|Studio album by Jethro Tull|
|Released||14 September 1979 (UK) / (United States)|
|Recorded||Spring/summer 1979, Maison Rouge Mobile and Maison Rouge Studio, Fulham, London|
|Genre||Folk rock, progressive rock, hard rock|
|Length||45:42 (original release)
59:38 (2004 remastered edition with bonus tracks)
|Jethro Tull chronology|
Stormwatch (1979) is the twelfth studio album by the rock group Jethro Tull. It is considered the last in the trilogy of folk-rock albums by Jethro Tull (although folk music influenced virtually every Tull album). Among other subject-matter, the album touches heavily on the problems relating to the environment, oil and money.
This is the last Tull album to feature the classic line-up of the 1970s. Bassist John Glascock, suffering at this point from the effects of a cardiac infection that eventually led to his death, is only featured on three tracks ("Flying Dutchman", "Orion", and "Elegy"). Ian Anderson played bass elsewhere on the album while Dave Pegg played on the subsequent tour.
The instrumental piece "Elegy" was written by David Palmer.
Dun Ringill is the historic site of an Iron Age fort on the Isle of Skye, which served as the original seat of the Clan MacKinnon. Anderson once owned and lived in nearby Kilmarie House, until he sold the estate in 1994. A sporran is a type of pouch traditionally worn with a kilt.
It is sometimes rumoured that "Elegy" was a homage to John Glascock – who was very ill at the time due to a congenital heart defect, and would die shortly after the album's release. Actually, it is an elegy to David Palmer's father, and is one of the few tracks on which Glascock plays.
All songs written and composed by Ian Anderson except where noted.
|1.||"North Sea Oil"||3:12|
|5.||"Warm Sporran" (instrumental)||3:33|
|1.||"Something's on the Move"||4:27|
|5.||"Elegy" (instrumental, David Palmer)||3:38|
|The remastered CD added bonus tracks that were on the 20 Years of Jethro Tull boxed set and extensive liner notes:|
|1.||"A Stitch in Time"||3:40|
|4.||"King Henry's Madrigal" (instrumental, King Henry VIII)||3:01|
- Jethro Tull
- Ian Anderson – vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, bass guitar (except tracks 2, 9, 10)
- Martin Barre – electric guitar, mandolin, classical guitar
- Barriemore Barlow – drums, percussion
- John Evan – piano, organ
- David Palmer – synthesizers, portable organ and orchestral arrangements
- John Glascock – bass guitar on tracks 2, 9, 10
- Additional personnel
- Francis Wilson – spoken voice on track 1 (the Shipping Forecast), and the spoken introduction to track 8.
- Dave Pegg – bass guitar on bonus tracks 13 and 14
- Robin Black - Sound engineer
- David Jackson - Artwork
- Peter Wragg - Art Direction