After 30 years of occasional holiday singles, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album was a collection waiting to happen. With flute in tow, Ian Anderson leads his merry men through traditional and Tullish holiday tunes both old and new - all freshly recorded in that relatively acoustic Songs from the Wood style - and the results are splendid. "A Christmas Song" seems a little less cynical than it did in 1972, and along with some other gently ironic new compositions, it manages to blend right in with the more pervasive good cheer and warm fuzziness of the rest of the package. For all of Anderson's tut-tutting, he's an old softie when it comes to season's greetings. Swinging jazz versions of staples like "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" are included for an hour that the whole family can enjoy. So put another Yule log on the fire! Offering some of the most appealing melodies he has ever written. Anderson's new solo album Rupi's Dance, could've been the best Tull album in years if Martin Barre's electric guitar were on hand. The more delicate approach notwithstanding, Anderson's flute still works overtime, and there's plenty of food for thought in the clever wordplay. Barre's solo album, Stage Left, is an acoustic/electric grab bag of folk to fusion, showing his often-underrated chops to be as nimble as ever. Nestled in a Tull tune, any of these short workouts might've been a brilliant yin to Anderson's lyrical yang. But isolated here, these undeniably impressive exercises sometimes seem vaguely clinical. Andrew Nash Sound&Vision December 2003.
ash: Merry Christmas. Hey Santa pass me that bottle
Dec 24, 2019 18:02:32 GMT
steelmonkey: Merry Christmas to one and all and a very Tull filled new year.
Dec 25, 2019 2:50:35 GMT
joemer: In Heaven dere aint no beer dats why we drink it here !!!!!! theme song of the Philly pa. new years day Mummers parade !!!! Another round of Hats off & Kudos to ian & the boys xmas church concerts Bruce should do that over here !!!!!.....
Dec 25, 2019 19:11:59 GMT
joemer: next Tull album cover one foot firmly planted in CONUS other foot across the ocean in D-Land and his "package" hovering over Blighty !!!!lol hahahah
Dec 25, 2019 19:14:01 GMT
crosseyedmary75: Once in Royal David's City Stood a lowly cattle shed Where a mother laid her baby You'd do well to remember the things He later said. Could have held Him in one hand. The things He would later say became the backbone of Western Civilization.
Dec 28, 2019 3:45:41 GMT
crosseyedmary75: 2,000 years later, we have His words. We know what He said. Ian sang, And the all-time winner Has got him by the balls He picks up Gideons Bible Open at page one, I thank God he stole the handle and the train it won't stop going Headlong to his death. Why?
Dec 28, 2019 4:01:18 GMT
crosseyedmary75: Thanks for the welcome. Thanks to Martin and to each well-wisher for the season and the new year. How cool is it to share our appreciation for the greatest band of all time! TULL fans must also be unique. We know this group of men is a most special gift
Dec 28, 2019 20:23:46 GMT
rredmond: Welcome crosseyedmary75!! And joemer, big ups to Philly from South Jersey! And when we're no longer here, our friends will be drinking all the beer!
Dec 31, 2019 13:23:40 GMT
snaffler: Its a few years since ive been on this forum, but i'd like to belatedly wish a Happy New Year to all members. I haven't listened to Jethro Tull for a long time. I needed a break.
Jan 3, 2020 21:14:14 GMT
steelmonkey: Estimated time when I will get tired of 'A Change of Horses': NEVER
Jan 11, 2020 23:44:39 GMT
maddogfagin: Feel the same way about "Budapest" - who else but IA could have composed that song.
Jan 12, 2020 14:50:11 GMT
steelmonkey: I love Budapest,too...but to answer your question, Knopfler came damn close with 'Private Investigations' !
Jan 14, 2020 2:22:41 GMT
nonrabbit: I've written a thesis on your very thoughts Chairman Steel
Jan 15, 2020 11:07:39 GMT
steelmonkey: Please forwad results of your research to the central commitee for review.
Jan 16, 2020 20:15:29 GMT