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3.48 | 467 ratings | 36 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Birthday Card at Christmas (3:37)
2. Holly Herald (4:16)
3. A Christmas Song (2:47) *
4. Another Christmas Song (3:31) *
5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (4:35)
6. Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow (3:37) *
7. Last Man at the Party (4:48)
8. Wheathercock (4:17) *
9. Pavane (4:19)
10. First Snow on Brooklyn (4:57)
11. Greensleeved (2:39)
12. Fire at Midnight (2:26) *
13. We Five Kings (3:16)
14. Ring Out, Solstice Bells (4:04) *
15. Bourée (4:25) *
16. A Winter Snowscape (4:57) *

* Re-recordings of previously released pieces

Total Time: 62:51

DVD on 2003 US release:
1. My Sunday Feeling (3:56)
2. Jack in the Green (3:19)
3. Life Is a Long Song (3:32)

Total Time: 10:47

Line-up / Musicians

- Ian Anderson / vocals, flute, acoustic guitars, mandolin, piccolo, percussion
- Martin Barre / electric guitar, acoustic guitar
- Andy Giddings / keyboards, accordion, bass, organ
- Doane Perry / drums, percussion (1, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14)
- Jonathan Noyce / bass (2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 15)

Guest musicians:
- David Pegg / mandolin (3), bass guitar (4)
- James Duncan / drums (2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 15), percussion (3)

The Sturcz String Quartet:
- Laszlo Bencker / arrangement (10)
- Gábor Csonka / 1st violin (10)
- Péter Szilágyi / 2nd violin (10)
- Gyula Benkö / viola (10)
- András Sturcz / cello (10)

Releases information

CD Randm Records, Roadrunner Records RR 8370-2 (2003 Germany)
CD Metal Mind Productions MASS CD 0933 (2003 Poland)
CD Fuel 2000, Varèse Sarabande 302 061 340 2 2003 US)
CD RandM Records RAMCD004 (2003 UK)
CD+DVD Fuel 2000, Varèse Sarabande 302 061 340 2, 302 061 427 2 (2003 US) (DVD tracks from "Living with the Past")
CD Fuel 2000 TND 383 (2005 Canada)

The album mixes new material, re-recordings of Jethro Tull's own suitably themed material and arrangements of traditional Christmas music.

Artwork: Peacock Design with Igor Vereshagin (photo)

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Review by loserboy
3 stars So I must tell you that generally speaking Christmas albums are not progressive, but no so with TULL's seasonal album. Here you will find nothing of what you might hear in the aisles and corridors of Wal-Mart or Zellers. Anderson and Co. have written 16 new brilliant and mostly original songs of holiday lore based around the magical flute. There are a few traditional tracks from which TULL borrow from and then completely re-arrange in their classic style. Overall this is a fairly laid back side of TULL (after all it is Christams kids!), but having said that this might be your very favourite Christmas album that you can proudly play from Aunt Mary and Grandma Ethel. Line up is Ian Anderson , Martin Barre, Doane Perry (percussion), Andrew Giddings (keys) and Jonathan Noyce (bass) to compliment the band. A superb Christmas album full of the holiday yore and a great album to have a few nogs with.
Review by Muzikman
5 stars Could there be a more appropriate day than Christmas Eve to listen and review a holiday album by JETHRO TULL? This being their very first holiday recording [ever] since their first album [was released] in 1968 (This Was) makes it a real jewel for the ages, particularly for the many progressive rock enthusiast such as yours truly. [The 1991 reissue of This Was did contain "Christmas Song" as a bonus track -ed.]

I got a taste of this music this past summer at a concert in Tanglewood (Lenox, Mass.) [see review] and thought it was very entertaining with just enough classic JT sound (think of "Heavy Horses" and "Songs From The Wood") to make it interesting. "The Jethro Tull Christmas Album" has plenty of tradition sprinkled about it to qualify it as a seasonal recording, although at times I got so wrapped up in the progression of the music I forgot I was listening to the spirit of the season. That factor does not make the album loose its appeal however, as it is one of their best recordings, right up there with the many classic releases that they have given us over the past four decades.

Tracks like "Holly Herald" will get you in the mood and make you feel like you are on an old- fashioned backcountry English horse and sleigh ride whilst coming about to a sudden stop to do an Irish gig (in between a swift musical change). Those are just some of the wonderful changes the music goes through during the course of one composition, and that is exactly what makes JETHRO TULL so magnificent and this album so extraordinary. The variety and spice is plentiful in every song on this album, you can count on that.

The music is truly magical and filled with great musicianship, the kind I have come to expect from Ian ANDERSON and his band of merry men. I always feel like I can step out my world and live in enlightenment for short time thanks to this great music. Ah yes, tidings of comfort and joy came out of my speakers on this day. Merry Christmas and God bless JETHRO TULL.

Review by soundsweird
3 stars As I listened to this album for the first time, my main complaint was not the songwriting, the performances, or even the arrangements. It was that darned modern studio "sheen" that somehow robs so many latter-day efforts of some of their worth. Especially since most of the instrumentation is acoustic!!! The road to perfection, Ian, is sometimes not so obvious. I suspect that with all the digital editing and such, a good bit of reverb was needed to cover up the tweaking and fix-it-in-the-mixing (this coming from someone who's got over 25 years' experience in recording studios). And of course, the musicians were never all in the same studio at the same time. That said, there are still some fine songs here, and I don't even think about the fact that there's an Xmas theme. Crappy cover; maybe that was done on purpose to recall cheap, drab artwork of yore? I agree with the AMG reviewer, who said it was the best studio album by Tull in years.
Review by Andrea Cortese
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars ".I could cut my cold breath with a knife and taste the winter of another life."

Isn't life strange? Ian Anderson is living a new re-freshed musical life from that important 2000 solo album The Secret Language Of Birds. It's not the first time he demonstrates greatness and what is true experience if connected with an impressive musicianship and with sharp songwriting. Remember what is Roots To Branches? Remember Divinities? Have you ever heard to his new 2003 solo album titled Rupi's Dance? Jethro Tull like the good wine? It's highly probable! As guest musicians: James Duncan (Ian's son) on drums and percussion, Dave Pegg, returning to play some bass guitar and mandolin.

Delicate and rich arrangements, acoustic guitars, mandolins, perussions, accordion, flutes and piccolos, good keyboards from the always wonderful Andy Giddings. Fortunately Ian started a collaboration with Leslie Mandoki and the Sturcz String Quartet arranged by Laszlo Bencker (on First Snow On Brooklin). Jethro Tull and the strings arrangements.always been a perfect marriage!

If you like Songs From The Wood you will love this delightful Jethro Tull Christmas album. Not only for the re-arranged "old" glorious Fire At Midnight, Ring Out Solstice Bells, Weathercock, Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow, A Christmas Song, Another Christmas Song, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (stunning electric guitar by Martin) and Bourée. Particularly good is just this last, divided now in three parts, all played in different moods (classical, jazzy and traditional).it's a nice surprise to you JT's lovers!

New songs are Birthday Card At Christmas, Last Man At The Party, First Snow On Brooklin and A Winter Snowscape, one of Martin's solo album Stage Left (this is another album for you to catch!).

Other traditional tracks are proposed by Jethro Tull in a freshest temper: Holly Herald, Pavane, Greenslade, We Five Kings.

This is the only Christmas album that deserves to be bought!!!

Review by Bob Greece
5 stars Q - What do proggers listen to at Christmas?

A - The same stuff they listen to the rest of the year.

Well that was true until Jethro Tull's Christmas album came out. This is a masterpiece of a Christmas album for proggers. The album contains:

1) New versions of Tull's Christmas songs: A Christmas Song, Another Christmas Song and Ring Out, Solstice Bells

2) Classical Christmassy tunes rearranged in the Tull style: Holly Herald, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Pavane, Greensleeved, We Five Kings and Bourée

3) New songs written just for this album: Birthday Card At Christmas, Last Man At The Party and First Snow On Brooklyn

4) New versions of some Tull songs that have a winter feel: Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow, Weathercock and Fire At Midnight

5) A new version of Winter Snowscape from Martin Barre's last solo album but this time with Ian Anderson's contribution.

What more could a progger ask from a Christmas album? The songs are really well played by the whole band. The only problem is that I only want to play Christmas albums for one month of the year so for 11 months this CD sits on the shelf. I hope that Tull come up with a non-Christmas album of the same standard so that I can play it all year round.

Review by belz
4 stars 3.9/5.0

Wow this is a really good Christmas album! Some of the tracks are jazzy (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen), others are clearly folks, yet the overall album sounds progressive still. This is not a masterpiece, but is a clear addition to any collection, especially at Christmas! Perfect as background music while enjoying the Holidays!

Review by ClemofNazareth
4 stars Well it’s that time again, time to drag out the tree and throw up some decorations, and put on some yuletide cheer. For the past couple of years that tradition has included a few rounds of old Willie and the Tull Christmas album.

This is a fairly innocuous collection as Tull albums go. It won’t make Grandma blush like Aqualung (or even Rock Island) would, and the musicianship is absolutely superb. There’s some original material here like the opening track, which story goes was written for Anderson’s daughter, as well as the Anderson-sculpted versions of a number of more traditional tunes. You could certainly do worse than this for a Christmas collection.

Top tracks include the instrumental “Holly Herald” which is actually a sort of medley of several classic tunes; “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” which sounds more like a combination of a shopping mall Muzak track and a lounge act (although who every heard of a lounge act with a flute?); the undeniably Tull-like “Last Man at the Party”; and the toe-tapping and smooth “Greensleeved”. "Fire at Midnight" is a mellow, heart-warming tale of coming home after travels and enjoying the company of loved ones, and "A Winter Snowscape" makes a great backdrop while decorating the tree or sipping nog.

If you don’t have this you should probably get it, unless you don’t celebrate Christmas, in which case you might enjoy the music anyway, but may not get much into the spirit of it. A four-star affair and a great companion to the Manheim Steamroller Christmas CD you picked up at the highway truck stop, and the Burle Ives cassette your great-aunt sent you last year.

peace (on Earth and goodwill to men)

Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars The first full folk album from the Tull. In 2003... This is Ian's present to his daughter who was born on a 25th December and whose birthday (like all the ones alike) was a bit overshadowed with the birth of "Mr. Jesus Christ" as Ian will tell.

OK, "Songs From The Woods" was also a folk album, but it was rocking as well, at times. No rock here. The Christmas mood. The marketing of the album was rather strange : to issue a "Christmas" album on September, 30th was not the brightest idea.

Since Christmas has no particular meaning for me, I cannot be overwhelmed with joy listening to this effort. Some old tracks revisited of which "Weathercock" is my fave, some traditional songs of which "Holly Herald" is the poorest one.

I quite like the opener "Birthday Card" : good rythm (it is the only of that type on this release). Very nice and speedy acoustic guitar : this song is very pleasant. I would have like to get more of these ones. This track was available as a bonus track on Ian's solo album : "Rupi's Dance".

Several intrumentals of which the jazzy "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" does not really give me a kick; "Pavane" is not too bad but it suffers from the invading orchestration. Some "cold" numbers : "Jack Frost..." a leftover from the "Broadsword" sessions and nicely re-arranged here and "First Snow in Brooklyn" which is a pleasant and tranquil song. Very melodious track with good fluting. Above average (even if the orchestration could have been skipped).

This work might appeal to some Tull fans, but not me. Do not expect anything progressive here : you won't find it. Just a bunch of songs to listen in front of the chimney fire drinking the bottle that Ian is asking to Santa Claus (but maybe that was the goal) ?

Tull did not produce any original work since 1999 with the average "Dot Com" album. On this one, only a few new titles. So the question is : will the Tull still release an original album in the future ? I hope so. Two stars for this Christmas "present".

Review by NJprogfan
3 stars A nice comeback. We get the 90's Tull wrap with soft tones, especially on the re-working of older tunes, (Bouree, Jack Frost, etc.). Ian's voice is still not what it use to be, but his warmth is welcome on a Winter's day/night with a nice fire crackling, (the fact that I'm writing this towards the beginning of Summer does feel strange). Barre's guitar is notched down a peg or two, but Ian's flute is dominate as usual. Giddings has some nice keyboards, especially on the re-working of Bouree, yet as a whole, the band seems to be restrained a tad. There's no umph at all, except in the opening track. The traditional Christmas songs have a jazzy feel to them and it's welcome, but again it's on the soft side. Can't say that this is an album you'd want to listen to over and over, but it's a nice play around the holidays. It doesn't come close to being a classic, or even excellent, but it's good enough for a spin just to get you in a good mood, especially if it's hot and humid and you need a reminder of whats coming down the road....
Review by Garion81
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Truly a Winter Snowscape

What a great treat this CD is at any time of the year. Ian Anderson demonstrates his ability to move in and out of styles with great help from Martin Barre and the other members of the band. There is enough of the traditional sounding melodies (God Rest You Merry Gentleman) to call it a Christmas album but there are many classic Tull themes (A Christmas Song, Solstice Bells) and some surprisingly satisfying new material (Birthday Card at Christmas, First Snow in Brooklyn and Winter Snowscape).

For me this is the best Tull album since Songs Form the Woods. I love the jazz in this work something I really had never experienced with Tull before. 7 Instrumentals is also pretty unusual bet very welcome. The music set the theme for Christmas but also transcends it as well. Maybe I have mellowed as I get older but I almost prefer this type of Tull to rockin band from the Aqualung days.

Music for Christmas and beyond indeed. Most Tull fans should like this and certainly prog folk fans. 4.5 stars

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Ring Out, Solstice Bells and Remove the Holly from the Ivy, Jethro Tull misses the mark.

I am a big Tull fan and love most of his albums due to their innovation and sheer audacity of producing something unique and at times outlandish, while at the same time creating incredibly complex and brilliantly played music. 'The Christmas Album' is another one of those curiosity pieces that you may want to pull out at Christmas times in order to hear the relatives exclaim 'what the heck are you playing now?' It goes against the grain of your traditional Christmas album of course and may even go against the grain for Jethro Tull fans in terms of clarity and thematic content. Sadly I am in the latter category.

I did not really take to heart what Tull was attempting to do with this album; it is a silly, nonsensical mix of traditional ideas blended with the bizarre Christmas themes that it is purporting to either make fun of or take seriously. It is a well known fact that Ian Anderson has shunned the church, especially on his 'Aqualung' classic, so why is he bothering with tracks about the traditional church such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen? Admittedly, there is a biting satire in all of these tunes, but it soon gets tiring and I long to rip the Cd out and listen to 'Benefit', 'Passion Play' or 'Thick as A Brick', which are among the best of Jethro Tull.

The liner notes are interesting noting that Anderson had these Christmas theme songs for a while, as all fans know, and he was asked to do a full blown Christmas theme album. But for what purpose? It doesnt really have much to offer apart from a couple of great tracks that are found elsewhere in any case in some form. There are some new tracks, Birthday Card At Christmas, Last Man At The Party, First Snow On Brooklin and A Winter Snowscape. The rest are either rehashes or mixes of Tull tracks found elsewhere so it doesnt have much to offer the hard core Tull fan.

It probably seemed like a good idea to package a Christmas album for the festive season, or make fun of Christmas. But I am afraid this is one of Tull's weakest efforts and just did not succeed on either the level of thematic content or Musical virtuosity. This is quite a lull in effort all round and Anderson seems disinterested and lacking ideas. And yet we are so used to Tull being such bright sparks when it comes to innovation. In this case the candle has been snuffed out.

Review by Atavachron
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars The harvest moon shines, the winter wheat is gathered and the turning leaves crunch at our feet for one of these legend's best offerings since 1978's 'Heavy Horses'. More than a Christmas album, it is a celebration of the season, an embrace of the bite of cold in the air and the need for all living things to reflect the equinox with a sense of joy, the crackle of a fire and a stiff shot of brandy to warm the bones and lift the spirits. Ian Anderson's flutter introduces 'Birthday Card at Christmas', Marty Barre's electric bits & pieces accentuating Anderson's acoustic guitar in a wink to the Baby Jesus. 'Holly Herald' tributes 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing', Charles Wesley's classic carol from 1739 revived with Celtic war drums and a taste for salt in the air, and two 'Christmas Songs' featuring Ian's mandolin, a concertina, the shake of bells and much sentiment.

No one brings to life the ancient sounds of the British Isles like this ageless band, and 1833's 'God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen' is given a cool jazz treatment topped by some heavy metal and neat little Baroque flurries. 'Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow' is a traditional folk number, Ian's baritone harmonies in top form, and the innocent and funny 'Last Man at the Party' with more Gaelic warmth is followed by a charming and strong re-recording of 'Weathercock' from the Horses period. A lovely version of Faure's 'Pavane', bittersweet memories of America in the gentle 'First Snow on Brooklyn', an upbeat 'Greensleeves', perfect 'Fire at Midnight', 'We Five Kings' puts the band in the Bethlehem desert with a bit of Marty's Spanish guitar, an obligatory 'Ring Out Solstice Bells', Bach's 'Bouree' is revisited and Barre finishes out with a steel string moment to himself.

A salutation of the special place these musicians have in music and in our hearts, Tull's Christmas Album is a beautiful record to be held close and protected from the jeers of the Grinches that surround us. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Review by lor68
3 stars Well you can add another half star at least, as for the pretty aspects of classical music and prog folk as well, in the tradition of the solo albums composed by Ian Anderson...Actually the present album is not equal for instance to "Divinities", but it's a good performance anyway; and of course it's strange that's a Jethro Tull album! The Christmas lyrics aren't so bad and the music is versatile enough...ok forget "Locomotive Breath" or "Aqualung" here, but naturally it's a Christmas Album and not a rock performance! Nevertheless the mood is right and the music gentle, sometimes in the vein of Rupi's Dance, not properly a swing album (regarding of a work dated 2003, however issued this way in the recent times), but I should say it's a kind of soft version or more "light jazzy" version of "Songs from the wood"...The instrumental numbers are always in the pretty tone of the sacred celebration of Christmas and that's coherently in accordance to such Ian's tradition, who likes to run the old path of the "classics" and without this time there's no rock music in the J.T. composition and it's not a the end it could be worth a listen, once again!
Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars The first thing this says is that Evolver likes Jethro Tull more than he hates Christmas music. Secondly, a sticker on my CD has a quote from Classic Rock Online: "If you liked Thick As A Brick & Songs From The Wood this album is for you. Have those guys ever listened to Thick As A Brick? It has nothing in common with this album, other than the two musicians who appear on both.

Rant aside, this isn't a bad album. It has the light fusion sound of more recent Tull and Ian Anderson album, and very little rock. And there are only smatterings of traditional Christmas songs, mostly jazzed up. There are bits of Hark The Herald Angels Sing in Holly Herald, the arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen that often popped up in the middle of other songs in various concerts, and a jazzy arrangement of Greensleeves. The rest are either new versions of old Tull songs, or new songs with holiday or winter themes.

It's not bad for Chr istmas music. Certainly better than any other Christmas album I've heard.

Review by siLLy puPPy
4 stars In the era of extreme over-commercialization of the Christmas holidays, it seems that everyone and their mother has capitalized on releasing a musical album that commemorates one of the world's most popular holiday seasons which every single year gets pushed harder and earlier in the hope that Santa will be kind to the stock markets. It's all gotten a little too much and with albums being released by everyone from Dolly Parton to Twisted Sister, it can be a little difficult to find that true Christmas spirit. Well, what in the world is a progressive rock lover to do? It seems that the only game in town for the longest time was the Yuletide alter ego of the progressive metal outfit Savatage when they put on their Santa hats and took on their Trans-Siberian Orchestra identity to give the world a true taste of "Jingle Bell Rock." Well, at long last in 2003 one of progressive rocks most revered cohorts came through and delivered us their own take on Christianity's most consecrated occasions. I speak of course of the great JETHRO TULL and with their final album as an official band they went out in the most interesting way by giving us THE JETHRO TULL CHRISTMAS ALBUM and bestowing upon their fans a new way to add some class to their holiday listening season when listening to "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" just won't cut it any more.

This final and fairly unique album in the band's canon is a mix of completely new material and re-recordings of previously released tracks. While most of these tracks were created for the special occasion, Ian Anderson found it appropriate to simply adapt oldies but goodies to the occasion and as a result "A Christmas Song," "Another Christmas Song," "Jack And The Hooded Crow," "Weathercock," "Fire At Midnight" and "Ring Out Solstice Bells" find themselves newly recorded and given a holiday makeover to sit side by side with the newly constructed tracks. And also on board is the long time classic "Bourée" which was given a complete identity change and now feels as it was totally created for holiday cheer in the first place. Although it was originally a Johann Sebastian Bach creation that was originally the fifth movement from "Suite In E Minor For Lute, BWV 996," Anderson deliveries it in his famous style and by attaching an "F" to the lute part. He flautist skills shine on this one and the track is much more upbeat and contains other key arrangements.

THE JETHRO TULL CHRISTMAS ALBUM is a bit surprising in that it doesn't sound like a holiday tribute really. It sounds like a one of the laid back folkier albums such as "Songs Of The Wood" plus extra symphonic and instrumental embellishments. In addition to the standard TULL lineup there are a number of extras on board offering mandolin, violin, viola, cello, accordion and choral vocals adding a very refined frosting to the band's acoustic folk rock foundation. The tracks are as catchy as anything JT has dished out in the past and although Ian Anderson's vocals may be showing signs of being past their prime, his flautist flair has never been better as he takes on the role of melodist in chief and like a pied-piper of Christmas leads his musical assemblage to add the twists and turns of their established sound to bring it into holiday mode. While many of the tracks clearly have a wintery solstice feel to them, very few actually convey the holiday season in a blatant way other than the occasional lyrical content that clearly depicts certain aspects. There are key moments like at the beginning of "A Christmas Song" that have sleigh bells which is clearly brings Christmas to mind but they soon subside and allow the mandolin based folk track to shine.

When all is said and done, THE JETHRO TULL CHRISTMAS ALBUM sounds to me exactly like what Christmas would have been like in the English countryside long before the commercialization machine so successfully infiltrated every aspect of the holiday season. The folk rock mixed with acoustic symphonic touches very much corresponds to the wintery grey sky world as depicted by the album cover. This is the kind of album that you could rightfully put on any time of the year as it doesn't sound significantly different from the lighter and airier offerings by JT but should best be experienced with mulled wine, good friends and family as a nice supplement and more serious soundtrack to interrupt the regularly scheduled program of stale kids' songs and cheesy parodies that have outstayed their welcome for quite some time. While this will probably never achieve any top status in the JT canon, it certainly does attain a true respectful and non-commercial representation of the Christmas season and a brilliant way to end a most successful career and for the listener a most stressful year. Highly recommended for those who find themselves not digging the holiday music scene very much. This just might work for you.

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3 stars In 2003, the band released The Jethro Tull Christmas Album. Christmas music was nothing new to this band, having released three Christmas songs in their career (1968's "A Christmas Song", 1977's "Ring Out, Solstice Bells", and 1989's "Another Christmas Song"). Generally speaking however, rock acts d ... (read more)

Report this review (#2903246) | Posted by TheEliteExtremophile | Friday, March 31, 2023 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I guess I'll be visited by three spirits for saying this but Tull's Christmas Album does little for me. Sure the songs are well played and sung but I feel that old Ian has stuck too closely to his old ways. Namely upbeat traditional instrumentals and a handful of original songs with his own (cyn ... (read more)

Report this review (#2272456) | Posted by SteveG | Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | Review Permanlink

1 stars Jesus Christ haven't born on december, and Jethro Tull Christmas Album too. I really don't like christmas music. And this album is not an exception. It includes Bouree, Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow, Ring Out Solstice Bells and some old happy tunes re- worked. Yes, a folk album. Few tr ... (read more)

Report this review (#991977) | Posted by VOTOMS | Friday, July 5, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The weather outside is frightful, but inside it's so delightful because I've been listening to The Jethro Tull Christmas Album! 'Tis the season and all that jazz. I should preface what I'm about to say by admitting that Jethro Tull is one of my favourite bands, but I think that The Jethro Tull ... (read more)

Report this review (#880261) | Posted by FunkyM | Saturday, December 22, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Who else on this site could present a Christmas album quite like Jethro Tull? There is so much warmth, perfect for getting you into the festive spirit The songs are wonderfully arranged, some of them traditional covers with a creative and memorable twist such as "Holly Herald" and "God Rest Ye Merr ... (read more)

Report this review (#596375) | Posted by Frankie Flowers | Monday, December 26, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Hello, My name is Dr Ball. I was given the opportunity to watch Ian Anderson do his latest Christmas Concert at Canterbury Cathedral with that man Dick Bruceinson. (Dr Ball only jests). When I got home I listened to this album 3 times in a row whilst Mrs Ball cooked up a winter stew - what an utt ... (read more)

Report this review (#594817) | Posted by Dr Ball | Friday, December 23, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Finally !!!! Christmas/The Yule tide is the music world's answer to the Gobi Desert. A place bereft of any intelligent life and where only micro organisms barely survive. Hence the many Christmas albums released by artists with as much moral integrity as you find in a micro wave oven's com ... (read more)

Report this review (#363543) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Saturday, December 25, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars When you are really sick and tired of the same old dragged out, Christmas songs that play over and over every year, yes you know the ones that I mean; where does a Prog Rock fan turn? You want to be "into" the holiday gig, and music to the season is a big part of it.. but one more "Holly Jolly" ... (read more)

Report this review (#255107) | Posted by Moose | Wednesday, December 9, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Christmas album is a very lazy release. Some of the songs are half-assed remakes of their winter-themed classics. Others are dull arragments of traditional christmas songs. That said, it's not a bad christmas album, but it's off as much interest to Tull fans, as N'Sync christmas album is to N'Sync ... (read more)

Report this review (#152189) | Posted by Magor | Thursday, November 22, 2007 | Review Permanlink

2 stars This album can be divided in three parts: Part one - the new songs: Birthday Card Ct Christmas is a modern yet good piece music. Last Man At The Party is a great song, one of the most beatiful ones Ian has ever composed in the last 15 years. But First Snow On Brooklyn is instead sugary, maybe ... (read more)

Report this review (#122873) | Posted by firth of fifth | Sunday, May 20, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars friday afternoon, just finished work, a warm coffee and bailey's and this album playing . chrismas should be something enjoyable. I really enjoy this album,. the production is good the lyrics are great, bourrée is back, work is gone, xmas is in my house. The best chrismas album i ever heard. ... (read more)

Report this review (#61444) | Posted by | Friday, December 23, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This CD is not your typical and smarmy, sickly-sweet corporate Christmas album. Rather, with this CD Jethro Tull have managed to capture in both verse and melody the spirit of giving, sharing, and perfunctory overindulgence that ostensibly go with the Christmas season, contrasted with the mela ... (read more)

Report this review (#39852) | Posted by | Wednesday, July 20, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Well, this is the only album i can listen with my family in chirstmas! The stuff is littlebit fusion of Jethro Tull but it's still good. I like the opening track "Birthday Card at Chirstmas" Cool fluterif and other songs have a touch of chirstmas which is actually a good thing cause what would ... (read more)

Report this review (#23861) | Posted by | Tuesday, March 1, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars It's good for what it is...a collection of softer themed Christmas songs along with some rearranged older tunes. There is definitely nothing ground breaking here...if you're looking for something revelatory you won't find it. Just a note, if you would be nice if people reviewing al ... (read more)

Report this review (#23857) | Posted by | Thursday, October 14, 2004 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I was dissapointed. When I first heard that Tull was going to come out with a Christmas album I thought, "its about time" and imagined Ian and the boys would come up with some ingenious little twists on some of the old Xmas classics. But, what actually materialized was an assortment of predict ... (read more)

Report this review (#23856) | Posted by | Friday, October 1, 2004 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Now... what is this? I have no problems with a Christmas album from Ian and friends, but how many versions of Bouree do you actually need? This album must be a blessing for a Tull-fan that may have missed all the years between 1978 and till now, but for a fan that has followed Ian, Martin etc. thro ... (read more)

Report this review (#23842) | Posted by Zaragon | Thursday, March 18, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Loved the cover of this release even before I knew who the band was behind the Victorian winter scene. And what a pleasant surprise to find it to be...Jethro Tull. With all the ingredients that make Tull the extraordinary band they have always been, this is, if you will, a sort of return to roots r ... (read more)

Report this review (#23843) | Posted by | Friday, January 2, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A once in a lifetime experience, a Christmas cd from the Tull boys. Santa Claus bless them for LAST MAN AT THE PARTY and FIRST SNOW ON BROOKLYN. Please give us another new one next year. Gerrit de Geus ... (read more)

Report this review (#23849) | Posted by | Friday, December 26, 2003 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Tull has blessed us, yet again, with a Christmas album that transports you staight to the English countryside, and a christmas of yore. Ian's flute playing is stunningly beautiful. The ghost of christmas present is quite proud, I'm sure. ... (read more)

Report this review (#23847) | Posted by | Wednesday, December 10, 2003 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A wonderful Christmas gift for their fans(and anyone else looking for a different take on the holiday), this is definitely an album that will brighten anyone's holiday season... I had made a mix CD of seasonal Tull songs before, and was overjoyed to find the same picks on this album... rerecorded, ... (read more)

Report this review (#23839) | Posted by | Monday, December 1, 2003 | Review Permanlink

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