JETHRO TULL – ” Heavy Horses ” New Shoes Edition

Posted: March 2, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The deluxe series of Jethro Tull hardcover book-style reissues continues with Heavy Horses: New Shoes Edition, a new 3CD/2DVD version of Jethro Tull’s 11th album, originally released in 1978. As with previous releases, Steven Wilson and Jakko Jakszyk have undertaken new remixes in stereo and surround of both the original LP and a host of bonus material. Wilson remixed Heavy Horses and nine associated outtakes (seven of which have never been released in any mix), while Jakszyk remixed a 1978 concert in Bern, Switzerland 28th May 1978 recorded a month after the album’s release. (At least some of this material is believed to have appeared on that same year’s double live album, Bursting Out.) Two accompanying DVDs feature LPCM stereo (96/24 for the studio material and 48/24 for the live show) and 5.1 surround mixes of what’s on the CD, plus early music videos for “Heavy Horses” and “Moths” and two vintage television spots.

Considered the second in a folk-rock trilogy of the band’s that started with Songs From The Wood (1977) and closed with 1979’s Stormwatch, Heavy Horses matched frontman Ian Anderson’s lyrics about agrarian life and the modern world with a slightly more hard-driving musical soundtrack. Critics and fans alike found much to like in the album, which became their 10th consecutive 20 album (going gold in America, Canada and the U.K.); Rolling Stone said at the time that the band’s folk leanings “has suited Jethro Tull wonderfully.”

Packaged in the same book style as its predecessors, Heavy Horses: New Shoes Edition features a 96-page book of liner notes including lyrics, track-by-track notes by Anderson, interviews with Maddy Prior (who recorded her 1978 solo debut Woman In The Wings with the members of Jethro Tull) , Darryl Way (the Curved Air co-founder who played violin on Heavy Horses), and studio engineer Colin Leggett, and a band timeline that covers all recording and touring from January 1977 to November 1978.

Heavy Horses releases on February 3rd;

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