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on 8 September 2013
The album "Walk Into Light" was the first officially released solo album by Ian Anderson, known mostly for his work with Jethro Tull. Unlike his previous attempt at a solo album that was converted (forcebly by the record company, according to Anderson), this album used the bare minimum of support artists, primarily Peter-Jean Vettese who had performed with Tull on the album "Broadsword and the Beast" as Anderson attempted to experiment with electronic sounds in a stark contrast to the folk-rock influence that had been dominant since works such as "Songs from the Wood".
The album was not well received by the public, though a few songs did sneak into live Tull performances, especially during the following "Under Wraps" era which drew on similar sounds.
As a long time Tull fan and someone that has had more than a passing interest in electronic music, I found that the combination of these elements didn't really work well. I'm not sure if Vettese's influence was to blame - he was also responsible for the keyboard sound used on Frankie Goes To Hollywood, something that I detested - or if it was that Anderson's work of the time just didn't fit in with that sort of sound. Either way, this is one of those albums that I tend not to play a lot, and the unpopularity of the electronic Tull sound of that era would vanish thereafter with the eventual release of Crest of a Knave.