Under Wraps (Jethro Tull album)

Under Wraps is the 15th studio album by the band Jethro Tull, released in 1984. The songs' subject matter is heavily influenced by bandleader Ian Anderson's love of espionage fiction.[4] It was controversial among fans of the band due to its electronic/synthesizer-based sound, particularly the use of electronic drums. Dave Pegg has been quoted as saying that the tracks cut from the sessions for Broadsword and the Beast would have made a better album,[4] while Martin Barre has referred to it as one of his personal favourite Tull albums.[5] The album reached No. 76 on the Billboard 200 and No. 18 on the UK Albums Chart. The single "Lap of Luxury" reached No. 30.[6]

Under Wraps
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Studio album by
Released7 September 1984
Recorded1984
StudioIan Anderson's home studio
Genre
Length43:13 (Vinyl)
58:39 (CD)
LabelChrysalis
ProducerIan Anderson
Jethro Tull chronology
The Broadsword and the Beast
(1982)
Under Wraps
(1984)
A Classic Case
(1985)
Singles from
Under Wraps
  1. "Lap of Luxury"
    Released: August 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
Sputnik Music[3]

ProductionEdit

Unlike earlier albums where Anderson was the sole songwriter, Under Wraps was the first Jethro Tull album since This Was where the majority of songs were co-written between all members of the band, primarily Peter-John Vettese.

This is also the only Jethro Tull album that features no live drummer; all the percussion tracks were programmed electronically. After the recording Doane Perry joined the band on tour and became their permanent drummer thereafter.

ReleaseEdit

The original 1984 release had 11 tracks, with "Astronomy", "Tundra", "Automotive Engineering" and "General Crossing" only appearing on the cassette version. Of these extra tracks, "General Crossing" became the first Jethro Tull track never to be released on vinyl, as "Astronomy", "Tundra" and "Automotive Engineering" all appeared on the 12-inch single release of "Lap of Luxury".

The CD editions of the album carry all 15 tracks. The 2005 enhanced CD also contains a QuickTime video for "Lap of Luxury".

Live performancesEdit

For the 1984 tour to promote Under Wraps, Jethro Tull offered artistic stage production as usual. In a manner quite similar to the Thick as a Brick tour, the roadies appeared onstage sweeping the floor, counting the audience and studying the place. All band members and instruments were covered in "wraps", with Anderson then releasing them and the music starting.[7] Anderson was suffering from vocal problems and was warned by his doctors not to tour. Anderson ignored this advice and went on tour, straining his throat in the process and resulting in surgery and an extended hiatus from the band.[8]

Track listingEdit

Original VinylEdit

All tracks are written by Ian Anderson and Peter-John Vettese except where indicated.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Lap of Luxury"Anderson3:35
2."Under Wraps #1"Anderson3:59
3."European Legacy"Anderson3:23
4."Later, That Same Evening" 3:51
5."Saboteur" 3:31
6."Radio Free Moscow" 3:40
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Nobody's Car"Anderson, Martin Barre, Vettese4:08
2."Heat" 5:37
3."Under Wraps #2"Anderson2:14
4."Paparazzi"Anderson, Barre, Vettese3:47
5."Apogee" 5:28

CDEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Lap of Luxury"Anderson3:35
2."Under Wraps #1"Anderson3:59
3."European Legacy"Anderson3:23
4."Later, That Same Evening" 3:51
5."Saboteur" 3:31
6."Radio Free Moscow" 3:40
7."Astronomy" 3:38
8."Tundra" 3:41
9."Nobody's Car"Anderson, Barre, Vettese4:08
10."Heat" 5:37
11."Under Wraps #2"Anderson2:14
12."Paparazzi"Anderson, Barre, Vettese3:47
13."Apogee" 5:28
14."Automotive Engineering" 4:05
15."General Crossing" 4:02

PersonnelEdit

Jethro Tull
Additional personnel

ChartsEdit

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[9] 45
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 15
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 43
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 9
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 18
US Billboard 200[14] 76

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Patrick Little. "Under Wraps - Jethro Tull | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  3. ^ "Jethro Tull Under Wraps Review". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b Minstrels in the Gallery: History of Jethro Tull by David Rees ISBN 978-0-946719-22-8
  5. ^ Rees, David (1998). Minstrels in the Gallery: A history of Jethro Tull. Firefly. ISBN 0-946719-22-5.
  6. ^ "Under Wraps - Jethro Tull | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Jethro Tull - Full Concert - 10/28/84 - Capitol Theatre (OFFICIAL)". YouTube. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.[dead YouTube link]
  8. ^ "Sleevenotes from 'Under Wraps' CD reissue, 2005". Discogs. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 155. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Jethro Tull – Under Wraps" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Jethro Tull – Under Wraps". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Jethro Tull – Under Wraps". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Jethro Tull | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Jethro Tull Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 April 2018.

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