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Jethro Tull – A (A la Mode) The 40th Anniversary Edition (1980) 3CD (2021) [16-44] & the Steve Wilson Remix (2021) [24-96]

While the 1980 album A may not rank as high on some Jethro Tull fans ‘lists as career peaks such as 1971’s Aqualung or’ 72’s Thick as a Brick, the 3-CD / 3-DVD anniversary A (A La Mode) 40th edition edition offers an excellent platform for reevaluation. A was a transitional album that included a revamped Jethro Tull lineup, with new keyboardist / violinist Eddie Jobson (ex-Roxy Music, Frank Zappa) prominently featured. On what was originally planned as a solo album from singer / flautist Ian Anderson, longtime guitarist Martin Barre shines throughout, and tracks such as “Flyingdale Flyer” and “The Pine Marten’s Jig” are among the highlights.

As with the rest of the current Jethro Tull reissue series, the A La Mode edition is presented in a hardback book style, and its accompanying booklet provides a pleasing immersion that details the album through interviews, photos, and more. The CDs include a Steven Wilson stereo remix of A (Wilson was involved with the rest of the material as well), bonus tracks, and a full 1980 concert. Along with all audio recordings, the DVDs also include the “Slipstream” video, a period jewel that mixes live performances with conceptual videos. This is a fine set that offers those with even a passing interest in the band plenty to explore, while Jethro Tull fans will consider it essential.

Track Listings:
Disc 1 – Original Album and Associated Tracks

  1. Crossfire (4:05)
  2. Fylingdale Flyer (4:35)
  3. Working John, Working Joe (5:07)
  4. Black Sunday (6:43)
  5. Protect and Survive (3:38)
  6. Batteries Not Included (3:52)
  7. Uniform (3:34)
  8. 4.WD (Low Ratio) (3:45)
  9. The Pine Marten’s Jig (3:26)
  10. And Further On (4:25 )
  11. Crossfire (Extended Version) (4:39)
  12. Working John, Working Joe (take 4) (5:16)
  13. Cheerio (Early Version) (0:40)
  14. Coruisk (6:30)
  15. Slipstream Introduction (2:52)

Disc 2 – Live at the LA Sports Arena, 1980 Part 1

  1. Slipstream Introduction (3:00)
  2. Black Sunday (7:07)
  3. Crossfire (3:59)
  4. Songs from the Wood (4:51)
  5. Hunting Girl (6:05)
  6. The Pine Marten’s Jig (3:44)
  7. Working John, Working Joe (4:18)
  8. Heavy Horses (7:30)
  9. Musicians Introductions (1:55)
  10. Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day ( 3:29)
  11. Instrumental (inc. Flute solo) (6:16)

Disc 3 – Live at the LA Sports Arena, 1980 Part 2

  1. Trio Instrumental (5:09)
  2. Keyboard solo (7:59)
  3. Batteries Not Included (4:15)
  4. Uniforn (inc. Drum solo) (6:49)
  5. Protect and Survive (inc. violin solo) (6:24)
  6. Bungle in the Jungle (5:31)
  7. Encore intro (guitar and bass instrumental) (3:01)
  8. Aqualung (9:48)
  9. Locomotive Breath / Instrumental / Black Sunday (Reprise) (7:03)


Jethro Tull – A (1980) Steven Wilson Remix (2021) [24-96]

After completing its acclaimed folk-rock trilogy in 1979, Jethro Tull returned a year later with A, an album that introduced a different sound and a new line-up. Originally intended as a solo record by the band’s founder Ian Anderson, the album’s single-letter title refers to the studio tapes, which were marked “A” for Anderson. When the album was finished, the group’s label Chrysalis insisted that it be credited to Jethro Tull, even though only two members from the band’s previous incarnation were featured: Anderson and guitarist Martin Barre. Despite that, the album and subsequent tour were well-received by fans around the world.

Release Date: July 9, 2021

Track Listing:

  1. Crossfire 4:05
  2. Fylingdale Flyer 4:35
  3. Working John, Working Joe 5:07
  4. Black Sunday 6:43
  5. Protect And Survive 3:38
  6. Batteries Not Included 3:52
  7. Uniform 3:34
  8. 4.WD (Low Ratio) 3:45
  9. The Pine Marten’s Jig 3:26
  10. And Further On 4:25
  11. Crossfire (Extended Version) 4:39
  12. Working John, Working Joe (Take 4) 5:16
  13. Cheerio (Early Version) 0:40
  14. Coruisk 6:30
  15. Slipstream Introduction 2:52

HD Tracks [24-96]

4 thoughts on “Jethro Tull – A (A la Mode) The 40th Anniversary Edition (1980) 3CD (2021) [16-44] & the Steve Wilson Remix (2021) [24-96]

  1. SkyWithFlame

    Just to say that my mom lost it one night and lit into me for blasting, among other songs, “Bongo in the Congo”

    Thank you, I always appreciate Tull, and all the work you do to offer us this music

    1. Bufford T Justice Post author

      My mom used to yell at me for An American Prayer: cranking Roadhouse Blues, getting ready for school

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