40th Anniversary Edition featuring New 2017 Steven Wilson Stereo Mix
Over the course of their career, Jethro Tull's music has been variously described as rock, prog, and folk, but nowhere did the full trifecta come into play more wonderfully than on the band's tenth album, 1977's Songs From The Wood. It was inspired by Ian Anderson's departure to a more rural environment in a transition which bore clear influence on the writing and recording process, with the band notably doffing a cap to British folklore and countryside. Although media reaction at the time divided opinion, the album has certainly developed a nostalgic rapport with fans throughout the years and it is perceived today as one of the band's most popular.
Drummer Barrie Barlow comments that it still sounds, "Fresh, unique, great textures, interesting and dynamic!," while guitarist Martin Barre remembers that, "It was a very tight band, one of the strongest line-ups Tull ever had...I think that Songs From The Wood and Heavy Horses [the follow up album] as a pair of albums are near the top of the tree." To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Songs From The Wood, one of Jethro Tull's finest and most accessible albums and the first in the band's acclaimed late 1970s 'Folk Rock Trilogy', the new 2017 Steven Wilson stereo mix of the album is being issued on 180g vinyl with wide-spined sleeve and a 24 page stapled booklet (on 170gsm matt art paper).