JETHRO TULL – ” Broadsword And The Beast ” Released 10th April 1982

Posted: April 10, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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For illustrator Iain McCaig, working with the band Jethro Tull it was a labour of love. He was already a huge fan, So when commissioned to do the art for the band’s 14th studio album. 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. Now involved in movies – writing, desiging and direction – he’d still love to paint Ian Anderson’s portrait!

Ian gave me a cassette with his work-in-progress songs for inspiration. We discussed a lot of ideas together during that first meeting. I honestly don’t remember who came up with what, but the upshot was that I went home and sketched an image of a bard tormented by the music from a pan pipe-playing beastie on his shoulder. Ian pointed to the fey little fellow and said: “That’s our cover”.

I had just discovered the Narnia books and was struck with an idea from Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, where a painting of a sea comes to life and begins to spill out of the frame. The lyrics from Ian’s song – “I see a dark sail, on the horizon, set under black clouds, that hide the sun” – combined with the Beastie from my first sketch, completed the picture.

“I’m also a big fan of puzzle pictures, and decided to leave some ‘easter eggs’ in the art. Hence the faces of the band – Dave Pegg, Martin Barre, Peter Vitesse and Gerry Conway – on the four corners of the picture frame, and the carved runic inscription that says… ah, but that would be telling!”

Jethro Tull were, and are still, one of my favorite bands of all time. Aside from that cassette that Ian gave me of his his work-in-progress songs (with lines like “I see a Broadsword, dum diddly-um dum dee”), the band generously allowed me to sketch while they recorded several of the songs in the studio. There aren’t many commissions like this one!

“Jethro Tull and Chrysalis both seemed pleased with the cover. For some of The Broadsword… concerts, they built the entire picture frame around the stage, with the dark-sailed ship crashing through it at the end. Ian also performed with a life-sized articulated Beastie on his shoulders, complete with flashing eyes and real bones beneath the latex, which sat in my attic room after the tour and scared the crap out of visitors. As for the fans, they have been very kind. Ian says he’s seen the cover image tattooed over countless body parts, and I was greeted by my cover painting on banners, posters and T-shirts and other memorabilia at a recent Tull concert.

“The final image was a merging of ‘Beastie’ and ‘Broadsword’.

 

 

 

 

 
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