Roots to Branches

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Roots to Branches
Studio album by
Released4 September 1995 (UK)
12 September 1995 (US)
RecordedDecember 1994 until June 1995
ProducerIan Anderson
Jethro Tull chronology
Roots to Branches
In Concert
Singles from
Roots to Branches
  1. "Rare and Precious Chain"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Beside Myself"
    Released: 1995

Roots to Branches is the 19th studio album by the British band Jethro Tull released in September 1995. It carries characteristics of Tull's classic 1970s progressive rock and folk rock roots alongside jazz and Arabic and Indian 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. It was also the final Tull album to be released through long-time label Chrysalis Records.

A remastered edition of the album was released in January 2007.

Production and musical style[edit]

In some way, this album was much derived from the visit Ian Anderson made to India. S.A. Allen, in a history of the band, somewhat reductively describes the album as an "Indian Songs from the Wood."[1]

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".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
Sputnik Music3/5 stars[4]

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".[5]


The album sold less than the predecessor, reaching only No. 114 on the US Billboard Charts, but achieving No. 20 on the UK Albums Chart.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ian Anderson.

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
6."Dangerous Veils"5:35
7."Beside Myself"5:50
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


Jethro Tull
Additional personnel

Release details[edit]

  • 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


  1. ^ Nollen, S.A. (2001). Jethro Tull: A History of the Band, 1968-2001. McFarland. p. 336. ISBN 9780786411016. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Jethro Tull Press: Guitar World, September 1999". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Eder, Bruce. Roots to Branches at AllMusic
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Roots to Branches - Jethro Tull | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Album artist 51 - Jethro Tull". Retrieved 1 May 2015.

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