War Child - Chrysalis 1974
After two solid tracks "Warchild" the title track and "Queen and Country", the acoustic "Ladies" is where excitement begins. Pretty melody and great arrangement. "Back-Door Angels" has its moments but like the first two tracks it feels a little abrupt and disconnected; which could also be said about "Sealion", an even more confusing track.
"Skating Away on Thin Ice", which opened the original album's side 2, is one of my all-time Tull favorites and the single "Bungle in the Jungle" is catchy and delightfully free-and-easy.
The short acoustic track "Only Solitaire" is just a pretty little song. A Typical Anderson song. "The Third Hoorah" is musically not very interesting, lyrically a part of the "Warchild" concept. "Two Fingers" was originally the closing track ( this CD contains 7 bonus tracks ) - a solid track, but nothing more.
The bonus tracks: "Warchild Waltz" is an orchestra instrumental - does not sound like Jethro Tull music. I would have put it on as the last track; or on second thoughts, just left it out. "Quartet" is another weird instrumental track - not much better than "Warchild Waltz". "Paradise Steakhouse" is a good track, with a riff reminding me of "To Sing You a Song" of "Benefit". "Sealion 2" and "Rainbow Blues" are both solid tracks, "Glory Train" a little better than that; and the final track "Saturation" has its moments but sounds unfinished.