Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Farm on The Freeway (Jethro Tull, 1987)

Another good reason to love Jethro Tull's "Crest of A Knave" album surely is this song. It starts like a Jethro's classic, then goes on even better than you can imagine, with a full r'n'b soul, a pinch of baroque'n'roll and some hevier riffs now and then. A good song, IMHO, with a devilish Anderson's flute and Martin Barre at his heights. The lyrics are about the declining rural habits in USA and the invasion of the modern freeways criss-crossing the American landscape, kind of a "Heavy Horses" topic put on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

A good bootleg CD was named after this song, from a Philadelphia
concert featuring some members of Fairport Convention. It was in 1987.

The highlights of "Farm on The Freeway" probably are the country music intro, the first Barre's break and the following duet with Anderson's flute. But the sung melody is also excellent and the whole song should be more appreciated even by the band's fans. Be as it may, I like it very much and I recommend it to all my progfriends.

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