Work has been completed on the recording of the 23rd studio album, due to be released under the banner of legendary British rock band Jethro Tull – Whose music has been described variously as progressive, folk rock, blues and classic rock and more besides during their storied career.
With more than 30 albums to their credit and sales totalling more than 50 million, Jethro Tull are one of the most successful rock bands of all-time, and not just living on past glories – Released in January 2022, their previous album, The Zealot Gene, reached #9 in the UK album charts, debuted at #4 in Germany, #3 in Switzerland, #5 in Austria, #8 in Finland, as well as top 10 in the US Album Charts, Current Album Charts and Rock Album Charts.
With a catalogue that contains classics that still resonates today, the band continues to tour throughout the world, entertaining audiences of all ages. Still helmed by Ian Anderson on vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, and harmonica, alongside David Goodier on bass guitar, John O’Hara on piano, keyboards and accordion, Scott Hammond on drums, and more recent addition Joe Parrish-James on guitar.
Commenting on the forthcoming album, Anderson revealed the following:
“We have been putting the finishing touches to the artwork for the album cover and wrapped up the recording and mixing a few weeks ago. Due to the usual long wait for vinyl pressing and manufacturing, we are scheduled for a Spring 2023 release but, during the weeks and months to come, you will be hearing more about the record and the various formats which will be available.
“It’s a little too early just yet to tease you with titles, track lists and content, but rest assured that it is all done and dusted as to mastering and the main elements of art and packaging. I hope you will like the concept and themes when I am ready to tell you more. It has been a long and tricky job to get the material recorded during a hectic schedule of touring in these last months. A day here, a day there and the odd burst of a few days together at some points along the way.
“I wrote the main themes and lyrics back in January of this year and sent the first demos to the band in February and March, much as I did with The Zealot Gene, back in 2017. Most of the recording took place in June and August with the stereo mixing done in September. My new pal Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief undertook to create the surround sound mixes and an alternative stereo mix too.”
Jethro Tull will be playing live date on mainland Europe before returning to the UK for their annual Christmas shows, and then further dates in 2023.