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Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

3.20 | 403 ratings

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Gatot
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3 stars Even though this album is not Jethro Tull's best, I still enjoy playing the CD. It's probably by the time the album was released the prog rock music was not famous at all and this album still had its strong root with the Jethro Tull's tradition. I would say that "A" - which supposedly be an Ian Anderson solo album - is the simpler form of Jethro Tull's "Songs From The Wood" where keyboard / organ is heavily used throughout the album. Songs like Pibroch or Hunting Girl from "Songs From The Wood" album has inspired the music style of this album. This album had been for long not available in CD format so I upgraded from cassette to CD just last year.

"Crossfire" (3:54) is a medium tempo music combining keyboard, flute and unique singing style of Ian Anderson. It continues into similar style of music with "Fylingdale Flyer" (4:36). "Working John, Working Joe" (5:04) is simple song performed in medium tempo. "Black Sunday" (6:36) is a keyboard-drone music with great combination between flute, piano and unique singing style, performed in relatively fast tempo. The piano work is really great especially during interlude or transition piece. "Protect and Survive" (3:37) starts off with wonderful flute work followed with relatively complex music in complex arrangement. "Batteries Not Included" (3:53) is a rocker that continues the spirit of previous track. Flute and electric guitar give nice sounds. "Uniform" (3:34) was once my favorite track as it has good composition and melody. "4.W.D. (Low Ratio)" (3:42) and "The Pine Marten's Jig" (3:28) are good . One best favorite track of this album is the last track "And Further On" (4:22) because it has a tight composition where the music moves through low and high points nicely, with excellent melody. It begins with a beautiful piano work followed immediately with Ian Anderson's singing in floating style. I love the electric guitar solo performed during chorus.

If you are new to Jethro Tull's music, this one is not a good one to start with. You might want to start Aqualung, Heavy Horses, etc. But if you are a die hard fan of Jethro Tull, you must have it . Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |

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