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Jethro Tull


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3.19 | 72 ratings

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3 stars When I constructed my CD catalogue, this was the first effort of the Tull that I purchased. I knew them since "Aqualung" in 1971 but the band came out of my sight after 1976.

Some early work on this compilation has been already released on their previous compil "Living In The Past" like "Sweet Dreams", "Witch's Promise". There is a reduced version for "Thick Is A Brick" (three minutes ! Is this a joke) ? They did it already on previous compilations (together with the same treatment for "A Passion Play"). Quite useless.

"Skating" and "Buggle" from War Child are good choices from this album.

One of the Tull best song of course lies here as well : "Aqualung". Is there any way to avoid this track on a Tull compilation ? I guess not since it is one of their best ever (IMO); so I'm glad we have it here. I liked the whole of the album "Minstrel" : the title track being one of the best from this album, I can only be pleased. "Locomotive" is also another highlight of their carreer and it would be impossible to ignore it in a compilation album.

A few weaknesses in the track list (" Life Is a Long Song doesn't fit in a Best Of effort, really).

There are reasons to blame the Tull for this one. As far as I know, a CD can get up to eighty minutes of music. So, why being so stingy ? Is it the Scottish side of Ian ? There were lots of room available for "With You There to Help Me", "Cross-Eyed Mary", Cold Wind to Valhalla" and "Bouree".

I guess that if you want to make a present to someone not really aware of the Tull it might be a good choice. Three stars and not a bad way to discover the band if you are new to them. But who on this site is new to the Tull ?

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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