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.
maddogfagin: I would guess that with the "recognition" he's now got with the association with IA he'll be in demand for session and production work. Maybe he could be asked to remix the later Tull albums after Stormwatch if SW hasn't the time.
Nov 14, 2019 7:56:45 GMT
sealion: Mmm, my Signature copy arrived yesterday and I've now got most of the way through it. It's certainly a lovely book but worth the £275?
Nov 21, 2019 12:52:45 GMT
sealion: Essentially we're paying £235 for a number, a 7" vinyl (which, let's be honest, isn't that great), 2 art prints, IA's autograph and a box. Oh yes, and my name listed in the back. A pair of tickets for the 2020 tour would've been a nice gesture....
Nov 21, 2019 13:03:40 GMT
sealion: Do I regret it? Not really, because it's Jethro Tull, but, perversely,I probably would've done if I'd only gone for the cheaper version! That said I'm not sure how the price difference between the two versions can be justified...
Nov 21, 2019 13:12:02 GMT
sealion: Jethro Tull the prog years? So it's Passion Play in it's entirety then!
Nov 21, 2019 13:34:00 GMT
maddogfagin: That would please Bernie
Nov 21, 2019 15:40:52 GMT
steelmonkey: As it is I may have to travel far to see this tour
Nov 23, 2019 4:02:52 GMT
steelmonkey: Got new job, starting Feb 3,2020, Tull book and Stormwatch, all just in time for Thanksgiving. Prsent and promise to self: Catch up on Tull forum this weekend. Fair warning: reviews and rants/raves/nonsense looming like the big bear cover of Stormwatch.
Nov 27, 2019 22:58:37 GMT