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Jethro Tull excellent deluxe reissues continue with a 40th anniversary five-disc edition of 1977’s Songs From The Wood due to be released next month. After a couple of albums recorded in Monaco, Jethro Tull returned to Morgan Studios in London to cut their tenth studio set, “Songs From The Wood”. The comforts of home brought out the best in the band, and frontman Ian Anderson had a new country estate – and a book of British folklore given to him by the group’s manager – to inspire lyrics rooted in England’s past. While progressive and hard rock elements remain, acoustic and folk-based music plays a stronger role on the 1977 collection, highlighted by such songs as “Ring Out, Solstice Bells,” “The Whistler” and the title track. Masterfully performed and skillfully arranged, “Songs From The Wood” made the Top 10 in the U.S., and it remains a favourite among band members and Tull fans.

This celebration of Jethro Tull’s tenth album follows a similar pattern to previous reissues, with the first disc containing a Steven Wilson remix followed by some ‘associated recordings’ including the previously unreleased Old Aces Die Hard and Working John, Working Joe.

CDs two and three offer 22 track live tracks, recorded on the Songs From The Wood Tour across two American dates, (Boston on 6th December 1977  and Maryland on 21st November 1977). These unheard tracks have been remixed to stereo by Jakko Jakszyk and are completely unheard.

There are two DVDs in this set. The first contains a 5.1 surround sound mix (DTS and Dolby 5.1) and 96/24 LPCM stereo versions of the both the original and Steven Wilson remixed version of Songs From The Wood. This DVD also features selected associated tracks, as well as various quad mixes and flat transfers.

The other DVD contains video footage from that Maryland gig of 21st November 1977. These visuals apparently come directly from the film that was played on the big screens in the venue and has never been seen since! The audio has been mixed to stereo and 5.1.

As before this is presented as a ‘bookset’ and has 96-pages of writing on the album including  a track-by-track annotation of the album and associated recordings by Ian Anderson.

This five-disc deluxe edition of Songs From The Wood will be released on 19th May 2017 with vinyl and standalone CD versions to follow in July. Great value as usual –  as well as the links below it’s available from Burning Shed for less than £20.