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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.30 | 753 ratings

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4 stars Definitely one of the most colourful Jethro Tull albums. The amazing palette of A PASSION PLAY (with the addition of a highly volatile orchestra) is applied to an excellent collection of shorter songs. In my opinion, the title track and BUNGLE IN THE JUNGLE sound uninspired, but all the rest is heaven! Ian Anderson never sung with greater energy: QUEEN AND COUNTRY and (especially) the semi-acoustic SKATING AWAY are two of the most convincing performances he ever recorded. LADIES is graced with inspired orchestrations, and the last two tracks are one helluva way to end an album!

But the most outstanding track is probably the most experimental: on BACK-DOOR ANGELS Martin Barre (solo guitar) and Barriemore Barlow (drums) really let rip (a foretaste of things to come on such pieces as BLACK SATIN DANCER and COLD NIGHT TO VALHALLA). I'm not too crazy about the uninspired noises Martin B. was to produce on later albums such as BROADSWORD AND THE BEAST, but back in 1974 he had JUST started developing a unique virtuoso style - and it shows!

To top it all, the digital re-master contains seven bonus tracks, among which the three instrumental ones are especially noteworthy.

Final verdict: not to be missed. A wonderful example of Jethro Tull in their prime.

fuxi | 4/5 |


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