Couple of great rhymes ( midwest-undressed) and good thought to write a song for the people who make it happen, night after night, acknowledging they are a part of the band...about the same time Ian wrote this song, they did a tour program focussed on the support staff. But this song is no classic....a good outake but not much more!
I voted amazing even though I would personally rate it good to amazing, better than just nice in other words. One of the 2 songs on the 2nd Nightcap disc that I listen to regularly. The other- A Small Cigar. Don't ask me to analyse why I like such 2 different songs among such an eclectic mix such as is found on that CD, I just do. It's like Flying Colors from Broadsword and Sparrow on the Schoolyard Wall from Catfish that I just like a whole lot and seem to be in contrast to opnions from most other people, even other die-hard Tull fans.
I too tend to like songs that others don't but then that's part of the "fun" of discussing and listening to Tull. Everybody has a different opinion.
Whaler's Dues is one song I like, along with Strange Avenues from Rock Island that I reckon are superb but others don't like them. Show what a diverse selection of music Tull fans have at their dispersal to listen to and to make choices as to their favourites.
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I used to think of 'Sparrow' as a kinda trite song not worth more than half attention....but it's really grown on me since....i criticize Catfish a lot but I like a lot of the teeny little vocal grunts and groans an uh-huhs and hms and 'alrights' that ian scatters in....sounds authentic bluesy to me.....just like I appreciated the non-sequiter whistles he was dropping into songs from 'A' thru 'Wraps'. I picked 'Whaler's Dues' and 'Strange Avenues' as best on the album very soon after it hit my turntable.
It's one amongst the dozens of very good Tull songs that missed being released long ago. Between the 20th, Nightcap and some recent first releases of ancient recordings, it would seem Tull only released half of their original studio work. That seems quite weird considering that during the 1970's and perhaps 1980's, you could buy a lot more with a dollar. Why hold back?
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