- Audio CD (19 May 2017)
- 40th Anniversary Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 5
- Format: Box set, CD+DVD
- Label: PLG UK Catalog
- ASIN: B06XZWT72V
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 125 customer reviews
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Songs From The Wood (The Country Set)
40th Anniversary Edition
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, 14 Apr 2003
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Disc One: Steven Wilson Stereo Remixes And Previously Unreleased Material (CD). Disc Two And Disc Three: Live In Concert 1977 (Jakko Jakszek Stereo Remix) (CD). Disc Four: Songs From The Wood (96/24 PCM Stereo, DTS And Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Mix, 96/24 PCM Flat Transfer, Flat Transfer Of Original Quad Master) (DVD) Disc Five: Live In Maryland 1977 In Stereo And 5.1, Bonus Footage (DVD)
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This generous package is a fine example of how to do a deluxe reissue of a classic album. There is a lot packed in here, all presented in a compact hardback book case.
Now, to the details. There are three CDs and two DVDs. The first CD is a 2017 remix of Songs from the Wood by the remarkable Steve Wilson, musician and prog rock enthusiast as well as an audio engineer. I love the remix, which has more clarity and much richer bass than the original. I also appreciate that full dynamics are preserved; you may find it slightly “quieter” than your existing CD, but just turn the volume up to appreciate it!
You also get 7 outtakes; I am just getting to know these but they are far from filler. Old Aces Die Hard is a highlight, nearly 9 minutes and really good, rejected because its theme is too dark according to the notes. And the US single mix of The Whistler.
Next comes a complete November 1977 concert at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland USA. Well, the first four tracks from a Boston concert a few weeks later but it hardly matters. A great concert; haven’t decided yet whether I prefer it to Bursting Out from the 1978 tour but it is excellent.
There is also a video of the November 1977 concert at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland USA. There is quite a story here. The concert was not filmed with the intention of ever releasing it, but rather for showing the live performance on a big screen, as is commonplace today in larger venues (18,000 seats in this case). It was also recorded to 8-track audio tape for a possible live album. The video is essentially a marriage of the two, technically tricky as they do not synch exactly. However the challenge was even greater for the first four tracks, where the audio tapes are missing. Audio was available from Boston though. Jakko Jakszyk (himself a musician with King Crimson) managed to blend all these sources, using various techniques, with impressive results. Considering the date, the video quality is good and the complete concert a 2-hour treat for Tull fans.
The other DVD has more treats: a new 5.1 mix of the album and outtakes, a flat high-res (96/24) transfer of the original mix, and a quad mix of four tracks (Songs from the Wood, Jack-in-the-Green, Velvet Green and The Whistler), which I presume is from back in the day.
The book is great too. 96 pages in all, with the first 51 pages giving the full story of the release, interviews with band members and colour photos. Then you get Ian Anderson notes on all the tracks, including the outtakes. Then lyrics to all the tracks, including the outtakes. Then some notes from Jakszyk on the video editing, and notes on the DVD from Don Needham.
Wonderful reissue for Tull fans at a very reasonable price. If only more deluxe sets were done this way!
So, 40 years gone and what gives? A great memory dropped through the letterbox today, stunningly repackaged and with near 2 hours of Tull's 1977 Songs from the Wood tour on DVD. Barlow, kilt, nakers and all... And I haven't stopped grinning all night!
If you like this LP you've got to treat yourself to this, for the DVD if nothing else. For me it captured Tull in their finest hour including "Whole Lotta Brick", the tricky little bugger "Songs from the Wood", the brilliant Hunting Girl and, damn they were having fun, Locomotive Breath.
Stunning songs & fantastic memories! And I'm still smiling watching the DVD for the third time this evening... Go on, fill your sail!
For £19.94 you get 2 DVDs and 3 CDs plus a presentation book - that's great value in anyone's book.
Songs from the Wood is one of the classic Tull albums and - in my opinion - captures them at the peak of their powers in the hiatus from 1971-1977 and the discs are worth it just for the concert footage alone. In fact, that was my main reason - the audio copy is just gravy.
Sure, the Video is 4:3 and old - one camera in particular on the 1977 concert suffers from green streaks - but it was great to see them captured at the peak of their powers, with the definitive lineup - including John Evans and leading into the final concert tour before the sad loss of John Glascock.
I never tire of watching Martin Barre - then or now - he is surely one of the best guitarist of all time and an unsung hero.
Happy memories and an awesome collection. Even if you are a peripheral Tull fan, it's got to be worth it to see a PERFORMANCE and great musicianship. Today it's all about the image OR the musicianship.. this is when you could get both, with meaningful lyrics and honesty.
CD/DVDs/Book for £18.94, delivered within 20 hours... how can you go wrong?
What a joy, then, to hear and see the newly-discovered 2hr concert covering this very period and with Tull and IA's voice in prime form. True, the video isn't exactly 4K HD - but who cares! This brought it all back (not that it really went away) - the concerts of the 70s and early 80s - it's good to be back home with you - magic and congrats to all involved with this package showing how it should be done.
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