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Songs / Tracks Listing

CD1
1. Nothing Is Easy (4:22) From the album 'Stand Up' August 1969
2. Love Story (3:01) Single 'A' side November 1968
3. Beggar's Farm (4:20) From the album 'This Was' October 1968
4. Living In The Past (3:20) Single 'A' side May 1969
5. A Song For Jeffrey (3:18) Single 'A' side September 1968 and from the album 'This Was' October 1968
6. A New Day Yesterday (4:07) From the album 'Stand Up' August 1969
7. The Witch's Promise (3:51) Single 'A' side January 1970
8. Mother Goose (3:53) From the album 'Aqualung' March 1971
9. With You There To Help Me (6:20) From the album 'Benefit' May 1970
10. Teacher (3:56) From the US LP 'Benefit' April 1970
11. Life Is A Long Song (3:18) From the EP 'Life Is A Long Song' September 1971
12. Sweet Dream (4:05) Single 'A' side October 1969
13. Aqualung (6:38) From the album 'Aqualung' March 1971
14. Minstrel In The Gallery (Single Edit) (3:52) Single 'A' side August 1975 from the album 'Minstrel In The Gallery 'September 1975
15. Critique Oblique (2014 Steven Wilson Remix) (4:35) From the album 'Passion Play' July 1973
16. Weathercock (4:16) From the album 'Heavy Horses' April 1978
17. Cross-Eyed Mary (4:12) From the album 'Aqualung' March 1971

CD2
1. Bourée (3:44) From the album 'Stand Up' August 1969
2. Dun Ringill (2:38) From the album 'Stormwatch' September 1979
3. Heavy Horses (8:53) From the album 'Heavy Horses' April 1978
4. Hunting Girl (5:11) From the album 'Songs From The Wood' February 1977
5. Bungle In The Jungle (3:33) From the album 'War Child' October 1974
6. Salamander (2:49) From the album 'Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!' April 1976
7. Pussy Willow (3:52) From the album 'Broadsword And The Beast' April 1982
8. Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die! (5:38) From the album 'Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!' April 1976
9. Songs From The Wood (4:52) From the album 'Songs From The Wood' February 1977
10. The Whistler (3:30) From the album 'Songs From The Wood' February 1977
11. Really Don't Mind/See There A Son Is Born (5:00) From the album 'Thick As A Brick' March 1972
12. Moths (3:19) From the album 'Heavy Horses' April 1978
13. One White Duck* / 0¹º = Nothing At All** (4:37) From the album Minstrel In The Gallery September 1975
14. Cup Of Wonder (4:30) From the album 'Songs From The Wood' February 1977
15. Ring Out Solstice Bells (4:04) From 'The Jethro Tull Christmas Album' September 2003
16. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day (4:08) From the album 'War Child' October 1974
17. A Christmas Song (2:47) From 'The Jethro Tull Christmas Album' September 2003

CD3
1. One Brown Mouse (3:19) From the album 'Heavy Horses' April 1978
2. Rare And Precious Chain (3:35) From the album 'Roots To Branches' September 1995
3. Kissing Willie (3:33) From the album 'Rock Island' August 1989
4. Rocks On The Road (5:33) From the album 'Catfish Rising' September 1991
5. Fylingdale Flyer (4:27) From the album 'A' August 1980
6. Paparazzi (3:47) From the album 'Under Wraps' September 1984
7. North Sea Oil (3:09) From the album 'Stormwatch' September 1979
8. Steel Monkey (3:37) From the album 'Crest Of A Knave' September 1987
9. Black Sunday (6:33) From the album 'A' August 1980
10. European Legacy (3:22) From the album 'Under Wraps' September 1984
11. Budapest (10:02) From the album 'Crest Of A Knave' September 1987
12. Broadsword (5:02) From the album 'Broadsword And The Beast' April 1982
13. Dot Com (4:26) From the album 'J-Tull Dot Com' August 1999
14. Farm On The Freeway (6:28) From the album 'Crest Of A Knave' September 1987
15. This Is Not Love (3:59) From the album 'Catfish Rising' September 1991
16. Locomotive Breath (4:26) From the album 'Aqualung' March 1971

Line-up / Musicians

- Ian Anderson / vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, mandolin, whistle (all instruments on studio version of "Jack-In-The-Green")
- Martin Barre / electric guitar, lute
- John Evan / piano, organ, synthesizers
- David Palmer / piano, portative organ, synthesizers
- John Glascock / bass, vocals
- Barriemore Barlow / drums, marimba, glockenspiel, bells, nakers, tabor

Releases information

Label: Burning Shed
Format: 3CD
May 5, 2018
50 For 50 is a career-spanning 3CD set featuring 50 songs - chosen by Ian Anderson - taken from all 21 of Jethro Tull's studio albums

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Review by Matti
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3 stars - The first review for this compilation - As the title suggests, this 3-disc set celebrates the 50 years of Jethro Tull with 50 songs chosen by Ian Anderson himself. Each of 21 studio albums are represented. Anderson has written a one-page introduction to the set, and the 24-page booklet includes "A Tull Story" written by Martin Webb (adapted and updated from the 40th anniversary tour programme). The lay-out is very good and the track infos contain the source album, length and even the line-up. Things are really looking good. The track selection is not strictly chronological, but fortunately not wildly switching between the decades either. I'm not going to listen to all three discs for this review, since the majority of the material is familiar to me, only the third disc with an emphasis on the material from the 80's and onwards, as I haven't listened to several albums of the latter-day Tull.

CD 1 focuses on the the timeline 1968 - 1971, with solitary pickings from the albums A Passion Play, Minstrel in the Gallery and Heavy Horses too. I don't much care for some songs, e.g. 'Sweet Dream', 'Cross-Eyed Mary' and 'Weathercock', but (if we don't mind the inclusion of mid- and late 70's material here) the disc gives a nice overview of the early years. 'Living in the Past' and 'Aqualung' are there, of course. 'Bourée' (1969) starts the second CD, which as a whole is emphasizing on the timeline 1974 - 1978, again with some exceptions ('Dun Ringill' from Stormwatch and 'Pussy Willow' from The Broadsword and The Beast). War Child (1974) happens to be among the albums I haven't completely listened to, and therefor it's disappointing to see those boring songs 'Bungle in the Jungle' and 'Skating Away...' representing it, as always. 'Salamander' is a nice choice from Too Old to Rock'n'Roll, while the heavily overplayed title track definitely isn't. 'Ring Out Solstice Bells' and 'A Christmas Song' are The Jethro Tull Christmas Album versions (2003).

CD 3 is playing now as I write. The leaps in chronology are getting wider. For example Heavy Horses track 'One Brown Mouse' is followed by 'Rare and Precious Chain' from 1995. The maligned 1984 album Under Wraps is represented by 'Paparazzi' and 'European Legacy'. I am familiar with songs such as 'Steel Monkey', 'Budapest' (which I like a lot) and 'This Is Not Love' even if not with the source albums, which may indicate that they are rather uninteresting. 'Dot.com' (1999) is brand new to me, quite a pleasant song. 'Farm on the Freeway' is a highlight. However, this set hardly changes my half-prejudiced opinion that the latter- day Tull is often quite dull. But all in all Anderson has done a decent job in representing all 21 studio albums. With the well-done booklet this is pretty recommendable as a Jethro Tull compilation, but as Anderson points out, it's "less for the die-hard fan and more for the new and curious listener". On a rock magazine I'd give four stars, on a prog site perhaps three will do... concidering how much better, and more unpredictably, the space of three full-length CD's could be used.

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