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Music Post #11

17th February 2013      by: Tom Woods     

By no means their best work, but a life-affirming instrumental all the same. Warm Sporran, by Jethro Tull.

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  • http://plenarchist.wordpress.com/ plenarchist

    From Stormwatch, another of Tull’s folk period albums along with Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses, A, and Broadsword and the Beast. I feel like I should apologize for liking them but dammit, I do so I won’t!! Thanks for reminding me to dig that one out and give it another listen.

  • Metaldams1978

    I come here for your history and economic views, which I love, and get pleasantly surprised by Jethro Tull, which I also love! I saw Tull back in ’96 with ELP. I was just in high school then, but glad I had a chance to go, it was a great time.

    Nice song, but my personal favorite off the STORMWATCH album would be “Home.”

  • http://tomwoods.com Tom Woods

    That’s Ian on the bass guitar, by the way.

  • Anonymous

    He almost has the bassist groove, but not quite (lose the pick). Still, it is great to hear a multi-instrumentalist at work.

    Disclaimer: I’m generally critical of the bass in music because that was my first instrument, the one that I most focused on growing up, and it is probably the instrument that I am best at and most intuitive with in terms of performing. I always have fun tinkering with and learning other instruments, but the bass is the only one (sometimes guitar) that I can just pick up and play what I hear in my mind no matter what.

  • http://tomwoods.com Tom Woods

    It’s impressive, though, because he is not a bassist. He plays a mean acoustic guitar, and of course the flute (not to mention the mandolin, bouzouki, and other instruments), but when Jethro Tull’s bassist died suddenly, Ian just stepped in and did it himself.

  • Metaldams1978

    Ian’s just a talented guy all around. A unique flute player, virtuosic acoustic player (especially on my favorite Tull album, MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY), great songwriter, good singer, so I’m not surprised he plays bass.

    That said, most guitar players can can bass, it’s just a question of whether they can make it groove like bass player. Tull bass playing since Aqualung has always had a more guitar like feel to it, no matter the player. I’m also a bassist, and I have a gut feeling Ian, being quite the boss, always had a big say in the bass parts and feel.

  • http://tomwoods.com Tom Woods

    The bass is so central to this piece that I find it especially gutsy for Ian to do it.

  • Metaldams1978

    I could agree with that, especially under the circumstances of the old bass player being in failing health.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not getting down on him, he did a great job. It’s just that there is a certain groove that bassists have that non-bassists just don’t have. It’s very hard to explain, but I can hear it every time I hear a guitarist play the bass. It just has a different feel to it is all.

    The pick comment was just standard (most bassists frown upon the use of a pick). I admit that I will use a pick sometimes if I am going for that tone, but that is pretty rare because it feels very awkward for me. There are certainly great bassists that use a pick, Chris Squire is a good example of a dude that played a mean bass with a pick and also had that bassist groove (and he had that raunchy Rickenbacker tone which is one of my favorites).

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