Jethro Tull : The Whistler
Just as we were about to write off Jethro Tull, they emerge with Songs From the Wood, a swandive into Elizabethan folk rock that was inspired by Ian Anderson's time producing Steeleye Span Now We Are Six and features some lyrics reminiscent of the Penthouse letters, if they had been written on scrolls.
She took this simple man's downfall in hand/ I raised the flag that she unfurled/ Boot leather flashing and spurnecks the size of my thumb/This highborn hunter had tastes as strange as they come/Unbridled passion: I took the bit in my teeth/ Her standing over me on my knees underneath.
"This, the title song of our 1977 album, was unashamedly twee. It's decorative folk rock. It openly extols the virtues of the countryside, and the values you want to impart through this to other people. I suppose it is country rock, but in the British sense. It's all delivered with a fair amount of hefty music. There are big guitar riffs and a lot of flute as well. And it does get a little angry, but with a purpose."