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Jethro Tull - 20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release) CD (album) cover


Jethro Tull


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4 stars 20 years of Jethro Tull

As the title say this was released after 20 years of a succesful career, after almost 20 studio albums, after ups and downs, great moments and poor moments, so i think as a commemorative this was a good choice, and musically?

In the other hand, let me tell you that sure this is a compilation, 21 songs gathered in one album, but actually this is not a "The Best", so maybe if you are tired of the same songs and you are looking for something relatively new, you could try this album for sure because it is completely different, the tracklist is strange with not much knonw song names.

21 songs divided in 4 "batches":

- "The Radio Archives and Rare Tracks", the first wow!, i can make sure that i didn`t know all these songs before listening to this compilation, and maybe it could be the case of some of you people, look the tracklist: "Stormy Monday Blues", "Love Story", "A New Day Yesterday", "Summerday Sands" and "March the Mad Scientist", i take the first two songs as my favorite ones of this part.

- Flawed Gems (Dusted Down), but that was not the end of a new discovery, this part is great, beautiful, songs that maybe you already know but you haven`t appreciated them yet such as "Lick Your Fingers Clean", "Overhang" (high moment of this album, my personal favorite song here), "Crossword" and "Jack A Lynn" (the last one a classic special Tull song).

- The Other Sides of Tull (a.k.a. B-Sides), or lesser known songs but not for that less great, "Part of the Machine", "Mayhem, Maybe", "Kelpie" (another favorite track, beautiful song IMO), "Wond`ring Aloud", "Dun Ringill", "Life`s a Long Song" (another classic song which we can find in several Tull compilations), "Nursie" and "Grace", until now i can say that this kind of compilations are always welcome because it show us all the "faces" of the band, which is always healthy to music lovers.

- Essential Tull, finally we will find 4 well known songs, 4 classic songs which were well chosen and placed in a commemorative 20 years album, after all we will finish listening to "Witche`s Promise", "Living in the Past", "Aqualung" and "Locomotive Breath", but wait another surprise is waiting for us, this songs are live songs, so after all here we`ll find a mix of studio, rare recordings, and live songs, for me this time is great, and that 4 batches make the album even better.

After all and because i consider this is a great compilation, i will recommend it to any prog lover, despite not being a masterpiece as a whole, but a worth addition to your CD Colletcion for sure.

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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