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The Very Best of Jethro Tull Best of
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|9. Thick As A Brick (Edit No 1) (2001 Digital Remaster)|
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|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)|
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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".
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read more
...but why does the "Editorial Reviewer" (Steven Stolder) feel compelled to state that the group included 23 men and "not a single woman, interestingly"... Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Joe
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.Published on April 12 2004 by D. Marshall
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004
My rating is not for the music contained in this package; it's for the inconsideration shown to casual fans of this group. Incidentally, I am anything BUT a casual fan of JT. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by Joseph Kimsey
This CD is an excellent buffet of Jethro Tull music. A little bit of everything. Tasty!Published on Nov. 3 2003 by Paula Logreco
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2003 by Harold E. Kies