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Songs From The Wood Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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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: B00008G9JN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Songs From The Wood (2003 Digital Remaster)
2. Jack In The Green (2003 Digital Remaster)
3. Cup Of Wonder (2003 Digital Remaster)
4. Hunting Girl (2003 Digital Remaster)
5. Ring Out Solstice Bells (2003 - Remaster)
6. Velvet Green (2003 Digital Remaster)
7. The Whistler (2003 Digital Remaster)
8. Pibroch (Cap In Hand) (2003 Digital Remaster)
9. Fire At Midnight (2003 Digital Remaster)
10. Beltane (2003 Digital Remaster)
11. Velvet Green (Live)

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Rudram on 1 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
Every so often in life something very special comes along. The album Songs From The Wood is in my opinion just such an example of specialness in its extreme. Released in February 1977 while England was gripped by Punk Rock, its folk and countryside related themes only served to fuel its many NME type critics. However, I would wager that many Punks secretly loved the record and at the time possibly played it in secret in their bedrooms via headphones.

Songs From The Wood contains a perfect set of earthy and folk edged songs that sound as fresh and vibrant today as they did back in 1977. There is a feeling of pastoral happiness that runs throughout the album which in turn makes you feel all the better for listening to it. If it's at all possible you can almost 'Hear' Ian Anderson smiling as he sings.

It's interesting to note that Jethro Tull's previous offering was Too Old To Rock'N'Roll, which although brilliant and special in its own right was a world removed from the styles and themes on Songs From The Wood. In my opinion it was a change in direction that was a perfect and refreshing move for the band.

And what of the songs? Well, as I've already said it's a perfect set, stuffed with brilliant tunes and lyrics from start to finish. I could probably write a whole book concerning the merits of each individual song. However, I will dwell here on just the one track entitled Pibroch (Cap In Hand). This brilliantly played song also tells a very interesting story about a man returning one night 'cap in hand' to his woman after a relationship break-up only to look through the dining room window and witness strange slippers by the fire and strange boots in the hallway. Even more disconcerting he also notices a candle lit table for two has been laid.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Nostromo on 22 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album is the epitome of Jethro Tull. The instrument playing is simply wonderful, the songs are evocative and meaningful and the production is great. The blend of rock and folk has never worked better than it does here. The highlights for me are the title track itself, The Whistler, Hunting Girl and Velvet Green although people new to the album might be more familiar with Ring Out Soltace Bells, a regular on the Christmas playlists of many radio stations.

This album and its messages takes on a new meaning in the present feeling of doom regarding global warming and climate change. Ian Anderson's song writing suggests an almost predictional message of the difficulties facing a society in which the wheels of industry and pollution have taken hold over nature and as nature struggles to fight back, it becomes clear that it faces an insidious and determined enemy. On the other hand, if this is too deep, just enjoy the songs for what they are-tuneful songs played by a band at the top of their game.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Pundit VINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
When most people fancy a lungful of crisp clear country air, they go, not surprisingly to the country.
But I don't, I merely put on this CD and I'm there, whistling alongside the Poachers, sharing a fire at midnight with the Badgers,and all of us singing Songs from the Wood.
If your foot doesn't start tapping when Cup of Wonder comes on I'd check your pulse. Every song on this album is good, so good in fact that Mr Anderson decided to release a song from it on the "Ring Out Solstice Bells" EP,
and he didn't release many singles.
Some people try and pigeonhole the music, some call it folk rock, others prog rock, I just call it good music.
All the songs sound as fresh and vibrant as they did all those years ago.
Of all my Tull albums this is the one that gets the most played.
(Although, "Thick as a Brick" isn't far behind.)
All tracks composed and produced by Ian Anderson.
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Here's a snippet of lyrics from the title track.
Let me bring you all things refined:
Galliards and lute songs served in chilling ale.
Greetings,well-met fellow hail!
I am the wind to fill your sail,
I am the cross to take your nail:
A singer of these ageless times-
With kitchen prose,and gutter rhymes.
(Sheer poetry.)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Louise Stanley on 15 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Songs from the Wood opens with the line "Let me bring you Songs from the Wood - to make you feel much better..." - and it certainly does that.
The outstanding tracks are rich and thick like the oral equivalent of clotted cream, and although the others are mostly uninspiring, the ratio is safely in favour of the former. "Hunting Girl", "Velvet Green" and "The Whistler" are very personal songs to me, while "Solstice Bells" and "Fires at Midnight" are definitely for a midwinter pick-me-up. "Crimson Wonder" on the other hand is for that time in summer when the trees are green, the corn is ripening and you spot a hare, fox or pheasant in the meadows, reminding you of nature's splendour for approximately four minutes.
The downside is that the other tracks are - to a non-Tull fan - disappointing. "Jack in the Green" seems to be Tull-by-numbers, and "Beltane"...I'm not sure I've ever listened to it properly after a year of owning this CD. The live version of "Velvet Green" is good - especially the twiddly folk-dance in the middle - but I'm not a massive fan of live recordings, as on record they come across as tinny versions of the real thing.
It's a great introduction to Jethro Tull and I would urge anyone that wants to get into them to listen to this album first. The beauty of most of the tracks make up for the poor quality of some, and this will probably be one of the albums that in years to come I will listen to and be swept back to where I was at the time that I first heard it, which is compliment enough for anyone.
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