Heavy Horses

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Heavy Horses
Studio album by Jethro Tull
Released 10 April 1978 (US)
21 April 1978 (UK)
Recorded January 1978 at Maison Rouge Studio, Fulham, London
Genre Folk rock, progressive rock
Length 43:05
Label Chrysalis
Producer Ian Anderson
Jethro Tull chronology
Repeat – The Best of Jethro Tull – Vol II
Heavy Horses
Bursting Out
Singles from
Heavy Horses
  1. "Moths"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favourable)[2]
Melody Maker (unfavourable)[3]

Heavy Horses is the eleventh studio album by Jethro Tull, released on 10 April 1978. It is considered the second album in a trilogy of folk-rock albums by Jethro Tull, although folk music's influence is evident on a great number of Jethro Tull releases. The album abandons much of the folk lyrical content typical of the previous studio album, Songs from the Wood (1977), in exchange for a more realist perspective on the changing world. Likewise, the band sound is harder and tighter. The album reached No. 19 on the Billboard 200 album chart,[1][4][5] and peaked at No. 20 on the UK Albums Chart.[6] The third album in the folk-rock trilogy is Stormwatch (1979).

This album was the last studio album to feature John Glascock playing bass on all tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ian Anderson with additional material by Martin Barre and David Palmer

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "...And the Mouse Police Never Sleeps"   3:11
2. "Acres Wild"   3:22
3. "No Lullaby"   7:55
4. "Moths"   3:24
5. "Journeyman"   3:55
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Rover" (The 2003 remastered CD has the string tracks removed for an unknown reason) 4:17
7. "One Brown Mouse"   3:21
8. "Heavy Horses"   8:58
9. "Weathercock"   4:02


Additional personnel
  • Darryl Way – violin on "Acres Wild" and "Heavy Horses"


  • Produced by Ian Anderson
  • Recorded & Engineered by Robin Black


  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. Heavy Horses at AllMusic
  2. ^ Bloom, Michael (21 September 1978). Heavy Horses, Rolling Stone
  3. ^ http://www.tullpress.com/mm15apr78.htm
  4. ^ Hannaleck, Keith (August 2003). Heavy Horses at Progressive World
  5. ^ Porter, Eric (November 2004). Heavy Horses at Progressive World
  6. ^ "UK chart history Jethro Tull Heavy Horses". www.chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2011.