Rhino Records has been re-releasing the albums of Jethro Tull for a while now, each in an expanded edition with the original album remixed by prog studio wizard Steven Wilson and with lots of additional music, all of which comes in a book-style package with a detailed booklet bound-in. The series has now gotten to the Stormwatch album, and it is as plushed-out as all the titles that preceded it. First up in the 4-CD, 2-DVD set is a CD of the original album, with great cuts like "North Sea Oil," the tender "Home," and the hard rocking "Something's on the Move" all remixed by Wilson.
The second CD holds 15 rarities, material associated with Stormwatch and also remixed by Wilson. Included are early versions of Stormwatch cuts "Dark Ages" and "Dun Ringill" as well as the full-length version of the album's "Orion" and non-album cuts like "Urban Apocalypse," "Broadford Bazaar" and instrumental cut "The Lyricon Blues." A real treat of the associated material is the disc's finale of "Sweet Dream Fanfare" and a live take on "Sweet Dream" itself.
Discs three and four hold a live show from the Netherlands that was recorded in 1980; that show starts with seven cuts from Stormwatch but then the playing of "Aqualung" marks the part of the show that features other hits and favorites. Among the live performances are "Cross-Eyed Mary," "Heavy Horses," "Locomotive Breath," "Thick as a Brick," "Songs from the Wood," "Minstrel in the Gallery" and "Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die."
The two DVDs are audio only and they hold the original album remix and the associated songs remix in 5.1 DTS and ACS Dolby Digital versions. The Jethro Tull lineup here is Ian Anderson on vocals and flute, Martin Barre on guitar, Barriemore Barlow on drums, John Evans on keyboards, David Palmer on synths and John Glascock on bass. The bound-in booklet features song lyrics, annotation from Anderson and lots of rare photos.
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