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, hard 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]
Sputnik Music 4/5 stars[4]

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 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.


The album reached No. 19 on the Billboard 200 album chart,[1][5][6] and peaked at No. 20 on the UK Albums Chart.[7]

Contemporary review of Rolling Stone give a positive overview, calling the instrumental arrangements lavish and stating that Heavy Horses and the folk genre, as a follow up to Songs From the Wood suite Jethro Tull perfectly.[8]

AllMusic calls Heavy Horses one of the prettiest records of the band, praising both Martin Barre and John Glascock playings as Robin Black engineering and the special participation of Curved Air's Darryl Way.[9]

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


Jethro Tull
Additional personnel
  • Darryl Way – violin on "Acres Wild" and "Heavy Horses"
  • Shona Anderson - Back Cover, Photography
  • Robin Black - Sound engineer
  • James Cotier - Photography


  • 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. ^ "Jethro Tull Press: Melody Maker, 15 April 1978". Tullpress.com. 1978-04-15. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses User Opinions". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  5. ^ Hannaleck, Keith (August 2003). Heavy Horses at Progressive World
  6. ^ Porter, Eric (November 2004). Heavy Horses at Progressive World
  7. ^ "UK chart history Jethro Tull Heavy Horses". www.chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Bloom, Michael (1978-09-21). "Jethro Tull Heavy Horses Album Review". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  9. ^ Bruce Eder. "Heavy Horses - Jethro Tull | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 

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