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August 11, 2017

JT Rankings #6

Filed under: Folk tales and songs — Tags: , , , , , , , , — schingle @ 1:31 pm

#6 Heavy Horses


1978 was the tenth anniversary for the band and at the beginning of the same year, they released “Heavy Horses.”   (Later that year, they would release the first, and best, of their many live albums—“Bursting Out.”).  This was the third album in a row with the same lineup, which the band had only accomplished once to this point.  Ian Anderson (Front man, flute, acoustic (and some electric) guitar and a bit of mandolin), Martin Barre (Lead guitar), John Evan and David Palmer (Keyboards), Barrie Barlow (Drums) and John Glascock (Bass, backing vocals) play together with great aplomb.  Most would agree that this one has a distinctly folky feel, but there are some searing guitar leads and, as always, a great eclectic sound.  Perhaps not surprisingly, a good majority of the songs reference various animals (including those dastardly humans).  “Acres Wild” is one of two exceptions, but still referencing the rustic and great outdoors.  The other is “No Lullaby” which, for the most part, was the tune the band opened with on the ensuing tour.  Both “No Lullaby” and the title track have some fairly serious rocking moments, but by and large, this is a heavily acoustic album.  The pretty “Moths” and the closer, “Weathercock” are among the more popular songs and, of course, Ian Anderson’s tribute to the great poet, Robert Burns, titled “One Brown Mouse” is another example of Anderson’s intelligent, yet tongue in cheek, writing.  If anyone considers him/her self a Tull fan, they could listen to this one time and again and never tire of it.  But, even if one had never heard anything at all by the group, that someone would still take great delight in “Heavy Horses.”  Really, there isn’t a bad note on the disc.


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