Here's the tracks from the Broadsword session. Unless I made a mistake, that's 25 tracks. The remaster certainly should have been a double CD.
But it could be interesting to see some revised single CD's...
Beastie Clasp Fallen On Hard Times Flying Colours Slow Marching Band Broadsword Pussy Willow Watching Me Watching You Seal Driver Cheerio Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow I'm Your Gun Down At The End Of Your Road Too Many Too Jack-A-Lynn Motoreyes Rhythm In Gold Mayhem, Maybe Overhang Crew Nights The Curse Commons Brawl No Step Drive On The Young Side Of Life Lights Out
Here's what I would do with Broadsword if asked to recreate it with a different track listing containing 10 songs. Since several songs are already political and social commentary, I would make it more so.
I would immediately eliminate Beastie, and in its place I would substitute Commons Brawl, a wonderful little underated song with a great sense of humor and very critical of the political process, and the title is such a great pun.
Next I would leave The Clasp and Fallen on Hard Times, because they also contain the same element of social and political critique.
Flying Colours would be removed in favor of I'm Your Gun, an interesting examination of the pros and cons of gun regulation, which also happens to be a corker of a song.
Slow Marching Band would remain in the fifth spot for some cathartic relief, because it is such a beautiful song, even though it doesn't fit the theme.
Broadsword would stay, because it contains the dire warnings about what lies ahead due to the problems set forth on Side 1. After that I would go with Too Many Too and Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow, because those would be in keeping with the overall critical theme. I would then round the album out with Jack-A-Lynn, for some nice relief, and then Down at the End of Your Road (again because of the criticism of the real estate business, plus it happens to be a really good song and would be a great way to end the album), so my recreated album would look like this:
Commons Brawl The Clasp Fallen on Hard Times I'm Your Gun Slow Marching Band
Broadsword Too Many Too Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow Jack-A-Lynn Down at the End of Your Road
Since there would no longer be any Beastie, the album would have to be renamed to simply 'Broadsword.'
Last Edit: Dec 17, 2009 14:05:48 GMT -5 by Nonfatman
"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." George Orwell
It's interesting to read these lists. Especially the songs that each of us would have set aside. It's definitely not easy.
Interesting to read the Fatman's conceptual pattern vs one like mine which tends to focus more on the flow musically of on to another. Motoreyes - would have been a nice track to set the stage that Tull's rockin.
I'm Your Gun
Commons Brawl - A great song. Better than the harsh vocals on Fallen on Hard Times
Seal Driver - Had to keep this track. One of Martin's best.
Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow - Intro flows real nice off Seal's outro
Slow Marching Band - Nice close out track
So there it is. 4 tracks off the original LP. They certainly do sound more "polished."