Header

M.U. - THE BEST OF JETHRO TULL

Jethro Tull

Prog Folk


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Jethro Tull M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull  album cover
2.87 | 58 ratings | 11 reviews | 12% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


Write a review
Buy JETHRO TULL Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Boxset/Compilation, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Teacher (3:54)
2. Aqualung (6:38)
3. Thick As A Brick Edit #1 (3:00)
4. Bungle In The Jungle (3:40)
5. Locomotive Breath (4:38)
6. Fat Man (2:52)
7. Living In The Past (3:25)
8. A Passion Play Edit #8 (3:30)
9. Skating Away (On The Thin Ice Of The New Day) (4:01)
10. Rainbow Blues (3:39)
11. Nothing Is Easy (4:24)

Total Time: 43:41

Lyrics

Search JETHRO TULL M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search JETHRO TULL M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Ian Anderson / flute, vocals, soprano saxophone (plays on all tracks)
- Martin Barre / electric guitar (plays on all tracks)
- Glenn Cornick / bass (plays on tracks 1, 7 and 11)
- Clive Bunker / drums, precussion (plays on tracks 1 - 2, 5 - 7 and 11)
- John Evans / Hammond organ, piano, organ, synthesizer, keyboard (plays on tracks 1 - 5 and 8 - 10)
- Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond / bass (plays on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10)
- Barriemore Barlow / drums, percussion, glockenspiel (plays on tracks 3 - 4 and 8 - 10)

Guest musician:
- David Palmer / orchestral arrangements and conducting

Releases information

Repackaged by EMI in 2003 as "Essential."

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to The Whistler for the last updates
Edit this entry

JETHRO TULL MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy JETHRO TULL M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull Music


AqualungAqualung
Parlophone 1999
Audio CD$3.83
$1.95 (used)
Thick As A BrickThick As A Brick
Parlophone 1997
Audio CD$8.04
$3.98 (used)
Benefit (Deluxe 2xCD+DVD)Benefit (Deluxe 2xCD+DVD)
WEA 2013
Audio CD$18.13
$17.47 (used)
The Best of Jethro Tull; The Anniversary CollectionThe Best of Jethro Tull; The Anniversary Collection
Parlophone 2008
Audio CD$7.25
$4.99 (used)
Very Best of Jethro TullVery Best of Jethro Tull
Parlophone 2001
Audio CD$4.41
$0.43 (used)
Songs From the WoodSongs From the Wood
Parlophone 2003
Audio CD$4.57
$4.09 (used)
BenefitBenefit
Parlophone 2002
Audio CD$4.57
$4.55 (used)
Stand UpStand Up
Parlophone 2002
Audio CD$4.57
$2.94 (used)
WarchildWarchild
Parlophone 2002
Audio CD$4.57
$5.89 (used)
Aqualung: 40th AnniversaryAqualung: 40th Anniversary
EMI 2011
Audio CD$19.48
$18.14 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
JETHRO TULL - Thick As A Brick - MFSL UDCD 510 US $30.99 [23 bids]
31m 39s
JETHRO TULL Aqualung CD Classic 1973 Album Locomotive Breath, Cross-Eyed Mary US $2.49 [0 bids]
36m 15s
Jethro Tull Too Old to Rock 'N Roll Too Young to Die Stormwatch lot of 2 Vinyl US $5.00 [0 bids]
US $25.00 Buy It Now
48m 2s
JETHRO TULL-PASSION PLAY-LP/Vinyl/Record US $4.99 [0 bids]
53m 37s
IAN ANDERSON PLAYS THE ORCHESTAL JETHRO TULL SEALED 2 CD SET NEW US $5.29 Buy It Now 1h 5m
TWENTY TEARS OF JETHRO TULL, THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION, 5 ALBUM 56 TRACK SET . US $110.00 Buy It Now 1h 18m
Jethro Tull "Aqualung" - Chrysalis with lyric insert US $9.99 [0 bids]
1h 20m
Jethro Tull record album Benefit mint US $9.95 Buy It Now 1h 27m
V.A Rock Dreams / Ten years after, Blondie, Billy idol, Jethro tull/ LP VG+ US $5.52 [0 bids]
1h 28m
Original Masters by Jethro Tull (CD, Jan-1985, Chrysalis Records) US $7.00 Buy It Now 1h 31m
Jethro Tull A Passion Play CHR 1040 Chrysalis Records 1973 LP w originalr LP US $10.99 Buy It Now 1h 46m
Jethro Tull - Benefit 1970 UK LP CHRYSALIS US $16.73 [5 bids]
1h 49m
JETHRO TULL - AQUALUNG - BRAND NEW SEALED JEWEL CASE WITH OBI - SHIPS FROM NY US $29.98 Buy It Now 1h 53m
Jethro Tull "Benefit" Vinyl Record US $12.95 Buy It Now 1h 53m
Jethro Tull Thick As A Brick Vinyl LP Original Newspaper Cover US $49.95 Buy It Now 2h 4m
Jethro Tull LP Chrysalis Records 1977,CHK-1135,Best of Jethro Tull,Vol 2, Repeat US $6.99 Buy It Now 2h 13m
Jethro Tull "Heavy Horses" 1978 Rock LP, VG+, Vinyl US $5.95 Buy It Now 2h 35m
JETHRO TULL - M.U.- THE BEST OF JETHRO TULL CHRYSALIS - 1975 US $2.99 Buy It Now 2h 38m
JETHRO TULL "AQUALUNG" CHR 1044 GREEN LABEL (1971) 12" GATEFOLD LP PROG PSYCH US $3.58 Buy It Now 2h 44m
JETHRO TULL-2 OLD 2 ROCK'N'ROLL YOUNG DIE/RAINBOW UK 45 US $35.00 Buy It Now 2h 48m
JETHRO TULL Living In The Past * 7" FR ORG PINK ISLAND EYE 45 PS * PROG * LISTEN US $30.00 Buy It Now 2h 51m
Jethro Tull - A Passion Play lp Gatefold CHR-1040 US $6.99 Buy It Now 3h
Jethro Tull - M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull lp CHR-1078 US $6.99 Buy It Now 3h 2m
Jethro Tull (dj 45) HOME mono / stereo ~ VG+ to VG++ rock US $4.00 [1 bids]
3h 3m
VINYL LP Jethro Tull - War Child Chrysalis CHR 1067 George Peckham Porky Pecko US $11.99 Buy It Now 3h 10m
Jethro Tull - Minstrel In The Gallery lp CHR-1082 US $6.99 Buy It Now 3h 13m
JETHRO TULL - BENEFIT - VG++ REPRISE RECORD 1970 US $15.00 Buy It Now 3h 16m
20 Years of Jethro Tull: The Definitive Collection [3-CD Box Set] 1988 Chrysalis US $67.45 Buy It Now 3h 18m
JETHRO TULL - THIS WAS (Collectors Edition) advance copy promo Rare Ian Anderson US $29.99 Buy It Now 3h 20m
JETHRO TULL Broadsword 1983 WEST GERMANY 1st press CD US $50.15 Buy It Now 3h 29m
JETHRO TULL AQUALUNG ON GREEN LABEL CHRYSALIS LABEL. NM CONDITION. US $14.95 [0 bids]
3h 40m
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick Record Album Vinyl LP With Cool Original Newspaper US $14.95 [0 bids]
3h 47m
JETHRO TULL-STORMWATCH 1979 CHRYSALIS RECORDS LP CHR 1238 EXC. VG+ US $4.99 Buy It Now 3h 50m
JETHRO TULL songs from the wood 1970s UK BLUE CHRYSALIS STEREO LP US $20.08 Buy It Now 3h 51m
JETHRO TULL-WAR CHILD 1974 CHRYSALIS RECORDS LP CHR 1067 EXC. VG+ SKATING AWAY US $5.99 Buy It Now 3h 51m
JETHRO TULL: Life Is A Long Song +4 (rock & pop 45) US $25.00 Buy It Now 3h 55m
JETHRO TULL Aqualung CHRYSALIS RECORDS German original pink rimmed 1972 VG+ US $72.99 Buy It Now 3h 58m
Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick: 40th Anniversary Edition [CD New] US $31.33 Buy It Now 4h 5m
Jethro Tull - 10 Great Songs 2012 [CD New] US $8.98 Buy It Now 4h 5m
Jethro Tull 7" vinyl SHAPED PICTURE disc - Steel Monkey US $4.85 [3 bids]
4h 10m
JETHRO TULL " STAND UP "SUPERB UK PINK i ISLAND ISSUE SENSATIONAL GIMMICK SLEEVE US $36.56 [12 bids]
4h 13m
Jethro Tull/This Was/2001 Remastered CD Album US $13.37 Buy It Now 4h 14m
Jethro Tull vinyl SHAPED PICTURE disc - Said She Was a Dancer US $4.52 [2 bids]
4h 17m
JETHRO TULL LIVING IN THE PAST 1972 CHRYSALIS 2LP gatefold & photo booklet NM US $39.95 Buy It Now 4h 17m
Ian Anderson 2014 1trk PROMO CD Doggerland JETHRO TULL US $7.86 [4 bids]
4h 25m
JETHRO TULL - THICK AS A BRICK-LP/Vinyl/Record US $4.99 [0 bids]
4h 27m
The Best of Jethro Tull M.U. 8 Track Tape Free Shipping 8-Track US $7.82 Buy It Now 4h 27m
Vintage Original Concert Ticket Stub - Jethro Tull - 1982 US $8.35 [0 bids]
4h 42m
Jethro Tull - Songs From the Wood MFSL OMR JAPAN 24KT GOLD CD UDCD-734 US $49.99 [1 bids]
5h 2m
Jethro Tull - Aqualung LP Good condition US $1.99 [1 bids]
5h 4m
Jethro Tull Aqualung Chrysalis LP 1971 US 2nd Press Green Label w/Lyric Insert US $7.00 [0 bids]
US $12.00 Buy It Now
5h 5m
Roots to Branches [Remaster] by Jethro Tull (CD, Sep-2006, EMI Music... US $6.00 Buy It Now 5h 5m
Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock N Roll Too Young To Die LP Good Condition US $1.99 [0 bids]
US $4.00 Buy It Now
5h 6m
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick -1972 Gatefold LP VG #CHR-1003 US $5.99 Buy It Now 5h 9m
jethro tull lp stormwatch chr 1238 w/inner vg+/m- US $9.99 Buy It Now 5h 14m
Jethro Tull - War Child - Chrysalis Records US $9.25 Buy It Now 5h 24m
Jethro Tull - This Was - Reprise Records 6336 US $12.75 Buy It Now 5h 24m
Jethro Tull - Repeat The Best of Jethro Tull Vol.II US $8.62 Buy It Now 5h 25m
JETHRO TULL "WAR CHILD" QUADRADISC LP IN SHRINK WRAP US $79.99 Buy It Now 5h 25m
JETHRO TULL 01 PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 41m
JETHRO TULL 02 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 42m
JETHRO TULL 03 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 42m
JETHRO TULL 04 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 42m
JETHRO TULL 05 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 42m
JETHRO TULL 06 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 43m
JETHRO TULL 07 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 43m
JETHRO TULL 08 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 43m
JETHRO TULL 09 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 43m
JETHRO TULL 10 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 44m
JETHRO TULL 11 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 44m
JETHRO TULL 12 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 44m
JETHRO TULL 13 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 44m
JETHRO TULL 14 (IAN ANDERSON) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 44m
JETHRO TULL 16 (MARTIN BARRE) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 45m
JETHRO TULL 17 (DAVID GOODIER) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 45m
JETHRO TULL 18 (DOANE PERRY) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 45m
JETHRO TULL 19 (JOHN OHARA) PHOTO PRINT US $3.76 Buy It Now 5h 45m
JETHRO TULL M.U. CHRYSALIS NM- US $5.95 Buy It Now 5h 47m
JETHRO TULL STORMWATCH JAPAN MADE MINI LP CD NEW + PROMO OBI RARE TOCP-67287 US $89.99 Buy It Now 6h 15m
JETHRO TULL - LOCOMOTIVE BREATH US $5.99 [0 bids]
US $9.99 Buy It Now
6h 33m
JETHRO TULL Stormwatch LP 1979 Chrysalis Records Made in Canada VG/VG+ US $6.25 Buy It Now 6h 37m
JETHRO TULL LP IAN ANDERSON ST wl pro ' 83 CHRYS MINT w/press kit US $29.99 Buy It Now 6h 38m
3 LP LOT JETHRO TULL THICK AS A BRICK FOLD OUT PASSION PLAY HEAVY HORSES ! US $9.99 [0 bids]
6h 55m
The Very Best of Jethro Tull by Jethro Tull (CD, May-2001, Chrysalis Records) US $9.17 Buy It Now 7h 8m
Around the World Live by Jethro Tull (DVD, Jun-2013, 4 Discs, Eagle Rock (USA)) US $35.11 Buy It Now 7h 9m
Heavy Horses/Songs from the Wood by Jethro Tull (CD, Mar-2011, Parlophone (UK)) US $8.44 Buy It Now 7h 9m
The Best Of Acoustic [Remaster] by Jethro Tull (CD, Mar-2007, EMI Music... US $11.56 Buy It Now 7h 11m
Roots to Branches [Remaster] by Jethro Tull (CD, Sep-2006, EMI Music... US $7.28 Buy It Now 7h 11m
Jethro Tull - BENEFIT Remixed 180g Vinyl LP Record - Black Friday RSD 2013 NEW! US $26.37 Buy It Now 7h 18m
JETHRO TULL: Love Story / A Song For Jeffrey 45 (dj, few foxing spots ol) Rock US $25.00 Buy It Now 7h 39m
JETHRO TULL "LIVE BURSTING OUT" USA CHRYSALIS 1978 DOUBLE LP VINYL RECORD US $2.99 [0 bids]
7h 41m
Jethro Tull ESSENTIAL Best Of 16 TRACK Collection NEW SEALED CD US $7.99 [0 bids]
7h 45m
Jethro Tull +Thick as a brick +2 LP Box set +2012+ EMI+ SEALED +40 Annivsary+ US $59.99 Buy It Now 7h 56m
Original Masters by Jethro Tull Vinyl DCC SEALED No. 2131 US $120.00 Buy It Now 8h 9m
JETHRO TULL Heavy Horses LP 1978 Chrysalis CHR 1175 Psych Rock Acid Prog NICE! US $11.99 Buy It Now 8h 19m
JETHRO TULL THIS WAS LP Chrysalis CHR 1041 Psych Rock Acid Prog NICE VINYL! US $9.99 Buy It Now 8h 25m
JETHRO TULL: Under Wraps: CD NEW US $13.99 Buy It Now 8h 33m
The Best of Jethro Tull by Jethro Tull (Cassette, Dec-1985, Chrysalis... US $6.99 Buy It Now 8h 38m
Jethro Tull - Living In The Past EP - UK - New US $20.00 Buy It Now 8h 41m
JETHRO TULL AQUALUNG LP 1973 CHRYSALIS CHR 1044 GATEFOLD LYRIC INSERT US $6.99 Buy It Now 8h 43m

More places to buy JETHRO TULL music online Buy JETHRO TULL & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for JETHRO TULL DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

JETHRO TULL M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull ratings distribution


2.87
(58 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
12%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
40%
Good, but non-essential (36%)
36%
Collectors/fans only (9%)
9%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
3%

JETHRO TULL M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Menswear
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars A quite pleasant compilation of good songs and some very good ones. A plus, you get a bonus one called "Rainbow Blues". A catchy tune with good flute solo from our favorite excentric hobo. You want introduce yourself to the TULL? Start here. This album is also easy to find and you can enjoy well-know hits while still enjoying the rest of the original albums. "Teacher", "Bungle in the Jungle" and "Locomotive Breath" must be played LOUD for maximum enjoyment. Told you so, the flute is THE instrument that makes progressive rock your own little secret garden, and what makes Anderson our favorite 'homeless' looking artist! (wonder if he smells like what he seems? Let's hope for the best.)

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Menswear (BETA) | Report this review (#16517) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, March 28, 2004

Review by daveconn
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars The first and still the best summation of TULL's precious musical gifts. Not to suggest that the band didn't continue to release great music, but the subsequent Repeat drew from a depleted well and future compilations (save for "Original Masters") seemed to serve some hidden agenda by selecting personal favorites or catalog samplers over the universally established "hits". In fact, M.U. (the abbreviation is said to stand for Musician's Union) ranks as one of the most effective, delightful compilations I own. My love for the music of TULL notwithstanding, this collection goes straight for the band's most popular music and displays it in a radiant array as these jewels deserve. There are several things that good compilations should do: put an artist's best musical foot forward, provide some sense of history, choose evenly from the existing catalog, and throw a bone to the fans who already own the previous works. "M.U." does this while departing from chronological order, a potential danger except that here the scattered placement of tracks is an equitable gesture toward TULL's genius. It's likely that some thought went into track placement. Opening with "Teacher", closing with "Nothing Is Easy", interspersing old and new material in between,

"M.U." underscored a point that TULL fans already knew: it's all good. For neophytes, however, it was a point worth making. Start at the beginning, begin at the end, dive cautiously for the middle, there is no wrong move. All greatest hits should aspire to be a celebration of the artist's work, which this is. As for the bone I mentioned earlier, the unreleased "Rainbow Blues" might be the best thing on here. In 2003, the same songs (in the same order) were released as Essential JETHRO TULL, inheriting "M.U."'s mantle it would seem.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to daveconn (BETA) | Report this review (#16522) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, April 30, 2004

Review by Australian
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars "MU: The Best of Jethro Tull" was released at a time when Jethro Tull and progressive rock in general was at the peak of its popularity. The album encompasses all Jethro Tull's greatest songs from the period leading up to the album's release. It features a version of "Aqualung" with an alternative acoustic section which follows the introduction. This version is better than the original "Aqualung " version in my opinion as it gives greater diction to the words and blends with the mood of the section better. Other than that the album features greatly edited versions of both "Thick As A Brick" and "A Passion Play", these four minute versions do absolutely no justice to the four original 20 minute-a-piece songs. Never the less "MU: The Best of Jethro Tul"l includes most the best stuff from Jethro Tull in a 40 minute long album, including "Bungle in the Jungle" (which I'm happy about.) The only thing missing from "MU:" (from the band's 70's period) is "Cross Eyed-Mary" which is one of the band's more successful songs, although "MU" already has two songs from "Aqualung."

There are no songs from the band's debut album 'This Was' and the addition of 'Beggar's Farm' or something would been good for a best of album. Apart from that " MU: The Best of Jethro Tull offers up all the best Jethro Tull songs from the 70's. Its difficult to rate "MU: The Best of Jethro Tull" because, although it features such great epics and T"hick As A Brick" and "A Passion Play", they only give a small sample of what they actually are. For this reason it's difficult to decide whether to recommend "MU:" to people new to Jethro Tull, the true meaning of these epics can only be encompassed in their full length. I can really only recommend MU: to collectors as it includes the alternative version of "Aqualung", so sadly I'm gonna have to give MU two stars. To all Jethro Tull newbies you're much better off getting the remastered version of 'Aqualung' as it includes some of the band's best stuff and several bonus tracks which, really makes "MU: "obsolete. Collectors/fans only

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Australian (BETA) | Report this review (#89671) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, September 14, 2006

Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars In 1972, the Tull released a compilation album with some rare tracks and unreleased album material. They are doing so again with this one.

I am not quite convinced by the selection of tracks though.

Some left overs from studio sessions : Rainbow Blues" are completely out of purpose in a "Best Of" effort. They are quite boring songs (in the meantime one can discover these "lost jewels" on some remastered versions). Pointless. "Teacher" is a bit better (released on remaster of "Benefit"). "Living In The Past" is of course a great song (single release but available now on remastered "Stand Up". It was already present on the previous compilation ...

Some average tracks from studio albums like "Nothing Is Easy" and "Skating Away". But "Fat Man" is pretty useless.

Two ridiculous edited versions for "Thick" and "A Passion" : three minutes or so each. That's about 7 % of the original song ("Thick peaking at 43'48" and "A Passion" reaching 45'05").

The best song from "War Child" : "Bungle" (finally).

OK, there are two alternate takes for "Aqualung" and "Locomotive". Since I do not owe this album as such, I can not judge these versions. Since they belong to the best Tull repertoire I can only say that these are the two that fully deserve (together with "Bungle") to be featured in a "Best Of" effort.

I would highly recommend the newcomer to the Tull repertoire to stay away from this compilation. Actually, my feeling is the same than for "Living In The Past" one. Get the remastered Tull's albums and forget about these "Best Of" or whatever they are called.

Even at the time of release, I am not quite sure that this one was relevant.

For completionists only. Two stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to ZowieZiggy (BETA) | Report this review (#108111) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, January 20, 2007

Review by 1800iareyay
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars I'm not a big fan of greatest hits compilations. It hepls when you're getting into an artist or if an artist has a lot of hit singles that never made it onto studio albums or you get a lot of rarities. My friend lent me a copy of this disc that he got while visiting his family in Germany. He gave me his, Orginal Masters, and Aqualung. I really liked Aqualung, and some of the songs on the greatest hits were good, but as I got into Tull, I hated this album. It doesn't have a lot of key early songs (Dharma For One?) and the most egregious crimes are that Thick as a Brick and Passion Play are cut to a few minutes in length. These are album long songs! My advice, get Aqualung (TaaB is a hard place to start). If you like it, get the other classics. Avoid this album, they don't even put very good songs on it (Fat Man, Skating).

Grade: D-

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to 1800iareyay (BETA) | Report this review (#108117) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, January 20, 2007

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars At first, I bought this version of compilation in cassette format even though I had already got all albums that the songs in this compilation are taken from. I just want to enjoy the songs in different setting with different setlist. It satisfied my needs. When this compilation was available in CD format, I bought again the CD. This compilation is a good introduction to the music of Jethro Tull especially for those who have never knew the band. The compilation has a right balance of folk acoustic based composition with some rocker. It opens beautifully with "Teacher" which has good melody and composition. "Aqualung" is the band's legendary track. "Thick As A Brick" is not the one that I like because it's cut from the original song with a long duration (45 minutes in total). This applies the same to "A Passion Play" which endures 45 minutes of the original version. "Bungle In The Jungle" was in fact my first experience with the music of Jethro Tull from "War Child" album. Another favorite of mine is "Locomotive Breath". "Nothing Is Easy" is a blues rock song that characterizes the music of early Jethro Tull.

This is a very good introduction compilation for those of you who are new to the band.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Gatot (BETA) | Report this review (#120947) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, May 07, 2007

Review by The Whistler
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Alright, here's the deal. Ole "Mr. I Hate Compilations" finally gets a chance to shine. M.U. was released in 1975, or thereabouts, and it screams "best of." It does not replace Living in the Past by a long shot. It contains all the well known studio cuts, and just one unreleased "Rainbow Blues," the singles "Teacher" and "Living in the Past," and an alternative "Aqualung" to tickle your fancy.

We open with "Teacher," a pop rocker of a single if I ever heard one! I am not a huge fan of this song, as it goes on a little too long for my tastes. Not that there's anything wrong with it. The version of "Aqualung" here is a little different, with the acoustic section being a little...I don't know exactly. It's sort of like the quad version of "Wind Up," if you've heard it. Either way, I don't radically prefer one over the other.

The opening movement to "Thick as a Brick" is here, as is "Bungle in the Jungle," "Locomotive Breath," "Fat Man" and "Living in the Past." All are great songs, to be sure, but there's nothing too special about them. "Thick," "Bungle" and "Locomotive" are to be expected, and, while a single, "Living" is already famous enough. The only surprise here is the vastly undervalued "Fat Man."

The representative from Passion Play is "Edit 8," a.k.a., "The Overseer Overture," which was arguably the best movement from the whole damn thing. "Skating Away" is a great song, but it's just "Skating Away," and shall probably remain until the end of time. For sake of argument, the best song on the album is "Rainbow Blues," a fantastic orchestral rocker with equally good guitar, flute and organ parts. Dig the brilliant layering of said parts under the vocals. It might even be better than "Bungle." Might.

We close with "Nothing is Easy," another nice song, and in itself not a bad closer. But you've heard it all before. All in all, a bunch of good songs, but not a fantastic representation of the band (there ARE other Tull albums than Stand Up and Warchild). Besides that, I'm not a fantastic fan of the overall flow of the album. It's a nice enough listen, but I'd hardly consider it a great introduction to the band. Or maybe I mean that the other way around...?

(This thing was re-released under the guise of Essential Jethro Tull, which is no more essential than the first one; instead of the cool outline drawing of minstrel Ian, you get a creepy photo of modern Ian. The only plus to the album is that it's readily more available than M.U., so points for completionists there. Still, hardly essential, especially considering that this is the band that released the ultimate compilation album.)

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to The Whistler (BETA) | Report this review (#123697) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Review by Sheavy
COLLABORATOR Progressive Electronic Team
1 stars Welcome to the land of edits.

I have never understood what makes a song more appealing by takeing out part of the song. It never makes the song any better, and just leaves you feeling gyped. This compilation just had to do that to Thick and Passion, which makes me downright mad. it is a unforgiveable sin, and completely ruins the songs. The rest of the songs are mostly intact, but if you are looking to get into this band, do not even bother with a greatest hits rip off, this band is one of those where you can not do greatest hits for. Get Thick As A Brick if you want to get into Tull.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Sheavy (BETA) | Report this review (#474212) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, July 02, 2011

Latest members reviews

3 stars A good little collection of some of the earlier work of Tull, up to the 1976 period. It is not even close to being complete, however, yet with only 1 disc to work with, how could it be? Has an interesting version of Aqualung as well as "Rainbow Blues". Editing "Thick as a Brick" to 3 minutes i ... (read more)

Report this review (#443676) | Posted by mohaveman | Friday, May 06, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This a great CD for TULL completists as it contains different mixes of both "Aqualung" and "Locomotive Breath". It also contains the wonderful previously unreleased "Rainbow Blues" which was taken from the "Warchild" sessions and has recently been released as a bonus track on the "Warchild" remast ... (read more)

Report this review (#16518) | Posted by platform | Sunday, March 28, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A very good review of those years, if i were them, i'd be waited until heavy horese appear, but it doesn´t matter, a very nice record for a very good band, no looses or flaws, pure Jethro Tull classics ... (read more)

Report this review (#16516) | Posted by | Wednesday, February 11, 2004 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of JETHRO TULL "M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull "

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.84 seconds