Stormwatch – Jethro Tull – 1979


Album Stormwatch by the band Jethro Tull
Album Stormwatch by the band Jethro Tull

Stormwatch is the twelfth studio album by the British progressive rock band Jethro Tull, released in September 1979.

It is considered the last album of the band’s classic period, as their next albums would feature a more electronic and folk-oriented sound. Stormwatch is a concept album that explores the themes of environmentalism, social justice, and the impending collapse of civilization.

The album features some of the band’s most complex and ambitious compositions, such as the epic “Dark Ages” and the instrumental “Orion”. The album also includes some of their most accessible and catchy songs, such as the single “North Sea Oil” and the ballad “Home”. Stormwatch received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the band’s musical skills and lyrical vision, but criticized the production and the lack of cohesion.

The album reached number 22 on the UK Albums Chart and number 22 on the Billboard 200 in the US. It was certified gold by the RIAA in 1980. Stormwatch is regarded as one of Jethro Tull’s most underrated and overlooked albums, and has gained a cult following among fans and musicians.


Stormwatch” is a strong and underrated album in Jethro Tull’s discography. It showcases the band’s versatility and their ability to blend diverse musical elements into a cohesive and compelling sound. While it may not be their most accessible album, it is a rewarding listen for those willing to immerse themselves in its rich textures and imaginative storytelling.

The personnel of the album Stormwatch by Jethro Tull, released in 1979, are as follows:

– Ian Anderson: vocals, backing vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, bass (except on tracks 2, 9 and 10)
– Martin Barre: electric guitar, classical guitar, mandolin
– John Glascock: bass (on tracks 2, 9 and 10)
– John Evan: organ, piano
– Dee Palmer: synthesizer, portative organ, orchestral arrangements
– Barriemore Barlow: drums, percussion
– Francis Wilson: narration (on tracks 1 and 8)
– Dave Pegg: bass (on track 14)

The source of this information is the Wikipedia page for Stormwatch.

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