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JETHRO TULL

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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"I didn`t have to play it all the time, I just had to wave it around and look good" - Ian Anderson 2003.

Eccentric on stage yet rather thoughtful, reserved and even sombre at times when not in the limelight, the Jethro Tull image was the brainchild of flute wielding frontman Ian Anderson. Clad in scruffy vagabond apparel, and looking more like an anachronism out of a Charles Dickens tale, Anderson conveyed an old English aura during the band`s formative years in the late 60`s and early 70`s which would persist throughout the band's 40 year career both visually and musically.

Born on August 10, 1947 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, Anderson was augmented by a revolving door of colourful musicians over the years which added to the flamboyance of the Jethro Tull phenomenon. Conceived as a psychedelic blues band in late 1967 the music of Jethro Tull has always been dauntingly intricate embracing many styles including blues, jazz, folk, medieval, classical, hard rock along with forays into electronic music, sometimes referred to as "space age prog". The lyrics were equally as sophisticated and sometimes reached new heights of grandiloquence commenting on depressing world events such as drug abuse, the oil crisis, modernisation, third world troubles and a deteriorating economy.. Other topics included fads, spy novels, environmental and social issues as well as metaphysical musings. With lyrics and music which ran deep Jethro Tull have often been over-analysed by both fans and critics alike and many of their albums have been erroneously interpreted as autobiographical due to the fact that many of their record covers featured artwork which seemed to depict Ian Anderson's likeness, something which he has vehemently denied in numerous interviews.

Jethro Tull can trace their origins back to 1963 when as a young art student in Blackpool, England Anderson formed a band called THE BLADES (after a club in a James Bond novel). By 1965 as a 7-piece they had changed their name to THE JOHN EVAN BAND and subsequently to THE JOHN EVAN SMASH (his mother supplied their tour van) Evan, whose real name was Evans, would eventually become the band's keyboard player for most of the seventies. The band relocated to London in`67, the centre of the British blues movement of the sixties in search of more lucrative gigs. However the band was gradually dissolved after which Anderson and bass player Glen Cornick joined up...
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JETHRO TULL discography


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JETHRO TULL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.31 | 750 ratings
This Was
1968
4.05 | 1109 ratings
Stand Up
1969
3.90 | 939 ratings
Benefit
1970
4.34 | 2332 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.63 | 2985 ratings
Thick As A Brick
1972
4.02 | 1311 ratings
A Passion Play
1973
3.30 | 733 ratings
War Child
1974
4.03 | 1075 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery
1975
3.09 | 684 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
1976
4.18 | 1267 ratings
Songs From The Wood
1977
4.03 | 1036 ratings
Heavy Horses
1978
3.48 | 656 ratings
Stormwatch
1979
3.20 | 546 ratings
A
1980
3.27 | 586 ratings
The Broadsword And The Beast
1982
2.24 | 465 ratings
Under Wraps
1984
3.02 | 138 ratings
A Classic Case
1985
3.23 | 524 ratings
Crest Of A Knave
1987
2.70 | 413 ratings
Rock Island
1989
2.61 | 384 ratings
Catfish Rising
1991
3.64 | 463 ratings
Roots To Branches
1995
3.04 | 387 ratings
J-Tull Dot Com
1999
3.51 | 364 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
2003

JETHRO TULL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.17 | 374 ratings
Live - Bursting Out
1978
2.90 | 50 ratings
Live At Hammersmith '84
1990
3.65 | 168 ratings
A Little Light Music
1992
3.05 | 44 ratings
In Concert
1995
3.63 | 112 ratings
Living With The Past
2002
4.10 | 147 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2004
3.46 | 93 ratings
Aqualung Live
2005
3.75 | 82 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
4.31 | 16 ratings
Live At Carnegie Hall 1970
2015

JETHRO TULL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.85 | 51 ratings
Slipstream (DVD)
1981
3.77 | 38 ratings
20 Years of Jethro Tull (VHS)
1988
3.43 | 77 ratings
Living With the Past
2002
3.04 | 49 ratings
A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
2003
3.84 | 87 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2005
2.93 | 64 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
4.00 | 21 ratings
Slipstream (9 song version)
2007
4.37 | 27 ratings
Classic Artists Series: Jethro Tull
2008
3.30 | 29 ratings
Jack In The Green - Live In Germany
2008
3.71 | 22 ratings
Songs From Bethlehem
2008
4.45 | 97 ratings
Live At Madison Square Garden 1978 (DVD + CD)
2009
3.83 | 33 ratings
Live at AVO Session Basel 2008
2009
4.53 | 30 ratings
Around the World Live (4DVD)
2013

JETHRO TULL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.13 | 295 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.09 | 73 ratings
M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull
1976
3.21 | 49 ratings
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II
1977
3.20 | 69 ratings
Original Masters
1985
3.61 | 77 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull Box
1988
4.53 | 77 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (The Definitive Collection)
1988
3.73 | 48 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release)
1989
3.63 | 148 ratings
Nightcap
1993
3.81 | 48 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection
1993
4.41 | 75 ratings
25th Anniversary Box Set
1993
2.63 | 24 ratings
A Jethro Tull Collection
1997
1.52 | 29 ratings
Through The Years
1997
3.00 | 67 ratings
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
2001
2.52 | 14 ratings
Essential Jethro Tull
2007
3.39 | 51 ratings
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
2007
3.79 | 44 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album / Live - Christmas At St Bride's 2008
2009
4.68 | 47 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2011
4.86 | 68 ratings
Thick As A Brick - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
2012
4.90 | 58 ratings
A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
2014
4.58 | 36 ratings
War Child - The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
2014
4.83 | 39 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery - 40th Anniversary: La Grande Edition
2015
4.60 | 10 ratings
Too Old To Rock'n'Roll: Too Young To Die - The TV Special Edition
2015
4.97 | 21 ratings
Songs From The Wood - 40th Anniversary Edition - The Country Set
2017

JETHRO TULL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.79 | 14 ratings
Love Story
1968
4.14 | 21 ratings
A Song For Jeffrey
1968
3.12 | 15 ratings
Sunshine Day
1968
4.11 | 26 ratings
Sweet Dream / 17
1969
4.16 | 19 ratings
The Witch's Promise
1969
4.63 | 28 ratings
Living In The Past
1969
3.88 | 16 ratings
Inside
1970
4.65 | 34 ratings
Life Is A Long Song
1971
4.13 | 16 ratings
Hymn 43
1971
4.41 | 22 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.00 | 2 ratings
Locomotive Breath
1971
4.18 | 28 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.57 | 23 ratings
Bungle In The Jungle
1974
3.22 | 22 ratings
Ring Out Solstice Bells
1976
4.00 | 3 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll; Too Young To Die
1976
4.24 | 25 ratings
The Whistler
1977
3.60 | 5 ratings
A Stitch In Time
1978
4.07 | 26 ratings
Moths
1978
3.67 | 6 ratings
Warm Sporran
1979
2.70 | 18 ratings
North Sea Oil
1979
4.47 | 17 ratings
Home E.P.
1979
3.20 | 21 ratings
Working John, Working Joe
1980
3.23 | 20 ratings
Fallen On Hard Times
1982
3.37 | 19 ratings
Broadsword
1982
3.05 | 19 ratings
Lap Of Luxury
1984
4.50 | 2 ratings
Bourrée
1985
3.92 | 13 ratings
Coronach
1986
3.77 | 13 ratings
Said She Was A Dancer 12''
1987
3.60 | 15 ratings
Steel Monkey 12''
1987
5.00 | 2 ratings
Part Of The Machine
1988
3.74 | 18 ratings
Another Christmas Song
1989
3.58 | 17 ratings
This Is Not Love
1991
3.84 | 16 ratings
Rocks On The Road
1991
3.00 | 14 ratings
Living in the (Slightly More Recent) Past / Living in the Past
1993
2.67 | 18 ratings
Rare And Precious Chain
1995
3.25 | 16 ratings
Bends Like A Willow
1999
3.22 | 9 ratings
The Christmas EP
2004
5.00 | 2 ratings
Living in the Past
2013

JETHRO TULL Reviews


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 Minstrel In The Gallery by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.03 | 1075 ratings

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Minstrel In The Gallery
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

5 stars "Oh Officer-Let me send her to a cheap hotel. I'll pay the bill and make well."

After setting up a down and out scene of a female drunkard, Ian Anderson's lyrical concern, in the third suite to to the prog epic "Baker Street Muse", still brings a lump to my throat. Why it does after all these years is a mystery, but I find that it sends this well written and expertly played album into a higher Jethro Tull realm. Minstrel In the Gallery is the only Anderson creation with the power to do that. As a matter of fact, it's Anderson's brief but autobiographical clues and allusions that brings so much to Minstrel In The Gallery that can't be found in any Tull album before or after.

It's not that Anderson is spilling his guts here but allusions to infidelity, deceit, and duplicity in songs such as "One White Duck" seemed to have brought Ian's other feelings out on to his sleeve. Anderson is never overtly confessional. It's just his unique mixing of cynical lyrics and sardonic wit with human emotions that frees Minstrel In The Gallery from a clinical grave.

And six feet under it could have been. But I digress. Mixed with an instrumental concert romp from the brain of guitarist Martin Barre, the title track is both a pleasure and an aural showboat. Anderson's deft lyrics dance around or weave and deflect the pulsing bass of Jeffrey Hammond, who somehow manages to anchor the busy playing of uber drummer Barrie Barlow, without ever sounding overly busy himself all the while goose stepping around like a six foot metronome.

Long gone is the loudly played, recorded and mixed "Aqualung guitar" of Barre. A quieter, dryer but excellently toned unrelenting guitar assault by Barre removes himself from the rock wars and places him squarely in the heart of prog rock. There is more great Barre playing to come, especially on the "Cold Wind To Valhalla", "Black Satin Dancer" and the above mentioned "Baker Street Muse." Good old John Evan's piano and B3 organ seems a bit forced on most songs, especially on the album's title track, and a bit redundant on other songs that feature a string quintet arranged by David Palmer. Indeed, it's Palmer's strings and Anderson's over dubbed acoustic playing on song intros and featured on "Requiem" and "One White Duck/0^10=Nothing At All" that has made many people forget themselves and regard Minstrel In the Gallery" as some kind of bizarre unplugged acoustic based concoction. I wonder what Barre, Hammond and Barlow would have felt about that? Its easy to guess that they would not been amused.

The penultimate album cut on the original vinyl LP was the fantastic 16+ minute four part epic suite "Baker Street Muse." I don't know what I can say about this fantastic piece of prog rock music that hasn't been said many times before, except that when the song starts with Anderson flubbing the first take of his acoustic intro and calling for "take two", I actually believe that "take two" was the actual mix master for this complex song. So great was the playing of all mentioned, so great was the lyrics of Anderson, so great was the string arrangements by Palmer, so great were Anderson's vocals, on this and every other song on Minstrel In The Gallery, that the record could have come off as some clinically cold creature that could have easily resembled the reanimation of Frankenstein's monster. But it didn't. Anderson, for the once and only time in his career, breathed some real life and emotion into this work and turned Minstrel In The Gallery into a 5 star masterpiece. Bravo. I'm only sad that there was never an encore.

 A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection by JETHRO TULL album cover DVD/Video, 2003
3.04 | 49 ratings

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A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars As a Tull fan starved of anything Tull on DVD, this was a must get DVD. There's bugger all about Tull in Australia so a DVD like this is a veritable gold mine of treasures and gems from the Tull years. There are interviews with most of the Tullites though John Glascock is mystically absent, as is Dee, but the majority of members are here to give their pennies worth. There are extracts galore from the old live shows and promo clips that one might find hard to get hold of; or impossible to find stuff, but unfortunately they are mostly incomplete excerpts which is a real disappointment when you are as into Tull as I am.

Thankfully, there are some complete clips, namely Teacher, The Witch's Promise, The Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles, Aqualung, Kissing Willie, Rocks on the Road and Living in the Past. They are all great except for The Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles which I can hear on the album okay but it is a drag watching them prance about in pantomime gear with kangaroos and rabbits, sillier than Monty Python, and that is saying something. A Passion Play enhanced CD features the same clip so its not exactly rare anymore.

The excerpts include unearthed treasures such as Nothing Is Easy (Isle of Wight 1970), Minstrel in the Gallery (Paris 1975), Thick As A Brick (Madison Square Gardens, NY 1978) and Songs from the Wood (LA 1980). Overall the set is a very good insight into the band and how they perform but could have been so much better with full versions of all the clips as they are very difficult to find.

 Live At Montreux 2003 by JETHRO TULL album cover DVD/Video, 2007
2.93 | 64 ratings

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Live At Montreux 2003
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars This Live in Montreux concert is a good way to fill in an afternoon but it is certainly not a prime example of Tull by any measure. The setlist is not the problem as there is enough here to satiate the appetite; Bouree proves Anderson still has flute chops and knows how to warble with the best of them. Living In The Past is always a crowd pleaser and one of the best Tull tunes proving Anderson can still stand on one leg. Nothing Is Easy is one of the rockers that gets the feet tapping. My God is one of the "Aqualung" tracks that stands the test of time. Aqualung is always a definitive classic with that Martin Barre riff that haunted me since the 70s. Locomotive Breath closes the show with a killer track that never disappoints.

The problem is that Andersons voice is as dry as sandpaper and the band at times looks disinterested. A more enthusiastic approach would have sufficed, but it reminded me of when I saw Bob Dylan live at the Casino in Australia, and the thing that stood out was that he didn't seem to notice the crowd, almost totally oblivious that we were even there and stuck to playing tunes from his latest album rather than any of the classics. At least Tull here do play classic Tull tunes but it is not enough for the average fan and seems to be more for the die hard fans. This is why on his more recent live albums or concerts he sticks to a very solid classic album setlist as the songs cover up the fact he is an ageing musician. I know when I saw him playing in Saint Kilda some years ago, he had other singers to help him sing the songs that are too high for his range now, and that is a good move. You can still enjoy the show, because the songs are the real stars. And he came across as very energetic and full of enthusiasm on that show too. The Montreux concert seems like an after thought and it is disappointing to see the band like this.

Grab this if you are a completist as the sound is very good but make sure you pay a low price as I did, because you may only view it once or twice.

 Songs From The Wood - 40th Anniversary Edition - The Country Set by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2017
4.97 | 21 ratings

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Songs From The Wood - 40th Anniversary Edition - The Country Set
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by fraanco3

5 stars First off, this is no ordinary reissue. Besides having the original album receive an incredible Steven Wilson re-mix, CD1 also includes 8 "associated recordings." Some of those recordings are unedited alternate versions of the originals. Newly revived, they become quintessential Jethro Tull.

The most jaw-dropping of those associated recordings on CD1 is Track 10, "Old Aces Die Hard." It will blow away any longtime Tull fan. Previously unreleased and recorded in '76/77, it is an amalgam of what would become "Dark Ages" and "Living In These Hard Times" intersecting with "A Passion Play" and the "Chateau D'isaster Tapes." At nearly 9 minutes, it feels like a whole new Tull mini-album that after repeated listens, only gets better. A true prog rock gem, "OADH" is a soft, loud, rocky, acoustic, weirdly complex and abstract thrill ride of 70s Jethro Tull. Seriously GREAT vintage Tull.

That track is followed by another previously unreleased original version of "Working John, Working Joe" with energy and instrumentation that totally eclipses the rather subdued version that eventually appeared on the "A" album.

And if the CD re-mix of SFTW and associates isn't enough, there is also a Wilson DVD surround sound re-mix of those tracks that is sublime. Oh yes, they also throw in the best songs from SFTW in their original Quad format and 4.0 surround. Why not?

But wait, there is more. 2 CDs worth of the full 1977 SFTW tour concert -- 112 minutes of the best live recording of JT that I have heard...a front row seat with Tull in their performance prime.

There is also a DVD of that same concert...great audio and video quality that is better than expected given the age of the original. Thank you Jakko Jakszyk for that production miracle!

A very cool, hard-cover 96 page booklet accompanies the 5 pieces of media, containing stories, lyrics, interviews, anecdotes, etc. Very professionally produced.

Five stars for this well engineered slice of prog rock history!

 Songs From The Wood by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.18 | 1267 ratings

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Songs From The Wood
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Lupton

5 stars After producing the classic Thick as a Brick album, Jethro Tull seems to struggle to come up with a strong follow- up.By the time of the alarmingly lacklastre Too Old To Rock And Roll Album released in 1976 their career seems to be on a downward spiral. Their next album 1977's Songs From The Wood was a stunning return to form and is my personal favourite by this band.

The opening title track is for me the definitive Jethro Tull track. With its richly harmonized a Capella opening, the song quickly develops into a stunning tour de force with its constantly shifting rhythms and ornate instrumentation. The musical backing continues to build and build as the song progresses in a most exhilarating manner. Jethro Tull have used this combination of additive rhythms and textural layering before but never as effectively as here and all in under five minutes.

The rest of the album does not disappoint.The next track" Jack in The Green" is a delightful acoustic song- essentially just Ian Anderson playing all the instruments. Cup of wonder is a wonderfully upbeat flute led track with a bouncy and complex rhythm. Hunting Girl gallops along nicely is probably the closest thing to straight ahead rock with some blistering guitar playing by Martin Barre.Ring Out Solstice Bells is quite a poppy number and was originally released on an EP the previous year.And that is just Side1.

Side 2 opens with Velvet Green which is a wonderful slice of Renaissance influenced progressive rock and incorporates a particularly complex instrumental section incorporating flute, portative organ and medieval drums.The opening harpsichord led passage is perhaps a little cod but really adds to the Early Music ambiance.Next to the Title track it is probably the most sophisticated track on the album.The following track, "The Whistler" is another whimsical and quirky upbeat song with a particularly complex and exhilarating whistle break coming after each chorus.Only "Pibroch" the penultimate track brings the mood down with a rather somber tale of a man being cheated on by his wife and at over eight minutes long is a tad long. Nevertheless, it is still highly inventive with Barre's guitar replicating the sounds of bagpipes long before the 80's band,Big Country tried to do the same thing.The final track is a fairly slight but upbeat song with yet another flute led instrumental section.

All in all this is a true masterpiece and arguably the most repeat listenable album they ever created. A solid 5 stars

 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.63 | 2985 ratings

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Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Lupton

5 stars Jethro Tull's follow up to Aqualung was their first truly progressive rock album and a concept one at that. Aqualung had its progressive elements and even a loose concept per side but this time Ian Anderson and Co went the whole hog and produced what in effect was a single continuous piece of music.

Technically this album is a major achievement for the band and is far superior to their previous efforts.The album starts off quite gently with the famous acoustic introduction (the single "edit" that graces virtually every Jethro Tull compilation) before suddenly exploding into action at the three minute mark with Martin Barre's huge stabbing chords interspersed with Ian Anderson's forceful acoustic guitar strumming. It reminds me slightly of the way the band comes crashing in near the beginning of My God off the Aqualung album.

What follows is close to twenty minutes of some of the most dynamic playing ever committed to vinyl . The ever changing rhythm and tempo changes along with the interplay between Martin Barre's spirited electric guitar and Ian Anderson's flute riffing is quite exhilarating. The whole enterprise is held together by John Evan's Hammond organ.One of my favorite sections is his jaunty solo that introduces a new musical theme where Ian Anderson sings "I've come down from the upper class...".Interestingly, that theme (edit#4) is included on the Repeat Best of Volume 2 compilation. Even out of context as with the familiar introductory edit works surprisingly well as a stand alone piece of music.

Side 2 basically carries on where Side 1 left off. Original themes are reprised and a couple of new ones are introduced at the four minute mark. Overall the second side is similarly dynamic but less melodic and somewhat downbeat in comparison to the first side. There are also a few jarring moments where the band seem to enter into King Crimson free jazz territory at the three minute mark which really does not suit their style. While ultimately less memorable the second side at least ends on familiar turf with the reprise of the original theme which helps bring the whole affair to a logical conclusion.

What really stands out for me as much as the composition is the overall production . The band were really tight and the sound really gelled when they recorded this album especially with new recruit Barriemore Barlow on drums and percussion and the use of Hammond organ instead of the somewhat antiquated piano helps give the music a slicker dynamic. Thick As A Brick is one of Progressive Rock's crowning glories.

 A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.90 | 58 ratings

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A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Tapfret
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

5 stars Issue #100

A Passion Play on the P-Word
An Extended Performance?

Now Pretentiousser!

Ah, here we are. The prized prey of 1973's pompous and paradoxically pedantic pundits of pop critique, A Passion Play. The preeminent work in the prog paradigm of conceptual long-plays, it was poked, prodded and universally panned as prohibitively ponderous. These professional persecutors of pastoral pursuits, with egos as pumped up as Pink Floyd's inflated prop pigs, snuffled their protuberant probosces in paraphrase:
'Who is this pipe-playing pranceabout with a proclivity toward perplexity? A pox on he! HE IS PRETENTIOUS! PRETENTIOUS, I SAY! ....oh praise be my vocabulary, I should procure an augmented percentage payment for my perspicacity. *tsk tsk*'

Poppycock!

Even if belated, the positive prospects of the play's fans would not be put out. Here, and now, a palliative presentation on four pristine plastic platters of digitized programmes. Packaged with the fabled Chateau d'Herouville sessions, the precursor to A Passion Play, the re-mastered source is propagated with improvements. Shall we dispense with the preamble and proceed?

Who could possibly protest the pronouncement that A Passion Play, this prosaic conceptual picture of a poor young souls demise presented in thespian parlance, stands as a pinnacle of progressive rock? As prefaced, many would. But let us not ponder further the failed placation of the pop plutocracy. Let us instead plow forward to how perfection could be further polished. Enter the patriarch of Porcupine: prog's prodigal prince of post- production, one Steven Wilson. Mixing to the standard pentangle of sonic projection ...point one. The encompassing sounds paint the play in hues of polychromasia that create additional pyretic layers of character to the seemingly polydactyl pressing of keys and strings. This plussing is no more evident than in the bounding bookend parts to the play's intermission, Forest Dance #1 and #2. Additionally, it has come to light that we were pinched of 50 some-odd seconds of verse on Foot of Our Stairs, until now.

The package also contains a peak into the band's pragmatic fiscal pilgrimage as potential ex-patriots to the palace proximal to Paris, Chateau d'Herouville. Was this possibly a peaceful place to practice and record? Alas, our players would be plagued with problems. First their place of sleep was infested with parasitic pests. But most problematic was the pabulum induced peristaltic pathology that progressed to peritoneal rumbling to the party's participants. Nonetheless the band plugged away at their project, their perseverance punished by having it hidden away from posterity. The product has familiarity, no doubt. Many passages ported to the eventual final A Passion Play release, while Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day would later be a pop-chart resident. Like the title discs, The Chateau d'Herouville Sessions are presented on both re-mastered CD and DVD featuring DTS 5.1 mix.

The parade continues with a booklet with pages of paragraphs on the history and pre-history of this profoundly wondrous work. The story of the previously summarized Chateau sessions is contained within along with discussion of the remix process by Steven Wilson, interviews past and present, and tour photos.

And if that was not enough, a live ballet performance of the greatest moment in progressive rock history, The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles!

The purveyors of enhanced media have properly palpated the pulse of this progger. This was no passive undertaking. 5 stars before. Now, 5 stars more.

Perfection.

 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.34 | 2332 ratings

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Aqualung
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review Nº 111

'Aqualung' is the fourth studio album of Jethro Tull and was released in 1971. The album is divided into two distinct parts. The first part 'Aqualung' contains a series of themes with six characters, including individuals of questionable reputation and two autobiographical passages. The second part 'My God' contains a message that is generally described as 'pro-God but anti-church', and says that organized religion can actually restrict a person's relationship with his God, instead of improving it. The album had a kind of a split concept where the first side featured songs about poor people and social differences, while the second side was about the problems and evil of organized religion.

The band's lead singer and songwriter Ian Anderson was surprised by the critical reaction to 'Aqualung'. The critics said that 'Aqualung' was a conceptual album, a label he firmly rejected. He said that the album was just a collection of songs and nothing more than that. With their following studio album 'Thick As A Brick', the band set out to create a work that deliberately integrated around one concept, 'the mother of all conceptual albums', such as Anderson said once in an interview, in response to those who deliberately maintained that 'Aqualung' was a conceptual album.

'Aqualung' was recorded at the same time and in the same studio, in Island Studios in December 1970, with the fourth studio album of Led Zeppelin. While recording a section of the album's title song 'Aqualung', lead guitarist Martin Barre was moved to impress his counterpart, Jimmy Page and laid down a solo that was totally unorthodox for his style. The result is now an indelible part of Jethro Tull's legacy, as 'Aqualung' the song and 'Aqualung' the album, are among their most famous musical works, undoubtedly. This little example of Barre's guitar work is one of the things that, for better or for worse, make of 'Aqualung' one of the most unusual (top-notch) albums in all rock history.

'Aqualung' has eleven tracks. All tracks were written and composed by Ian Anderson, except the first track 'Aqualung' that was written and composed by Ian Anderson and Jennie Anderson, his first wife. The first track 'Aqualung', who gave its name to the album is without any doubt the best song on the album and is also, in my opinion, one of the best Jethro Tull's songs. It's a very well known song, heavy and dark, with acoustic elements. This is a perfect song to open this album. The second track 'Cross-Eyed Mary' is also one of the great songs on the album and makes a perfect sequence with the first song. This is a classic Jethro Tull's piece of music with a strong classic rock vein. The third track 'Cheap Day Return' is one of the shortest songs on the album. It's a very beautiful acoustic guitar song, one of the best I've heard. The fourth track 'Mother Goose' is another great song by the band. It's also another classic Jethro Tull's song and one of the best known. It's a nice acoustic folkie melodic oriented song. The fifth track 'Wond'ring Aloud' is the second short song of the album. Like the first, it's also a nice ballad, but this time with acoustic guitar and piano, and is very well orchestrated. The sixth track 'Up To Me' is a song with some interesting moments, but no more than that. Sincerely, besides being the last song of the 'Aqualung' part is also, in my opinion, the weakest song on that part. The seventh track 'My God' is also a great song with cynical and critical lyrics and with beautiful flute parts. Musically, is a song with some complexity and we can notice some more progressive elements than in the most of the albums. The eighth track 'Hymn 43' is a typical and good rock song with powerful riffs and with good combination of piano and flute. The ninth track 'Slipstream' is the third track on 'My God' and the last small song on the album. It's a nice acoustic ballad with a good orchestration. The tenth track 'Locomotive Breath' is another Jethro Tull's legendary track with great piano, guitar and flute works. It's my favourite song on the second part of the record and it's also with 'Aqualung', 'Cross-Eyed Mary' and 'My God', one of the best tracks on the album. The eleventh and last track 'Wind Up' is a great rocking and exciting song of the album. This is a very good way to finish this incredible cult album.

Conclusion: I have 'Aqualung' in my vinyl collection since the 70's. There are so many classic songs on this album like 'Aqualung', 'Locomotive Breath' and 'My God'. But songs like 'Cross-Eyed Mary', 'Mother Goose' and 'Hymn 43' are immediately recognized as well. It's really hard to believe that all this music comes from the singular mind of only a man, Anderson. This was Jethro Tull's first mega-hit album and the one that really broke them all over the world. Deservedly, it's now considered as one of the best prog albums of 1971. This is a very innovating album, filled with hard rock, folk and progressive rock influences all around. The contrast of songs is amazing and each track is very different. If you don't know this album yet, it will stick in your head for weeks. This is undoubtedly one of my favourite albums of all time. If you consider yourself a true classic rock fan, you must own this album. Or if you have any self-respect for your musical taste at all, buy this album. This is really a masterpiece, a must hear album for all progressive rock fans.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 War Child by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.30 | 733 ratings

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War Child
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

4 stars One of Tull's Best Albums!

This album doesn't get the respect it deserves. While I like Thick as a Brick and Passion Play better, this album sits in a third tier in Tull's catalogue, in the same league as Horses/Wood/Stand Up. This album is very musical, and even though the pieces are shorter and Tull is once again writing catchy radio-friendly songs, they are great memorable songs! "Skating Away..." is one of their best examples of the latter, and I really love it to this day. The title track, and "Queen and Country", and even "Bungle..." are very good tunes. And there are some great progressive difficult tracks on this album too, like "Sealion". I have the extended CD with the bonus tracks, a number of which add to the mix (including a wonderful "Sealion 2"). So, while there are no tunes that would qualify as progressive rock classics on this album, yet all the songs are good and the album flows very well - I enjoy listening to it all the way through even after all these years. I give this album 8.3 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

 A Passion Play by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.02 | 1311 ratings

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A Passion Play
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Inventive and Original. But takes Effort.

Carrying on with the same 'formula' as Thick as a Brick (ironic and intellectual humourous lyrics, over a longer single-piece prog-rock epic), 'A Passion Play' takes a few more liberties with the music, and adds in a few detours (like the story of the hare who lost his spectacles). This album was panned by many critics as going too far, and even today there are many detractors who point to it (and Thick as a Brick) as an example of the excesses of progressive rock. This is, of course, ironic given that both albums are partly meant as parodies of the excesses of progressive rock. But there a bit more truth to these claims in the case of A Passion Play, not only because the lyrics DO come across as more pretentious, but also because the music does not come as naturally but instead assumes the listener is willing to sit through sections that clearly were not written primarily to be musical but instead to fit the overall story. The result is that it takes a lot more effort to listen to this the whole way through, and it gets more tiring on multiple listens. It is, quite simply, not as musical as Thick as a Brick. Saying this, it is in the same vein, and is like Brick both intellectual and humourous, highly original and inventive. And many of the themes ARE musical. So, while not on the same plain as Brick, I have a lot or respect for this album. I place it in second spot. I give it 8.4 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

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