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Secret Language of Birds [Extra tracks, Import]

Ian Anderson Audio CD
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The new album from Jethro Tull frontman to be released on Calliandra Records in conjunction with Kscope on April 15th

In 2012 Ian Anderson released Thick As A Brick 2, the follow-up to Jethro Tull’s legendary concept album. The album was a critical and commercial success, charting around the world. In April he returns with Homo Erraticus, his new studio album.

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Product details

  • Audio CD (7 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00004RCTD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Secret Language Of Birds
2. The Little Flower Girl
3. Montserrat
4. Postcard Day
5. The Water Carrier
6. Set-Aside
7. A Better Moon
8. Sanctuary
9. The Jasmine Corridor
10. The Habanero Reel
11. Panama Freighter
12. The Secret Language Of Birds, Pt II
13. Boris Dancing
14. Circular Breathing
15. The Stormont Shuffle
16. Untitled
17. Untitled
18. Bonus Track 1

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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On this album you can hear the many influences that are included from his travels around the world .Although primerily a rock/ folk singer Ian ndersons voice has never sounded better.It has a depth and maturity which fits in well with this particular type of album .If you like jethro tull you will enjy this album.if you like folk music you will love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is the third solo album from Jethro Tull frontman and guiding force Ian Anderson. Here we find him in a typically creative and playful mood. The songs are largely acoustic, with a folksy jazzy tinge to them. They are, however, all uniquely Ian Anderson's own personal style, and quite distinct from his work with Tull. This is a delightful album, good natured and full of humour (the double meaning of the album title for instance), and is a really feel good listen. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a delightful surprise - buy it now! 26 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a long time Jethro Tull fan, I have always loved Ian Anderson's inventiveness and lyrics but for some strange reason I have never listened to any of his solo albums before now. I bought this following a recent gig where he performed TAAB and TAAB2 and overheard someone raving about some of solo albums. So glad I listened in.

This album is superb and wish I had bought it sooner - very jazz/ folk sound , very acoustic and flute driven and rapidly becoming a favourite album after 2 days!

Buy it , you won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UP CLOSE WITH IAN 24 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Finally the album fans have always demanded of Anderson -- and he delivers with aplomb, wit, finesse, and endless inventiveness. It's a wonder Birds hasn't become a classic among Tullites, since it easily surpasses Tull's outings from the nineties onwards. While it may not have the flying sparks of "The Witch's Promise" or the cheeky melodies of "LIfe's A Long Song", this acoustic dish satisfies more with each listening. Perhaps its near cult status owes to the fact that it steers away from rock and a heavy band sound, focusing on that folk playfulness Ian masters so charmingly.

The acoustic backdrop brings many treasures to the fore. Anderson's voice, for one. It feels effortless and nimble without the strain of a rock setting. While his enunciation in such a context allows him to bring out more shades of personality, it also evokes both a range of moods and genuine intimacy. Second, the songwriting is freer, jauntier, and often delicate and subtle. And in every song it's top notch. Further, there's a beguiling light touch, carefree yet wise as well as a wryly amused attitude to both the music and Anderson's observations.

My only quibble is with the seemingly digital engineering. The sound is shallow and a tad flat, highlighting how much more depth and roundedness acoustic instrumentation gains from analog recording. Well, one more quibble comes to mind. That's Gidding's orchestration. It veers dangerously towards the 'lite' side and robs the instrumentation of gravitas. Matter of taste, really.

Still, this is Anderson's best solo work (Rupi's Dance has nothing on Birds). Here's hoping a Part II is in the offing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Secret Language of Birds 2 Jun 2012
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Excellent Album, Ian Anderson is great on acoustic type work even better than the Tull days. Strongly recommended BUY IT
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5.0 out of 5 stars prompt efficient service. Happy to recommend. 30 Jun 2014
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Unusual album. Worth a listen.
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