Jethro Tull / Songs From The Wood / 40th anniversary deluxe edition

Jethro Tull‘s excellent deluxe reissues continue with a 40th anniversary five-disc edition of 1977’s Songs From The Wood due to be released next month.

This celebration of Jethro Tull’s tenth album follows a similar pattern to previous reissues, with the first disc containing a Steven Wilson remix followed by some ‘associated recordings’ including the previously unreleased Old Aces Die Hard and Working John, Working Joe.

CDs two and three offer 22 track live tracks, recorded on the Songs From The Wood Tour across two American dates, (Boston on 6 December 1977  and Maryland on 21 November 1977). These unheard tracks have been remixed to stereo by Jakko Jakszyk and are completely unheard.

There are two DVDs in this set. The first contains a 5.1 surround sound mix (DTS and Dolby 5.1) and 96/24 LPCM stereo versions of the both the original and Steven Wilson remixed version of Songs From The Wood. This DVD also features selected associated tracks, as well as various quad mixes and flat transfers.

The other DVD contains video footage from that Maryland gig of 21 November 1977. These visuals apparently come directly from the film that was played on the big screens in the venue and has never been seen since! The audio has been mixed to stereo and 5.1.

As before this is presented as a ‘bookset’ and has 96-pages of writing on the album including  a track-by-track annotation of the album and associated recordings by Ian Anderson.

This five-disc deluxe edition of Songs From The Wood will be released on 19 May 2017 with vinyl and standalone CD versions to follow in July. Great value as usual –  as well as the links below it’s available from Burning Shed for less than £20.

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Jethro Tull

songs from the wood 3CD+DVD


CD 1: Stereo Steven Wilson Mixes:

1. Songs From The Wood
2. Jack-In-The-Green
3. Cup Of Wonder
4. Hunting Girl
5. Ring Out, Solstice Bells
6. Velvet Green
7. The Whistler
8. Pibroch (Cap In Hand)
9. Fire At Midnight

Associated Recordings:

10. Old Aces Die Hard [previously unreleased]
11. Working John, Working Joe [previously unreleased]
12. Magic Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells)
13. Songs From The Wood (Unedited Master)
14. Fire At Midnight (Unedited Master) [previously unreleased]
15. One Brown Mouse (Early Version)
16. Strip Cartoon
17. The Whistler (US Stereo Single Mix)

CD 2 : Live in Concert 1977

1. Wond’ring Aloud
2. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
3. Jack-In-The-Green
4. Thick As A Brick
5. Songs From The Wood
6. Instrumental
7. Drum Solo Improvisation
8. To Cry You A Song
9. A New Day Yesterday
10. Flute Solo Improvisation interpolating – God Rest Ye Gentlemen/Bourée
11. Living In The Past/ A New Day Yesterday (reprise)

CD 3 : Live in Concert 1977

1. Velvet Green
2. Hunting Girl
3. Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die
4. Minstrel In The Gallery
5. Cross-Eyed Mary
6. Aqualung
7. Instrumental Improvisation
8. Wind-Up
9. Back Door Angels / Guitar Improvisation /Wind Up (reprise)
10. Locomotive Breath
11. Land Of Hope And Glory / Improvisation / Back Door Angels (reprise)


96/24 PCM Stereo (Steven Wilson Remix):

1. Songs From The Wood
2. Jack-In-The-Green
3. Cup Of Wonder
4. Hunting Girl
5. Ring Out, Solstice Bells
6. Velvet Green
7. The Whistler
8. Pibroch (Cap In Hand)
9. Fire At Midnight
10. Old Aces Die Hard
11. Working John, Working Joe
12. Magic Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells)
13. Songs From The Wood (Unedited Master)
14. Fire At Midnight (Unedited Master)
15. One Brown Mouse (Early Version)
16. Strip Cartoon

DD/DTS 5.1 Surround (Steven Wilson Remix):

1. Songs From The Wood
2. Jack-In-The-Green
3. Cup Of Wonder
4. Hunting Girl
5. Ring Out, Solstice Bells
6. Velvet Green
7. The Whistler
8. Pibroch (Cap In Hand)
9. Fire At Midnight
10. Old Aces Die Hard
11. Working John, Working Joe
12. Magic Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells)
13. One Brown Mouse (Early Version)
14. Strip Cartoon

96/24 PCM Flat Transfer – Original Stereo Master:

  1. Songs From The Wood
  2. Jack-In-The-Green
  3. Cup Of Wonder
  4. Hunting Girl
  5. Ring Out, Solstice Bells
  6. Velvet Green
  7. The Whistler
  8. Pibroch (Cap In Hand)
  9. Fire At Midnight

Flat Transfer of Original Quad Master-DTS/DD 4.0 Surround

1. Songs From The Wood
2. Jack-In-The-Green
3. Velvet Green
4. The Whistler


Live at The Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, 21st November 1977:

1. Wond’ring Aloud
2. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
3. Jack-In-The-Green
4. Thick As A Brick
5. Songs From The Wood
6. Instrumental/ Drum Solo Improvisation
7. To Cry You A Song
8. A New Day Yesterday
9. Flute Solo Improvisation interpolating – God Rest Ye Gentlemen/Bouree/A New Day Yesterday
10. Living In The Past /A New Day Yesterday (reprise)
11. Second half of concert – Introduction
12. Velvet Green
13. Hunting Girl
14. Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die
15.Minstrel In The Gallery
16. Cross-Eyed Mary
17. Aqualung
18. Instrumental Improvisation
19. Wind-Up
20. Back Door Angels / Guitar Improvisation /Wind Up (reprise)
21. Locomotive Breath
22. Land Of Hope And Glory/ Improvisation / Back Door Angels (reprise)

Beethoven’s Ninth (with original audio)
The Whistler (promo footage)(mono)

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Someone tell me, why?, Why is it so expensive?. There has to be a reason or a 2nd pressing forthcoming?

Curtis Newell

Where is the reissues!!!

[…] Stormwatch in September 1979, completing a folk-rock ‘trilogy’ the band started with Songs from the Wood in 1977 and continued the following year with Heavy Horses (both of which have already been […]


Anyone hit an issue with DVD 1 LPCM Stereo audio track not playing? The player itself acts like it is playing but there is no volume to it. Tried 2 different players so far.

Brian Burroughs

get a load of this: I ordered this from amazon in May of this year (2018), it was offered at normal price, so I bought it at normal price; I don’t remember exactly, but it was around $40-$50; I was supposed to get it some time in May, then it was delayed, they said it would be in June, then they asked if I would still want it, because it was delayed again until July, of course, being a Tull fan for 30 years, I said that would be OK; then July came and they said it would be in August; THEN in early September, they told me that I would have to be returned my money, because they couldn’t sell it anymore; when I bought it, four months earlier, there was absolutely NO indication that there would be a problem, the page with it on said nothing about quantities being low, just a normal page with a product; so I ordered it, went successfully, NO PROB.; NOW, I see it is four to five hundred dollars? what the f? did they see that the price was skyrocketing and just couldn’t let one go for normal price? even though I had ALREADY PURCHASED IT; it’s just such B.S.

Matty Burckley

That’s exactly what happened to me. My Aunt had ordered it for a birthday present from Amazon and she kept getting the same notices and then when they refunded her money the price jumped up to $300 some dollars.


I was on the fence about this one and now… Impossible to find unless I want to shell out $200-$500 USD. Anyone “in the know” as far as a re-pressing goes? I know they’ve released more of the TOTRR and War Child sets…

[…] view in February – Heavy Horses: New Shoes Edition. Just like the 40th anniversary edition of Songs From The Wood released in May, this one also marks four decades since the original album’s release and is a […]


Tiny critique here. I wish the cameras would have focused/stayed a bit more on the band. Cam keeps following Anderson, while in the back there is some wonderful drum and guitar work going on. Also, a shame that the powerful instrumental intro in “Minstrel” was simply cut out. I assume, due to time restrictions, or another mad idea by Mr. Ian Dictator Perfectionist Anderson.

Martin Hayward

Probably the latter Michael. let’s cut out the segment Martin wrote.


And, I just got mine after almost a month’s worth of visits to the record stores here. Don’t know what the problem was but they all reported not being able to get them from their supplier. That resolved, I have to say this is so worth the wait. Brought it in the car today for a first listen and it did not disappoint. What an amazing series so far. Looking very forward to HH!

Dibyaroop Ghosh

Received mine today…work of art i must say…..Long Live SDE/Paul S/Jethro Tull


I went through this set twice now. Like all the other Tull reissues, just fabulous! From Passion Play to Woods, I got them all. Hats off to the quality and care that has been put into these reissues. The price is just phenomenal. Now that’s respect towards the fans!

Kevin Langin

I just received my copy from Burning Shed and found that Parlophone had affixed the “contains 3 CDs, 2 DVDs, etc” sticker directly to the cover of the box set, instead of to the cellophane. Removing it would ruin the cover. I inquired with BS and a rep there said all of the copies they received have the sticker affixed to the cover. Why would you ruin an expensive, limited-run box set with a sticker? Hopefully, other shipments haven’t suffered the same fate.

The Black Dagger

Hi, Kevin. The sticker, luckily, removes without problem. It’s better if you try to remove it as soon as possible before it decolores the cover, though.


My sister went to saturn in Germany to buy the box set for me and the salesman warned her that there is a batch of box sets with wrong discs! There is no disc 3 only 2 disc 2! Is it true? Can anyone have a say about this? Thanks!

Richard Starkey

Good Call, thanks! I just did the same. Saved 4 dollars and I should get it three weeks sooner.

Richard Starkey

Just got this e-mail tonight:

“Hello from Amazon.ca. We now have delivery date(s) for the order you placed on May 15, 2017. We’ve listed the item(s) listed below with the expected delivery date(s):
Jethro Tull “Songs From The Wood – 40th Anniversary Edition (3CD & 2DVD)”
Estimated arrival date: June 20, 2017 – July 14, 2017..”

What’s wrong with this picture? Why a delay of 4 + weeks?? What’s the problem with Amazon.ca??? Has this thing been released or not? Is anyone else getting huge delays in getting their copy? Thanks


I just cancelled my order and put it in with a 3rd party for total of USD 26 on amz.ca.

The Black Dagger

Great stuff, this is the best one so far!


It’s here and seriously good. I used to us Seven by Magenta to demonstrate 5.1 sound, but this has replaced it. Fair brought a tear to the eye at times, it’sl ike listening to the album for the first time.

Mic Smith

Burning Shed have confirmed despatch. Can’t wait to get through this one. Probably the most anticipated SDE for 2017 release.

peter wolf

Fanatical fantastic fabulous full on, i hope i haven’t mentioned too many F’s once again an excellent box set for Tull fans ,i have almost lost count, for memory this is number 7? and what a great price too from Amazon UK 15.99 pounds and the week after Sgt Peppers box set, i must admit a number or quite a few of these box sets do vary a lot in prices, i guess the more popular an album is the higher the cost? and don’t forget too The Joshua Tree’s 30th anniversary although i have the 20th BS edition no that’s not the bs you are thinking? Just around the corner
too is the Marillion Misplaced Childhood 5disc set, and looking forward to Bad Company’s continued reissues Run With The Pack & Burnin’ Sky

Phil Davies

The amazing price of this set should make P.McCartney hang his head in shame.

Reed Stevens

Amazing… fantastic… and once again, a reissue/extra material bonus includes…frickin’ “Strip Cartoon” Can’t wait to hear that one again.

The Black Dagger

The set contains a 9 minute unreleased track, two other songs in previously unreleased versions (ok, one of these was briefly released in a RSD vinyl day single but never appeared in digital), a full video of a concert whose existence wasn’t even known by the hardcore fans and collectors and a 96 page booklet, all for a very reasonable price until it goes out of print.

But yes, better ignore all that and complain that a 3 minute track that was on the previous boxset appears here as well.

You can’t please everybody, I guess.

Huib Beulen

Why is that this is possible, while for the Beatles – Sgt. Pepper, a ridiculous price is asked for only four discs and a blue ray and dvd, you only need one of these. There’s more sets for nice prices of material recorded years and years ago, which have sold enough then and over the years.
Even a lavish Deep Purple set of new material is quite “cheap”, makes me angry knowing there are those wolves out there wanting just all of my money. We should boycot these high prices!

tom M hans

Quick question, almost unrelated – is EMI still replacing faulty Thick As A Brick dvds from the 40th anniversary set? I just bought one on ebay with the picture of the actual disc blurry so you could not see anything about the duration – thought I’d take a gamble for $35.00. Amy comments are appreciated. Thank you!

Julian H

EMI doesn’t exist anymore, so I don’t think anybody is still replacing the DVDs…


Update, Amazon is now £21.99, including postage.


This is where it starts for Tull, IMO, and up to “Under Wraps”, anyways here is the best deal I have seen…http://www.base.com/buy/product/jethro-tull-songs-from-the-wood-the-country-set-40th-anniversary-edition-box-set/dgc-0190295847876.htm


Yes but postage is free…Talking of Steven Wilson, any news on the Roxy Music stuff he was working on a few years ago or of the Bryan Ferry R.A.H. ’74 cd release? Thanks.


No? ok.

Tino Stabile

Hi Paul
It is ordered. These reissues remain the best of all reissue campaigns from any record company and artist out there. A lot for the money. Thank you Mr. Anderson and everyone at Chrysalis Records.
Thank you Paul.

Pete F.

Pre-ordered from Amazon Canada. Couldn’t resist CDN$30 and free shipping!

I’ll add my voice for another Thick As A Brick set please.


Does anyone know if this will be available on Apple iTunes?

Mark Bumgardner

Ordered from Amazon U.K. As usual, it came to about half what Amazon.com is charging. Thanks for the notification, Paul.

Dibyaroop Ghosh

Ordered from Amazon UK….got it below 20 GBP including shipping (VAT not applicable in certain countries including mine) Happy I am :)

Mathew Lauren

Keep ’em coming in glorious, SW-remixed 5.1, Ian.

…and as mentioned above, please authorize another 5.1 “THICK AS A BRICK” book-set.

Paul Kent

It’s also on Pledge Music, if that’s your thing – £17.60 + £5 p&p = £22.60. Not much between PM and BS, then.

Dibyaroop Ghosh

Do burning shed charge for pre order cancellation? Does anyone know the procedure? Thanks


I was able to cancel my order of The Early Years box no quesions asked.

Manu Cann

From the description on this page it looks like the Mch mixes are at best Core DTS, which is not lossless! This is a BIG shame, but maybe cheaper than using DTS-HDMA? Please, us fans will pay the little extra per release to get Lossless.

Julian H

I think this has been discussed a couple of times before…


Honestly, this isn’t a big deal, imo. It has been discussed before, and whether people would be willing to pay more for lossless or not is besides the point. They’re not willing to go to the extra manufacturing cost. Personally I’m not worried about this small “downgrade”, especially given the price – which is very little all things considered. Let’s hear it first before deciding what improvement lossless would bring.

Larry Geller

They are all DTS 96/24, not just core, and sound just fine.

Dan T.

Anyone know why this was pulled from Amazon USA?


Certainly seems a lot of bang for our buck with this release. Personally i dont need the book or the audio dvd, and if there was a version on sale without those, that would be what I would go for. I would also have liked a complete show on cd not a mixture of the 2.

I think the price reflects this, along with the fact that we will keep previous/original versions (on CD and LP) that we have already purchased.


They always follow these with single disc releases in jewelcases. So if you wait you can get the barebones much cheaper.


Looking forward to this one. I do wish they would re-release “Thick As A Brick” special edition. I missed that one!


Please, can someone answer the question below?
Finally Songs From The Wood in super deluxe edition release ! That’s great !! I can’t hardly wait for Heavy Horses, Stormwatch, A, Broadsword and The Beast, Under Wraps. I really wish it have the same treatment since I looked for some information about it and not a word was found. Can anyone take my doubt off ?? !!
Since Stand Up was reissued as “bookset” format I wonder if “This Was” and “Benefit” will be re-release in the same format also. Someone can help me, please ??

Thank you very much !!


I’m pretty confident Benefit at the very least will get the bookset treatment – though Iguess it depends ultimately on whether they are willing to put the effort into the essay/book (the stereo remix and 5.1 are already done).

This Was? Fingers crossed – although a 5.1 mix might be tricky given that it was recorded to, I believe, 4-track (but then so was Sgt Pepper….).


At the moment there is no news on This Was and Benefit as far as a book format is concerned. But sadly Steve Wilson has said that this series will end with Stormwatch – so no Under Wraps and Broadsword. Next up with undoubtedly be Heavy Horses, perhaps with Bursting Out as an extra. I’d love This Was and benefit to get the treatment, but I’d really like Living in the Past too – it’s about time someone treated that right.


This is all WRONG!! How could they have screwed this release up?!?! Didn’t Ian Anderson talk to Paul McCartney’s team… fans don’t want any more than 4 discs in a set!! If you want to give people more, it must be as downloads!! And for the love of Pete, where’s the effort to drive the hardcore fans to streaming with this release??? Fans have no clue what they want, so artists are obligated to guide them an tell them what they want. Clearly Anderson is just being difficult.

How anyone could put in more than 4 discs, and then forget all the bits of loose paper and download material that fans are begging for in deluxe editions boggles the mind!!


(Already pre-ordered. I’d easily nominate these JT re-issues as the best re-issues that have ever been done in terms of a series of releases by an artists. And, I too, would re-buy Benefit and This Was if they were repackaged into the book format.)


Nice one this ! Looking forward. Just a note Mr Anderson was to be seen on the wright stuff . on channel 5 on Friday . still available on catch up !


Definitely in for this one! Does anyone know if ‘This Was’ is in line for a deluxe book set with 5.1? I know it’s a somewhat different musical proposal, and that there has already been a 2CD version.


Good interview with Ian last Friday on Radcliffe/Maconie Show, BBC 6Music, here’s the programme link, interview starts around 1:36m 40s:



Not a Tull fan at all but these sets all look great and make me envy those of you are fans.

Chris Squires

I’m with you Jim, I have never heard a Jethro Tull album and the sum of my knowledge is little clips I might have seen on things like “The Old Grey Whistle Test” “Sounds of the 70s” or “Rock Goes to college” type thing on BBC4.

This is seriously tempting as the reviews are so overwhelmingly positive, but the line has to be drawn somewhere I guess. So envious of people who love a bit of the Tull.


Yet another happy bunny here. This is how to do it with style and substance and something approaching love. Can’t wait for “Heavy Horses” which, I’m embarrassed to say, is where I get off. Going out with a bang though, it’s a masterpiece. I just hope Ian does some more of his hilarious narration on the video. Can I have a whole DVD just of Ian talking over silent footage please?

I’m not so bothered about shelling out yet again for “This Was” and “Benefit”. But I certainly would be tempted by an upgraded TAAB set, with an extra CD of something/anything.

What these sets lack, of course, is the original mix. So they’re not replacements, they’re augmentations, just like the KC and Yes sets. But hands down the best reissue campaign I can think of. Think what Pink Floyd could have been and weep.

CJ Feeney

The original stereo mix is always included on the DVD (as a flat transfer) for Tull and Crimson re-issues. I think Steve Wilson tries to insist on this when agreeing to the remix job.

The difference in re-issue policy seems to be that Tull put out the Wilson remix on vinyl (usually a month or two after the box set issue), but Crimson put out the original mix on vinyl to complement the new mix on CD. Seperate vinyl is probably one of the reasons that costs are kept low and the sets are so popular.

peter wolf

Paul thanks for the great news any ideas on the release @ Amazon UK?


Preordered from BS

Rik K

Add me to the legions who are over-the-moon about getting this set. However, every release just increases my frustration with *other* artists who won’t follow Ian’s example in how to do a deluxe edition exactly right! The Tull ones have been around long enough that other artists and companies must surely have seen one by now. On a shelf near my Tull sets are my Yes ‘definitive’ blu-rays; I love their audio content but their packaging and printed extras are such crap.

And don’t even get me started about the ridiculous prices of last month’s Pink Floyd sets, and the waiting I’m forced to endure for said prices to come down. Given how much more volume the Floyd sets will do compared to Tull, they could easily bring their prices down and still make a tidy profit. Grrrr!!!

peter wolf

Rik in regards to Yes’s packaging of their “definitive” recent editions and i am pleased to say i have all of them but the inner sleeves are quite ordinary in comparison to the J.T.’s box sets in which they give you a huge history and superlative reading material and Ian’s usual funny hilarious moments, but i guess with Yes you get 7-8 versions of the one album, and the biggest surprise when i bought their Tales box set having played it a couple of times the extras add up to 12 and a half hours on one bluray disc! Although it’s perhaps not a fave among Jethro Tull fans would like to see The Broadsword & The Beast and their heavy metal comeback on a similar path Crest Of A Knave


IMHO Tull’s golden era ended when Hammond left the band, and anything beyond Minstrel ITG is coasting downhill. That said (and I may be well be in the minority with this opinion) rather than forge forward in the catalogue, I’d far prefer to see them do book sets of This Was, Benefit, and a redux of the botched Thick As A Brick set.

Either way – these sets rival the Yes BluRay DE’s in sound, content, value, & packaging. Someone above asked how these Tull DE’s could possibly be improved. I’m hard pressed to suggest anything other than possibly using BluRay’s for the Hi-res & video. Otherwise – exemplary!


These Jethro Tull reissues are exemplary in terms of content and value. If only other bands were as passionate about their back catalogue.


Working John Working Joe is a track from A . Ian must have parked it for an album several years later. I’m seeing him next week in Auckland and Wellington. Must remember to ask him about that one…..

Must put all my comments in one email next time!


Strip Cartoon is a Too Old To Rock n Roll recording. I wonder if that is a mistake and we will get Beltane after all.

Dave Thornhill

Supposedly ‘Strip Cartoon’ appears here in stereo and 5.1 remix because they only located the multitrack after they had completed the ‘Too Old…’ reissue. which, if you think about it, is pretty awesome from the point of view of giving the fans everything they possibly can with these sets.

‘Beltane’, although on the previous ‘Songs..’ remaster now seems to be considered a ‘Heavy Horses’-era track and should appear on that set in the future

Wayne Klein

It was also the b-side of one of the singles for this album as well so it makes sense.

I love it so far going through the set gradually.