Responding to fans' demand, legendary guitarist Martin Barre has announced the release of 'Order of Play'. The album, due out on September 29th, is the studio version of the acclaimed show which sees him performing Tull classics with his talented live band.
"In January 2013, we headlined a festival in Somerset, UK. We wanted a live CD to be a summary of the last two years of our work and this was the idea opportunity. Fans had kept asking for a CD version of the show, but rather than record an actual gig, thought we would do something better and record 'live in a studio', with all the energy of a show but with the best sound quality possible.
So, with the band in one place, and a couple of "days off" - explains Martin. "We met at Middle Farm Studio the next morning, set the back-line up as we do onstage, with Dan in a booth, as he, rightly, felt that it was important to record all his vocals live. It was really important to keep the feel and continuity the same as a live gig. By the end of the day, we had all the songs finished."
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Martin Barre is one of the most influential and respected guitarists in classic rock history. His sound was recognized as a major factor in Jethro Tull's success, they went on to sell over 60 million albums worldwide.
Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
Over the past two years, Barre has performed live, some of Jethro Tull's most loved classics, winning praise from both critics and fans.
Order Of Play Tracklisting:
1. New Day Yesterday
3. Watch your Step
5. Minstrel in the Gallery
6. To Cry you a Song
7. Steal your Heart Away
8. Thick as a Brick (excerpt)
9. Sweet Dream
10. Song for Jeffrey
11. Rock me Baby
13. Still Loving you Tonight
14. Locomotive Breath
You can catch Martin Barre live on the following dates:
29th August Ilminster Square & Compass Inn
30th August St Ives The Guildhall
3rd September Cardiff The Globe
4th September Wolverhampton Robin 2
5th September Bolton The Railway
6th September Liverpool Lomax
7th September London The Borderline
8th September Leicester The Musician
9th September Cambridge The Junction
11th September Bristol The Tunnels
12th September Derby The Flowerpot
4th December St Helens The Citadel
6th December Newcastle The Cluny
7th December Skegness Folk Festival
20th December Leamington Spa The Leamington Assembly
21st December East Devon Budleigh Salterton Public Hall
23 -26 January Skegness Great British Rock & Blues Festival
While Martin Barre & friends continue taking Jethro Tull to growing UK audiences, grab a chance to take the songs home with you. 'Order of Play' is out September 29th on Edifying Records through RSK, in digipak format.
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