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. To celebrate the album’s anniversary, Rhino release Stormwatch (The 40th Anniversary Force 10 Edition). This new 4CD/2DVD set includes
Original album and associated recordings newly remixed by Steven Wilson. Full concert from the Netherlands recorded in March 1980. Original album and 13 associated recordings mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital. Flat transfer of the original 1979 mix at 96/24 LPCM stereo15 associated recordings mixed to 96/24 LPCM stereo and five original mixes at 96/24 LPCM stereo. Presented in a case-bound DVD book filled with an extensive history of the album, track-by-track annotations by Anderson and Palmer, rare photographs and more.
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. The lineup changed even more following the tour to promote the album as Barlow, Evan and Palmer left the group.