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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005ASIL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Living In The Past (2001 Digital Remaster)
2. Aqualung (2001 Digital Remaster)
3. Sweet Dream (2001 Digital Remaster)
4. The Whistler (2001 Digital Remaster)
5. Bungle In The Jungle (2001 Digital Remaster)
6. Witches Promise (2001 Digital Remaster)
7. Locomotive Breath (2001 Digital Remaster)
8. Steel Monkey (2001 Digital Remaster)
9. Thick As A Brick (Edit No 1) (2001 Digital Remaster)
10. Bouree (2001 Digital Remaster)
11. Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll (2001 Digital Remaster)
12. Life Is A Long Song (2001 Digital Remaster)
13. Songs From The Wood (2001 Digital Remaster)
14. A New Day Yesterday (2001 Digital Remaster)
15. Heavy Horses (2001 Digital Remaster)
16. Broadsword (2001 Digital Remaster)
17. Roots To Branches (2001 Digital Remaster)
18. A Song For Jeffrey (2001 Digital Remaster)
19. Minstrel In The Gallery (2001 Digital Remaster)
20. Cheerio (2001 Digital Remaster)

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2001 collection from the British Prog/Folk/Rock band led by flute playing frontman Ian Anderson. Includes 'Living In The Past', 'Bungle In The Jungle', 'Locomotive Breath', 'Aqualung' and many more.


Another Best Of compilation? Presumably, serious Jethro Tull devotees will already own--several times over--every single note that the squire Ian Anderson has ever puffed and grunted on that omnifarious flute of his. And with at least five Best Ofs previously available, even the inquisitive novice has been handed a good few "point of entry" opportunities down the years. So why release another? Although the veteran prog-folk rockers have hardly churned out enough studio albums in the last few years (modernity has been a bit of a struggle) to warrant a complete rethink on what constitutes their greatest moments (thus the vintage likes of "Aqualung", "Thick As A Brick", "Witches Promise", "Bouree", etc. are all entirely non-contentious inclusions) this latest career overview, featuring tracks selected by Anderson himself, isn't entirely repetitious. After all, fresh bait is dangled in the "previously unavailable" shape of three judicious, single-length edits of Tull evergreens "Heavy Horses", "Too Old To Rock n Roll" and "Minstrel In The Gallery". --Kevin Maidment

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bud Sturguess on April 30 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ian Anderson's hand-picked version of "The Very Best of Jethro Tull" is an honest beginner's manual, a history lesson, a modest musical snapshot. There is a difference between the terms "greatest hits" and "best of"-the former refers to the successful singles, while the latter refers to songs that represent a band at their high point whether those songs were popular or not. This 20-track, single disc collection excels due to its honesty and Anderson's refusal to become a hypocrite; as he explains in his humorous liner notes, he stopped bashing compilations because he realized that half of his own CD collection consists of best-of and/or hits packages. "The Very Best of Jethro Tull" does its best to describe various points in the band's lexicon to the lucky new listener. There are moments that range from the legendary ('Aqualung,' a shortened 'Thick as a Brick,' 'Locomotive Breath'), then to what Anderson aptly calls "spectacular duds"-from the critically dismissed (the short masterpiece 'Too Old To Rock N' Roll: Too Young To Die'), to some pieces from the later parts of Tull's career ('Roots To Branches,' 'Steel Monkey'--headbangers were horrified that Tull won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance). Some pieces of the Jethro Tull puzzle have been excluded however; albums such as "A" and "Under Wraps" may not have been successful but are still noteworthy points in the band's thirty-plus years; some of these albums may be shown on the front cover collage but are missing from the gallery of album covers in the CD booklet. But perhaps they are being reserved for a worthwhile sequel.Read more ›
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Ever since they began releasing albums in the 1960's, Jethro Tull has been one of the finest progressive rock acts out there. Who would have thought that combining rock and roll with medieval folk music would bring a band such great success? Read on to see what this compilation does right, and what it does wrong.
First and foremost, we will discuss what the compilation does right. You'll find most of Tull's big hits here (Living In The Past, Aqualung, Bungle In The Jungle, Locomotive Breath, Thick As A Brick, Minstrel In The Gallery, and others.) It's hard to cover several decades of music in a single disc compilation, but this one does a pretty good job.
Unfortunately, it's not perfect. Where, may I ask, is Cross Eyed Mary, one of the band's biggest hits? And what about My Sunday Feeling, Teacher, and Son? Why are some of the songs the edited versions? Thick As A Brick was sliced from forty-five minutes to a mere three! Likewise, why are all the songs horribly out of their original release order? Why are there no tracks from Benefit, one of the band's finest releases?
If you're a casual fan of Tull, this MIGHT be enough for you. However, the band's primary strength was in creating entire albums, not just single tracks. Keep that in mind. Because of that alone, you may want to consider buying an album by the band rather than a hits compilation. Benefit, though it doesn't have many hits, would be a good bet.
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Jethro Tull was not a singles band, and this album is pointless. If you're considering buying it, you're probably fairly new to Jethro Tull: start with "Stand Up", and see if you can get the un-"remastered" version without "bonus tracks".
If you're fairly young as well as fairly new to Jethro Tull, you may be deceived by remarks such as this from Jethro Tull's web site, "Widely recognized as the man who introduced the flute to rock music, Ian Anderson remains the crowned exponent of the popular and rock genres of flute playing; so far, no pretender to the throne has stepped forward."
According to its liner notes, written by Ian Anderson himself, Mr. Anderson took up the flute only a few months before recording Jethro Tull's first album "This Was" in the summer of 1968. Ray Thomas, on the other hand, played flute prominently on The Moody Blues's first album "The Magnificent Moodies" released in 1967 (as well as on the subsequent Moody Blues albums). Chris Wood played flute on Traffic's first album (and on subsequent Traffic albums), "Mr. Fantasy", also released in 1967. Flutist Ian McDonald was an original member of King Crimson, which released its first (tremendously successful and influential) record, "In the Court of the Crimson King" in 1968. Thijs Van Leer was the flutist, keyboardist, and leader of Focus, a rock group from Holland that achieved mass U.S. popularity in the early 1970's, the same time Jethro Tull achieved mass U.S. popularity. Later, in the early 1980's, Men at Work, featuring flutist/saxophonist/keyboardist Greg Ham had a long string of hits (think of the flute in "Down Under") and a record-selling first album.
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By jeanne levy on May 22 2003
Format: Audio CD
1) Although many soi-disant "best of" packages are really "greatest hits" packages, obviously a group's hits are not necessarily its best recordings--and this is very much the case with Jethro Tull.
2) On the other hand, in regard to Jethro Tull the point is moot, for Jethro Tull had only three (U.S.) hits, "Living in the Past", "Bungle in the Jungle", and "Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die", hardly enough to fill an album.
(By the bye, in the period in which Jethro Tull sold records in significant quantities--the vinyl disc period, that is--, a hit record was a 45 rpm disc, distinct and separate from the 33 1/3 rpm LP its song may also have appeared on. In other words, to have a hit then, you REALLY had to have a hit, you really had to sell a great many actual copies of an actual record.)
4) Now it just so happens that, though the group has been continuously active from 1968 to 2003, the best of Jethro Tull was Jethro Tull from 1969 to 1973, as captured on the albums "Stand Up", "Benefit", Aqualung", Thick as a Brick", and "A Passion Play". All of these albums are of even and consistent quality with no particular stand-out tracks.
In view of points 1), 2), 3), and 4) above, it seems to me this record ought to have concentrated on the exceptional occasional good tracks from "the period of retreat", from post-"Passion Play" releases (with "My Sunday Feeling" from "This Was" thrown in for good measure). It could have included, for example, "Skating Away" from the otherwise dismal "War Child", "Moths" from "Heavy Horses", and, oh, say, "Pibroch" from "Songs from the Wood".
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