Heavy Horses - Chrysalis 1978
Tracks: 1. And the Mouse Police Never Sleeps / 2. Acres Wild / 3. No Lullaby / 4. Moths / 5. Journeyman / 6. Rover / 7. One Brown Mouse / 8. Heavy Horses / 9. Weathercock / 10. Living in These Hard Times [*] / 11. Broadford Bazaar [*]
"Heavy Horses" and its predecessor "Songs From the Wood" are two Jethro Tull albums heavily inspired by English country life, and musically greatly influenced by British folk and traditional music. In my opinion "Heavy Horses" is by far the most successful of the two. First of all because the songs generally are better; but also because there seems to be a more relaxed feel to the songs and the playing. Anderson's brilliant acoustic guitar is prominent on most tracks and the album is one of the most melodic Tull albums.
Apart from "No Lullaby" , for which I`ve never learned to care, there are no weak tracks on this terrific album. Songs like "Acres Wild", "Moths", "Rover" are among my all time favourites. The title track is also great, but the outstanding song, though, is the beautiful "One Brown Mouse".
Even the two bonus-tracks are great, especially "Living in these Hard Times". Conclusion: This album is a must buy, not only for any Jethro Tull fan, but for any fan of music in general.
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