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Jethro Tull premieres revamped 'Locomotive Breath' from new 'String Quartets' album: billboard exclusive

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Jethro Tull -- The String Quartets was among several projects Ian Anderson had "in the back of my mind" for a while. Now the 12-song set -- which includes a rendition of "Locomotive Breath" premiering exclusively below -- is a reality, ready for release on March 24. "I wanted to do these classic rock songs but in an authentic way," Anderson tells Billboard, "not the band with a string quartet but focusing on the string quartet with judicious ornament additions from myself to remind people, I suppose, of the originals and give it a bit more of an identifying feature. It was a challenge."

The main issue was finding the right ensemble to pull off the arrangements constructed by Tull keyboardist John O'Hara. That turned out to be the Carducci Quartet, a well-decorated Anglo-Irish group that Anderson was introduced to via one of the members' brother.

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