Stormwatch (album)

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Studio album by
Released14 September 1979 (UK) / (US)
RecordedSpring/summer 1979
StudioMaison Rouge Mobile and Maison Rouge Studio, Fulham, London
GenreFolk rock, progressive rock, hard rock
Length45:42 (original release)
59:38 (with 2004 bonus tracks)
ProducerIan Anderson
Robin Black
Jethro Tull chronology
Bursting Out
Singles from
  1. "North Sea Oil"
    Released: 1979
  2. "Elegy"
    Released: 1979
  3. "Warm Sporran"
    Released: 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Sputnik Music3.5/5 stars[2]

Stormwatch is the twelfth studio album by the progressive rock group Jethro Tull, released September 1979. It is considered the last in the trilogy of folk-rock albums by Jethro Tull (although folk music influenced virtually every Tull album to some extent.). Among other subject-matters, the album touches heavily on the problems relating to the environment, oil and money.

Stormwatch was notably the last Tull album to feature the "classic" line-up of the 1970s, as drummer Barriemore Barlow and keyboardists John Evan and Dee Palmer left the band the following year after the end of the Stormwatch tour, while bassist John Glascock died from heart complications during the tour.

In 2004, a remastered version of Stormwatch was released with four bonus tracks.


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 Dee 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. Other tracks allude to the constellation of Orion and the legend of the Flying Dutchman.

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. The song is actually an elegy to Dee Palmer's father and is one of the few tracks on which Glascock plays.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ian Anderson except where noted.

Side one
1."North Sea Oil"3:12
4."Dark Ages"9:13
5."Warm Sporran" (instrumental)3:33
Side two
6."Something's on the Move" 4:27
7."Old Ghosts" 4:23
8."Dun Ringill" 2:41
9."Flying Dutchman" 7:46
10."Elegy" (instrumental)David Palmer3:38

Bonus tracks[edit]


Jethro Tull
Additional personnel
  • Francis Wilson – spoken word (on track 1 and 8)
  • Dave Pegg – bass guitar (on track 14)
  • Robin Black - sound engineer
  • David Jackson - artwork
  • Peter Wragg - art direction


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