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THE JETHRO TULL CHRISTMAS ALBUM

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

3.52 | 275 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
Special Collaborator
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars ".I could cut my cold breath with a knife and taste the winter of another life."

Isn't life strange? Ian Anderson is living a new re-freshed musical life from that important 2000 solo album The Secret Language Of Birds. It's not the first time he demonstrates greatness and what is true experience if connected with an impressive musicianship and with sharp songwriting. Remember what is Roots To Branches? Remember Divinities? Have you ever heard to his new 2003 solo album titled Rupi's Dance? Jethro Tull like the good wine? It's highly probable! As guest musicians: James Duncan (Ian's son) on drums and percussion, Dave Pegg, returning to play some bass guitar and mandolin.

Delicate and rich arrangements, acoustic guitars, mandolins, perussions, accordion, flutes and piccolos, good keyboards from the always wonderful Andy Giddings. Fortunately Ian started a collaboration with Leslie Mandoki and the Sturcz String Quartet arranged by Laszlo Bencker (on First Snow On Brooklin). Jethro Tull and the strings arrangements.always been a perfect marriage!

If you like Songs From The Wood you will love this delightful Jethro Tull Christmas album. Not only for the re-arranged "old" glorious Fire At Midnight, Ring Out Solstice Bells, Weathercock, Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow, A Christmas Song, Another Christmas Song, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (stunning electric guitar by Martin) and Bourée. Particularly good is just this last, divided now in three parts, all played in different moods (classical, jazzy and traditional).it's a nice surprise to you JT's lovers!

New songs are Birthday Card At Christmas, Last Man At The Party, First Snow On Brooklin and A Winter Snowscape, one of Martin's solo album Stage Left (this is another album for you to catch!).

Other traditional tracks are proposed by Jethro Tull in a freshest temper: Holly Herald, Pavane, Greenslade, We Five Kings.

This is the only Christmas album that deserves to be bought!!!

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |

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