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Heavy Horses [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Jethro Tull Audio CD
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Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common love of Blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. ... Read more in Amazon's Jethro Tull Store

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  • Audio CD (14 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00008G9JO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Acres Wild (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. No Lullaby (2003 Digital Remaster) 7:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Moths (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Journey Man (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rover (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. One Brown Mouse (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Heavy Horses (2003 Digital Remaster) 8:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Weathercock (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Living In These Hard Times (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Broadford Bazaar (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:380.99  Buy MP3 

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Although both albums share a marked sense of rural enchantment and find Jethro Tull at the very apex of their folky prog-rock ingenuity, 1978's Heavy Horses is often unfairly portrayed, by fans and critics alike, as a thematic follow-up to its immediate studio predecessor Songs from the Wood. Both offerings are excellent, but they do deserve to be appreciated in isolation. While Songs from the Wood evokes a magical atmosphere of mysterious nature-worshipping spirituality, Heavy Horses is far more earthly, a nostalgic glance at agricultural realism with a Cornish pasty--not a book about fairies--in its back-pocket.

Indeed, on the progressive, nine-minute-long title-track--a most poetic ode to the English countryside's traditional ploughing beasts of burden--Ian Anderson almost sings with the sorrow of an old-time farmhand witnessing the combine harvesters and crop-sprayers coming over the horizon for the first time. One can even forgive him the rather randy line "Let me find you a filly for your proud stallion seed, to keep the old line going". Sure, there's plenty of prattle about drinking afternoon tea with mice, but tracks like "Moths" and "Acres Wild"--the latter a Scottish-jig flavoured homage to Ian Anderson's salmon-farming locale of Skye--mark Heavy Horses out as a must-own in the Jethro Tull canon. Somehow, they were never quite as good, as often, again. --Kevin Maidment

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JETHRO TULL Heavy Horses (2003 UK 11-track digitally remastered CD issue of the classic 1978 album including the two bonus recordings Living In These Hard Times & Broadford Bazaar picture sleeve booklet with notes and lyrics inside)

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Special Album 13 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Released in January 1978 and very similar in style to its predecessor Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses to my mind represents the absolute peak of Ian Anderson's songwriting and lyrical genius. If you like brilliant tunes and superb earthy and rustic lyrics concerning amongst other things, Cats, Horses, Trains and little furry folk then this is the album for you. While playing this album you can almost taste the countryside as pure and perfect Jethro Tull tumbles out from the speakers.

With many records there is often a need to only programme in certain tracks so as to avoid poor and tuneless filler material. With Heavy Horses there is no need to do this as it is a perfect set from start to finish.

As far as I am concerned all the songs on the album are tuneful classics. Lyrically though the track 'Journeyman' is extra special and concerns Ian Anderson's observations during a late night train journey. In the song he likens a commuter's black briefcase to a dog sleeping in the draft beside the carriage door. It's genius writing, which is so clever that you can almost believe that you are on that very train. The title track 'Heavy Horses' is also fabulous and builds up gradually to a fine Martin Barre guitar solo which gets things rocking very nicely. Is it Heavy Rock music? Is it Folk? I can't really say as it defies categorisation. Let's just say then that it's perfect Jethro tull of the very best vintage.

So there we have it. A brilliant album and an absolute must for anyone interested in listening to some extremely well crafted music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How can I be first? 27 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
I cannot believe that nobody has yet expressed their adoration of this album on here! Perhaps it just stands for itself.
Personally, I am buying the CD album because my audio cassette tape has worn out. It has been in my car(s) for some years and although I do not claim to play it constantly (Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix and The Stones would object to that infidelity), this is an album I never tire of hearing.
It may be odd to see Ian Anderson these days - not the hairy fellow of the days of yore - and indeed a member of Tull changed gender - so the band do embrace change, but some periods and albums define a band. "Heavy Horses" along with "Songs from the Wood" are to me the classic albums that do so for Jethro Tull. In my collection, I may have "Crest of a Knave" and other later Tull offerings, but whatever the good qualities of 'Steel Monkey' or 'Later that same evening' - it is the likes of "Heavy Horses" that get brought out to show what a band blessed with an ear for a good tune, a soupcon of style and a dash of wit can do. A sound apart from the studious folk-rock of Steeleye Span or early Fairport Convention, a uniquely British eccentricity runs through Jethro Tull. Listen to this album and the Heavy Horses of the title are poetically evoked, still there to take you back to a simpler age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic rock with a folky touch 1 Mar 2004
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Heavier than Songs From the Wood but still exploring pastoral themes, this is one of the defining albums from Jethro Tull.
Great lyrics, superb tunes.
If you like Tull you must own this.
If you like heavy rock but don't know Tull (?), its probably their best jumping on point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully played folk rock with poetic lyrics 30 May 2002
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Format:Audio CD
One of Jethro Tull's best albums, "Heavy Horses" combines the simplicity of acoustic folk influences with the power of honest rock music. As usual, the lyrics are well-penned, from the fun of "And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps" or the exuberance of "Rover" to the slightly sinister "No Lullaby" and the sheer poetry of the title track. Tull have seldom put their hearts into an album as much as they have with "Heavy Horses" and the results show.
Like all Tull albums, "Heavy Horses" needs a few playings to fully appreciate it, but anyone who makes the effort will be well rewarded.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tull's rural idyll still charms 30 years on 1 Jun 2007
By Jonathan Rowe VINE VOICE
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It would be easy to take a negative view of this album. Released in 1978, with punk laying low the titans of prog rock, it emerged to widespread indifference. With the zeitgeist buzzing to songs of urban and suburban alienation, anarchy in the UK and the urgent realpolitik of the street, what were Jethro Tull doing? Living up to their early 70s song title and living in the past. As album concepts go, it just doesn't get any more conservative than this. The folk instrumentation without the protest lyrics of the folk music. Songs that sneer at the spiritual vaccuum of the cities and celebrate the medieval nobility of the shire horse, the farm cat and the field mouse. Even the back cover depicts the band as "squires of the manor". A couple of decades later, John Major's speech about old maids cycling to Holy Communion through the morning mist would come to define just how laughably out-of-touch the Tories had become, but "Heavy Horses" is _full_ of that sort of sentiment. It must have seemed to rock critics back in '78 that Tull were marching to irrelevance and extinction.

Nevertheless, I fell in love to this album in the spring of 1984. While Britain was reeling under the Miners' Strike and every punk dystopia seemed to be coming true, I was on a train travelling through France, watching the Gallic countryside sweep by, listening to "Heavy Horses". And in that moment, as an understanding of just how different, how intriguingly and profoundly alien France was to England, this album soundtracked my gentle culture shock and I understood I was listening to something utterly and unmistakeably English. I've never stopped listening to it since, but where are Arthur Scargill, the N.U.M. and the angry punk movement now?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
What an album, had it on LP and tape the words and the music never leave you, something will alway bring them tumbling back into your head.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. T. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars another classic
There are two classic albums by Jethro Tull. The first is Aqualung - the best hard rock album ever and the second is this one, Heavy Horses, which creates a style of its own. Read more
Published 3 months ago by daveg
5.0 out of 5 stars Jethro Tull at the top of their game; a must-own remaster
Heavy Horses is one of the classic Jethro Tull albums. This remaster has been done with a light touch, polishing the album to make the songs shine even brighter, and comes with... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tony Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pice of music
Nothing smart to write , great album , great music .

If you are a fan of Jethro Tull this is album to own .
Published 6 months ago by Daniel Marion
5.0 out of 5 stars Tull's second folk gem!!
Following hot on the heels of 1977's "Songs from the Wood" Tull returned with an equally enchanting album. Read more
Published 6 months ago by oliverslepowronski
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
It would have seemed inconceivable, back in the late sixties, that the introduction of the flute to rock ‘n’ roll, where howling guitars and crashing drums dominated, could have... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jose L. Teixeira Ribeiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Rock at its best
Heavy Horses was the first Jethro Tull album I ever heard and while I wouldn't say it was his best it definitely rates a listen. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joe Sycamore
5.0 out of 5 stars My fave era of Tull.
The Tull folk rock of the seventies was vastly different from their earlier styles yet they nailed it with Heavy Horses and Songs From the Wood.
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Paul Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely reminiscent purchase
As soon as I put this on to play it took me back to my teenage years. Oh my, there must a little hippie inside of me. There isn't a track on this album I don't like. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Near Classic Tull
It's a good album with some nice songs on but definitely not in the same class as the classic Aqualung.
Published 17 months ago by Holly
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