Under Wraps (Jethro Tull album)

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Under Wraps
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Studio album by Jethro Tull
Released 7 September 1984
Recorded Spring 1984 at Ian Anderson's home studio
Genre Art rock, electronic rock, synthpop
Length

43:13 (Vinyl)

60:33 (CD)
Label Chrysalis
Producer Ian Anderson
Jethro Tull chronology
The Broadsword and the Beast
(1982)
Under Wraps
(1984)
A Classic Case
(1985)
Singles from
Under Wraps
  1. "Lap of Luxury"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Under Wraps No. 1"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars[1]
Sputnik Music 1.5/5 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 due to its electronic/synth sound, particularly the use of electronic drums. Dave Pegg has been quoted as saying that the tracks cut from Broadsword and the Beast would have made a better album,[3] while Martin Barre called it one of his personal favourite Tull albums.[4] The album reached Nº 76 in the Billboard 200 and Nº 18 in the UK charts. The single "Lap Of Luxury" reached Nº 30.[5]

Production[edit]

This is the first Jethro Tull album since This Was where the majority of songs were co-written with band members, primarily Peter-John Vettese. Usually Ian Anderson is the sole songwriter.

This is also the only Jethro Tull album that features no live drummer at all. After the recording Doane Perry joined the band on tour and became their permanent drummer.

Releases[edit]

The original 1984 release had 11 tracks, with "Astronomy", "Tundra", "Automotive Engineering", and "General Crossing" appearing on cassette only. 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 performance[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.

Track listing[edit]

Original Vinyl[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Lap of Luxury" (Anderson) 3:35
2. "Under Wraps #1" (Anderson) 3:59
3. "European Legacy" (Anderson) 3:23
4. "Later, That Same Evening" 3:51
5. "Saboteur" 3:31
6. "Radio Free Moscow" 3:40
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Nobody's Car" (Anderson, Vettese, Barre) 4:08
2. "Heat" 5:37
3. "Under Wraps #2" (Anderson) 2:14
4. "Paparazzi" (Anderson, Vettese, Barre) 3:47
5. "Apogee" 5:28

CD[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Lap of Luxury" 3:35
2. "Under Wraps #1" 3:59
3. "European Legacy" 3:23
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" 4:08
10. "Heat" 5:37
11. "Under Wraps #2" 2:14
12. "Paparazzi" 3:47
13. "Apogee" 5:28
14. "Automotive Engineering" 4:05
15. "General Crossing" 4:02

Credits[edit]

Jethro Tull
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patrick Little. "Under Wraps - Jethro Tull | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Jethro Tull Under Wraps Review". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  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 2015-05-01. 
  6. ^ "Jethro Tull - Full Concert - 10/28/84 - Capitol Theatre (OFFICIAL)". YouTube.com. 2015-01-06. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 

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