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Jethro Tull - A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection CD (album) cover


Jethro Tull


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3 stars You were in Jethro Tull? No kidding, me too!

The main focus of this DVD is a 50 minute documentary, made to celebrate Jethro Tull's 25th anniversary in 1994, which superficially covers the history of the band. More than a dozen current and former band members are gathered together in a pub for a Tull reunion. As Anderson tactfully puts it, there are many long term friendships, although he'd rather not share a stage with some of them again!

Even today, some clearly still harbour grudges about the events surrounding their leaving the band, preferring not to discuss such things. The stark contrast between the scruffy long haired hippies in the archive footage and the group of 50 something conservatively dressed pillars of society who meet in the pub is wonderful. They even wear name badges to re-introduce themselves.

The real meat of this production though is the plethora of archive film and video, both in the documentary and the lengthy "bonus" section. We have "Thick as brick" at Madison Square Garden, the first ever live transatlantic broadcast. We have the so bad it's funny miming on Top of the Pops to "Witches promise", we have the predictably debauched video to "Kissing Willy", plus the Dire straights imitation of "Rocks on the road", to name but a few.

One of the best or worst moments is the bizarre film of "The hare who lost his spectacles" made for the "Passion play" tour. Personally, I have never got to grips with that particular indulgence and the video, mildly amusing as it is, does nothing to change that.

Most of the songs included here are not played in their entirety (other than those in the bonus section), but the extracts are of a decent length, with a good mixture of both live performances and studio recordings dating from 1970 through to the mid 1990s.

The common denominator throughout is Ian Anderson of course, but even he emphasises that in the band's early days they were very much a group of equals.

For fans of the band, there's nothing new here in terms of the music, but this is more than compensated for by a real treasure trove of rare film. For those who do not know Jethro Tull well, this is a fine overview of the band's music and history.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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