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The Very Best of Jethro Tull [Best of]

Jethro Tull Audio CD
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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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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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JETHRO TULL The Very Best Of (2001 UK 20-track CD compilation featuring the best moments of Jethro Tulls illustrious career spanning over 30 years including Aqualung Living In The Past Steel Monkey and Bouree!)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not the "Greatest Hits" Album That Some Say It Is 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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5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is what it is... April 22 2004
By Joe
Format:Audio CD
...but why does the "Editorial Reviewer" (Steven Stolder) feel compelled to state that the group included 23 men and "not a single woman, interestingly"...gee, Stephen, how rare...an old British band with multiple personnel changes that never included a woman...ooh, how "interesting"...what an inane comment...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great flashback CD. Nov. 21 2009
Format:Audio CD
definataly the best of Jethro Tull brings back great memories of those of us who grew up in the 70 and 80's
A must for those of us who don't want to replace all our vinyl
they don't make music like this anymore.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing songs April 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is missing a few songs. The very best of? Not quite. Where is "Teacher Lyrics" and "Hymn 43"? NOw I have to get those songs elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but what happened to thick as a brick Jan. 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
this is a good compilation, and for the average person it is worth the money, but for those of you, like myself, treat "Thick as a Brick" as a devout christian would treat a bible this CD will be a little dissapointing. The song fades out and not all of it is heard. But if your religion isn't Jethro Tulls Church of Wisdom and you just enjoy listening to Jethro Tull, this is a CD worth at least a second look. ...And then she ate the pie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all true Tull fans! Nov. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
This CD is an excellent buffet of Jethro Tull music. A little bit of everything. Tasty!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation!!! Sept. 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
The very best of Jethro Tull is a very nice compilation featuring some of the bands biggest hits, such as Aqualung, Bungle in the jungle, locomotive breath, and minstrel in the gallery to name a few. The performace of the cd is exceptional and each song is an individual testament to the greatness of the band. Having missed them at musik fest I felt obligated to at least get a cd and I found this one to be the best. While the band did not play to much good stuff at Musik fest their old stuff more than makes up for it, and 20 of those songs are on this cd.
Any body into Tull will definitley wanna check this one out.
ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good band, lacking compilation Sept. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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