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4.38 | 44 ratings | 2 reviews | 55% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Life Is a Long Song (3:18)
2. Up the Pool (3:10)
3. Dr. Bogenbroom (2:59)
4. From Later (2:06)
5. Nursie (1:36)

Total Time 13:09

Line-up / Musicians

- Ian Anderson / vocals, flute, acoustic guitar
- Martin Barre / electric guitar, descant recorder
- John Evans / piano, organ, Mellotron
- Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond / bass, alto recorder, backing vocals
- Barriemore Barlow / drums & percussion

Releases information

7"-EP Chrysalis WIP 6106 (1971 UK)

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JETHRO TULL Life Is a Long Song ratings distribution

(44 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(55%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (7%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by Matti
4 stars This EP was released in September 1971, about six month after the classic album Aqualung. All the five songs here are non-album tracks, but they were included on the 2LP compilation Living in the Past, which was released in June 1972. That's where the songs are familiar for me, like I bet they are for most of the listeners. Despite that truly deserved reappearance, I'd like to give an extra kudos to this EP for its all-new non-album material. It was the first recording to feature the band's new drummer Barriemore Barlow.

The leading track 'Life Is a Long Song' reached No. 11 in the UK charts. It's centred on Ian Anderson's acoustic guitar and singing. Both the music and the lyrics are very nice, a metaphor of everyday life, concluding that "the tune ends too soon for us all". 'Up the Pool' is rather similar lighthearted acoustic song, but not as charming.

'Dr. Bogenbroom' reminds me a lot of the 1970 album Benefit, especially for Anderson's vocals. Otherwise a good song, but the acoustic guitar sounds a bit nasty, perhaps the recording is poor. 'From Later' (2:08) is a heady instrumental featuring the flute in the leading role. A cool rock counterpart to Bach-derived 'Bourée', one could say. The even shorter 'Nursie' (1:36) features only acoustic guitar and vocals and is comparable to the Aqualung songs 'Cheap Day Return' and 'Wond'ring Aloud'. A very charming, moody piece which ends far too soon.

This folk-oriented EP was an excellent addition to the early phase of Jethro Tull.

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5 stars This E.P. is exactly between a "Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music" and an "Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection". As the compositions of Ian Anderson for this E.P. shows a kind of bridge between "Aqualung" and "Thick as a Brick", for historical purposes it deserves t ... (read more)

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