Songs from the Wood

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Songs from the Wood
Studio album by Jethro Tull
Released 11 February 1977
Recorded Autumn 1976 at Morgan Studios, London and Maison Rouge Mobile
Genre Folk rock
Progressive rock
Length 41:22
Label Chrysalis
Producer Ian Anderson
Jethro Tull chronology
Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!
(1976)
Songs from the Wood
(1977)
Repeat – The Best of Jethro Tull – Vol II
(1977)
Singles from
Songs from the Wood
  1. "Ring Out, Solstice Bells"
    Released: 1976
  2. "The Whistler"
    Released: 1977
  3. "Songs from the Wood"
    Released: 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Songs from the Wood (1977) is the tenth studio album by Jethro Tull and is considered to be the first of a trio of folk rock albums (Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses and Stormwatch) despite the fact that folk music elements are present in the work of Jethro Tull both before and after this trilogy.

Songs from the Wood was the first Tull album to receive unambiguously positive reviews since the time of Thick as a Brick (1972). Filled with folk and fantasy imagery, and ornamental folk arrangement, the album is a departure from the hard rock of earlier Tull material, though it still retained some of the band's older sound. The album reached No. 8 on the Billboard album chart, making it the last top ten album for the band to date. The song "The Whistler" was the only song to chart as a single in the United States, peaking at No. 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1977. The album peaked at No. 13 on the UK Albums Chart.[2]

This is the first Jethro Tull album to feature keyboardist David Palmer as an official band member. The song "Jack-in-the-Green" features Ian Anderson on all the instruments.

The 2003 remastered edition includes a pair of bonus tracks, featuring a live rendition of "Velvet Green".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ian Anderson

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Songs from the Wood"   4:52
2. "Jack-in-the-Green"   2:27
3. "Cup of Wonder"   4:30
4. "Hunting Girl"   5:11
5. "Ring Out, Solstice Bells"   3:43
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Velvet Green"   6:03
7. "The Whistler"   3:30
8. "Pibroch (Cap in Hand)"   8:35
9. "Fire at Midnight"   2:26

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. Album review Jethro Tull Songs from the Wood at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  2. ^ "UK chart history Jethro Tull Songs from the Wood". www.chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 

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