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3 November 1973

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Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is to produce Steeleye Span's next single — his first-ever outside production work.

It is also Anderson's first project since Tull's "indefinite retirement" was announced in August. He is also acting as production consultant for Steeleye's new album, now being recorded in London's Morgan studios.

The single will be released early in the New Year and the album on February 1. No titles have yet been finalised.

Anderson first became interested in Steeleye's music when they supported Tull on their massive American tour earlier this year. He also attended Steeleye's recent Royal Albert Hall concert after which vocalist Maddy Prior — pictured here with Ian — suggested he should become involved in the production of the band's next album.

Anderson's next project, meanwhile, will be Jethro Tull's new album to be recorded later this year for release in the New Year. Plans are also being finalised for Tull's first film, provisionally titled 'War Child', to be produced in the Spring.

Steeleye Span are on a mammoth British tour which opened with the sell-out concert at London's Royal Albert Hall in October. It finishes at Norwich's Theatre Royal on December 2.


Note: the Steeleye Span single was 'Thomas the Rhymer', from the IA-produced album 'Now We Are Six'.

Thanks to Mike Wain for this article.