Jethro Tull released Stormwatch in September 1979, completing a folk-rock trilogy the band started with Songs from the Wood in 1977 and continued the following year with Heavy Horses. Stormwatch was also the final album to feature the classic late-1970s Jethro Tull lineup, which included Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Glascock, John Evan, David (now Dee) Palmer and Barriemore Barlow.
Back in November Rhino released Stormwatch (40th Anniversary Force 10 Edition), a 4CD/Blu-ray deluxe edition. Featuring on this deluxe edition, Rhino release the 1CD breakout of the original album Stormwatch, newly remixed by Steven Wilson. The 1CD features 8 bonus tracks, all released on the 40th Anniversary Force 10 deluxe edition.
Stormwatch marked the end of an era for Jethro Tull. Due to his deteriorating health, bassist John Glascock missed most of the sessions for the album and only appears on three of its songs (Flying Dutchman, Orion and Elegy.) Tragically, Glascock died shortly after the album was released.