a historical piece where you imagine primitive Britons in animal skins watching with a combination of fear and determination as the Vikings, the Danes or the Normans show up in the green and pleasant land to rob and pillage. The bonus tracks Jack-A-Lynn, Mayhem Maybe, and the delightful Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow are easily as good as anything on the album, and also sound closer to the bands folk rock leanings than some of the album tracks. Anyway- good review, I think I’ll give it a spin. Let’s place The Broadsword and the Beast in the proper context. The beasts that come out when I’m immersed in those fears are arrogance (I can be a real castrating bitch) and self-deprecation (believe it or not, dominant little me can get seriously down on herself at times). You played for me; that’s all for now, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Streetcore, King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King. I would have preferred to hear more Martin Barre on this and on all the albums of the synth-heavy period, but I always take comfort knowing that Crest of a Knave is just a couple of stops ahead and Martin will get another chance to let it rip. It included the entire stage being decorated to look like a pirate ship, which Ian Anderson, as he said in the liner notes for the remastered CD, thought was "very silly". Opening over a background featuring the refreshing sound of a real piano played by Peter Vetesse, the song explodes into a Jethro Tull driver, full of those wonderful syncopations and bursts of Martin that knock you on your ass. He was already a huge fan, when commissioned to do the art for the band’s 14 th studio album. “Pussy Willow” is essentially a more detailed character description of the office worker described in Paul McCartney’s “Another Day.” This girl Friday has fantasies of being rescued from her humdrum existence by a medieval prince, who will shuffle her off to the mystical east. THE BROADSWORD AND THE BEAST ist ein Album, mit dem JETHRO TULL einen ganz besonderen Platz in meinem Herzen haben. Come clean, for once, and hit us with the truth. I won’t remind you. Auf dem in dieser Besetzung entstandenen Album "Broadsword And The Beast" versuchten die Tull, die akustischen und synthetischen Einflüsse der vorhergehenden Alben zu kombinieren. I can definitely understand why you were disappointed by the album, the electronic stuff is pretty odd at first. Music Review: Jethro Tull – The Broadsword and The Beast. Change ). Hi! 4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Jethro Tull. Ian was really churning out a prolific number of songs in this era. It’s certainly not one of their top albums but has a certain energy to it that I like. Für Vettese, der während der Aufnahmen zur Band kam, und Conway waren es die ersten Alben mit Jethro Tull. Leave it to Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull to anoint the Eighties with a concept album about the erosion of old values in today's rapidly devolving world. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The Broadsword and the Beast has many features that clearly identify it as part of this meandering period in Tull history, especially the greater reliance on the synthesizer and the concern with socio-political trends. There’s nothing I can do for you, everywhere’s a danger zone. 29. Sung in the first-person by the male half of the toxic relationship, the arrangement of mutual convenience and exploitation is exposed as the pathetic and primitive relationship it is: Shout but you see it still won’t do. Go right ahead and pull the rotten tooth. Funny you mention Heavy Horses—I was listening to Bursting Out the other day, and I rather like the songs from Heavy Horses when performed live. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Did our friends all catch the needle match, did we want them to? Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. This is probably their only 80's album that I can listen to. [REVIEW] Jethro Tull - "Broadsword and the beast" (1982) Beitrag: # Beitrag AusDemWegIchBinArzt Di 23. Sadly, she has to go to work to receive the inevitable cold splash of reality (“Runs from the train, hears her typewriter humming, cutting dreams down to size again.”) Musically divided into slower tempo sections for her fantasies and accelerated tempos for the morning commute, “Pussy Willow” is a fascinating composition. Oh, Mr. President you’ve been put to the test. While the pussy willow is a useful metaphor to contrast the lower middle class girl’s existence with those who live on the “fur-lined avenues” she passes on her way to work, it irritates the shit out of me that Ian Anderson had to manipulate the natural syllablization of the word “willow” to make it fit: pussy wilLOW. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The Broadsword and the Beast By Jethro Tull..... Buy this Album. The album is usually entertaining, and Anderson's experiments with electronic elements end up being mainly successful. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Reviewed in Canada on March 22, 2018. 1. . I know this one is fairly beloved though by plenty of folks. Broadsword and Seal Driver boast great guitar solos and Pussy Willow is one of Tull's best 80's songs. Still, Broadsword And The Beast contains plenty of strong material, and tunes such as the gentle, loving Pussy Willow and the bouncy, folky Clasp should find their way into the libraries of any fans of the band. Following that disaster, Tull went on a three-year hiatus due largely to Ian Anderson’s throat problems, and re-emerged in superb form with Crest of a Knave. When I was going through a particularly challenging time with my beasties, I did go see a shrink. Mick Abrahams • Don Airey • Martin Allcock • Barriemore Barlow • Martin Barre • Cliv Release group reviews. Album Rating: 3.5Edited, thanks! Ian falls in love with espionage tales and we get Under Wraps. Even the final vignette "Cheerio" is lovely. Jethro Tull spielte das Album mit Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, Peter-John Vettese, Dave Pegg und Gerry Conway ein. I've been digging that album hard lately. So stand as one defiant, yes, and let your voices swell: “Beastie” deals with the fundamental fears that form the primary obstacle to our development as human beings. 8.60 ∅-Bew. Approved third parties … Zu diesem Zwecke durfte Vettese sogar beim Songwriting mit anpacken, was bei den Anderson-dominierten Tull durchaus keine Selbstverständlichkeit ist. Listen: Artist: Jethro Tull: Type: Album: Released: RYM Rating : 3.59 / 5.0 from 11 ratings Genres Progressive Rock, Folk Rock Hard Rock, AOR. Be the first to write a review. All so predictable and we know it. Seal Driver 10. The song fails to grab me, probably because I find stories of battle tedious, but if you’re into that kind of thing, you will find that “Broadsword” is very well arranged and executed. Album Rating: 3.5Dammit, the out of order reviews are confusing me too. Insbesondere „Broadsword“ ist ganz schlecht gealtert. Yikes that was a bad one. We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use our services so we can make improvements, and display ads. This is clearly a song about the sadness experienced at the end of a relationship, when you know it’s time to separate despite the still-simmering remnants of feeling for the other person. Fallen On Hardtimes 4. The Broadsword And The Beast. Like Aqualung, The Broadsword and the Beast is divided into two roughly thematic sides: “Beastie” and “Broadsword.” That organization is driven more by the lead songs than the actual content, but the “Beastie” side deals more with the darker aspects of human nature. He could have avoided it by delaying the first syllable and turning the melody into a diminuendo. Label: EMI - 7243 4 73411 2 0,Chrysalis - 7243 4 73411 2 0 • Format: CD Album, Remastered • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Prog Rock "Pussy Willow" ist vielleicht am einfachsten gestrickt, geht aber ins Ohr und ist trotzdem für mich einer der stärksten Tracks. So, you might be wondering by now: why the low rating to Broadsword if Planets for you is great and you say they are not quite different in how they sound?. Oh, and never mind the words: According to the psychic, and repeatedly reinforced by life experience, my two greatest fears are vulnerability and inadequacy. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2005 CD release of The Broadsword And The Beast on Discogs. Don’t say goodbye, love. The fears and instincts that drove our ancestors still live within us today. Die Texte und Kompositionen stammen, wie bei Jethro Tull üblich, von Ian Anderson, jedoch wirkte auch Vettese als Komponist mit. He’s your private nightmare pricking; he’d just love to turn the screw. Anderson observes the entropy of spirit… Under Wraps » 28 Tonträger. A was supposed to be an Ian Anderson solo effort but was Tull-i-cized by Chrysalis. The different filters applied to his voice oscillate between a sense of closeness and a feeling of distance, and are very effective in reinforcing the theme of essential human loneliness. It took McCaig 14 days to complete the artwork, and he even admits to completing the last touches while en route to deliver it on the tube. I would describe the period between Songs from the Wood and Crest of a Knave as a period dictated by Ian Anderson’s changing circumstances and ever-fluctuating interests. Did I give a smile too few? This, along with Songs From The Wood, have always been my favorite Jethro Tull albums. Album Rating: 3.5Nope. After the mid-period masterpiece Songs from the Wood, Tull released three so-so studio albums: Heavy Horses, Stormwatch and A. Stormwatch has some very strong pieces like “Flying Dutchman” and “Dun Ringill” and some very weak pieces like “North Sea Oil.” Heavy Horses was pretty weak, though the live version of “No Lullaby” on Bursting Out is pretty solid. It’s never been my favorite, but I’ve always popped it in the “not bad” category. ( Log Out /  Watching Me Watching You is the only song I don't like on here. Album Rating: 3.5Yes I guess we have to be patient with that one. Still nicely covered though. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Broadsword And The Beast at Amazon.com. “Beastie” is a fabulous, tone-setting opener of power and nuance. This review is for the sound quality of the remaster - 5 stars - and as for the music, that's 5 stars as well. I listened to Thick as a Brick today but I enjoy Aqualung more. . Quick Links. Surprised that you are dismissive of Heavy Horses -my favorite Tull album. ( Log Out /  These are all the Nightcap tracks from that time + everything on the expanded bonus version of Broadsword. It’s too electronic and jerky and doesn’t fit the feel of the rest of the album. Album Rating: 3.5There's not really any kind of order you're doing these in? The “Broadsword” side is more diverse, less connected and a touch less satisfying. Musically, Tull is on top of their game here. She was as useless as tits on a hog. Album Rating: 3.5That's what I mean, it's kind of confusing. Genres: Progressive Rock, Folk Rock. The tour for Broadsword was the last of the band's to be exceedingly theatrical. Album Rating: 3.5I should give this another try, just to see if my rating is still good. The Broadsword and the Beast comes to a fitting conclusion with the sentimental pub song, “Cheerio.” My only regret is that it doesn’t have more verses, because I think it would make a great replacement for the always tiresome “Auld Lang Syne” with the added bonus of not having to remember what the Scots title means when you’re three sheets to the wind. Pussy Willow 8. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Oddly enough, despite the meandering lyrics, this is one of the most memorable pieces on the album. AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder [+] The cover of this first actual Jethro Tull album since 1979's Stormwatch depicts Ian Anderson as an elf-warrior, with wings and a sword, and a ship with a stylized Norse dragon's head. With my colours on I can be just as bad as you. Really, Ian should have kept his nose to the musical grindstone and let the politicians ruin themselves. Expect a lot of negative reviews to come in the near future. Overall, the theme coalesces around a central point: we may dis our medieval ancestors and their primitive ways, but while we may have better appliances and means of transport, we’re far short of claiming evolutionary superiority. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – Get Up! Sponsored by . Like it was Tull “dumbed down” or something. The remastered extended edition is well worth a listen. Issue details: Chrysalis / F2 21380. And you marched the band away. ( Log Out /  I’ve tracked down 24 including the 10 original Broadsword and I just through them all in a playlist to shuffle when I’m in the mood for this era of Tull. Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn ; Pinterest; Beginning in 1968 Jethro Tull had released a studio album every year for thirteen straight years until 1981. We act our parts so well, like we wrote the play. Ian Anderson said it was about “the dilemma of people in the public eye.” Yawn. The melody is lovely and the variations in rhythm are absolutely compelling. Clasp 3. Beastie 2. Originally from San Francisco, I am now a French/EU citizen living in Nice. Great to read a thoughtful review of Broadsword -music and lyrics. This, along with Songs From The Wood, have always been my favorite Jethro Tull albums. Album Rating: 4.0excellent return to form; the 20 anniversary box set had leftovers which were good enough to make this a double. She tried to sell me on drugs harder than any street pusher, and her “counseling” consisted of staring at me for fifty minutes while I jabbered away. Pulling that rotten tooth à la Thatcher led to a great deal of suffering in the laboring classes while reducing taxes for wealthy landowners like Ian Anderson. It's grown on me a lot over time. I’ll probably get back to Tull someday, as I’d like to complete the discography from This Was through Crest of a Knave, but this year I’m trying to do more early 21st century stuff—the music from my generation. DPRP CD-Review; Rolling Stone Review; Ausführliche Informationen über die einzelnen Versionen der Tonträger bei musik-sammler.de ; Liedtexte bei cupofwonder.com (Archivversion) Informationen zu den Liedtexten bei cupofwonder.com (englisch, Archivversion) Einzelnachweise. The band would continue further down the road into synth-pop, but never would they do it again with this success. According to the annotations on the Cup of Wonder site, Ian Anderson had this to say about “The Clasp”: Ironically the handshake, when it is offered, is very often a forced gesture, far removed from its origin which was a way of demonstrating that you had no weapon in your hand and that you were offering your open hand to someone in peace. Report this review (#267159) | Posted by deathlifereborn | Saturday, February 20, 2010 | Review Permanlink. And I look great in leather. Extensive notes on the production of the album and subsequent tour can be found at the official Jethro Tull website. Tipps & Tricks Fragen (FAQ) Regeln. Ian Anderson uses funereal imagery to mark the symbolic death of self-and-other; the experience is one of mourning for the relationship and for the now-separated individuals: Dream of me as the nights draw cold No, what really works is what Miles Davis did when he finally kicked the heroin habit: lock yourself away and face those fears head on. He’s the lonely fear of dying, and for some, of living too. Flying Colours 5. Stare that beastie in the face and really give him hell. Soon, the band … The Broadsword and the Beast, an Album by Jethro Tull. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Jethro Tull - The Broadsword And The Beast at Discogs. As for “Seal Driver,” Ian claimed it was “deliberately ambiguous,” a clear attempt to hide the fact that the words are unintelligible and he didn’t have a clear grasp of his metaphors. Peter Vetesse’s piano is remarkably sensitive, tender in the reflective passages, imbued with finality in the passages of resolution. I make those kinds of mistakes all the time! I was going to do the discography in chronological order, but I probably won't be able to get the band's debut until September, so I'm just reviewing the albums that I have now. Where it differs is in the quality of the songs and the quality of the production. 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