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.
geostrehl: Do you guys and gals think Ian likes Steely Dan? I've been thinking about this recently. Ian has stated that he doesn't listen to much music, but I'm sure he's heard a lot of the Dan.
Apr 9, 2019 18:16:31 GMT
steelmonkey: Back from vacation just in time to buy tickets for the first anniversary tour of the fiftieth anniversary tour. Tull countdown to July 9th !
Apr 10, 2019 19:19:54 GMT
JTull 007: Irvine FivePoint Amphitheatre on July 6th ?
Apr 12, 2019 1:17:14 GMT
tryin2b: Hi Geostrehl U gotta luv Steely.have u heard "everything must go"? but i gotta say as a player, I don't feel the same groove. It's the difference between Cajun and Appallacian. I love them both
Apr 12, 2019 5:12:50 GMT
geostrehl: Everything Must Go is a fantastic album. Behind Tull, Steely Dan is my fav. It's busy and complicated, but not in a prog way (like Tull), but more in a jazz way. I just wonder what Ian thinks of Donald Fagen, and the other way around.
Apr 12, 2019 14:13:33 GMT
nonrabbit: Steely Dan were a huge part of my teenage years in the early 70's. Had every album - listened daily - dreamed of seeing them Live.
Apr 14, 2019 12:01:38 GMT
botanicman: Great show from Martin and the gang in Lebanon NH tonight. Fantastic setlist...with Clive and Dee on board!
Apr 19, 2019 4:38:32 GMT