Stormwatch is the twelfth studio album by the progressive rock group Jethro Tull, released September 1979. It is considered the last in the trilogy of folk-rock albums by Jethro Tull with Songs from the Wood (1977) and Heavy Horses (1978) being the other two. Among other subjects, the album touches heavily on the problems relating to the environment, oil and money. Stormwatch was notably the last Tull album to feature the “classic” line-up of the 1970s, as drummer Barriemore Barlow and keyboardists John Evan and Dee Palmer all left the band in the months after the Stormwatch tour concluded in April 1980, while bassist John Glascock had died from heart complications in November 1979 during the tour. He is featured on only three songs on the album (“Flying Dutchman”, “Orion”, and “Elegy”.) Ian Anderson played bass elsewhere on it.
In 2004, a remastered version of Stormwatch was released with four bonus tracks. “King Henry’s Madrigal” is one of those four bonus tracks. Also Glascock plays bass on two of the bonus tracks (“Crossword” and “Kelpie.”)
“King Henry’s Madrigal” is a “cover” of a very old song. It’s an instrumental here but if you follow the 2nd wikipedia link below it will show you the original lyrics.
“Pastime with Good Company”, also known as “The King’s Ballad” (“The Kynges Balade”), is an English folk song written by King Henry VIII in the beginning of the 16th century, shortly after his coronation. It is regarded as the most famous of his compositions, and it became a popular song in England and other European countries during the Renaissance. It is thought to be written for Catherine of Aragon.
Besides Jethro Tull, the song was also subject of numerous other contemporary versions. Renamed as “Past Time with Good Company“, it was included as the third track on Under a Violet Moon, the second album by Renaissance-inspired folk rock group Blackmore’s Night. The song was arranged and played by English progressive/folk rock band Gryphon, appearing on their 1973, self-titled album. Under the title Mainstream, an electronic version was arranged by Peter Howell of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop for the 1983 album The Soundhouse. The first verse of the song was used as the opening to the song “Legacy of Tudors” by symphonic metal band Serenity on their 2013 album War of Ages. Spanish folk band An Danzza have created their own rendering of this traditional English piece in their album “Whispers of the Forest”.