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Jethro Tull


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3.01 | 185 ratings

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1 stars This is not really a Tull compilation. It is a studio recording of Tull songs performed by The London Symphony Orchestra. Is it useful ? Not in my opinion.

It seems that it is more a project between Ian and David Palmer (Dee Palmer in the meantime since he underwent a "sex reassignment surgery" in 2004). David (let's call him this way) used to take care of some symphonic arrangements for the Tull in the early years of their career. As soon as on "This Was", "Stand Up", then "Thick", "War Child", and "Too Old...". He'll do a project with Yes as well ("The Symphonic Music Of Yes") amongst others. He will be an effective member of the Tull (playing keys and synth. from 1976 to 1980). The track listing sounds great, but when I listen to this record, it is too much classic mania for me. The orchestra is replacing the leading vocals so it is a pure instrumental work. Some versions are really awful ("Locomotive", "Fly By Night", "Aqualung").

There is one beautiful rendition for "Elegy" from "Storwatch". "Bourée" is also very nice. "Too Old..." is not too bad since there was already some orchestration on the original version (due to ...Palmer). "Living In The Past" is also quite acceptable.There are actually too few songs from the Tull that are made for this type of conversion (IMO).

Being not a fan for classic music AT ALL, I can hardly like this album. Having an orchestra in the background is one thing (like Camel in "A Live Record" while they were playing the entirety of the "Snow Goose" or Yes for "Symphonic Music of Yes"), but here the orchestra is the central piece of this studio album.

Most of the time, I have the impression to listen to Gershwin. This is another Tull mistake that you should pass by and leave it in the bin. One star.

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |


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