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Artist: Jethro Tull

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Label: Chrysalis Records
Album: Heavy Horses [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    And the Mouse Police Never Sleeps
2)    Acres Wild
3)    No Lullaby
4)    Moths
5)    Journeyman
6)    Rover
7)    One Brown Mouse
8)    Heavy Horses
9)    Weathercock
10)    Living in These Hard Times - (bonus track)
11)    Broadford Bazaar - (bonus track)

Performer Notes
  • Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson (vocals, guitar, mandolin, flute); Martin Barre (guitar); John Evan (piano, organ); David Palmer (portative pipe organ, keyboards); John Glascock (bass); Barriemore Barlow (drums).
  • Additional personnel: Darryl Way (violin).
  • Recorded at Maison Rouge Studio, Fullham, London in January 1978.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • HEAVY HORSES brings together the best elements of Jethro Tull's sonic arsenal: heavy guitars, intricate, evolving song structures, folk tendencies, and Ian Anderson's inimitable growl. The album opens with the bouncy "And the Mouse Police Never Sleeps," a fairy tale-like song about the adventures of a group of forest animals. "Acres Wild" features a disco-esque groove held down by funky drums and bass.
  • The album's out-and-out highlight is the nearly eight-minute "No Lullaby," a song that undergoes the sort of musical metamorphoses present in Tull's best material. Another exceptional effort is the multi-textured title track, a song written as a tribute to the farm horses in England (which, at the time of the album's release, were declining in number). HEAVY HORSES is one of the band's most heartfelt efforts.

Professional Reviews
Q (11/99, p.163) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Folk Albums of All Time - "...this is Tull on top form. Never has folk rocked so hard."

Producer:Ian Anderson
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:14 April, 2003
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Ashwin on
Hmm...who would have thought it? So many people slapping around one of the truly great rock albums of all time, and yet I still have the heart to listen. Actually, Jethro Tull's critical nadir was reached during A Passion Play (one of their greatest works, by the way), so I guess I can scratch off that criticism of Heavy Horses. Rolling Stone, a most anti-Tull publication, gave HH a great review. Mojo also included it among the top-ten greatest folk albums of all time.
Oh, and being a Tull fan, you can probably guess that I'm not too concerned with the top ten. Actually, considering that bands like Boston and Fleetwood Mac were at their commercial peaks during this era, I consider Heavy Horses NOT reaching the top ten to be a ringing endorsement! As far as any perceived artistic fall is concerned, that is a purely subjective call. I believe that the Songs From The Wood-to-A era to be this band's greatest.

To call these songs "verbose" and "banal" betrays the taste of the person who uttered these comments. Apparently, this person dislikes artfully crafted lyrics (an utterly rare phenomenon in rock music), or this person believes that rock music should forever confine itself to boy-meets-girl cliches or emerging male sexuality
Christopher on
this is one of Jethro Tulls best albums to me along with aqualung it is so up there with the best when ever I think of Jethro Tull this is one of the albums i go to first it seems to exeplafy that folk rock traditon so well its very folksy and yet it rocks at the same time I have played it for years and will continue to I would imagine hope you injoy it as much as I do Happy listening.

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