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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.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 5 October 2011
One of the (many) excellent, unique, masterful albums from the legendary Jethro Tull.
Their musicianship (even though the line-up changed over the years) is never less than stunning, the songs range from gentle ballads to all out heavy rock, via folk, jazz and classical.
I have been listening to Tull albums over the years (ever since "This Was") and (apart from a couple of synthesier oddities in the '80s) have been delighted, amazed and awe-inspired by them.
I saw Ian Anderson's tour last year (with most of Tull) and they are still wonderful...
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on 4 June 2018
Last of the "folk " trilogy. Not quite in the same league for me as "Heavy Horses" or "Songs from the Wood" but enjoyable .Really one for the die-hard fans. The bonus tracks make it worth the money.
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on 5 October 2013
One of the last Tull albums I got round to buying and now wish I had bought it earlier in my quest to purchase their entire back catalogue. Orion is in my opinion the most under-rated classic in their collection. Totally enjoying listening to this album almost every evening since buying it.
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on 11 October 2017
Last classic JETHRO!
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on 2 May 2016
How can I argue with a fan (my hubby)? He says it is brilliant, arrived quickly so very pleased
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on 18 May 2015
Great Album from a great band, sadly the last album to feature Mr John Glasscock RIP.
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on 26 January 2011
If your in a gentler "Broadsword & the Beast" kind of mood, this is the one. It may have been underrated in its day, and its certainly no Stand Up, TAAB, Aqualung or Minstrel in the gallary, but just like TOTRRTYTD its great fun, great company and brilliant music
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on 27 February 2018
The best of the best. Don't miss out!
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on 22 March 2015
a Tull special
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