First up...Ian Anderson and the Carducci Quartet’s Jethro Tull: The String Quartets has reached the number one position again on the Billboard Classical Album charts. In 1995, Anderson's album Divinities topped the same chart. Jethro Tull enjoyed similar success in the 70s when 1972’s Thick As A Brick and 1973's A Passion Play both went to the top of Billboard's album charts. Apparently, going to Number One happens every 22 years for Anderson, so be prepared for a hit in 2039.
Jethro Tull: The String Quartets debuted at #16 on the Independent charts, and #80 on Billboard’s album chart. In the UK, the album entered at #2 on Classical, #56 on Album, and #6 for Independent.
The album features 12 re-imagined Tull classics, allowing Tull fans and classical music connoisseurs to enjoy the band's vast catalog in a new way.
Meanwhile, Rhino is preparing to reissue yet another expanded version of one of Jethro Tull's classic 70s albums, cleaned up and sonically revitalized by Steven Wilson. Songs From The Wood, Jethro Tull's tenth album, was inspired by Anderson's departure to a more rural environment in a transition which bore clear influence on the writing and recording process, with the band notably doffing a cap to British folklore and countryside.
Songs From The Wood: The 40th Anniversary Edition will be available as a limited edition triple-CD and double-DVD set on May 19.
The original album has been remixed in stereo by Steven Wilson for the CD, while his 96/24 LPCM and 5.1 DTS, AC3 Dolby Digital surround mixes will appear on DVD. Of course, there will also be plenty of bonus material as well, including unreleased tracks, alternates, outtakes and previously unseen footage of the band from a live concert at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland on November 21, 1977.
Completing the set is a beautiful 96 page book which contains extensive writing on the history of the album and how it came to be. Martin Webb reflects on the writing, recording and touring of the album while Anderson provides a track-by-track annotation of the album and associated recordings. Alongside lyrics, there's an interview with assistant engineer Trevor White, relevant photos and imagery, and a full recording and touring chronology.