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remastering brings out the fine details of 70s Tull albums
on 17 October 2011
Just like is predecessor, Heavy Horses, Stormwatch's original vinyl release was met largely with indifference - Tull were seen as a spent force, going backwards rathere than forwards. However, it isn't till you hear the remasters of their mid and late 70s albums that you appreciate their complexity. Much comes out that was missed before, the sound limitation of vinyl being the main factor in the way music was mixed in those days. I always refer to Stormwatch as Tull's "Scottish Album" - not because the concept is in any way scottish or even celtic, but because the musical styles involved typify the folk-rock scene north of the border - elements later taken up by Runrig. The two long tracks stand out immediately - Ian Anderson's vision never dulled, it was simply edited rather harshly at times - and a number of the shorter tracks were released as singles, without charting, they're a little too intelligent for 7-inch fodder. The bonus tracks have all come out on several previous collections, but always good to have them gathered as they were recorded during album sessions, and as is often the case, some of these passed-over tracks are actually as good if not better than those included on the album. All in all a very strong album in retrospect, melodic and musical and not relying solely on huffing down a flute, many different instrumental dimensions evolved during this period.