Slipstream (video)

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Slipstream
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Video by Jethro Tull
Released 18 July 1981
Recorded 1980
Genre Progressive Rock; Art Rock
Length 57:14
Label Polygram Video ; Chrysalis
Director David Mallet (director)
Jethro Tull chronology
Slipstream (1981) 20 Years of Jethro Tull (1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Slipstream is a video by Jethro Tull, recorded during the 1980 A tour, released for the first time in 1981. It was originally released on VHS, Capacitance Electronic Disc, and laserdisc,[2] and was released as a (bootleg) DVD in Brazil (as seen in the cover on the right) in 2003.[3][4] It is also included in the (2004) bonus DVD edition of A. This bonus-disc DVD is the only official release on DVD.

Music videos[edit]

Slipstream mixed the concert tour with the videos recorded and directed by David Mallett. The London's Hammersmith Odeon was used for exterior scenes, but the main concert footage was actually from an American performance in Los Angeles, at the Los Angeles Sports Arena (as heard on the Magic Piper ROIO), filmed in November 1980. The music videos are:

  • "Dun Ringill"
A video inspired by the Stormwatch album cover, filmed at a beach near Beachy Head.
  • "Sweet Dream"
In this a vampire-themed homage to horror movies, Aqualung is pursued by a vampire and — like the prisoner — giant pink balloons. Meanwhile, a ballerina pirouettes (recalling A Passion Play), a giant tarantula emits death rays, and an evil projectionist starts his movie. Luckily, a Nun supplies the right equipment to defeat the vampire.
  • "Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll"
The elderly band is in a giant pinball machine, drinking their tea like the Alice in Wonderland tea party. Features Hot Gossip dancer Perri Lister.
  • "Fylingdale Flyer"
The band is in an air traffic control tower, when they see some impending disaster. The cover of A is taken from this video. RAF Fylingdales (note the 's') is the site of a Ballistic Missile Early Warning System radar situated in the North York Moors National Park, which explains the lyric to the song.

Track list[edit]

All tracks written by Ian Anderson with additional music material from Eddie Jobson; arranged by Jethro Tull..

No. Title Length
1. "Introduction" 3:27
2. "Black Sunday" 6:23
3. "Dun Ringill" (music video) 2:37
4. "Fylingdale Flyer" (music video) 4:03
5. "Songs From the Wood" 3:35
6. "Heavy Horses" 7:25
7. "Sweet Dream" (music video) 4:04
8. "Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll" (music video) 5:37
9. "Skating Away" 3:36
10. "Aqualung" 8:57
11. "Locomotive Breath-Black Sunday (reprise)" 6:25
12. "Credits" 1:05


Personnel[edit]

Jethro Tull

See also[edit]

  • A (1980)

References[edit]

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