Those video's from Asheville show Ian and the boys are in fine fettle. Maybe they should use this concert for the dvd. BTW is it still thought that the Iceland gig will be the concert of choice for a TAAB 1/2 dvd
And who comes here to wish me well? A sweetly-scented angel fell, She laid her head upon my disbelief, And bathed me with her ever-smile.
A very thought provoking and moving song. I think it is destined to become a bench mark with songs of this type in the same way that Mark Knopfler's "Brothers In Arms" has become an anti war song of great potency.
You know, I feel rather proud to be a Tull fan these days when such a song is used to such great effect, as with this video.
Very proud indeed.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
Totally unlistenable. I'm presuming Ian does nothing, and consults nobody, on how to take care of, or recondition, his voice. Anyone got information to the contrary?
Well...sort of. And forgive me for regurgitating something I imagine I have broached no less than 5 times on Tull net. Not precisely advice, but I do recall, maybe the mid nineties, he had visited some specialist who had at least made a credible assessment of how his voice had been damaged, that being the muscles in the neck used to sing in an occasionally very loud rock and roll band in an occasionally aggressive style, were perfectly working at odds against muscles in the neck used to play the flute, also, often in a non traditional and aggressive style, that sweat wasn't coming from nowhere. Also, for whenever one wants to mark the end of his useful voice, usually 84, though I can say the first time it became noticable was on Minstrel and absolutely by SFTW, just was a few years removed from being occasionally awful. The reason I mention this again, and particularly for those who download shows and get a reasonably regular dose of all the years, I would mark 87 thru 94 as unquestionably the worst, and since Roots, along about the time of the visit to that specialist, that Ian had worked his permanent limitations into his singing style, and particularly from 95 thru 2008 or so, to paint with a broad brush and merely stamp awful on it would not be true. I can agree on that Montreux link, ceased it immediately upon hearing the voice,(though I suspect had I listened to it as normal with patience, attention and perseverance the returns would have been much different) sounded like an enormous nose with no head attached. Having downloaded, I think, 10 of the TAAB2 performances I can say on most of them they broach the line into excellence, voices included on the majority of those 110 minutes or so. Same with the one live performance I saw. There are some few of legendary catalogue that he often, though not always, does not handle that well. Oddly in the past 20 years Aqua and Loco are not 2 of them, and with reference to those 2 in specific within that time frame, I would be curious to know precisely what flaw people are spotting. I will go further to say that in that time period I believe he sings those 2 as well as he did 40 years ago, and Martin or Florian's playing in this time period is the superior of that which Martin was dealing out 40 years ago...normally. Depends. Some great old Martin performances too, but in the main a better player now.
maddogfagin: May 7 is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 238 days remain until the end of the year.
May 7, 2019 6:59:01 GMT
rabey: Hi John/bunkerfan and Steelmonkey.
May 7, 2019 23:08:40 GMT
rabey: Thanks for the interest. Unfortunately because Ian/Tull is doing his own book when I sent a request to find John I got stonewalled, even though I have a signed contract by Ian from 2013 stating I was doing a DVD version of The book. I also have had trouble
May 7, 2019 23:11:47 GMT
rabey: I guess after 5 years Ian forgot this even existed. Imean, he never even listed my book with all the other books that have been out of print for decades, yet mine and Tim S still have books in print and we're not mentioned.
May 7, 2019 23:13:11 GMT
rabey: I just get the impression that this AND having just dealt with Tull are all they care about really and it peeves me when the truth is when I first got my original contract with a US publisher to write the book with quotes on 3 other books on ELP,Crimson,
May 7, 2019 23:21:53 GMT
rabey: and YES, I contacted both Martin and Dave from AND and offered involvement in writing and photography. but Dave said no interest and martin was happy to get his photos printed just for credit. Later Daves book arrived and martin wanted 100 bucks a shot.
May 7, 2019 23:25:00 GMT
rabey: Anyway, The publisher refused the cost of photos, Martin wrote the only negative review of the book in print except for Amazon where a few stinkers stalled it's movement, but basically there was nothing advertising the book outside the UK.
May 7, 2019 23:29:01 GMT
rabey: I have to find a better way to post.
May 7, 2019 23:29:21 GMT
steelmonkey: Fights about history, public knowledge and more personally researched knowledge are pretty hard to untangle...but nothing takes away your contributions to total Tull information.
May 8, 2019 21:35:56 GMT
rabey: Very Kind, Steelmonkey!
May 9, 2019 1:33:24 GMT