Christmas Chart #11 – Ring Out, Solstice Bells

In 1977 Jethro Tull released Songs from the Wood, which was to be the first of 3 folk-rock albums from the band.  “Ring out, Solstice Bells” was a track from that album, and is a brilliant example of what folk-rock could sound like in the late 70’s.  Now I’ve got a soft spot for this kind of tune, and this isn’t the last tune of its type in the chart, so consider yourself warned.

The video is (allegedly) a promo produced for the songs release, and appears slightly out of time with the music.  If you can look past that, enjoy the multi-layered, rural influenced sound of Ring Out, Solstice Bells:

I think I’ll blame my enjoyment of folk-rock on the late 70’s and early 80’s.  I was a small child, and the likes of BBC Radio 1’s “The Golden Hour” with Simon  Bates would be awash with Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, and Jethro Tull.  Add to that the fact I grew up in Warwickshire and was one of those strange people who enjoys watching Morris Dancers, and it probably explains the inclusion of this video in the chart….and also probably means some of you will never speak to me again 😉

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One comment

  1. royce2222 · January 8, 2009

    Hi,

    Pls find rare footages of Jethro Tull with Anoushka Shankar from thier recent India Tour on youtube,

    http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=1udISjFOXhU

    http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=n3m95LP3A-Q

    http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=llvKJGkPtCw

    A New Day Yesterday,
    Thick As A Brick,
    Heavy Horses,
    Aqualung
    Tea With Anoushka (new IA/Shankar composition),
    Celtic Cradle (new IA/Shankar composition),
    Little Glass Folk (new IA/Shankar composition),
    Mother Goose,
    Bourée,
    Locomotive Breath

    In case you wish a copy of this rare collrabration with Anoushka Shankar footage of all the above songs on DVD,pls do get in touch with me at royce2222@gmail.com.These footages have become collectors item and in great demand.

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