Roots to Branches
|Roots to Branches|
|Studio album by Jethro Tull|
|Released||4 September 1995 (UK)
12 September 1995 (US)
|Recorded||December 1994 until June 1995|
|Jethro Tull chronology|
Roots to Branches
Roots to Branches is the 19th studio album by the British band Jethro Tull. It carries characteristics of Tull's classic 1970s art-rock and folk-rock roots alongside jazz and Arabic and Far Eastern influences. All songs were written by Ian Anderson and recorded at his home studio. This is the last Tull album to feature Dave Pegg on the bass, and the first to feature keyboardist Andrew Giddings as an official band member, although he had contributed to Catfish Rising (1991) on a sessional basis.
In January 2007, a remastered edition of the album was released. It contained no bonus tracks.
Production and Musical Style
About Roots to Branches, Ian Anderson said: "I see Roots To Branches as the 90s version of Stand Up, because it has a lot of the things that I feel represented the key elements of Jethro Tull: there's lots of flute, lots of riffy guitars and quite a broad palette of influences, from the blues and classical to the Eastern motifs that were apparent on Stand Up. On the other hand, Anderson also added that "the only thing about it that lets me down is that I made it sound a little too Seventies. I deliberately made the album sound like it was in the context of a live performance, rather than have it sound too 'studio.' But looking back on it, I think it should have been a bit more varied".
AllMusic made an unimpressive but positive review: "All of the songs here have more of a mood of urgency than some of Tull's then-recent albums, and a few even have memorable melodies [...] Anderson's flute occasionally takes flight, Martin Barre's guitar still wails on the breaks, and Doane Perry (drums), Dave Pegg (bass), and Steve Bailey (bass) make up a decent rhythm section. Not nearly as strong as Catfish Rising, but better than anything else since Heavy Horses".
|1.||"Roots to Branches"||5:11|
|2.||"Rare and Precious Chain"||3:35|
|3.||"Out of the Noise"||3:25|
|4.||"This Free Will"||4:05|
|8.||"Wounded, Old and Treacherous"||7:50|
|9.||"At Last, Forever"||7:55|
|10.||"Stuck in the August Rain"||4:06|
|11.||"Another Harry's Bar"||6:21|
- Ian Anderson – vocals, concert flute, bamboo flute, acoustic guitar
- Martin Barre – electric guitars
- Andrew Giddings – keyboards
- Doane Perry – drums and percussion
- Dave Pegg – bass guitar (tracks 3, 5 & 11)
- Additional personnel
- Steve Bailey – bass guitar (tracks 1, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10)
Album – Billboard (North America)
|1995||The Billboard 200||114|
- 1995, UK, Chrysalis 8-35418-4, release date 31 August 1995, Cassette
- 1995, UK, Chrysalis CDCHR 6109, release date 4 September 1995, CD
- 1995, UK, Chrysalis CHR 6109, release date 4 September 1995, LP
- 1995, UK, Chrysalis TCCHR 6109, release date ? ? 1995, Cassette
- 1995, UK, Chrysalis 8-35418-2, release date ? ? 1995, CD
- 1995, US, Chrysalis F2 35418, release date 12 September 1995, CD
- 1995, US, Chrysalis CHR 6109, release date 12 September 1995, LP
- 1995, Australia, Chrysalis CDCHR 6109, release date 27 October 1995, CD
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