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on 11 May 2015
One of Tull's finest albums. After the darkness of Passion Play this was a return to what they did best; that unique combination of hard rock and whimsy. The stage show for this album was superb - very theatrical but not at the expense of the music. It brings back some great memories. Who can forget their reaction to first hearing, " And as you join the good ship earth, and you mingle with the dust, you'd better leave your underpants with someone you can trust." They don't write 'em like that anymore!
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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 30 January 2018
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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 7 January 2011
A typical Tull CD of the time, infused with unique brilliance and idiosyncratic indulgences. I love their music, and their stage shows are still worth travelling many a mile to see. I'm not sure how many young people listen to Tull, or whether many under 40 would get them if they did. Sadly many over 40 don't get them either, and too many have forgotten all about them. This is a real pity, they are missing out on a lot.

I don't feel this is Tull at their absolute peak, but that said they continued with this album to show what an excellent band they were, with the leadership of Ian Anderson constantly pushing them into exploring new ground. There is terrific musicianship and some fabulous songs as you would expect, and although occasionally elements of some of them might now appear self indulgent and a little obtuse (a bit prog rock) this is still a collection of songs that will immediately reward hearing. Very much worth a listen.
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on 7 May 2015
Always liked this album and great to have all of the studio out takes in one place. Good packaging and excellent sleeve notes.
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on 17 January 2015
Very underrated album it is so good and the new mix on vinyl is great.The booklet enclosed is really good with rare photos and history.Definitely one to buy as you will not be disappointed.
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