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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.04 | 1264 ratings

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3 stars For all of us living in the CD era, it's too bad we can't readily experience the why of the title, which of course was the pop-up on the inside cover of the album.

Though the coolness of the original LP cover is not available, the music still is, and it's generally good. Things kick off with A New Day Yesterday, which is a bluesy opening cut obviously designed to grab the listener's attention and/or get some FM airplay. Which is to say it's a standard blues-rocker of the era. But note the song's words, "it was a new day yesterday, but it's an old day now." This applies directly to the song, in terms of the music being presented, i.e., the bluesy JT was new, but it's old now. And that's pretty much the last we hear of the old on this album.

What follows is folk- or jazz-influenced to a large degree. It's successful to a certain extent, the high point being Bouree, with Cornick's excellent bass playing carrying the song. But much of the rest is largely derivative, e.g., the Eastern-influenced Fat Man.

So the original album is average. The remastered CD releases -- which have the incomparable Living In The Past (blows away anything on the original album) and Sweet Dreams (ditto) -- lift this above the average.

But taken in the context of JT's Stand Up vs. Blodwyn Pig's A Head Rings Out (which is Anderson's vision of the band vs. Abrahams' vision of the band), Abrahams wins hands down.

jammun | 3/5 |


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