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Jethro Tull


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It took 10 years for JETHRO TULL to release a live album if you want to forget the 2 songs from the LIVING IN THE PAST compilation. That was not the norm back then usually as the big names usually released big double live LPs at the height of their glory following a succesful studio album like DEEP PURPLE, YES, URIAH HEEP and other big acts.

Following the disapointing HEAVY HORSES- at least for me- i was glad JETHRO TULL didn't push too many numbers from this album ,but decided to do almost a ''greatest hits and other goodies'' live album. Almost every studio album has one or more song represented in this VERY well recorded BURSTING OUT. The sound is crystal clear, no imperfections, you would think they have performed it last night in your living room in front of you.

Another high mark is the fact IAN ANDERSON voice is back in its full splendor, even the 3 HEAVY HORSES tracks sound way better than the studio originals. MARTIN BARRE is back in the front delivering riff after riff giving a hard edge to this recording. JOHN GLASCOCk who took over HAMMOND-HAMMOND bass duties on TOTRNR does a great job with BARLOW keeping the band tight sounding. And JOHN EVAN never mentioned in the same sentence with WAKEMAN or EMERSON, proves he could have gotten more recognition than he ever had.

There are no songs better than others; this is a ''greatest hits'' or ''best of'' sure to please any TULL fan. Of course, we all have our own selection of songs we would prefer to hear as there is always a subjective preference, but IAN ANDERSON and mates took no risk with this release. So you are getting LOCOMOTIVE BREATH, AQUALUNG a medley of the best moments of THICK AS A BRICK , the title tracks of SONG FROM THE WOODS, MINSTREL or TOO OLD TO RnROLL and other classics such as SWEET DREAM.

The older period is represented by a very energetic A NEW DAY YESTERDAY and of course the concert JT staple BOURREE. Also worth noticing well in the tradition of the 70s live albums, a lot of room is given to the musicians to show off their talents with the traditional drums solo from BARLOW and a frenetic guitar performance from MARTIN BARRE.

A very pleasant live album which can be used as a perfect introduction of JETHRO TULL music with some of their best songs, a great IAN ANDERSON vocal performance ,a of mean guitar, a band in top form and a clear sharp production. What more can you ask for? !


febus | 4/5 |


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