Ian Anderson – 8314 Boxed – Now Available To Pre-order!

24 June 2024

Reissue specialist label Madfish have shared details of 8314 Boxed, a limited-edition deluxe boxset tribute to Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson’s treasured solo works. The package, set for release on 23rd August, will include –

  • First-time vinyl releases of Divinities: Twelve Dances with God, The Secret Language of Birds (2LP), and Rupi’s Dance (2LP)
  • Walk Into Light, Divinities: Twelve Dances with God and Homo Erraticus remastered at half speed by Air Studio
  • Roaming in the Gloaming LP offers previously unreleased live recordings from 1995-2007
  • Beautiful side D etchings on 3 of the 10 records
  • 96-page book with foreword by Ian Anderson, extensive liner notes by Paul Sexton and exclusive pictures

“Since 1983, I have made a few solo albums, not as dissatisfaction with fellow musicians or the group identity but usually just to try something a bit different, whether sonically, stylistically or in terms of instrumental line-up. These records all stand out for me as being quite different from each other and in some ways demonstrate a broader depth of my songwriting. The flute instrumental Divinities record is one of my favourites to this day” – Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson’s solo albums explore different sonic landscapes and instrumental line-ups, each record in this boxset standing as a testament to his versatility. From the electronic experimentation in Walk Into Light and the profound narratives of Homo Erraticus, to the acoustic serenity of The Secret Language of Birds, these albums are a reflection of Anderson’s unending creativity and his ability to seamlessly blend diverse musical styles into cohesive, captivating works.

8314 Boxed 10LP breakdown:

  • Walk Into Light (1983) – half-speed remaster
  • Divinities: Twelve Dances with God (1995) – first time on vinyl, half-speed remaster
  • The Secret Language of Birds (2LP) (2000), etching on side D – first time on vinyl
  • Rupi’s Dance (2LP) (2003), etching on side D – first time on vinyl
  • Thick as a Brick 2 (2LP) (2012), etching on side D
  • Homo Erraticus (2014) – half-speed remaster
  • Roaming in the Gloaming (previously unreleased live shows from 1995-2007)

“Hey, but someone has to try oddball things, don’t they? Might as well be me…” – Ian Anderson