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TO CRY YOU A SONG - A COLLECTION OF TULL TALES (JETHRO TULL)

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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tull Tale (2:35)
2. Aqualung (8:09)
3. Up The Pool (3:01)
4. Nothing Is Easy (4:17)
5. Mother Goose (4:23)
6. Minstrel in the Gallery (5:22)
7. One Brown Mouse (3:15)
8. Cat's Squirrel (5:52)
9. To Cry You a Song (5:10)
10. New Day Yesterday (3:59)
11. Teacher (3:59)
12. Living in the Past (3:21)
13. Locomotive Breath (4:32)
14. Life's a Long Song (2:45)

Total Time: 60:40

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Line-up / Musicians

- Mick Abrahams
- Robert Berry
- Clive Bunker
- Glenn Cornick
- Echolyn
- Keith Emerson
- Roy Harper
- Glenn Hughes
- Magellan
- Phil Manzanera
- Ian McDonald
- Charlie Musselwhite
- Dave Pegg
- Derek Sherinian
- Robby Steinhardt
- Tempest
- Derek Trucks
- John Wetton
- Wolfstone

Releases information

Magna Carta, 1996
Cat. MA-9009-2

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3.39
(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
12%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
47%
Good, but non-essential (24%)
24%
Collectors/fans only (12%)
12%
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)
6%

VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) To Cry You a Song - A Collection of Tull Tales (Jethro Tull) reviews


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Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Can a "tribute" performance be a masterpiece?

I doubt it. It actually could be, but there must be well-defined criteria to consider a certain tribute album as a masterpiece. Reason being, actually I want to rate this tribute compilation as masterpiece. But, never mind with a four-star rating as long as you get my true message that this is a great compilation of Jethro Tull's music performed by great musicians. If you are a fan of Jethro Tull, it's a must collection. Well, actually this is not truly a tribute compilation as there are two songs: "Tull Tale" written by T. Gardner of Magellan and "Cat's Squirrel" written by M. Abrahams.

The compilation album is opened beautifully with "Tull Tale" (2:35), an instrumental track written specifically for this tribute, featuring Stan Johnson on flute. Containing pieces of "Bouree" and other Tull classics, it serves as an introduction to Magellan's excellent cover of "Aqualung". It starts off with a great piano intro, then it goes into an industrial music combined with metal guitar sound on the verses. The guitar solo is played on a slightly different chord progression, but it sounds really well. "Up The Pool" is performed wonderfully with great acoustic guitar work and unique vocal by Roy Harper. Really good. The great song "Nothing Is Easy" (4:17) is performed remarkably well by John Wetton on vocals. It's so rewarding when I listen this song - it's like King Crimson meets Jethro Tull.

"Mother Goose" (4:23) is performed by Lief Sorbye (of Tempest) in a great arrangement. Well, overall I don't see any track that is performed worse than the original version - all of them are great arrangements. But if you force me to mention the best of the best performance is the one performed by Glenn Hughes on track 9: "To Cry You a Song". As you may have known that the vocal timbre between Ian Anderson and Glenn Hughes is totally different and you might have imagined that Glenn Hughes voice only suitable for Deep Purple or Trapeze. But what hhappen here is truly a fabulous combination of energetic music with organ solo (reminds us to Jon Lord?) and rocking and funky voice of Hughes. The result is Deep Purple meets Jethro Tull kind of music. I especially like when Hughes sings his high register notes under chorus lyrical part: "It's been a long time .!!". Wow! It's a wonderful voice man!

In summary, if you are a die hard fan of Jethro Tull, this tribute is a compilation that will definitely satisfy you. Production and sound quality are to notch. Highly recommended. Keep on proggin' .!

Progressively yours, GW

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Posted Friday, July 29, 2005

Review by Epignosis
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Eclectic Prog Team
3 stars It's been said that this is a must-have for Jethro Tull fans, but I don't see fans of Ian Anderson and company getting too excited about the arrangements and executions on this one. That said, tribute albums exist as a kind of novelty item- it's an opportunity to hear other artists retool a band's music according to their own sound and style. The trouble is that many of the bands used on tribute albums lack a defining sound or style, and this is especially the case in Magna Carta's mill of various artists albums- they choose the bands that sound progressively generic to fill up most of the time, and that's unfortunate. On this one there are a few amazing surprises.

"A Tull Tale" The opening track from Magellan is a fitting tribute in that it blends various pieces into one short introduction, most recognizably "Bouree."

"Aqualung" It's a challenge to offer a fresh rendition of a classic song. Magellan begins in the middle, with the vocals accompanied only by piano. Predictably, the band turns up the gain on the guitars to make this a much heavier version. They leave the acoustic section fairly untouched, but the vocals are stale and unconvincing though- they lack the dramatic disgust and sympathy of the original.

"Up The Pool" Even including a false start, this is a lovely rendition of a little known tune, performed with just a voice and an acoustic guitar.

"Nothing Is Easy" This rock song is given the John Wetton treatment, and he does a solid job with it. It has a competent flute bit in the middle, and fortunately, his voice is suited for this song. One mustn't miss the couple of bass solos thrown in toward the end.

"Mother Goose" This is a decent hard rock version of this fanciful acoustic ditty, even though the vocals don't work again, and many of the gracious subtleties of the original are just steamrolled over. As a compensation, there's a fantastic electric guitar solo.

"Minstrel in the Gallery" The introduction to this piece is almost unrecognizable, relying heavily on mandolin, and then jumping right into Robert Berry's typical big sound, which just doesn't work for a variety of reasons. It's bad enough that this is a truncated version (excluding the acoustic introduction of the original), but the cheesy 1980s wall of sound of synthesizers and drumming just spoils the soul of this progressive folk masterpiece.

"One Brown Mouse" It's no secret that I am a huge Echolyn fan, so I was drawn to their version of this work. While it kind of sounds like Echolyn, there's a lot of differences from their original sound (for one, Ray Weston seems uncomfortably low for his range). That said, this song has a Seven Nations feel to it (that's a little known Celtic rock band I love dearly), and so this really appeals to me.

"Cat's Squirrel" Numerous screeching guitars play over each other in the introduction until the main riff comes in, and even that is dominated by multiple electrics. While the piece is meant to be a fun jam, it's actually quite irritating and harsh on the ears.

"To Cry You a Song" As would be expected, Glenn Hughes (of Black Sabbath and Deep Purple fame) turns this tune into a delightful work of heavy progressive rock, full of gritty guitar and a mean organ solo in the middle.

"New Day Yesterday" Along with the Echolyn contribution, this is what piqued my interest in this tribute album: Master violinist Robby Steinhardt, the voice of such Kansas foot-stomping numbers as "Down the Road" and "Bringing it Back," takes a stab at this excellent blues song from Jethro Tull's Stand Up. Expect not only a great, modern version of this riff-based song, but some of his fantastic violin playing throughout.

"Teacher" Scottish rock band Wolfstone gives a decent rendition of this Jethro Tull classic. The vocals are a little weak (not bad, but literally weak- almost anemic). Otherwise, this is a fun, competent reworking with some additional instrumental flourishes.

"Living in the Past" It isn't difficult to imagine Keith Emerson playing in 5/4, but it was a stretch to consider him covering this gem. Surprisingly, he keeps it low key (no pun intended), rendering it an instrumental smoothly fueled by percussive organ and occasional flashes of Moog.

"Locomotive Breath" The introduction gets an unbelievable, Celtic makeover- simply stunning. The song proper is a solid, hard-hitting rocker- as well it should be. In addition to a robust flute solo, there's some amazing violin work and even a lead guitar solo- this one has it all in one bundle.

"Life's a Long Song" This feathery song retains its acoustic flair, as only the vocals are lazy and don't maintain a pleasing sound or cadence.

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Posted Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
3 stars My only major complaint about this tribute is that it is weighted far too heavily on the first few albums. In fact, except for Minstrel In The Gallery and One Brown Mouse, everything is from This Was, Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung and Living In The Past. A minor complaint is that most of the songs stay too close to the originals. But this is a tribute album, not a reimagining of the songs, so I can live with that.

A Tull Tale makes a nice opening. It's an original piece that uses musical quotes from assorted Tull songs. Aqualung, played by Magellan ramps up the metal aspect of the song, but a weak bass line by Wayne Gardner is distracting. Roy Harper's Up The Pool is a treat, as is Nothing Is Easy with John Wetton (sounding amazingly un-mooselike), Ian McDonald, Phil Manzanera and Robert Berry, playing with three original Tull members (Abrahams, Bunker & Cornick).

Lief Sorbye, solo on Mother Goose and with Tempest on Locomotive Breath does a fine job arranging the songs, but his nasal voice weakens the tracks. Robert Berry's Minstrel In The Gallery is not bad, and I really wish Echolyn had made One Brown Mouse into a song of their style. Cat's Squirrel is much better than the original (not that that was hard to do), even with most of the original Tull on the track. To Cry You A Song and A New Day Yesterday are both tasty, with Robbie Steinhardt of Kansas adding nice violin on the latter.

Teacher, with members of Wolfstone, along with Derek Sherinian and original Tull members, is done folkier than usual, and works well. And Keith Emerson (again with the original Tull trio) doesn't take Living In The Past far from it's original arrangement until he jazzes it up with a nice solo. And Life's A Long Song is nice, but Dave Pegg's voice, like Sorbye's is too nasal for my tastes.

To sum it up, it's nice to hear different artists' takes on these songs, but I wouldn't call it essential.

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Posted Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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4 stars This album is pleasantly surprising. For the most part, the album catches the spirit of Tull, and no wonder, as there are four former members of the band guesting here. Not a single note for note renditon, and each song is lovingly reworked in the idiom of the guest artist while keeping the flav ... (read more)

Report this review (#906077) | Posted by wehpanzer | Monday, February 04, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars What can I tell you about this CD? Well to be honest I picked it up for the names Wetton and Emerson. It surprised me that Emerson and Wetton are are only on one track each. Former Jethro Tull members abound throughout the CD. This is strictly a Robert Berry production for his Magna Carta Records ... (read more)

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