40 years ago, Jethro Tull thrilled their fans by revealing that they were in the midst of working on a new project entitled WarChild. Less an album than a full-fledged event, Ian Anderson and company had big plans for not only a new studio album but also a feature-length motion picture and a soundtrack album. Unfortunately, due to the band’s inability to find financing for their film, the only thing that ever saw formal release from this grand affair was a 10-song album, but at least it provided them with a bit of solace when it climbed to #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and found its way into the top 15 in the UK.
If you’re a Tull fan who’s often been lost in thought about what you may have missed out on seeing and hearing, you’re in luck: you can now pick up a copy of WarChild: The 40th Anniversary Theater Edition, a two-CD / two-DVD set. The CDs include the original 10-track album, a collection of 11 so-called “Associated Recordings,” three of which are previously unreleased, and 10 orchestral pieces which had been written for the soundtrack, nine of which are previously unreleased. As for the DVDs, those will provide you with the opportunity to see the promo for “The Third Hoorah,” as well as footage from a photo session and press conference in ’74 where the band first announced the WarChild project. Oh, and lest we forget, there’s also an 80-page booklet which takes an in-depth look at what was intended to come to fruition, including a film script synopsis, track-by-track annotations by Anderson, and rare and unseen photographs from the era.
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When Joni Mitchell hit the big 7-1 back on November 7, we put together a playlist in celebration of the famed Canadian singer-songwriter, talked a bit about her life and times and general awesomeness, and oh so casually mentioned how we were only a few short weeks away from the release of a new four-disc box set bearing “about as Mitchell-esque a title as you could hope for.” Well, the wait is over: Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to be Danced is now in stores…and, c’mon, were we right about that title, or were we right?
As our press release for the collection revealed, the collection was first conceived as the music to a ballet about love, but after spending 18 months trying to distill everything she’d written about love—and the lack of it—down to a single disc, Mitchell opted to abandon the ballet. “I wanted the music to feel like a total work—a new work,” she explains in the liner notes to the set. “No matter what I did, though, at that length, it remained merely a collection of songs.”
It’s been a good year for fans of Athens, Georgia’s favorite sons…or didn’t you see our 73 posts about the release of R.E.M.’s Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2002 Sessions? Okay, so that’s a slight exaggeration, but just in case you haven’t heard about it…
No, no, we’re only joking. This time we’re here about a different release by the band, and this one is even more exciting: it’s REMTV, a six-DVD set that’s just hit stores and digs deep into the connection between R.E.M. and MTV by providing hours upon hours of footage of Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Bill Berry from their earliest appearances all the way up through their dissolution in 2011. Heck, it’s not even limited to MTV: there’s also a pair of performances by the band on Nickelodeon’s Livewire from way back in 1983, their VH-1 Storytellers episode from 1998, and their 2008 appearance on The Colbert Report, all thoughtfully included as a result the various networks all being members of the Viacom family.
Not to toot our own horn, but we honestly can’t imagine that it won’t be at the top of every R.E.M. fan’s holiday gift list…unless, of course, they’re so excited about the prospect of watching it that they just have to run out and buy it for themselves. And that’s a very real possibility once you’ve checked out the list of contents, which includes live performances, award show highlights, television appearances, and – here’s the cherry on top – REM on MTV, a brand new documentary by Alexander Young which details the shared history between the band and the network.