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IAN ANDERSON

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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Leader/founder of JETHRO TULL and veteran of the 60's blues-rock scene, this eccentric and highly charismatic minstrel who used to get the most incredible sounds from his golden flute is now in his late 50's, yet shows no signs of slowing down. Indeed, he keeps on touring and churning out albums despite a totally apathetic music industry. In 1983 he decided to go solo and has since graced us with four new albums.

In general, his solo material closely resembles that of traditional JETHRO TULL, although it tends to be more serious and more instrumental. "Walk Into Light" (1983) features Peter John Vetteese (EURYTHMICS) on keyboards; the album suffers from a poor 80's production but Vetteese's rhythmic and catchy play complements Anderson's mellow vocals rather well. "Divinities: Twelve Dances with God" (1995) is the least TULL-like of the lot: basically a classical album, it is totally instrumental and its spiritual theme runs the gamut from Indian to Russian to Celtic Folk. "The Secret Language of Birds" (2000), a rather acoustic album, returns to the 70's roots and dons some particularly memorable melodies. "Rupi's Dance" (2003) is the one that most closely celebrates the old TULL days and will likely be the TULL fans' favourite. Anderson's gentle, self-deprecating wit and knack for writing simple, yet endearing melodies shine through out.

Recommended for JETHRO TULL followers and for progressive folk fans in general.

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  • The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson on 25 Oct 2014
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IAN ANDERSON discography


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2.85 | 85 ratings
Walk Into Light
1983
3.63 | 91 ratings
Divinities: Twelve Dances With God
1995
3.66 | 110 ratings
The Secret Language Of Birds
2000
3.76 | 94 ratings
Rupi's Dance
2003
3.79 | 313 ratings
Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock?
2012
3.56 | 45 ratings
Homo Erraticus
2014

IAN ANDERSON Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.96 | 45 ratings
Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull
2005

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3.73 | 23 ratings
Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull
2005

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 Homo Erraticus by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.56 | 45 ratings

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Homo Erraticus
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

2 stars Starts off with a bang but ends with a wimper. I know that many reviewers will wax poetic over this album for the next few months but here is my honest opinion. Ian Anderson is a great prog musician and songwriter but his concepts albums after TAAB simply don't work. Concept albums, like great stories, require great conclusions. For example: a moral, an ironic twist, a revelation of some kind, a feeling of growth and transcendence, etc., whether conveyed by lyrics or music. Marillion found this out when they first came to the anti-climatic ending of Brave. (The song Made Again was hastily assembled and tacked on to the end of Brave in order to give the album a sense of closure. The result was less than stellar.) TAAB worked because it was a lampoon of the concept album and, believe it or not, prog music with it's self indulgent grandstanding and it's deep impenetrable poetic lyrics (hence the Bostock character). Once Ian and Co. took this concept album business seriously, the result was the ill-fated Passion Play album. The music on Home Erraticus is actually pretty enjoyable because it doesn't sound contrived. However, if anyone can make pre-conceived Tull-like music sound spontaneous, it's Anderson. I hope Ian Anderson sticks with prog in the future but goes back to stand alone song albums. If I remember correctly, Songs From The Wood, Roots To Branches and The Secret Language Of Birds were worth a listen or two.

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 Homo Erraticus by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.56 | 45 ratings

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Ian Anderson Prog Folk

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4 stars I have heard it numerous times and I was not disappointed with it overall. There are some aspects though, as there would be with any release, that I enjoyed more than others. I loved the flute parts but would have liked more lengthy instrumental passages within the songs. I would have liked the band to develop their parts more fully.. hopefully this may occur in a live setting. Many might disagree , but I think Florian Opahle does a fine job on the album. There is however no track in my view of the same quality as Change of Horses or the final parts of TAAB 2 , but overall Homo is an improvement on TAAB 2. This is a very positive release in its own rights . It is difficult to not compare it to other Anderson /Tull related albums, it's probably not the best, but its by no means the worst...... judged on its own merits , it is a good record.

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 Homo Erraticus by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.56 | 45 ratings

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Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by Lucas Ferraz

4 stars Finally got my hands on the new IA record, and it is a pretty nice record, certainly an advance on TAAB2, but far from perfect. After several listens the album grows a lot on you, and the minor flaws it has diminish before your eyes (or ears), but do not kid yourself, they are there, ever present. I enjoyed the concept and the lyrics. I have read several critics to the album as a concept album, but I understand it as a very loose concept. It is there, it is explained quite well in the information provided with the record, but in the lyrics it is build in a loose way, each song weakly linked with the other, providing them all with a lot of individuality. Quite different from TAAB2 in that aspect, that album had a strong concept developed in a well defined pattern along the songs. HE is a concept album with songs weakly linked. It requires more imagination from the listener, and it does not bother me at all. Many people have also complained about similarities with old Tull songs, I see those similarities too, but not one was able to ruin the record for me. The squeezy thing (the accordion as is called by Ian Anderson) was very well placed in the songs, but it's sound does not please all ears. Overall, the band sounded more tight , more cohesive, but not all is flowers! I think Ryan o'Brien should have beem used a lot more. His voice is nice and added a lot to the songs he sang on. If not leading, he could have done a lot more backing vocals, strenghtening Ian's failing voice. But what bored me the most was Ian's way of singing. Few are the songs he sings following the melodic line, and with differente entonations. Most songs he sings as if he is declaiming the lyrics, just like the previous album. I don't know if he does it the save his voice, because the whole album will be sing in the stage, or if he really isn't able to sing in a more elaborate way anymore. Or maybe he just finds it pleasing that way. I find it to be boring. Four stars for this new IA effort, despite it's flaws, it's quite a pleasant listen, and leaves behind the antecipation for yet another and another albuns by the flute master of rock, ever improving with his new band, and giving us more and better music!

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 Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock? by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.79 | 313 ratings

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Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock?
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by sukmytoe

5 stars It would always be a daunting thing to attempt to make a "Thick as a Brick" part 2 album as we are talking about one of the seminal classics of progressive rock music of the 70's. I've noticed that usually this type of part 2 thing done much later on in time doesn't really work and as an example I will point to Queensryche's follow up to "Operation Mindcrime" which was not a bad album however it was nothing like the original in quality. How does this album fare? Well let's see.

"The theme of this anniversary "part two" album is to examine the possible different paths that the precocious young schoolboy, Gerald Bostock, might have taken later in life and to create alter-ego characters whose song-section identities illustrate the hugely varied potential twists and turns of fate and opportunity. Not just for Gerald but to echo how our own lives develop, change direction and ultimately conclude through chance encounters and interventions, however tiny and insignificant they might seem at the time" - quoted from Mr Anderson himself.

"It was a little daunting to consider the impact ? or perhaps lack of ? which this release might have on old and new fans alike but I eventually decided that I would embark on this for my own benefit and enjoyment rather than trying to please anyone else at all. To find the balance of interesting musicality and more accessible content too was not the main issue. The conceptual and heavily lyrical nature of the beast, however, might be out of place in the attention span-deficit world which we seem to occupy these days. But, having toured in 2010 and 2011 in Italy, Latin America, Australia and other countries where passions run high, I decided that maybe the world ? or our little corners of it ? was, in fact, ready for a bit of more substantial and weightier fare". - also quoted from Mr. Anderson.

Immediately, in the album's opening tracks I hear strains of what Jethro Tull was in its peak progressive period and to my ears it's a joy. The sound is very good however and that is to be expected in an album produced by Steven Wilson. The musicians here were not present for the original (except for Anderson himself) "Thick as a Brick" recording however these guys are no slouches and they do get the sound right. To attempt to remain faithful to the original "Thick as a Brick" album Anderson and Co here use the same brand instruments as were used on the original album.

So - to my feeling about this album. It isn't as sublime as the original album but then I doubt that much could be. Those who love older Tull through to the "Heavy Horses" album should adore this as that's what the sound is all about. The music is very well composed and structured in its attempt to be part 2 of the classic album. Lyrically and musically it is not a giant work as the original was however it is very very good at what it attempts to achieve. To rate this properly I have to take the original work out of the equasion and look at this as a recording on its own while remembering the older work. If I do that then I cannot but give this a full 5 star rating. Compared to the original this is not 5 stars as it isn't the equal of the original however it is a very very good album in its own right. It is essential for Tull fans and it is essential in its own right - had this been released by someone else without comparrison to TAAB it would have been recieved as a 5 star release by many. So - the full 5 stars.

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 Rupi's Dance  by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.76 | 94 ratings

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Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by sukmytoe

4 stars The previous Anderson album was good folk music - this album is very similar. I love the flute in the opening track - how can Anderson and his flute not put a smile on the listeners face? "Rupi's Dance" is a very pleasant listen. It strikes me early on that this album is a lot more upbeat than was Anderson's previous release. Again the music is intelligent and well composed and structured.

"I was trying to explain this piece to a journalist as being a pun on the study of the urinary tract and its diseases when he asked me if it was difficult to play. "No, it's a piece of piss, actually", I offered" Quoted from Mr. Anderson relating to the track "Eurology".

Whereas I really liked "The Secret Language of Birds" album I absolutely adore this album. I have no hesitation whatsoever in awarding this album 4 stars. Nothing on it is throwaway or padding.

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 The Secret Language Of Birds  by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.66 | 110 ratings

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The Secret Language Of Birds
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by sukmytoe

3 stars Very folk music driven without the rock side of Jethro Tull. Very melodic. I hold this album as way closer to the Tull that we all knew and loved before the changes that 1979 brought on. I would like to have seen this as a Tull album following "Heavy Horses" even without its Rock component. It is an intelligent work that steers away from conventional pop folk or pop music. Those with a penchant for folk music will love this wheras those with a penchant for the harder side of Rock may not. It's soft, it's pleasant and it's intelligent. Is it prog music? I don't really know about that however it is Anderson. There are no towering numbers here but there are no crevices either. I have to give this album 3 stars as it isn't something that I would call essential however there is nothing unpleasant about it at all - far from it in fact.

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 Divinities: Twelve Dances With God by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.63 | 91 ratings

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Divinities: Twelve Dances With God
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by sukmytoe

5 stars This is not what I would have expected from Ian Anderson at all however it is very pleasant, beautiful in parts. It is a kind of hybrid involving Classical / New Age / World Music. Anyone expecting a Jethro Tull flavor here will be sorely mistaken. I have a kind of love / hate relationship with classical music. The inspiration for the music was spirituality and hence the title of the album. This is not background soul music at all and should be played loud and joyously. With Anderson the lead instrument is obviously the flute and damn can this guy play it. It isn't for everyone but for those with a classical music leaning should break someones arm to get hold of it. I award this album a very clear 4 stars for what it is and on any site other than a prog rock music site I would happily go the full 5. Hell I'm in fact going to go the whole hog here, such was my suprise with this Anderson release.

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 Walk Into Light  by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.85 | 85 ratings

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Walk Into Light
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by sukmytoe

2 stars "Fly By Night" - I like this track a great deal. It is very much up beat electronic music accompanied by Anderson's warm vocals. "Made in England" Is a sort of majestic track that is very powerful in parts. "Walk into Light" - I don't really go for this track at all, it's too bop pop for me. "Trains" - as with the previous track I don't go for this, it's an upbeat pop song. "End game" this track is a little more interesting than the previous two but not to any great extent. "Black and White Television" is a dramatic sounding track that partly holds my attention. "Toad in the Hole" again a partly interesting track to me. "Looking for Eden" isn't a bad track at all, in fact I quite like it. "User-friendly" is a pleasant enough upbeat bit of vocal accompanied electronica. "Different Germany" The longest track on the album and it's good in parts.

This is not an album that I will ever listen to again as there is very little on it that holds my interest apart from the two openers and the last track. I'm not a fan of electronic percussion and the album is very pop music flavored in style and result. There is nothing that causes my ears to orgasm here. It isn't a 1 star album in that it is a pleasant fluffy listen but I can't award this more than 2 stars.

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 Rupi's Dance  by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.76 | 94 ratings

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Rupi's Dance
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by sylphida

5 stars I`m quite agree that Rupis dance is the best solo album by Ian Anderson - even latest TAAB II - is not so "pastoral atmospheric". I`m listening to this piece of art very often. Lost in Crowd - is magnificent track. Eurology - wow, what a sparkling skittish instrumental piece with Ian on Accordion. To be true i`ve listened to it much more time than any other Ian`s work - it`s so lite and gourgeos. Clear crystal sound but still with a lot of warmth in it (what i can`t say about TAAB II). It`s one of my top 10 prog relative albums of all times.

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 Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock? by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.79 | 313 ratings

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Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock?
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by J-Man
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4 stars Few progressive rock albums receive as much praise as Jethro Tull's 1972 masterpiece Thick As a Brick, so Ian Anderson's decision to create a sequel to that album forty years later may have struck many fans as a bit odd. Some albums just don't need a sequel to solidify their place in history, and though it goes without saying that Thick As a Brick stands tall on its own, Ian Anderson's reflection on Gerald Bostock's life forty years in real-time after the original album makes for a fascinating concept. Anderson's lyrical wit is as poignant as ever, and the compositions here rival some of Jethro Tull's best. Although Thick As a Brick 2 may not overthrow its predecessor (as expected), it serves as an excellent companion to one of the greatest prog albums of all time.

Thick As a Brick 2 is strangely not a Jethro Tull album in name, but it is in sound. It obviously shares plenty of stylistic similarities with the original Thick As a Brick (some musical and lyrical themes are even repeated on this album), although I would argue that this bears just as much resemblance to 1973's A Passion Play - the whimsical spoken word sections especially remind me of this rather controversial concept album. Thick As a Brick 2 nicely summarizes the most productive portion of Jethro Tull's career, though; you might not hear very much from their early days as a blues rock act here, but the quirky, folk-infused progressive rock that Tull is best known for is faithfully represented on Thick As a Brick 2. Excellent flute solos, energetic riffs, and quirky arrangements are abundant, with fairly heavy use of the accordion adding a new dimension to Ian Anderson's style.

Most of the tracks on Thick As a Brick 2 are rather short, but all of them segue together to form one long composition. Anderson clearly had a surge of inspiration for the songwriting of this observation - tracks like "Banker Bets, Banker Wins", "Adrift and Dumbfounded", "A Change of Horses", and "What Ifs, Maybes, and Might Have Beens" stand as some of the man's finest compositions since the seventies'. All of Thick As a Brick 2 should be right up the alley of any classic Jethro Tull fan, and while it's clear that Anderson has aged in terms of his vocal ability and musical adventurousness, this is an immensely satisfying listen.

One could certainly criticize Thick As a Brick 2 for lacking the "bite" that classic Tull records have, but the album has enough high points to look past this shortcoming. This is a well-composed observation with an interesting concept performed by professional musicians and delivered in an expertly produced package (the album was mixed by no less than Steven Wilson). All in all, I've had a great time experiencing the sequel to one of my favorite albums, and I'd imagine that other Jethro Tull fans will find plenty to enjoy here too. Highly recommended.

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