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NOTHING IS EASY: LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT 1970

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.12 | 109 ratings

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Gatot
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5 stars WOW! This is what I call ... realizing my childhood's dream! Yeahhh ...!!!

When I was teenager, about 15 years old, I knew Jethro Tull for the first time (musically) through an album called "War Child". I knew the name before through a local music magazine which was very famous at that time : Aktuil. It was from this magazine that the image of Jethro Tull depicted through an old man with a long hair, holding a flute and sometimes play acoustic guitar. Yes, it was Ian Anderson's! After that I knew a cassette labeled as Jethro Tull "Living In The Past" where I knew "Dharma For One" for the first time. This song quickly became my all time favorite. My chief reason of liking this song was its dynamic vocal style and the bass guitar solo and long drums solo. It's so great for my taste! At that time I imagined how the band could ever play it "live". And now .. thru this DVD I could have seen them. AWESOME!

This DVD can be considered as documentary. But it does have live concert as well and combined with comments from Ian Anderson. I like the story before the concert was begun, in fact just before the sound check was made. The organizer and Tull's manager wanted the audience who were already there one day before the show (it's because of a festival - many people slept at the venue). The fights between the organizer and the people (crowd) and the fight between Tull's Manager and the organizer were presented clearly. Oh man .. it's so oldies and it's so seventies...!!!!

When the show by Tull starts, I really enjoy how Ian Anderson sings and plays his flute and at the same time making a fantastic stage act. He moves his body around and controls his pitch as well as distance to microphone really well. It's a very entertaining performance. The other person that I enjoy watching is the drummer Clive Bunker who looks like John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. He plays his drums dynamically and energetically. Glenn Cornick also plays his role excellently. All songs performed here in this DVD are masterpiece: " My Sunday Feeling" (5:20), "My God" (7:30), "With You There To Help Me" (9:58), "To Cry You A Song" (5:40), "Bourée" (4:34), "Dharma For One" (10:10), "Nothing Is Easy" (5:36) and Medley: "We Used To Know/For A Thousand Mothers" (10:37). I especially love when "My God" is performed as well as "Dharma For One". The drums solo is long and so interesting. I think Clive Bunker is one of few great drummers in progressive rock music.

Despite not so good picture quality - hey, this is 1970 man ..! realax ....! - I truly enjoy the concert and the comments from Ian Anderson (2004). It's a masterpiece of prog rock concert!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 5/5 |

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