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3.12 | 60 ratings | 2 reviews | 13% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Some Day The Sun Won't Shine For You
2. Life Is A Long Song
3. Bourée
4. With You There To Help Me
5. Pavane
6. Empty Cafe
7. Hunting Girl
8. Eurology
9. Dot Com
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
11. Fat Man
12. Living In The Past
13. Nothing Is Easy
14. Beside Myself
15. My God
16. Budapest
17. New Jig
18. Aqualung
19. Locomotive Breath

Total Time 117 min


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Line-up / Musicians

- Ian Anderson / flute, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals
- Martin Barre / guitar
- Andrew Giddings / keyboards
- Jonathan Noyce / bass
- Doane Perry / drums

Guest musicians:
- Masha / vocals (9)

Releases information

DVD Eagle Rock Entertainment ltd., EREDVD648 (2007)
DVD Sound options: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround Sound.

Blu-ray Eagle Rock Entertainment EVBRD 33318-9 (2008)
Blu-ray Sound options: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DD 5.1, LPCM 2.0

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JETHRO TULL Live At Montreux 2003 ratings distribution

(60 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

JETHRO TULL Live At Montreux 2003 reviews

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Review by progkidjoel
3 stars Jethro Tull - Live At Montreux 2003 DVD

Review by ProgKidJoel

My first encounter with Jethro Tull came in the form of this DVD - A relatively unenthusiastic performance of some of their greatest hits at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2003. It features some great songs and musicianship, the highlights being Bouree, Life's A Long Song and the JT classic, Aqualung.

The performance, as I said, is relatively unenthusiastic in comparison to many other JT DVD's. This seems to be more of a symptom of aging than laziness, although is still disappointing. Ian Anderson's voice is evidently fading, and Martin Barre seems out of place seems out of place as he plods along on guitar and occasionally plays the flute with Ian.

Sonically and visually, this DVD holds up the "Live At Montreux" series quality - Great recording, sonic sound quality, camera angles and video quality. The sound is as crisp and as clear as the video at all times, and its a shame the performance isn't of similar quality to the recording. The recording is really the saving feature in this disc - If the quality was missing, I honestly doubt this DVD would have anything going for it.

Decent, but not great or essential. Great version of Aqualung though!



Review by Finnforest
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2 stars "Nothing is easy"

Certainly not trying to front a legendary rock band after so many years, with the dogs of age at one's heel. I'm torn as to how necessary such shows are these days when there are so many fine young bands with more relevant material to check out. My cynical side always brings the famous Grace Slick interview to mind where she says that no rocker of her generation over 40 should be allowed on stage. (Though 50 is the new 40 I they say) Granted there are some worthwhile artists well beyond that age who are still releasing relevant albums which sound like more than just product. There are many more old rockers who are in the phase of "managing their careers" by making obligatory live performances of nostalgia filled set lists, releasing lousy new material (if any), and watching over their legacy by supervising remasters and compiling collections. I won't go so far as to charge Tull with all of that, but I will say there are certainly moments in this performance where I wonder why another live Tull DVD was necessary.

Looking at the upside there are many moments of Anderson's exquisite flute playing to be enjoyed, and Barre and the band are well beyond competent. Bouree, Budapest, and Nothing is Easy were wonderful highlights that I enjoyed very much. The Christmas song God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen was lovely. Anderson was doing his best to stay engaged despite a wilting voice that he struggled to maintain, the others were very good as mentioned but sometimes seemed on autopilot. The performance was professional but the versions presented here just do not grab you by the jugular, this is not the definitive Tull. Sitting through the closing of Aqualung and Locomotive is something I could not do again, bringing the Slick quote back to my mind after I was able to push it out for several tracks. The production is low key with quality views and sounds, with nothing fancy in terms of a light show or frills. A modest recommendation but only for Tull fans really. Beyond the fan base I see no reason why you need to shell out hard-earned cash for this one.

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