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Jethro Tull


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3.66 | 173 ratings

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3 stars In the liner notes, Ian Anderson almost seems ashamed of this collection. He states that he fought to keep the price down, and is donating the proceeds to charity.

But there is nothing to be ashamed of here. It is by no means Jethro Tull's best album. But I like it.

Just as Brian of Nazareth was the man who was almost Jesus, the first disk, dubbed "The Chateau D'Isaster Tapes" was the album that was almost "A Passion Play". "Bad health, technical and production problems" caused the band to give up on this album, eventually to record APP. Many of the works on this appeared in a different form on that album (and elsewhere). Here, sounding not quite finished, and somewhat muddily recorded, they amount to what could have been a great album under other circumstances.

The second disk is a collection of songs left off of other albums (many have been issues as bonus tracks since, but I, having first CD issues of most do not own those, so I rejoice in this set). Anderson notes that they were omitted because they either sounded too much like other songs, or were so different they didn't fit with the theme. I personally like the earlier, seventies material here better than the more recent songs, but none are unlistenable.

This is definitely a must for the Tullophile, and a pleasant, but not necessary album for any other prog fan.

Evolver | 3/5 |


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