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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.65 | 180 ratings

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2 stars Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll, To Young To Die!

Following what was in my opinion their weakest studio album ever in 1991's Catfish Rising, Jethro Tull gave us this semi-acoustic live album. The set list draws primarily from two sources: the very earliest days of the band's career (pre-Aqualung) and the most recent at the time (mid-80's to the early 90's). These are easily the two least interesting and least progressive periods of the band's entire career! Even out of the few numbers they did select from the 70's albums, several are among the weakest ones from that otherwise strong era. No less than two songs from the average Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll, To Young To Die album are featured while most of the other 70's albums are completely overlooked. From A Dead Beat To An Old Greaser is not even among the better songs from that album. A Little Light Music can thus rightly be said to be the complete antithesis of the band's first official live album Bursting Out. The latter gathered together most of the very best songs from the band's very best era, while the present album gathers together some of the least good songs from the least periods of the band's career!

What we have here is semi-acoustic Blues Rock and Folk Rock with everything that might be considered progressive having been surgically removed. The tracks were recorded in a number of different places and there are annoying fades at the end of many tracks. Among the more interesting numbers we find an acoustic version of Under Wraps, which obviously is very different from the electronic original version, and Tull's own version of the Folk-standard John Barleycorn.

In addition to being a bit on the light side when it comes to the music itself, A Little Light Music also sports one the ugliest sleeve pictures I have ever seen. Strictly for fans and collectors this one.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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