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Jethro Tull - Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II  CD (album) cover


Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.16 | 51 ratings

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The Whistler
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3 stars (A 3.5. I know, I know...)

Alright Mr. I Hate Compilations, what do you think of this one? Well, I still find it to be an unessential album when compared to its competition. However, I've got to admit, Repeat, the second volume of white-covered "best ofs," impresses me more than M.U. ever could.

First off, a more interesting selection. That is, there are less singles and unreleased stuff, but there's more diversity. We kick off with a "Minstrel in the Gallery" edit. Arguably the best part of the best Tull song, but still, I'd rather hear the whole thing. "Cross Eyed Mary" gives another Aqualung standard, but it's cool.

"A New Day Yesterday" and "Bouree" give us a refreshing look at the bloozy/jazzy side of Tull. The representative from Thick this time is the "I've Come Down From the Upper Class" movement, I've no qualms with that. We follow with the orchestral "Warchild," and "Passion Play #9," the "Flee the Icy Lucifer" bit. That's okay, I guess.

"To Cry You a Song" is here, this compilation's "Fat Man." A shame it's been forgotten. "Too Old to Rock 'n Roll" is represented in its entirety, and "Glory Row" is our unreleased Passion Play/Warchild fodder. It's a somewhat folksy rocker with groovy guitar noises and decent sax and mandolin. I guess you could call it the best, if you're not in for "Minstrel" edits.

So, there's less bonus stuff, singles et al, but there's more variety. Think, every album that was represented on M.U. is here, but so are Too Old, Minstrel (the most recent albums) AND Benefit, which wasn't here at all before. Plus, some blues Tull style are here, and that was truly missed on the first.

Beyond that, I actually approve of the flow of the songs on this album, which go together much better than M.U. Obviously I'm not going to call it an essential (or better than "good") album, but it's definitely more accomplished than M.U. It's also easier to find (for whatever reason), not that you'd want it.

Huh. A compilation I can actually listen to. Hmm. Better not think about that...

The Whistler | 3/5 |


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