Fylingdale Flyer – Jethro Tull (1980) HQ FLAC Remaster HD Video

Fylingdale Flyer – Jethro Tull (1980) HQ FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Fylingdale Flyer” was released on Jethro Tull’s 13th studio album, A, in September of 1980. The album was recorded in the summer of 1980 using Maison Rouge Mobile and Maison Rouge Studios in Fulham, London. Eddie Jobson guested on the album, playing keyboards and electric violin.

A was recorded as an intended Ian Anderson solo album before Tull’s record label, Chrysalis, asked that it become credited to the group to help the label get through overall slow record sales. This is the reason for the album’s title, as the tapes were marked “A” for “Anderson”. It is noted for its more synthesiser-based sound, a fact which creates controversy among many of the band’s fans. On the other hand, it features a folk-influenced piece “The Pine Marten’s Jig”.

A features a dramatically different line-up of Tull from the band’s previous album, Stormwatch (1979). Former keyboardist John Evan and organist David Palmer were de facto fired from the group, and former bassist John Glascock died soon after the recording of Stormwatch, which caused drummer Barriemore Barlow to leave the band due to depression.

The only members of Tull to appear on both Stormwatch (1979) and A (1980) are Ian Anderson and Martin Barre. This is also bassist Dave Pegg’s first appearance on a Tull studio recording, but he had become a member of the band during the Stormwatch tour in 1979, replacing the deceased Glascock. Conflicting reasons have been given for the line-up change. Anderson has stated that he wanted to take the band in a different direction from the folk rock and progressive rock of the 1970s. Barriemore Barlow was unhappy with the direction the band was taking and later stated that he would have left anyway. However, biographer David Rees reports in his book Minstrels in the Gallery: A History of Jethro Tull (2001) that Anderson had never intended to replace Jethro Tull’s previous line-up with the musicians who recorded A, but was forced by Chrysalis Records, which had decided to release his ‘solo’ album under the name Jethro Tull. This claim was further evidenced by Anderson’s note in the 2003 re-release of the album.

There is an actual video for this track but while it’s pretty artsy and well made, it’s also kinda a snoozer and I really like this more dramatic and rocking live clip and wanted to play with the ‘toon look I seem to do for so many Tull tracks. Have been working on two tracks from the A album…..stand by for the second soon. Till then hope you enjoy this one….and THANKS FOR WATCHING!

[Lyrics]
Through clear skies tracking lightly from far down the line
No fanfare, just a blip on the screen
No quick conclusions, now everything will be fine
Short circuit glitch and not what it seems

Flyingdale flyer, you’re only half way there
Green screen liar for a second or so we were running scared

On late shift, feeling drowsy eyes glued to the display
Dead cert alert, lit match to the straw
One last quick game of bowls, we can still win the day
Fail safe forget the things that you saw

Flyingdale flyer, you’re only half way there
Green screen liar for a second or so we were running scared

They checked the systems through and they read a okay
Some tiny fuse has probably blown
Sit back, relax and soon it will just go away
Keep your hands off that red telephone

Flyingdale flyer, you’re only half way there
Green screen liar for a second or so we were running scared

Flyingdale flyer, you’re only half way there
Green screen liar for a second or so we were running scared

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