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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.19 | 416 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

As far back as I can remember, I was always aware of Jethro Tull (starting with Stand Up when I was five), but by the time I was 15, I owned every album and worshipped the group, with even their flawed albums finding grace to my eyes. Needless to say that when I got a chance to see them live (the tour from this era), I was over-appreciative of them. With now about three times that age, I must say that I see Tull's oeuvre rather more critically and use o lot more discernment than during my over-enthusiastic teenhood.

While I still have great memories of the concerts I saw back in the late 70's, today, with this live witnessing, I must confess that I was maybe a bit too awed at the performance given. I know there exist a film of the concerts given around the time (hopefully soon out as DVD) which gave a much better idea of what the show was about, because frankly this double live albums fails to do so correctly (visually speaking)

What we have here is a selection of the tour's concerts (every night was taped) and an overall view of their discography (debut album excepted) and although not the selection I would've made, it is still a fair one. Unfortunately for the first hour fans, their first real live album came a bit too late, as there are too many tracks from mid-70's albums for my tastes. One striking feat is the harder treatment of older material: A New Day Yesterday is now a hard rocker, but this relatively representative of Tull's spirit of the times.

There is as was always the case until the dreaded 80's, a good dose of improvisation or solo spots, which a record does not give the full impact: the Flute solo until Bourée medley and the surprising finale Dambusters. One good point is the TAAB track, which is done in third (this will get reduced to three minutes in the 80's concerts), another being some humorous comments Anderson was making in between the different tracks, although with repeated listenings, these can be bothersome.

For once, the remastered version does not hold any bonus tracks, but there is enough material to satisfy most Tull fans, but maybe not this lad anymore. Can't wait for that future DVD to come out, so I get the full picture.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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