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on 25 November 2014
Another smashing release from Jethro Tull.
Warchild was never at the time of original release one of my Favorite Tull albums but listening
to it again now sounds great.
Ok the 5.1mixes i could live without but with some Video content and plenty of Bonus tracks this makes
a nice item to add to your Tull collection
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on 6 April 2016
Great album this. Good to see a bit of film footage, but not nearly enough . There must be loads out there from this period.
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on 17 April 2016
Brilliant package.not much point in the 3D & 4th discs though as far as I can tell.
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on 31 December 2014
After the disaster (the Chateau D'Isaster if you will), Jethro Tull returned to blighty to do their next album, a cut down version of the epic work they attempted that was eventually to become "A Passion Play". With that done, Anderson and company turned to the next project and what would be yet another case of rescuing an album from the ashes of an incomplete work, this time a movie. The project was known as "War Child" which was supposed to become a movie and two albums; one being a film soundtrack, the other being a more normal work. Well, normal for Tull, anyway.

The eventual outcome was that the movie never happened, the OST was only partially completed but the rock album did surface to some success. It featured two songs lifted from the Chateau tapes, namely Skating Away (On The Thin Ice of a New Day) and Only Solitaire and a whole bunch of memorable songs including Bungle in the Jungle which became quite popular in America.

What we have with this collection are two DVDs and two CDs which include audio and video versions of the album, both as originally intended and as a remix as well as various bits and pieces from the era, a fair amount of the OST that was recorded, extra tracks including some unreleased tracks and video footage from Tull's brief return to Switzerland. The whole thing comes in a book sized case which also includes a lengthy commentary of how the album came to pass, what became of the movie, a script synopsis and much more.

The quality is pretty good, even the Steven Wilson remixes (I prefer to keep the mix as it is but these remixes aren't too bad) and the whole thing is good value. As the various Tull brothers drift into retirement, obscurity and, in a couple of case unfortunately, demise, it's good to have something like this to remind us of what Tull were like in their heyday.
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on 14 October 2002
When first released in 1974, I recall many being disappointed with Warchild, in comparison to its illustrious predecessor, A Passion Play, but over the years this view has changed considerably and the album is rightly considered one of Tulls best offerings.
Warchild is essentially a collection of outtakes from the Passion Play sessions and from the soundtrack to the ill fated Warchild movie. Similarities with APP abound, especially in the use of saxophones and lyrical themes. There are Piano accordians in the mix, too and the album has a humorous, surreal English Music Hall / circus feel.
Standout tracks from the album proper, include the magnificent Backdoor Angels which features some savage guitar from Martin Barre; the classic Skating Away ( on the thin ice of a new day ); hit single Bungle in the Jungle and the sardonic Only Solitaire - an acoustic jingle, part self parody part searing attack on the rock press.
This remastered version features some outstanding bonus tracks ( 7 in all ) culled from various collections, all of which are regarded as cult classics by the Jethro Tull cognescenti and the album would be worth buying for these alone. Add all the original tracks and the pristine, crystal clear remastering job and you have what can only be described as an essential album.
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on 14 December 2014
War Child for me is not one of Jethro Tulls best 70s albums. There are some classic songs such as the title song and the two hits Bungle In The Jungle & Skating Away. There are several fillers in my opinion, the few tracks that feature accordion such as Queen & Country etc just don't have that Tull sound and don't fit well on the album.
Steven Wilson has once again made an average album into a better one with his 5.1 mix. The music sounds fresher, more enjoyable overall.
What I am enjoying more than the original album as well is the brilliant bonus tracks that were not included on the original album. Songs such as Rainbow Blues and Paradise Steakhouse are great songs. The alternative versions are also very enjoyable.
As with the other Jethro Tull recent box sets this contains a fantastic booklet with comprehensive information on the sessions and opinions by band members and others involved.
Overall this is one of those box sets i'll play occasionally with a few skips through the tracks i'm not keen on.
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on 6 April 2016
Good: underrated album
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on 21 August 2016
A good one
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on 18 June 2016
Excellent
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on 15 February 2016
This was a Christmas present for my Dad and he loved it :)
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