Under Wraps (Jethro Tull album)

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Under Wraps
Studio album by
Released7 September 1984
RecordedSpring 1984
StudioIan Anderson's home studio
GenreArt rock, electronic rock, synthpop
Length43:13 (Vinyl)
60:33 (CD)
ProducerIan Anderson
Jethro Tull chronology
The Broadsword and the Beast
Under Wraps
A Classic Case
Singles from
Under Wraps
  1. "Lap of Luxury"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Under Wraps No. 1"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1/5 stars[1]
Sputnik Music1.5/5 stars[2]

Under Wraps is the 15th studio album by the band Jethro Tull, released in 1984. The songs' subject matter is heavily influenced by bandleader Ian Anderson's love of espionage fiction.[3] It was controversial among fans of the band due to its electronic/synthesizer-based sound, particularly the use of electronic drums. Dave Pegg has been quoted as saying that the tracks cut from the sessions for Broadsword and the Beast would have made a better album,[3] while Martin Barre has referred to it as one of his personal favourite Tull albums.[4] The album reached No. 76 on the Billboard 200 and No. 18 on the UK charts. The single "Lap of Luxury" reached No. 30.[5]


Unlike earlier albums where Anderson was the sole songwriter, Under Wraps was the first Jethro Tull album since This Was where the majority of songs were co-written between all members of the band, primarily Peter-John Vettese.

This is also the only Jethro Tull album that features no live drummer; all the percussion tracks were programmed electronically. After the recording Doane Perry joined the band on tour and became their permanent drummer thereafter.


The original 1984 release had 11 tracks, with "Astronomy", "Tundra", "Automotive Engineering" and "General Crossing" only appearing on the cassette version. Of these extra tracks, "General Crossing" became the first Jethro Tull track never to be released on vinyl, as "Astronomy", "Tundra" and "Automotive Engineering" all appeared on the 12-inch single release of "Lap of Luxury".

The CD editions of the album carry all 15 tracks. The 2005 enhanced CD also contains a QuickTime video for "Lap of Luxury".

Live performances[edit]

For the 1984 tour to promote Under Wraps, Jethro Tull offered artistic stage production as usual. In a manner quite similar to the Thick as a Brick tour, the roadies appeared onstage sweeping the floor, counting the audience and studying the place. All band members and instruments were covered in "wraps", with Anderson then releasing them and the music starting.[6] During the tour, Anderson suffered from vocal problems, resulting in throat surgery and an extended hiatus from the band.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Original Vinyl[edit]

All tracks written by Ian Anderson and Peter-John Vettese except where indicated.

Side one
1."Lap of Luxury"Anderson3:35
2."Under Wraps #1"Anderson3:59
3."European Legacy"Anderson3:23
4."Later, That Same Evening" 3:51
5."Saboteur" 3:31
6."Radio Free Moscow" 3:40
Side two
1."Nobody's Car"Anderson, Martin Barre, Vettese4:08
2."Heat" 5:37
3."Under Wraps #2"Anderson2:14
4."Paparazzi"Anderson, Barre, Vettese3:47
5."Apogee" 5:28


1."Lap of Luxury"Anderson3:35
2."Under Wraps #1"Anderson3:59
3."European Legacy"Anderson3:23
4."Later, That Same Evening" 3:51
5."Saboteur" 3:31
6."Radio Free Moscow" 3:40
7."Astronomy" 3:38
8."Tundra" 3:41
9."Nobody's Car"Anderson, Barre, Vettese4:08
10."Heat" 5:37
11."Under Wraps #2"Anderson2:14
12."Paparazzi"Anderson, Barre, Vettese3:47
13."Apogee" 5:28
14."Automotive Engineering" 4:05
15."General Crossing" 4:02


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  1. ^ Patrick Little. "Under Wraps - Jethro Tull | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Jethro Tull Under Wraps Review". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b Minstrels in the Gallery: History of Jethro Tull by David Rees ISBN 978-0-946719-22-8
  4. ^ Rees, David (1998). Minstrels in the Gallery: A history of Jethro Tull. Firefly. ISBN 0-946719-22-5.
  5. ^ "Under Wraps - Jethro Tull | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Jethro Tull - Full Concert - 10/28/84 - Capitol Theatre (OFFICIAL)". YouTube.com. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Sleevenotes from 'Under Wraps' CD reissue, 2005". Discogs. Retrieved 19 May 2019.

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