Top 50 older song discoveries of 2018 (#35–#31)




Wind-Up by Jethro Tull (1971)
(For me, the opening and closing tracks are the highlights on 1971’s Aqualung. You could easily make a case for the opening title track Aqualung as the finest moment with its epic guitar riff.
The closer Wind-Up features a persuasive vocal performance by Ian Anderson, the lyric deals with religion and reveals the thoughts of a person who prefers to think for himself rather than be controlled. It’s quite haunting and some of the most purposeful writing I’ve seen from the group)








We Used to Know by Jethro Tull (1969)
(Tough to pick a favorite from Stand Up (1969) because there are so many good ones to choose from. We Used to Know is probably the track with the most accessible lyrics and not only that, there’s a great guitar solo too. The band are famous for Ian Anderson’s talent with a flute, and Reasons for Waiting from the same album is really beautiful and romantic)








Easy from Now On by Emmylou Harris (1978)
(I haven’t listened to the entire album that closely yet. The “easy from now on” chorus from the first track was exactly what I needed, especially after a hectic time moving to a new home this year)









Jump into the Fire by Harry Nilsson (1971)
(Inspiring lyrics and just a great rock song. “I could climb a mountain” makes you want to get going! Heard this one in the 2015 film A Bigger Splash. Apparently was also used in Goodfellas (1990), I must have overlooked it when I watched Scorsese’s film)









On the Border by Al Stewart (1976)
(I knew the wonderful title track Year of The Cat yet the rest of the album was a nice surprise with plenty of instrumental variation. This track is like a short story and there’s a bit of a Spanish flavor to the guitar in keeping with the lyrics which are allegedly about the Spanish Civil War)









What do you think? As always, comments are welcome

9 thoughts on “Top 50 older song discoveries of 2018 (#35–#31)

  1. Two tracks I love right here – Harry and Emmylou. For my money, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town is one of Emmylou’s best… I’m not sure what the critics say about it, but I’m particularly fond of that one.

    I think Schmilsson is packed with great songs and while Jump into the Fire isn’t my favourite, I reckon it’s a highlight.

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  2. I was never a big fan of Jethro Tull but when I moved up to the Highlands of Scotland, I discovered one of the biggest employers in town was Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull who set up a fish-farming business in the ’80s!

    Love Al Stewart songs and wrote about On The Border, Year of the Cat and Time Passages over at my place a while back. Still one of my most popular posts.

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    1. @Alyson: Never knew Ian Anderson was in the fish-farming business!

      That Al Stewart album is one of my favorite discoveries of 2018. I should track down his other peak albums. Just read your post on Stewart today and you found out some interesting stuff about him


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