Probably nothing sinister. The release date (today I believe) was advertised ages ago so I would imagine it's just a case of nobody bothering to update it 'til the last minute. When i preorder stuff I usually just forget about it so I get a nice surprise when it turns up.
www.electrocutas.co.uk/dvd/clarts.htm Do not expect crap loads of new unseen footage - It is A HISTORY of Jethro Tull and it is just that and done extremely well. Disc 2 has a 30 min B&W documentary from 1969 with live footage from The Royal Albert Hall, a couple of pieces of this have been seen previously as German Tv Clips but only about 4 min. It is definitely a worthwhile purchase, with some interesting and open interviews from several band members. Would be nice to see some late 60's Early 1970's Concert footage with no interviews though - Would'nt it !!!
Good news and bad news. The good news is the DVD has arrived and very nicely packaged it is too. It has a very nice 20pp booklet with, as well as the usual wit and wisdom from IA a long piece very well written by Jeffrey Hammond Hammond that is worth the asking price alone.
The bad news is that I am not going to get the chance to sit down and watch it for a few days such is the week I am having (what with the Grand Prix and Euro 2008 on every night, sad I know, I need to get my prorities straight!) so one of you guys wil probably get a review in before me. I just hope the content is as good as the wrapping. I will of course ramble on in due course!
Very brief review as I've only watched it through once at present and I'm still forming a definite opinion. Disc 1: Interviews are very interesting and shed light on some of the comings and goings through the years, Glen Cornick's departure form the band is a good example and some of the concert stuff is better quality than I've seen for some time. Best fun interview for me is the bit where Dave Pegg produces the green costume he had to wear - wonder why he kept it! Disc 2: the "Swing In" documentary from 1969 is a positive bonus and certainly brings back memories. Shame the quality is not brilliant but I expect the original video/film master is lost. Excellent photo gallery and three of my humble offerings made the final cut of which I am pleased. They are the Beat Instrumental magazine, Too Old... flyer and the photo I took in 1988 of Ian at Wembley with the 20th anniversary banner behind him. Oh the fame but alas no fortune. Overall on only one viewing I'd give it 8 out of 10 and as it's Wimbledon tennis for the next 2 weeks and the boss will monopolise the TV as is her want, I'll be watching it again on the computer on my days off. Can't fault the review on the electrocutas web site.
Post by prestonplatform on Jun 23, 2008 22:16:11 GMT
I just watched this. I thoroughly enjoyed the interviews but what a wasted opportunity. This should have been the ultimate 40th anniversary collectors item. I acn only hope that Ian has other plans to eventually exploit his live audio and visual backcatalogue. The live footage is quite frankly inferior nothing new or remotely rare with the exception of the live 68/69 footage. I cannot help but feel that Tull fans have been shortchanged and that this has been done on the cheap. The clips shown are readily available and I wonder whether fans donated the footage as it does not seem particularly clean.The ZDF segment from 93 is an example of this . My own copy is just as good and is probably less grainy Disc 2 as already mentioned by Pete and others is a real let down.There was the chance for great archive concert footage Where is the video footage from Wolfgangs vault from the early 70s which exists ? I would have liked to see a cleaned up version of Tanglewood 1970 Where is the 75 footage that exists from Paris ?, sound synching problems stopped it being aired in 75 .....technology now exists to sort this
Just watched disc 1 (at last!) and I am actually really impressed with it. I understand the criticisms about the rare footage but IMO it is first and foremost a documentary and all the no doubt wonderful vintage live stuff in the vaults is for another release. The music here is to illustrate the story and I think it does that really well.
My concern about this before watching it was that, given Tull's work ethic and not doing too much in the way of rock n roll living, it might actually turn out to be a bit dull! But fortunately without exception all of the interviewees had a good tale to tell and plenty of opinions, good and bad, about working with Ian and & being in (and being out of) Tull.
I acquired a copy of this recently but sadly have not yet had the opportunity to view it. So busy of late.
The reviews here seem mixed, but I am looking forward to watching it with gusto.
It appears there is some consternation that there is not more rarely-seen archive footage, sections from famous Tull shows, etc. and that is lamentable indeed.
That said, perhaps the discs were designed more as a way in for new Tull fans or people who aren't as thoroughly immersed in the band. As I understand it, this is one of a series featuring different bands...maybe those who put it together were aiming for more of a general overview than a comprehensive treatment of the history of Tull?
If this be the case, maybe we can all hope that in the (near!) future, there will be more in-depth and truly archive-poring DVD releases.
I still can't wait to get around to watching this...my life has been in upheaval for the past few months and I don't know when I'll have the time to sit back and take this in properly...
Jethro Tull has never, by any reasonable criterion, been a likely candidate for rock superstardom. When Tull's debut album, This Was, was released in 1968, it didn't exactly seem like an easy sell. Even by the standards of the late '60s, Tull's music, which blended English folk, prog-rock complexity, jazz experimentalism, and hard-rock riffing, all held together by frontman Ian Anderson's unusual voice, cryptic lyrics, and wild blasts of flute (yes, flute), was seen as just way too peculiar to attract more than a cult following. Add the band's image as medieval English minstrels who shunned drugs and decried explicit sexuality as well as an odd band name (taken from an 18th-century agriculturalist) and it was no surprise that many critics and industry insiders thought Jethro Tull would fade away quickly.
As it runs out, the skeptics were spectacularly wrong. Jethro Tull would become one of the biggest bands of the '70s. After the 1971 breakthrough album Aqualung, Tull would sell out stadiums and release two consecutive number one albums in the United States, Thick As A Brick (1972) and A Passion Play (1973). Even more impressive is that those two albums consisted entirely of dense and intricate 40-minute compositions, without any singles or short, radio-friendly songs. If anything, Tull's stubborn refusal to kowtow to mainstream radio and media conventions only endeared the band to their devoted fans even more. Though Tull's days as megastars are behind them, the band still commands a devoted following that keeps their concerts profitable and devours every piece of Tull memorabilia hungrily.
It's that following that will most enjoy this DVD, but it's also fair to say that even newcomers to Tull's music will find it a good watch. Part of the Classic Artists series, this disc is just as thorough and entertaining as the other titles in the series. There are interviews with virtually every surviving ex-member of the band as well as most of the current ones. There's also plenty of archival footage and photographs that illustrate the story, as well as a generous sampling of the band's music.
This combined wealth of information helps give an excellent picture of Tull's career. The key figure, of course, is Anderson, who is the band's undisputed leader and visionary, as well as the only member who has played on all of Tull's albums. His perspective is obvious the central one, but the documentary gives special time to those of other members, past and present. Each one has an interesting story, from acerbic former keyboardist/arranger Dee (originally David) Palmer to amiable ex-drummer Clive Bunker to Anderson's most loyal regular collaborator, guitarist Martin Barre. The multiple perspectives are all seamlessly edited together and tied together with a comprehensive yet easy to follow narrative that tells the band's story clearly and thoroughly. It's also fascinating that even though this is the authorized DVD, Anderson doesn't always come off so well, particularly to hear many of the band's former members tell it. This disc may be authorized, but it certainly isn't whitewashed. Mixed with all of the archival footage, some of which hasn't been seen in years, these interviews and narrative make it an excellent history for both fans and newcomers.
Some fans, however, might quibble with the choices made in telling the story. The documentary skips the albums Tull recorded in second half of the '70s, ignoring some fan favorites like Songs From the Wood (1977) and Heavy Horses (1978). Instead it jumps from the mid-'70s all the way ahead to 1980, when a completely revamped lineup that included prog-rock superstar Eddie Jobson recorded the controversial synthesizer-heavy album A, a radical departure from the band's earlier work. There is some discussion of the band's brief electronic period in the early '80s and an amusing segment on Tull's 1989 Grammy win for best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album for 1987's decidedly non-metallic Crest of a Knave. After that, however, the documentary pretty much ends with nothing about any of the albums made after that. Also, some important songs in Tull's canon, such as "Aqualung" and "Teacher," get short shrift. Still, though these flaws prevent this from being the all-out definitive history, they don't ruin or discredit it. Even with those omissions, Classic Artists is still impressive.
Also impressive is the presentation that Image Entertainment has put together for the disc. The anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer is sharp, even on the archival footage. The Dolby stereo mix is also superbly mixed, loud and clearly balanced. The extras are also well-assembled. The best is Swing In-Rock In, a 30-minute short film shot in 1969 for German TV. It's full of onstage footage and interviews, although the highlight is an interview with Anderson's parents, whose quiet pride in their son's achievements is endearing. There's also about an hour's worth of extended interviews, which are definitely worth a look for fans. The disc is rounded out with galleries of Tull album covers, memorabilia, and photographs from throughout the band's history. The disc also comes with a twenty-page booklet with essays from Anderson and former Tull bassist Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, who does not appear in the documentary.
All of which makes Classic Artists an essential item for anyone interested in Jethro Tull's music. There's no better biography that tells this story from the beginning until now and contains enough rare and classic footage to enthrall both longtime fans and newcomers alike. Recommended.
I acquired a copy of this from poundland the other day, funnily enough! It seems to be the exact same dvd, but quite a lot cheaper
Thanks for posting this oksauce, I didn't realise there was 2 pound shops. I've been looking in POUNDWORLD for this after a friend told me he'd seen a Tull dvd in a pound shop. PS How much did you pay for it ;D
I acquired a copy of this from poundland the other day, funnily enough! It seems to be the exact same dvd, but quite a lot cheaper
After several visits to Poundland, I've managed (at last) to buy a copy. Mind you I had to drive 100 miles to Scarborough to get it
To my knowledge that thing has never been released in the U.S. Years ago, prior to the net, this would have been very disapointing, though, were the net not around, much higher likelihood that it would have been. Happily the entire thing has been on You Tube, though I don't know if it still is, regrettably I did not save it. I find something of high merit in all the Tull or Ian releases but this is very likely the best though it completely ignores the late seventies, and thereby three of their best albums. That bit from 1969 includes one of my favorite moments in any of the Tull videos when Ian curtsies the crowd shortly after entrance.
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