Jethro Tull, The Broadsword and the Beast, Back Cover, 1982
© Iain McCaig

Jethro Tull, The Broadsword and the Beast, Back Cover, 1982

Painting
By Iain McCaig
About the image
This artwork was created after Iain McCaig had a talk with Ian Anderson, and tried to capture the concept of the music. To the delight of fans, he intentionally drew hidden “easter eggs” in the album art.

The runic symbols around the edge of the cover are the opening lyrics to Broadsword: "I see a dark sail on the horizon, set under a black cloud that hides the sun. Bring me my broadsword and clear understanding. Bring me my cross of gold as a talisman."

The album was originally going to be called Beastie, corresponding to the first track on side one. But during production, the band deliberated over the preference between Beastie and Broadsword, the first track on side two. In the end, they decided (as on Aqualung) to give each side its own title and thus its own identity, and this time to combine both in the album's title.

Collector's Notes:

This original artwork is available as a set, along with its counterpart Jethro Tull, The Broadsword and the Beast, Album Cover, 1982
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17.5" x 17.5" Artwork Size
Mixed-media, Watercolor painting on board
Signed, Original Artwork - Available

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