Jethro Tull - Under Wraps [Chrysalis Records FV 41461] (7 September 1984)

Released: 7 September 1984
Country: US
Label: Chrysalis Records
Catalog: FV 41461
Genre: Pop, Rock

Item# SR-CHFV41461
Ratings: C=NM-; LP=NM-

Pressing: Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Lap Of Luxury
02 Under Wraps #1
03 European Legacy
04 Later, That Same Evening
05 Saboteur
06 Radio Free Moscow
07 Nobody's Car
08 Heat
09 Under Wraps #2
10 Paparazzi
11 Apogee

Under Wraps
Jethro Tull

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Album Review

Patrick Little []

Ian Anderson's Walk into Light (1983) was an uncharacteristic venture into the world of drum machines and synthesizers, and was partly a collaboration with keyboardist Peter-John Vettese. The next year the two cut the similar-sounding Under Wraps using the Jethro Tull banner. Most of the work, including drum programming, was done by Anderson in his home studio before guitar and (scant) bass guitar were added. The group members were excited about their latest sounds, which brought a cold edginess to the usual intricate music (the acoustic ''Under Wraps No. 2'' being one exception). Lyrically, Anderson was letting go of his Olde English facade; here he showed his fascination with Cold War-era espionage. While the British audiences didn't mind the changes, U.S. buyers pretty much hated the album. Compared to the U.S. number 19 position of 1982's The Broadsword and the Beast, Under Wraps never got past number 76. (Crest of a Knave, three years later, shot up to number 33.)