A half century after progressive rock band Jethro Tull hit the British music scene comes the 40th anniversary “New Shoes” edition of their 1978 “Heavy Horses” Album. Following in line with the previous anniversary releases, the 3CD / 2DVD box set on Parlophone Records features the original album with an additional nine bonus tracks, seven which were previously unreleased. Also the set contains a live concert from May 1978, plus the two DVDs featuring the original album, the bonus and live tracks which are respectively mixed in 5.1 by Steven Wilson and Jakko Jakszyk.
The first DVD (Region Free NTSC) contains the Steven Wilson remix in both 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital surround, plus 96kHz / 24-bit LPCM stereo versions of the studio album plus two versions of Living In These Hard Times, the tracks Jack-A-Lynn, Everything In Our Lives, Horse-Hoeing Husbandry, Beltane, Botanic Man & Botanic Man, and a stereo only version of Quatrain. The second DVD features a May 1978 concert at The Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland venue recorded to 24-track by Maison Rouge Mobile and mixed to 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital surround, plus 48kHz / 24-bit LPCM stereo, all by Jakko Jakszyk. Also fans will find promotional video footage for the songs Heavy Horses and Moths as well as two period TV advertisements.
Bookended between their 1977 “Songs from the Wood” and 1979 “Stormwatch” releases, Heavy Horses became the second in a proggy folk-rock trilogy. Ian Anderson, the band’s flautist and lead singer shared about the focus on horses and agricultural life saying, “As a child, my big passion was to get off the leash and explore the local wooded and leafy suburbs. So, it didn't suddenly become new in 1977, it was just that the subject matter fitted what I wanted to write about at the time." Heavy Horses immediately became a top 20 album on both sides of the Atlantic, attaining equal critical praise for the melodies and instrumentation. Now audiophiles can experience this daring, experimental, , and thrilling album in high resolution surround and stereo.
Scheduled for release March 2, 2018
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