Jethro Tull: Classic or Dud?

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Prog's only singles band?

sundar subramanian, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

...well I LOVE 'Living In The Past' - that flute sound really sums up an era for me. Have you heard Cud's version - it's sung against Mission Impossible - works perfectly.

Jez, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

CARMODY TO THREAD!

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Living In The Past is great, although I have to admit I am still ashamed that I like it. I fear all else.

emil.y, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Living in the Past is a great, great collection of songs, better than their actual albums I think. Honest oddities like "Inside," bitter little Ian Andersonisms a la "Christmas Song," and intriguing things like "Witch's Promise" and nonsense like "Singing All Day" .. Don't be ashamed with your good taste, e.mily.

Songs from the Wood and Aqualung aren't bad albums, either. But you can skip "A Passion Play," their 60-minute-opus w/fairy-tale- intermission, as well as all of their 80's material. 'Living in the Past' =/= synthesizers.

Dare, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

ouch. emil.y that is.

Dare, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Insert Heavy Metal/ Metallica Joke here. OK - it's done - forget it.

Tull - one of those bands that everyone secretly likes.... for about 25 minutes at a time, every few years.

Teacher, Locomotive Breath - classics.

Dave225, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Any time I hear Jethro Tull, I think of Stellan Skarsgård getting [SPOILER!!!] beaned in the head.

Andy K, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

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a-33, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

At the same time or on different occasions?

sundar subramanian, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

'Summerday Sands' Is a super song, and so is "Thick as a Brick": I put that on when I'm painting houses.

A Nairn, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Yayyyyaqualung...

Sweet Dream video from "Slipstream": CLASSIC!

Joe, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Have to admit that Tull is a guilty pleasure every once in awhile.

Pump Wellington, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

There's quite a dilemma; yes, Jethro Tull have some brilliant tunes; yes, I have... uh... fond childhood memories connected with them (you may all now feel thoroughly disgusted); but really, that BEARD is a CRIME against HUMANITY and it must be STOPPED.

Elisa, Thursday, 14 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Has ILM consensus finally been achieved?

sundar subramanian, Thursday, 14 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

There's lots by Jethro Tull that I find boring at best, and Ian Anderson can get pretty affected, but their best stuff is really good. "Wond'ring Aloud" and "Mother Goose" are beautiful songs.

Phil, Thursday, 14 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The sound of Ian Anderson taking a deep breath in the middle of a flute solo a la Locomotive Breath = CLASSIC,even if only for its hilarity.

Damian, Friday, 15 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

i kind of assume i hate em but to be honest i only know quite a small amount: the JT fan i was at achool with was far and away the weirdest fellow i knew

mark s, Friday, 15 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm listening to "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day" right now, and I must say, it sounds pretty damn good. I say classic.

o. nate, Friday, 15 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Jesus, it's like punk NEVER HAPPENED!

Andrew L, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Is it anything like emo?

Prude, Sunday, 17 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

three months pass...
"Tull - one of those bands that everyone secretly likes.... for about 25 minutes at a time, every few years."

I'd say more like every TEN years...just like the Doors!

Matt Riedl (veal), Tuesday, 25 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
I quite like that Aqualung, even though it is uttery absurd. There's some good stuff on there though, you know, the one that goes: dum dum de de de de dum dum; blah du, de blah du, de blah du, de blah du; dum dum de de dum day dum, wah wah waaaa wa wa wa wah wah waaah... etc

Roger Fascist, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
He added: “The moment when the new Palmer identity was revealed to me was when the then, still David, phoned me to say ‘Ian, there’s something I need to get off my increasingly ample chest’.”

Between that and Jackie Enx of Rhino Bucket, it shows that Jayne County was merely the start of something good.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 24 January 2004 05:06 (sixteen years ago) link

you mean it wasn't ian that became a she?

you know, my dad and my philly relatives pronounce "ann" and "ian" almost identically.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Saturday, 24 January 2004 05:09 (sixteen years ago) link

I pretty much gave my all for "Stand Up", "Benefit", "Aqualung" and - somewhat - for "Thick As A Brick", but ended up gving away their later releases. You have to keep in mind, though, the context in which this stuff was first heard {in amongst the likes of ...America, Neil Diamond and The Carpenters} wuz just a little bit awesome. Just another old guy talking here... [ me ]
I still revisit.

jim wentworth (wench), Saturday, 24 January 2004 06:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Stand Up and Benefit are both great! Aqualung is pretty solid too. That's about as far as I go.

I love "A New Day Yesterday" and "To Cry You a Song".

Broheems (diamond), Saturday, 24 January 2004 06:35 (sixteen years ago) link

Songs from the Woods is an incredible album.

Joe (Joe), Saturday, 24 January 2004 14:35 (sixteen years ago) link

About as dud as you can get without being The Grateful Dead.

(though "Living In The Past" is a nice tune)

LondonLee (LondonLee), Saturday, 24 January 2004 16:11 (sixteen years ago) link

nine months pass...
Revive!

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 17 November 2004 05:35 (fifteen years ago) link

These are my initial and rambling thoughts:

I love pretty much everything up to "War Child", plus "Songs from the Wood" and "Heavy Horses"*. I don't think "Stormwatch" is bad. The lyrics on most of "Minstrel in the Gallery" (except for the title song) start to make me cringe. "Broadsword and the Beast" has an unpleasant, bloated-puffy synthesizer sound as well as pretty uninteresting songs. "Crest of a Knave" is hard to imagine as the same band - I can't stand Martin Barre's guitar sound at that time, and the lyrics are brutal. "Rock Island" and "Catfish Rising", as probably everyone will tell you, are just embarassing. I haven't heard anything since, though a friend has told me that "J-Tull.com" (sp?) is not too bad.

*I do think that "Thick as a Brick" is a bit structurally clunky, but when I consider that it was kind of a big piss-take of a concept album, it makes sense that it's that way - it's a pretty funny idea for an album. "A Passion Play" is my favourite: the saxophone and synthesizer parts sound great and the melodies are really deft. I don't know why people got mad about "The Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles". "War Child" continues with similar arrangements and impressive playing (Barriemore Barlow is a superb drummer), though I'd have preferred "Bungle in the Jungle" as a non-LP single.

Pangolino (ricki spaghetti), Wednesday, 17 November 2004 06:19 (fifteen years ago) link

I listened to them back in the day. Like everyone. "Living in the Past" is good but his vocal kind of makes me laugh--he's trying so hard to "swing" and "go Latin" somehow (the flute playing too) and he's just so fucking English and doesn't make it, no way. But the early stuff like on "Benefit" is sort of all right, some nice riffs. "Aqualung" was huge when it came out and a required pretentioso purchase for everyone too dumb to spend their money on JBs albums or something. Because we'd been sold this Jethro Tull shit. There's some movie with Owen? Luke? Wilson and Steve Buscemi about these schlubs who get recruited for a mission to blow up an asteroid and during the interviews Luke? Owen? is asked what really bothers him. "That people think Jethro Tull is just a dude in the band..."


But it's not offensive like ELP (whose best moments were Greg Lake's Paul McCartney/Neil Young knockoff songs w/ cheap synth solos just to remind you who's IN CHARGE HERE). And the later dumb pop hits he had, around the mid-'70s, are quite enjoyable. Normally I don't bring up Lester Bangs but his piece "Jethro Tull in Vietnam" does sum it all up nicely.

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Wednesday, 17 November 2004 15:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Lester Bangs wasn't infallible; Tull is pretty classic. There should be some kind of rule (the Jethro Tull rule?) where if you make at least three great albums you shouldn't have shit albums count against you. Notwithstanding all their crap, the three great Tull albums are

1) Stand Up. One of the great, great psychedelic albums, stuffed with killer riffs and enough otherworldly moods to simulate or enhance being baked. If this album were a one-off by an obscure British folk band (a la Mellow Candle) it would fetch hundreds of $$$$ in collector's circles.
2) Aqualung. There isn't a bad song on it. The flute solo in "My God" is some scary shit. In my experience people who badmouth this are trying to prove another point, like they're cool, or even good music can get overplayed, or something.
3) Thick as a Brick. Some parts drag, but there's no other album like it (I guess besides Passion Play), and most of it's engaging, not an easy thing to pull off over the course of 40+ minutes.

Songs from the Wood, War Child, Benefit, and Minstrel in the Gallery aren't bad, either, and there are timeless singles like "Living in the Past" to get off on.

There's also a ton of shitty albums--Too Old to Rock & Roll. . ., A, Stormwatch, etc. but who cares, really.

martin hilliard, Wednesday, 17 November 2004 16:29 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah, but that Aqualung guy--he smoked too much or what? It's that level of non-specific '70s social commentary crap that gets me about the great band of seed-drillers, you know. If it had been just about another band and the dude plays a flute, then fine. But that other shit, forget it.

and no, Bangs is not infallible. But his central insight into Tull--no rebop--is a good 'un. And I want rebop myself.

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Wednesday, 17 November 2004 21:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I dunno — the church stuff on Aqualung is pretty specific. And good.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 17 November 2004 21:59 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't know--I always thought that Aqualung was homeless because he grew up poor (Cross-Eyed Mary being the "Robin Hood of High Gate" who could help a brother out sexually if not financially), and homelessness is a stain on Christian culture, the hypocracies of which are elaborated on side 2 of the album. You're right though the rebop isn't there, but it's not like all good music's got it, either. Aqualung's got the rock, opening up with The Riff, and it never lets up over however many songs. I mean whatever, it all comes down to taste. No harm in not liking Tull; but making them out to be bad guys like Bangs does just doesn't register anymore. At least I don't think so.

xpost

martin hilliard, Wednesday, 17 November 2004 22:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Even today, they're hard to pin down. I think at the bare minimum, even if you can't stand what my friend once described as "Ian Anderson's village idiot routine," you have to credit him with writing several very melodic, even atmopheric, acoustic songs. Chris Dahlen and I were brainstorming what all of them were and came up with:

"Wond'ring Aloud"
"Slipstream" (I think)
"Thick as A Brick" (the intro, but many other parts, too)
"Skating Away On the Thin Ice of a New Day"
"One White Duck/Nothing At All"
"Baker St. Muse"
"Salamander" (again, I think -- it's been awhile)
"Dun Ringill"

My personal tastes tell me they also have a few very good hard rock moments, including "Minstrel In the Gallery", "Pibroch" and much of Aqualung. That and Songs From the Wood has a very cool electro-folk production

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 17 November 2004 22:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Along the same lines, nobody who hears "Cheap Day Return" with an open mind could not get the shivers. There's some spooky acoustic tip these guys were on early on that's pretty evil and pagan.

martin hilliard, Wednesday, 17 November 2004 23:20 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Thick as a Brick really is ridiculously good. Sweet tunes, fierce playing, beautifully arranged. The strings near the end are next level.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 4 August 2007 12:40 (thirteen years ago) link

"Locomotive Breath" still rocks greatly.

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 4 August 2007 12:51 (thirteen years ago) link

1) ...If this album were a one-off by an obscure British folk band (a la Mellow Candle) it would fetch hundreds of $$$$ in collector's circles.

Yes yes yes. In the run up to becoming full-on prog, they created some moody and unfussy stuff. Stand Up layers all sorts of acoustic instruments with blues riffing in a way that is intuitive and natural, rather than the hyper-organized feel they soon took on. Really solid songs that would hold up outside of the textures and arrangements.

bendy, Saturday, 4 August 2007 13:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Their true masterpiece was "A Passion Play". Jethro Tull at their most progressive was also Jethro Tull at their best.

But they did some interesting folk influenced stuff later too.

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 4 August 2007 14:25 (thirteen years ago) link

To me, Minstrel In The Gallery through Stormwatch = classic. The expansive prog notions recompressed into concise songs without losing the progginess.

The stuff from the first heyday's great, but I don't get the urge to put it on very often.

The string of high-concept records (Thick, Passion, Too Old) I have no time for.

Jon Lewis, Saturday, 4 August 2007 17:22 (thirteen years ago) link

i own 'aqualung'. i like it and think it's pretty creative and inspired, but i don't listen to it often

Charlie Howard, Sunday, 5 August 2007 06:25 (thirteen years ago) link

nine months pass...

I went to see them live a few days ago. I only really went along to the gig after a mate said he wanted to go.

I hadn't much listened to them for 30 years, and though I wasn't a big fan I had mates who were very keen indeed and back in the day I did have a soft spot for the quirkier, pop-eyed silliness.

Before the gig I was kinda worried about all that zany 70s catweazle'n'codpiece stuff, since I figured it wouldn't have aged well...

I needn't have worried as there wasn't much of it, indeed there wasn't nearly enough of it. Stripped of the theatrics, left pretty much the music unadorned, though that did reveal some elements which I hadn't noticed before (or didn't know anything about to notice) such as the Mingus influences (though I guess the Roland Kirk stuff was always obvious).

Mainly though they sounded polite 80s rock. Barre's guitar sounded especially cleaned up, Dire Straits and (80s) Supertramp.

So not great then, mostly not even good, but now and then there were flashes about what made them interesting and did confirm there were interesting bits in the War child and earlier albums.

Sandy Blair, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 19:24 (twelve years ago) link

Their guitarist kicks ass and besides that they are fucking Jethro Tull. So many songs to love by them.

CaptainLorax, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 06:39 (twelve years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Oh god, I had an urge to hear "Skating Away" so I downloaded the Anniversary collection and I'm kind of enjoying it.

Kill me.

Full Metal Slanket (Oilyrags), Friday, 1 May 2009 17:01 (eleven years ago) link

They are classic beyond classic.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 1 May 2009 20:29 (eleven years ago) link

people who HATE this band hate fun

kamerad, Friday, 1 May 2009 20:32 (eleven years ago) link

I saw an interview several years ago in which Almond listed several things about himself, then concluded by saying "one of these is true". On the list was being a huge Jethro Tull fan.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 15 February 2020 18:28 (seven months ago) link

hahaha, I would not have guessed that! but it makes sense, since I like Marc Almond and Jethro Tull

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, 15 February 2020 18:58 (seven months ago) link

I picked up Stormwatch Deluxe recently but haven’t dug into it yet. I don’t know it as well as the other two in the folk/ecology trilogy but “Dun Ringall” has always been my favorite track.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 16 February 2020 17:39 (seven months ago) link

Flying Dutchman rolls up all my favorite things about a good Jethro Tull track, and is the middle of great album close: Dun Ringill/Flying Dutchman/Elegy.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Sunday, 16 February 2020 19:55 (seven months ago) link

Agreed – there’s a real emotional hitch to when Ian sings “You better be there when the Dutchman comes.”

FWIW, some of Wilson’s best surround mixes of this series have been the small acoustic tracks. “Dun Ringill” sounds absolutely incredible in 5.1.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 22 February 2020 06:07 (six months ago) link

Is Living in the Past one of the top 50 best rock comps of all time? I’d argue yes.

What’s not in doubt is that “Inside” is an absolute jam.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 02:46 (six months ago) link

So I finally got around to picking up the A remaster with the bonus Slipstream DVD, and my word, this video is amazing. Amazing! It's like a classic Doctor Who episode.

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 02:23 (six months ago) link

Ian Anderson could absolutely have been the Doctor from, say, 1979-1980 for a couple seasons and crushed it. Crushed it!

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 03:46 (six months ago) link

A is a fantastic album. Tull goes Boingo. But are you telling me they have gotten to A in the new remaster program or is this a previous remaster?

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 13:54 (six months ago) link

hahaha, sorry that IS misleading... no, this is the remaster from 2003, not one of the newer book-format ones... the live version of Black Sunday on Slipstream is definitely amazing. haven't spent a ton of time with A yet

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 14:11 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E_ZftZkGJs

the Slipstream intro and Black Sunday, so you can see how fractally bonkers this video is and how great the rendition of Black Sunday is

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 03:21 (six months ago) link

Funny how the sound of the A era predicted the second wave prog bands like Twelfth Night, IQ, Pendragon all that lot.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 10:28 (six months ago) link

for awhile I was hoovering up any live boots I could download from the A tour, that lineup was really REALLY good live

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 19:12 (six months ago) link

XXXXP - The next remaster is supposedly Benefit because it hasn't gotten the book format yet, plus the 5.1 mix is already done.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 19:29 (six months ago) link

I legit feel like petitioning Parlophone to reissue these fucking things.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 5 March 2020 02:06 (six months ago) link

I just shelled out for a used copy of the Benefit 2CD/1DVD edition, so that should speed things along.

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Thursday, 5 March 2020 02:44 (six months ago) link

I’m still so sad that I missed the boat on the SftW remaster book, the first favorite album I ever had

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 5 March 2020 14:01 (six months ago) link

I know the guy who works the back catalogue nowadays, I will ask him if they're ever going to be reprinted.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 5 March 2020 17:50 (six months ago) link

Thank u

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 5 March 2020 18:21 (six months ago) link

Here's the reply.

"At the moment no plans to re-issue, the problem being the cost. Obviously numbers would be a lot less than the original run and therefore unit cost would escalate considerably pushing the sales price up too high. That said it is something we could look at down the line maybe as a D2C option in a quiet JT period."

Maresn3st, Thursday, 5 March 2020 21:23 (six months ago) link

D2C = direct to consumer?

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 5 March 2020 22:14 (six months ago) link

Yeah, I think so.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 5 March 2020 22:19 (six months ago) link

Check out the first comment on this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1yLI4kQobE

Maresn3st, Thursday, 5 March 2020 22:29 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

A really nice recording from 1982 has just gone up on D1m3ad0z3n, cool set list too.

Disc One:
01. Something's On The Move
02. Hunting Girl
03. Fallen On Hard Times
04. Broadsword >
05. Heavy Horses
06. A Song For Jeffrey >
07. Keyboard & Drum Interlude
08. Fat Man
09. One Brown Mouse
10. Clasp
11. Watching Me Watching You
12. Instrumental (unknown title)
13. Beastie
14. Band Introductions
[51:25]

Disc Two:
01. The Swirling Pit
02. A New Day Yesterday
03. Thick As A Brick >
04. Sweet Dream
05. Too Old To Rock'n'Roll, Too Young To Die
06. Aqualung
07. Locomotive Breath >
08. Black Sunday
09. Cheerio
[33:08]

Maresn3st, Monday, 20 April 2020 12:42 (four months ago) link

Oh boy!
I try to save this question for special situations but
ysi?

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Monday, 20 April 2020 22:03 (four months ago) link

Rewatched the second season of Fargo recently; loved this, which opened the seventh episode.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p46qx7KVks

clemenza, Monday, 20 April 2020 22:07 (four months ago) link

yeah that's a cool set... Fallen on Hard Times, One Brown Mouse, Black Sunday (a new favorite of mine)

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 20 April 2020 22:08 (four months ago) link

XXP - Jon (and anyone else), no worries, here 'tis - https://we.tl/t-pSxK0nePZF

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 15:21 (four months ago) link

thanks for the link! wow, this recording sounds great for an audience recording.

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 17:59 (four months ago) link

Yeah! There's mention of binaural mics in the notes, presumably attached to a hat or maybe shirt lapels, as the notes say the taper moves around quite a bit so the perspective changes around, so it's probably best not listened to on headphones.

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 19:03 (four months ago) link

Headphones are my only option so I’ll prepare myself for some wanderkopf!

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 19:36 (four months ago) link

Cheers again for the link, that's a great show... a little sad it wasn't the full Black Sunday, but it's got a nice selection of Broadsword tracks and is a nice change from the songs that dominated a lot of the mid-late 70s sets on the deluxe reissues. Ian a little less talkative than usual, maybe that was edited out?

I've been listening to the 80s albums for the last few days... Crest of a Knave, Catfish Rising, Rock Island. Catfish definitely the strongest of the three, but wow do they ever sound like Dire Straits!

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 27 April 2020 16:14 (four months ago) link

I found a cassette on the curb the other day, a bootleg of a Jethro Tull show from the Philadelphia Spectrum, March 8, 1975. Sound quality is, well, take a guess! But I got through it all. Setlist as follows:

Side A
1. Wind-Up
2. Passion Play
3. Thick as a Brick
4. Wond'ring Aloud
5. My God
6. Bouree
7. Living in the Past
8. Sea Lion 1
9. Skating Away...

Side B
10. Ladies
11. War Child
12. Reasons for Waiting
13. Cross-Eyed Mary
14. Bungle in the Jungle
15. Aqualung
16. Backdoor Angels

henry s, Monday, 27 April 2020 17:30 (four months ago) link

I can listen to Crest of a Knave but Rock Island and Catfish Rising are beyond my capabilities. Roots to Branches a real return to form imo

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 12:15 (four months ago) link

I don't think any of Tull's albums is really bad. The Stand Up - Stormwatch (arguably Broadsword) run is pretty amazing all-through and some later ones are less memorable overall (and may include more average songs) but there's quality stuff to be found on every record if you ask me.

I've often heard complaints on Ian's later voice, I don't know, I find that he loses his sneer which may have added some well-working venom to classic Tull but instead sings with more beauty on later works, such as his solo stuff like Secret Language of Birds.

I'd say Under Wraps is the weakest album. Martin Barre apparently rates that one very highly, so what do I know.

And yes: there's several 80s songs where they could easily be mistaken for Dire Straits but still I find JT at their weakest waaaay more exciting than DS at their strongest.

Valentijn, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 12:52 (four months ago) link

Has this been posted before?

There's a podcast called 'Talk Tull To Me' that goes through every song in chronological/album order, I listened to a bit of one last night and the two guys (natch) sound like fairly normal human beings chatting about JT, instead of two bored narcissists blabbing on about a load of in-jokes and irrelevant shit.

The episode I heard a bit of, 'Look Into The Sun', sounded decent, I will give it a proper listen although I remain a little sceptical, what can you say for 30+ mins about 'Cheap Day Return' for instance?

Maresn3st, Monday, 4 May 2020 15:02 (four months ago) link

good point, bad example... that song is pivotal

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 4 May 2020 15:37 (four months ago) link

Nothing against CDR, it's one of my favourites and the story behind it is affecting iirc, but idk, half an hour of discourse?

Maresn3st, Monday, 4 May 2020 16:05 (four months ago) link

https://www.loudersound.com/news/ian-anderson-im-suffering-from-an-incurable-lung-disease

Ian Anderson has COPD apparently, which might explain some of the vocal issues of recent years. Hope he manages it for some time to come, it's not the best condition to suffer from.

zoom séance goes tits up (Matt #2), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 22:44 (four months ago) link

poor guy, I hope he stays healthy for as long as possible... I know people who have had COPD for quite a while that still, for example, work full-time. that said, my guess would be less fog machines than 35-40 years of exposure to secondhand smoke.

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 22:58 (four months ago) link

Hey all, thought some of you might like this, I saw it go up recently, quality is pretty good, the taper was one of the more well thought of guys doing the rounds back then, I believe he would hide his recording gear in a wheelchair -

Jethro Tull
The Forum
Inglewood, CA
February 9, 1975
Mike Millard Original Master Tapes via JEMS

01 Minstrel In The Gallery Guitar Solo Intro
02 Wind Up
03 Critique Oblique
04 Thick As A Brick
05 Wond’ring Aloud
06 My God > Flute Solo
07 Sealion
08 Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
09 Ladies
10 Drum Solo
11 War Child
12 War Child Suite
13 Cross-Eyed Mary
14 Bungle In The Jungle
15 The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles
16 Aqualung
17 Guitar Solo
18 Back-Door Angels
19 Locomotive Breath
20 Hard Headed English General
21 Back-Door Angels Reprise

https://we.tl/t-Sc5Dzam4FG

Maresn3st, Thursday, 14 May 2020 11:33 (four months ago) link

Psyched! Was just listening to the prior gift!

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Friday, 15 May 2020 03:01 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th80xJbWAIg

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 7 June 2020 19:02 (three months ago) link

This one just appeared on D1me and is pretty nice quality and worth sharing, I feel - https://we.tl/t-RQrm1fG5PH

Jethro Tull
"A-OK"
Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany
5th February 1981

Disc 1 - 56:41
01. Black Sunday
02. Crossfire
03. Songs From The Wood
04. Hunting Girl
05. The Pine Marten's Jig
06. Dun Ringill
07. Fylingdale Flyer
08. Heavy Horses
09. Band Intros
10. Skating Away
11. Flute Solo
12. Trio

Disc 2 - 52:38
01. Keyboard Solo
02. Batteries Not Included
03. Uniform
04. Drum Solo
05. Protect & Survive
06. Protect & Survive (instrumental)
07. Something's On The Move
08. Bungle In The Jungle
09. Guitar Solo
10. Aqualung
11. Locomotive Breath
12. Balloons Out
13. Black Sunday (reprise)

This is an excellent audience recording taken from the European leg of the "A" tour in 1981.

Band line up:
Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, Dave Pegg, Mark Craney, Eddie Jobson

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:51 (three months ago) link

Oh, this one's quite nice... lots of banter from Ian, excellent sound. I love how Black Sunday live sounds like an episode of 80s Doctor Who. Nice brash version of Skating Away, too. Whole show is pretty fast'n'brassy... guitar solo in Aqualung comes out really well that way! Thanks for posting these!

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 16:20 (three months ago) link

Great show, I have it but I wonder if this version is better quality...

gnarled and turbid sinuses (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 16:31 (three months ago) link

gnarled and turbid sinuses (Jon not Jon)

lol

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 16:32 (three months ago) link

I did thank u for that one!

gnarled and turbid sinuses (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 18:30 (three months ago) link

Ha

gnarled and turbid sinuses (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 04:44 (three months ago) link


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