War Child

Artist: Jethro Tull
Label: Chrysalis
Catalog#: CHR 1067
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1974-10
A1 War Child 4:33
A2 Queens And Country 2:59
A3 Ladies 3:16
A4 Back-Door Angels 5:30
A5 Sealion 3:35
B1 Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of A New Day 4:02
B2 Bungle In The Jungle 3:34
B3 Only Solitaire 1:28
B4 The Third Hoorah 4:47
B5 Two Fingers 5:07

Bass Guitar, Double Bass - Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond
Conductor - David Palmer
Drums, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Percussion - Barriemore Barlow
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar - Martin Barre
Engineer - Robin Black
Executive Producer - Terry Ellis
Mastered By - George Peckham
Mastered By - Melvyn Abrahams
Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, Accordion - John Evan
Producer - Ian Anderson
Vocals, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Sopranino Saxophone - Ian Anderson


All songs written by Ian Anderson
Published by Maison Rouge Music
Controlled in US & Canada by Chrysalis Music Corp. -ASCAP
First Issues have the Green Chrysalis Label on the LP; Later Reissues Have Blue/White Chrysalis Labels.
Includes Original Lyric Sleeve
*Cut By George "Porky" Peckham; One of the great cutting engineers in rock records, infamous for his inscriptions in the dead-wax/runoff area of LPs

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
War Child was nearly an orphan. Originally meant as a soundtrack to a film (something about a child's adventures in the afterlife), Ian Anderson's unwillingness to relinquish artistic control killed the project. Jethro Tull recovered, and instead put together a collection of (previously written) songs, giving it the distinction of being their first album since Benefit to avoid an epic construct. The album though is rich in arrangement, with David Palmer's orchestrations playing a central role. Anderson adds as much sax as flute; while it seems like John Evan must have recently picked up an accordion, as it features prominently on many tracks! Although the songs are shorter, Anderson did not do away with any of his quirky signatures, nor the typical density in his compositions. In fact, the album serves as a blueprint for what Jethro Tull would produce for the remainder of the decade. Highlights are, undoubtedly, the playful "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day" and the radio-friendly "Bungle in the Jungle"—though both were leftovers from the aborted 1972 Château d'Hérouville sessions. The latter track would reach No. 12 on the US single charts; and the album was particularly well received in the US, where it reached No. 2. In the UK, however, it would have to settle at No. 14.
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