Jethro Tull: Songs from the Wood (1977)

Songs from the Wood (1977) is the tenth studio album by Jethro Tull and is considered to be the first of a trio of folk rock albums (Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses and Stormwatch) despite the fact that folk music elements are present in the work of Jethro Tull both before and after this trilogy. Songs from the Wood was the first Tull album to receive unambiguously positive reviews since the time of Thick as a Brick (1972). Filled with folk and fantasy imagery, and ornamental folk arrangement, the album is a departure from the hard rock of earlier Tull material, though it still retained some of the band's older sound. The album reached No.8 on the Billboard album chart, making it the last top ten album for the band to date. The song "The Whistler" was the only song to chart as a single in the United States, peaking at No.59 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1977. The album peaked at No.13 on the UK Albums Chart. This is the first Jethro Tull album to feature keyboardist David Palmer as an official band member. The song "Jack in the Green" features Ian Anderson on all the instruments. The 2003 remastered edition includes a pair of bonus tracks, featuring a live rendition of "Velvet Green".

Songs from the Wood

Track listing:
1. Songs from the Wood 4:52
2. Jack in the Green 2:27
3. Cup of Wonder 4:30
4. Hunting Girl 5:11
5. Ring Out, Solstice Bells 3:43
6. Velvet Green 6:03
7. The Whistler 3:30
8. Pibroch (Cap in Hand) 8:35
9. Fire at Midnight 2:26
Bonus tracks 2003 
10. Beltane 5:19
11. Velvet Green (live) 5:56

Jack in the Green

Hunting Girl


Ian Anderson–vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, mandolin, cymbals; all instruments on track 2
Martin Barre–electric guitar, lute
John Evan–piano, organ, synthesisers
John Glascock–bass guitar, vocals
David Palmer–portative pipe organ, synthesisers
Barriemore Barlow–drums, percussion

The Whistler