So why should I bother reviewing Heavy Horses? Well… first of all I think the ‘Wood’ trilogy of Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses and Stormwatch is Jethro Tull at its best. At this time, I was just starting to understand what separated Jethro Tull from say The Babys, the absolute cosmic beauty of Pink Floyd’s Meddle and why Disco really ‘sucked’ musically and why my parents hated everything I listened to. Heavy Horses took me away to place of rolling Green hills, Pub Maidens and One Brown Mouse with a Curmudgeon named Ian Anderson who told me he was a Rover with one of the best bands progressive rock had ever seen and heard. Miles away from the suburbs and teenage angst, these three albums hold a special place for me, but more importantly while bands like ELP and Yes seemed to be holding on for dear life, Jethro Tull continued to deliver strong releases.
So there you have it. A bit of a different take on Jethro Tull and Heavy Horses. No, the album didn’t shake the musical world in the same way as Revolver or Blood on the Tracks, but late 70’s Tull sure shook mine.