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The next batch of remastered Tull classics are in stores and they are among fan favorites. The often controversial "Play," to many fans Tull's best concept album, and two of the best folk rock albums ever produced, "Songs from the Wood," and "Heavy Horses." Here's the scoop with liner notes and included bonus tracks.
Among fan favorites and critically acclaimed as one of the band's finest works, "Songs" is Tull's definitive "folk rock" recording. Originally released in 1977, the album is a dramatic contrast to other rock of the period with classics, and regular concert plays, "Jack in the Green," "Hunting Girl," and the title track. Inspired by Ian's move to the English countryside, it remains one of his favorites.
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> Passion Play
> Songs From the Wood
> Heavy Horses
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A continuation in the folk style of the preceeding year's "Songs," this solid collection is heavily themed around animals, small and large : moths (well, okay an insect technically), domestic cats, and the concert-favorite title track for working horses. Less whimsical than "Songs," the lyrics reflect more of the reality of English countryside living. The album, to many folk rockers, is considered the genre's finest recording.
Love it or hate it, "Play" is a Tull classic, one of two #1 albums on the USA rock charts. The concept album follows a reverse of the normal "passion play" (a story concerning the life and death of Christ) by beginning with a person's death, journey through the afterlife, and then reincarnation.
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