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4 stars A highly recommended album for all who like all latest works by Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson. I would not say the versions of the songs on this double live record are very original and new but they are consistent. Don't be fooled by the name of the record - it's not another "Grand Orcherstra Plays Jethro Tull". Most of the sounds are produced by the band of 5 musicians, including Anderson himself. The choice of songs seems to be more or less typical for Anderson live concert of the latest years - a mixture of new songs and all-time classics. The only thing that let me down a couple of times is Ian's voice - he just can't sing some high keys anymore, but still it's quite listenable. But in all other aspects it is a great album.
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Posted Monday, July 4, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars I am listening to this album as I write, and I can say that this should be on every Tull fan's wish list. Many of Anderson's works lend themselves to orchestral interpretation, and this album is among the best of that genre. Ian Anderson never fails to impress me with his continuing creative energies, exploring the varied worlds of acoustic, rock, and classical music with the vigor of a true creative musical artist. He is one veteran musician that certiainly is not "Living in the Past".
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Posted Friday, November 11, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars (please forgive my very approximate english, i would have express my appreciation in french)

Ian Anderson is back at his very best. At my opinion, this is a perfect live-anthology of the gold age of Jethro Tull, with such appropriate arrangements, highly brillant prestations of the omnipresent flute (It's seem to me that Ian is a big worker of his fetich instrument, more than ever), delicious acoustic line of the guitar, perfect mastering.The "classic touch" of the Tull is the pregnant aspect of this performance, who's never pompous or ponderous. And last bu not least, Ian's voice is much more better than these last years. The "like-knopfler-voice" seems actually to be closed, and the venerable minstrel, since "christmas album", seems more and more finding some of this vocal specifity again (well, sometimes, the limit is overtake, but for a scenic prestation, it as for me very appreciable and enjoying).

I recommand highly this wonderful 2CD to anyone who search some kind of quintessential "Tull anthology". Some of the best recréations and interpretations ever of "bourree" aqualung", "my good" or "locomotive breath" are to be founded here. Very good selection of the Tull or Anderson song's catalogue. Among others albums of Tull, no doubt for me that nowhere you can find such enthousiastic pregnance of the Ian's Art of flute playing. Big Hourrah for Mister Ian Anderson. :o)

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Posted Thursday, November 17, 2005 | Review Permalink
3 stars This beautiful two disc live output stretches from material as old as Bourée from '69, to something as recent as Ian Anderson's last solo release, Rupin's Dance, only two years earlier. The set list varies from acoustic tracks with vocals, with only mere orchestral touches, to the full band pieces where orchestra goes all out, and even songs that have been completely re-written and orchestra makes it its own. Aqualung isn't even recognizable until vocals begin, which is extremely fresh and even veteran, life-long Tull fans will adore this rendition.

As many people have mentioned, Ian Anderson's voice is suffering from 37+ years in the business of singing, though his flute playing has actually improved greatly. But on this specific release, his voice doesn't sound too shabby at all, and flute playing is still five-stars. And, in the fashion of Jethro Tull, there even many laughs on this album. Sometimes the orchestra adds another dimension of energy or substance to the music, and other times it simply complements the melodies, and fortifies the beauty of the music. But it always works perfectly, and it never seems misplaced.

I was very surprised - very surprised at the brilliant production, the excellent sound quality, and the phenomenal re-workings of the old songs. To be honest, I didn't expect a whole lot from this one, which was a big mistake! Any casual Tull fan, or die-hard, should be putting money aside for this one.

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Posted Friday, July 27, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars A great live album and a must have for Jethro Tull fans. Lovers of folk, classical music and a bit of lounge jazz should enjoy the fusions here too. It's generally quite laid back with the orchestral backing, the arrangements are often subtle but add some depth to create nice versions of a few early JT pieces, especially Cheap Day Return, Mother Goose, Bouree and "Aqualung". The accordian appears a lot throughout the set, including on "Living In The Past". In addition, Anderson plays some solo pieces and other classical works, of which "Pavane" works beautifully. In all, this album fortifies Mr Anderson as a top musician of our time. Highly recommended.
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