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Poll Question: Which of these is the best?
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Difficult to decide between TAAB and A Passion Play of course. Maybe the second one for me Smile
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Thick as a Brick, easily.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jabez7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2013 at 12:07
A Passion Play nudging out Benefit, Minstrel & Stormwatch.
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Aqualung my friend....
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Aqualung! I don't see how TAAB is that much higher than it on the website; they're definitely in the same league but just trying to accomplish different things and I think that Aqualung fulfills its purpose better than Thick As A Brick (even though I very much like it)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr prog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 25 2013 at 17:26
Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:

Aqualung! I don't see how TAAB is that much higher than it on the website; they're definitely in the same league but just trying to accomplish different things and I think that Aqualung fulfills its purpose better than Thick As A Brick (even though I very much like it)


Wind up, loco breath and my god are a fair way off the standard of TAAB. The quad versions are an improvement. Hymn 43 has only just started to interest me due to hearing the quad version too. Vocally it's far superior. Here's my take:

TAAB side 1 - 5 stars
TAAB side 2 - 4.5 stars
Aqualung side 1 - 4.5 stars
Aqualung side 2 - 3 stars

Aqualung side 2 quad - 4 stars
Aqualung 40 years cd disc 2 - 4 stars


Edited by dr prog - September 25 2013 at 17:27
All I like is prog related bands beginning late 60's/early 70's. Their music from 1968 - 83 has the composition and sound which will never be beaten. Perfect blend of jazz, classical, folk and rock.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 25 2013 at 22:06
Originally posted by dr prog dr prog wrote:

Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:

Aqualung! I don't see how TAAB is that much higher than it on the website; they're definitely in the same league but just trying to accomplish different things and I think that Aqualung fulfills its purpose better than Thick As A Brick (even though I very much like it)


Wind up, loco breath and my god are a fair way off the standard of TAAB. The quad versions are an improvement. Hymn 43 has only just started to interest me due to hearing the quad version too. Vocally it's far superior. Here's my take:

TAAB side 1 - 5 stars
TAAB side 2 - 4.5 stars
Aqualung side 1 - 4.5 stars
Aqualung side 2 - 3 stars

Aqualung side 2 quad - 4 stars
Aqualung 40 years cd disc 2 - 4 stars


For me, the thing with Aqualung is that I do like almost all the songs... but every single one I like better in an alternate live version. Most of the less high profile songs are much more beautiful in the 90's re-recording of the album. Aqualung itself is so much cooler on "Live at Montreux", as well as "My God" and "Locomotive Breath". And I prefer "Cross Eyed Mary" on Live Bursting Out.
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Surprised Living in the Past is omitted. I know it's sort of a compilation, but very few repeats from other albums, mostly singles and b-sides and then there's the live side. My favorites change often, but I tend to keep going back to Minstrel and Living in the Past.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr prog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 26 2013 at 03:22
Originally posted by stegor stegor wrote:

Surprised Living in the Past is omitted. I know it's sort of a compilation, but very few repeats from other albums, mostly singles and b-sides and then there's the live side. My favorites change often, but I tend to keep going back to Minstrel and Living in the Past.


LITP is awesome but it's all split up on the first 4 remastered albums to which they belong to. I love it in this format. It shows everything the band recorded in the studio in 1968, 69, 70 and 71 and shows what the band were capable of over 15-20 songs and not just 40 minutes of album time from each year. I'd only recommend remasters such as:

This was remaster
Stand up deluxe 3 cd(has Carnegie hall live)
Benefit remaster
Aqualung 40 year box(2cd next best option but without quads though)

Edited by dr prog - September 26 2013 at 03:22
All I like is prog related bands beginning late 60's/early 70's. Their music from 1968 - 83 has the composition and sound which will never be beaten. Perfect blend of jazz, classical, folk and rock.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr prog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 26 2013 at 03:25
Originally posted by stegor stegor wrote:

Surprised Living in the Past is omitted. I know it's sort of a compilation, but very few repeats from other albums, mostly singles and b-sides and then there's the live side. My favorites change often, but I tend to keep going back to Minstrel and Living in the Past.


The only tull songs I prefer live are songs from the wood, new day yesterday, sweet dream from bursting out and Heavy horses from a Watchers of the storm
All I like is prog related bands beginning late 60's/early 70's. Their music from 1968 - 83 has the composition and sound which will never be beaten. Perfect blend of jazz, classical, folk and rock.
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I'm surprised HH has more votes than SFTW. I love the last three albums Tull released in 70s, though.

Originally posted by dr prog dr prog wrote:

The only tull songs I prefer live are songs from the wood, new day yesterday, sweet dream from bursting out and Heavy horses from a Watchers of the storm


"Sweet Dream" live is killer!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tormo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 26 2013 at 15:02
For giving the early (for sure) but also the later Tull the chances:
1.Songs from the wood
2.Thick as a brick
3.Rock Island
and hardly after the whole 70s discography
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 26 2013 at 16:27
Well...TAAB and Aqualung are way out in the front.
I always liked the first part of side 1 on TAAB but imho when Tull does long songs they lose something for me.
I rarely play TAAB or Passion Play anymore. I prefer the lp's that have a shorter batch of songs.
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Originally posted by Tormo Tormo wrote:

For giving the early (for sure) but also the later Tull the chances:1.Songs from the wood2.Thick as a brick3.Rock Islandand hardly after the whole 70s discography


I liked Crest Of A Knave quite a bit when it was new. Rock Island, not so much. The concert was great, though!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr prog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 26 2013 at 17:28
I really hope there is a warchild and broadsword remix(especially drums) at some point. Warchild could have the 17 tracks from the remaster plus March the mad scientist plus possible other unreleased tracks such as Beaches parts 1 and 2. That would make a double album. The quad album should be included too. Bungle sounds better as a quad. Broadsword would have about 30 tracks taken from remaster and nightcap. Jackalynn home version and motoreyes should be included plus possible unreleased tracks dj and dinosaur. An much improved and consistent drum track over the 30 songs would finally make songs such as beastie and jackalynn listenable for the first time IMO
All I like is prog related bands beginning late 60's/early 70's. Their music from 1968 - 83 has the composition and sound which will never be beaten. Perfect blend of jazz, classical, folk and rock.
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Need to see Living In The Past there. It may be a kind of compilation but ... it should be there. It may be the first album ever composed of bonus material.Wink


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Originally posted by uduwudu uduwudu wrote:

Need to see Living In The Past there. It may be a kind of compilation but ... it should be there. It may be the first album ever composed of bonus material.Wink


I agree...it's a good collection of songs with some nice live things as well.
Dharma for one is killer.
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Originally posted by uduwudu uduwudu wrote:

Need to see Living In The Past there. It may be a kind of compilation but ... it should be there. It may be the first album ever composed of bonus material.Wink


I agree...it's a good collection of songs with some nice live things as well.
Dharma for one is killer.

I think it would make sense to include it as there are many songs on there not available on previous albums.  I still wouldn't have changed my vote from A Passion Play though Wink
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Originally posted by frankbostick frankbostick wrote:

Aqualung my friend....

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Aqualung, then TAAB, Stand Up, Songs from the Wood and Minstrel in the Gallery.
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