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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 (11 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: chrysalis
  • ASIN: B00070DK14
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen11. Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow (2005 Digital Remaster) 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Jack A Lynn (2005 Digital Remaster) 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen16. Rhythm In Gold (2005 Digital Remaster) 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. I'm Your Gun (2005 Digital Remaster) 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Down At The End Of Your Road (2005 Digital Remaster) 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 

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EMI 4734112 VENUS; EMI ITALIANA - Italia; Pop Internazionale

This edition of the album is the remastered version. Though it's tempting, in hindsight, to view it as just another of Ian Anderson's legendary affectations--the runes adorning the cover, the overriding air of eldritch portent--for Tull fans, this 1982 album came as a welcome relief. After the spooked futurism of Stormwatch and A--a mode they would revisit, just two years later, with the Peter Vetesse-dominated Under Wraps--Broadsword marked a return to the band's pastoral, slightly archaic sound, the laconic strain of English gentility that had informed such classics as Songs from The Wood and Heavy Horses. What had changed, however, was the singer's outlook: the air of melancholy in "Slow Marching Band", while beguiling, sounded more resigned than romantic; while "Watching Me Watching You" anticipated the tech-driven paranoia of his solo debut, Into the Light. The sound was tougher--stalwart guitarist Martin Barre contributed some chunky riffs to "Beastie" and "Pussy Willow"--and the mood darker. But too old to rock and roll? Not quite. --Andrew McGuire

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 April 2005
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A cracking Tull album finally gets the sonic clear-up it deserves. Broadsword fuses medieval themes with sprightly arrangements, 'modern day' instrumentation and shiny production to produce a sort of folky Dire Straits sound. Sadly, whilst the remastering definitely improves what was always one of Tull's thinnest sounding albums, Gerry Conway's drums still sound like synthesized biscuit tins.
The eight extra tracks are very welcome, but to these ears it's a shame they're all the same ones anthologised on the 20 Years Box set - no room for 'Crew Nights', 'Commons Brawl', 'No Step' or 'Drive on the Young Side of Life', each of which tower over the drivel like 'Watching Me Watching You' and others included in this set.
But enough of my carping. This is one of Tull's best albums - whether splicing the mainbrace on Broadsword, wallowing in the pastoral yearning of Slow Marching Band, progging out on Seal Driver or synth-throbbing on The Clasp - this is an album as old as the hills and as futuristic as its 1981 heritage allows. Ironically, having confused the occasional punters so comprehensively on Stormwatch and A, it was Broadsword that suffered in overall sales. Ian's solo album and Under Wraps showed that he still had a way to go on his personal synthesizer journey, but this album was a very high watermark in a meagre few years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Freeman on 8 Oct 2012
Format: Audio CD
Maybe I should have said the best progressive rock album ever! Either way this is a brilliant album. I was just listening to the cd again on my nice, expensive hi-fi system and it sounds magnificent. I first heard the song The Clasp on radio many years ago and I loved it. I bought the vinyl album and really loved the whole thing. The Clasp is still my favourite song but Seal Driver, Flying Colours and Broadsword are great too. Every song is great really. Jethro Tull are a charming group because they use real instruments and also traditional instruments like mandolins and flutes. However they also know how to rock with electric guitars. For this album they added a new keyboards/synthesizer wizkid called Peter Vetesse. He made a dramatic difference on this album adding great synth tones and textures to the atmosphere of the album. To me this was the absolute creative peak of Jethro Tull. I always felt Ian Anderson never knew how to follow it up, and most of the subsequent albums were mediocre. I thought their next really good album was Roots to Branches. This cd reissue adds many bonus tracks recorded around the same time. They are a bit of a rag bag of different styles but they are all worth having. In conclusion, if you like rock music, particularly rock music with a British and mythological flavour, buy this immediately!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Withers on 20 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album marked a change in style of the band, moving from the elven woods of trad. prog. into the hedgehog-splattering highway of a heavier style of rock. The band took on a darker, more politicized tone in later albums which I did not care for (esp. Rock Island). But this was the album that first introduced me to Tull in particular and Prog rock in general, and so sets the standard for all albums before and since.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Razvan Bejinaru on 10 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite album from Jethro Tull. All titles are very well written musically and have a more "rock" orientation than the ones on other albums, where you could sense the folk influences. I think the best track is "Flying Colors", a song that has everything from rhythm, guitar solos to very good lyrics and interpretation.
A very nice surprise are the bonus tracks, from which "Jack a Lynn" is by far the best one (it could have been easily introduced on the original recording side by side with the other tracks).
The album was made and appeared in Germany at that time, being a big succes.
All in all a must have for any Jethro Tull fan, in a improved edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Libertus on 9 Mar 2012
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As I own the original CD of this album, I'm limiting my comments to this remaster. Read the other reviews for commentary on the music. (Oh come on, it's brilliant - one of JT's best works!)

Listening equipment: Denon AH-D2000 headphones driven by an iBasso D10 DAC/Amp via optical.

Primarily, the hiss is gone. The original CD suffered from source tape hiss which I found rather distracting. This remaster has none of that. It's clean and clear. This alone is why I bought it, so no disappointent there.

There is some loss though. Perhaps it's my rig, but the crash cymbals sound a tad synthetic and recessed at times. I guess there's no algorithm for removing high-frequency noise that also preserves high-frequency detail. It doesn't matter to me - I don't think this detracts at all from the overall experience (I'm a bass head after all) and I'm happy with the compromise. Everything I love about this album is more pronounced, more present. That's all I care about.

In short, a superb remaster of a superb album. Cheap as chips too. What are you waiting for? Buy it :)

Oh yeah, the bonus tracks. I've already got them, but they sound great too. "Rhythm in Gold" especially. +1
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tony Roberts on 19 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
Not being a Tull fan - they were always 'known' to me but a band I never really took much notice of - I was intrigued to get Broadsword & the Beast (the cut-down 'vinyl' version) from a friend in the autumn of 2007. My rock tastes tend to be prog/heavy rock and Tull never was a band I thought of to listen to. Hence I listened to this without knowing of what they did prior to Broadsword.

Beastie kicked things off and immediately the folky-prog style appealed to me. While Beastie wouldn't turn out to be my favourite on this album, it certainly made me want to hear more. The only thing I disliked about this track was the chant-style vocal delivery of the title. Martin Barre's guitar riff had my foot tapping and I felt I'd missed out all these years on a band that sort of slipped under my radar. Then onto Clasp. Anderrson's flute playing was what I'd known Tull for and wasn't surprised at the intro, but as this song progressed I was pleasantly surprised at how catchy it was and really took to the guitar riff and melody. This would be my number 3 fave on this album.

Fallen On Hard Times took me back to the 70s Folk Rock era and this sort of song suits Anderson's voice. I can't see him belting out rock anthems a-la Coverdale or Gillan, for example, but this track showed Anderson's strength in Folk Rock. This reminded me of Lynyrd Skynrd. Flying Colours started off what I thought was going to be a ballad, but it suddenly changed into a weak Yes-style song and I felt it owed much of Barre's guitar riffs to Marillion. Not quite an original sound.

Slow Marching Band was full of English Country Folk influence, and I could almost imagine John Tams writing and singing this one. It didn't really grab me.
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