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Jethro Tull


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3.46 | 101 ratings

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4 stars How Tull are You?

Well, who does not know Jethro Tull the Scottish band? If you declare yourself as a progrock fan you must have known the band long time ago. The were established end of the 60s and I find it still enjoyable listening to their very old album like "Benefits" or "This Was". In 1971, they released Aqualung, which most people (music critics) say it's a sardonic rant on organized religion or something like that. There was tremendous change in their musical style but their roots were still there in Aqualung. But we recognize the music of Tull referring to Aqualung because it has become the signature sound for the band until now. Tull vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ian Anderson, original guitarist Martin Barre, and new additions Doane Perry, Andrew Giddings and Jonathan Noyce accepted an invitation from XM satellite radio to record a live performance of the album for a small group of invited fans. Fuel Records has released this concert on CD. Anderson and the band are donating the royalties to charities serving the homeless.

For those of you who are familiar with the signature sound of Tull in Aqualung would find this CD is an excellent addition to any Tull fan's collection. Actually most of the performances are straight version of the original, but there are some new arrangements that are obvious especially to respect new musicians like Giddings' accordion part of "Mother Goose". The classics "Aqualung", "Locomotive Breath" and "Cross-eyed Mary" (my favourite) were performed really well with some improvisations from original version, especially on guitar part.

I would recommend this to those of you who have been the band's fan for a long time and wanting to hear how they perform recently. Keep on proggin'...!!!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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