War Child (album)
|Studio album by Jethro Tull|
|Released||14 October 1974 (US)
26 October 1974 (UK)
|Recorded||1974 at Morgan Studios, London (except tracks 6 and 8: August 1972)|
|Genre||Progressive rock, hard rock|
|Jethro Tull chronology|
War Child is the seventh studio album by Jethro Tull, released in October 1974.
Originally meant to accompany a film project (the album was planned as a double-album set), it was reinstated as a ten-song, single-length rock album after failed attempts to find a major movie studio to finance the film.
The "War Child" movie was written as a metaphysical black comedy concerning a teenage girl in the afterlife, meeting characters based on God, St. Peter and Lucifer portrayed as if shrewd businessmen. Notable British actor Leonard Rossiter was to have been featured, Margot Fonteyn was to have choreographed, while Monty Python veteran John Cleese was pencilled in as a "humour consultant".
Tracks slated to accompany the film such as "Quartet" and "Warchild Waltz" were unearthed and released across several Tull compilations, and finally all of them appeared on the 2002 CD reissue.
Three of the songs, "Only Solitaire", "Bungle in the Jungle" and "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day", were left over from the 1972–1973 writing sessions for what was to have been the follow-up to Thick as a Brick (1972). Ian Anderson told Songfacts: "It was actually late '72 or early '73 when I was in Paris recording an album that never got released, although one or two of the tracks made it out in 1974, but that was at a time when I was writing an album that was exploring people, the human condition, through analogies with the animal kingdom."  "Two Fingers" is a rearrangement of "Lick Your Fingers Clean", a track from the Aqualung (1971) recording sessions that was not included on that album's original release.
The front cover is a composite photograph featuring a positive color print of Melbourne at night, and a negative print of a studio photo of lead singer Ian Anderson.
The back cover of the album contains images of people, including the five members of the band, friends, wives, girlfriends, Chrysalis Records staff, and manager Terry Ellis, all related to the song titles. Anderson's personal touring assistant (and future wife) Shona Learoyd appears as a ringmaster, while Terry Ellis appears as a leopard skin-clad, umbrella-waving aggressive businessman.
All music composed by Ian Anderson.
|2.||"Queen and Country"||3:00|
|6.||"Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day"||4:09|
|7.||"Bungle in the Jungle"||3:35|
|9.||"The Third Hoorah"||4:49|
|2002 bonus tracks|
|14.||"Sealion 2" (Anderson/Jeffrey Hammond)||3:20|
- Ian Anderson – flute, acoustic guitar, saxophones, vocals
- Martin Barre – electric guitar, Spanish guitar
- John Evan – piano, organ, synthesisers, accordion
- Jeffrey Hammond – bass guitar, string bass
- Barriemore Barlow – drums, percussion
- Additional personnel
- David Palmer – orchestral arrangements
- Peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard pop albums chart.
- "Rainbow Blues" was covered by Blackmore's Night, former Deep Purple's guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's band. The song was released on their 2003 album Ghost of a Rose. Blackmore's Night also performed the song live.
- War Child (1974) at AllMusic
- War Child (2002) at AllMusic (bonus tracks)
- Excerpt of War Child movie story outline