JETHRO TULL’s “WarChild” up for expansion

JETHRO TULL - WarChild -  40th Anniversary Theatre Edition

WarChild –
40th Anniversary Theatre Edition

Not the best of JETHRO TULL‘s albums, 1974’s “WarChild” fared much better than its predecessor “A Passion Play” whose expanded version saw the light of day earlier in the year. And now its follow-up, also with a cinematic bend, is also to receive such a treatment. Out on November 26th, it’s going to be a “40th Anniversary Theatre Edition”that attempts to restore the classic to its original double-LP soundtrack intent, although neither film based on Ian Anderson‘s script nor a two-platter was realized. Still, there were more recordings than ones that made the cut, some having appeared on TULL’s rarities collections like “Nightcap” and some having remained in the vaults – together with the band’s orchestral pieces destined for the movie – until now.

Now, everything recorded in 1974, including the album’s title track’s alternative version laid down after one on the LP, will be part of 2CD/2DVD collector’s pack augmented with an 80-page booklet. The original album, though, is to appear on a DVD only, while the first CD here is a remix by Steven Wilson, so the 2002’s remastered version doesn’t become obsolete. The price seems reasonable, too.

Disc One – The Original Album’s Remix:
1. WarChild
2. Queen and Country
3. Ladies
4. Back-door Angels
5. SeaLion
6. Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day
7. Bungle in the Jungle
8. Only Solitaire
9. The Third Hoorah
10. Two Fingers

Disc Two –
The Second Act – Associated Recordings:
1. Paradise Steakhouse
2. Saturation
3. Good Godmother*
4. SeaLion II
5. Quartet
6. WarChild II*
7. Tomorrow Was Today*
8. Glory Row
9. March, The Mad Scientist
10. Rainbow Blues
11. Pan Dance
WarChild Orchestral Recordings:
12. The Orchestral WarChild Theme *
13. The Third Hoorah (orchestral version) *
14. Mime Sequence *
15. Field Dance (Conway Hall version) *
16. Waltz Of The Angels (Conway Hall version)
17. The Beach (Part I) (Morgan master) *
18. The Beach (Part II) (Morgan master) *
19. Waltz Of The Angels (Morgan demo) *
20. The Beach (Morgan demo) *
21. Field Dance (Morgan demo) *

* previously unreleased

DVD 1 – Audio & Video:
* “WarChild” remixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound and 96/24 PCM stereo
* a flat transfer from the original 1974 LP master at 96/24 PCM stereo
* a flat transfer of the original 1974 Quad LP (with “Glory Row” and “March, The Mad Scientist”) at 5.1 (4.0) DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound
* video clips of a Montreux photosession and press conference on 11.1.1974 and “The Third Hoorah” promo with remixed stereo

DVD 2 – Audio:
* 11 recordings from the “WarChild” sessions and later, including 3 previously unreleased tracks, and 4 orchestral recordings mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound and 96/24 PCM stereo
* 6 orchestral recordings (5 previously unreleased) mixed by Robin Black in 1974, now in 96/24 PCM stereo

September 29, 2014

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