Classic Holiday songs can become pretty stale, especially when they’re being played in every public space with speakers that you would venture toward during this season of joy and merriment. Enter you ol’ pal Ian Anderson and a new song “Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song)” by Jethro Tull.


Anderson also announced Jethro Tull will be releasing The String Quartets LP on March 24. Jethro Tull’s official site made this announcement and accompanying video.

“The String Quartets is a new album by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and the Carducci Quartet featuring the classic songs of Jethro Tull, arranged and orchestrated by John O’Hara. Ian plays flute on most of the tracks and even sings a few lines here and there to provide his trademark sounds in the context of classical music traditions. Living In The Past, Aqualung, Locomotive Breath and Bungle In The Jungle are amongst the album track listing but appear, along with their fellow musical travelers, under more cryptic titles to differentiate them from the original recordings and arrangements.

Recorded in the crypt of Worcester Cathedral, UK and in St Kenelm’s Church, Sapperton, Gloucestershire, UK, Ian says that this album is “Perfect for lazy, long sunny afternoons, crisp winter nights, weddings and funerals.” He forgot to add, perfect also after a night of wild, abandoned sex or to celebrate the win of your favourite football team. Essentially, anytime music for sophisticated lovers of Classic Rock too afraid to wear their Tull T-shirt at the village barbecue.”



  • “In the Past (Living in the Past)”
  • “Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman / Reasons for Waiting)”
  • “Bungle (Bungle in the Jungle)”
  • “We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)”
  • “Farm, the Fourway (Farm on the Freeway)”
  • “Songs and Horses (Songs from the Wood / Heavy Horses)”
  • “Only the Giving (Wond’ring Aloud)”
  • “Loco (Locomotive Breath)”
  • “Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song)”
  • “Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)”
  • “Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells)”
  • “Aquafugue (Aqualung)”



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