Jethro Tull: Live at Montreux 2003
But the second half of the show is decidedly heavier, and also features more extended tunes, with the three Aqualung tracks and the episodic "Budapest," from Tull's Grammy Award-winning Crest of a Knave (Chrysalis, 1987) all turning up the heat. And whatever deficiencies might be there in Anderson's voice are made up for by the energy of his presence, his untarnished instrumental skills and the clean strength of the group. Barre has always managed to play a kind of intelligent metal when he kicks in the heavy distortion, and he remains a distinguishing asset to the band.
With Tull touring in 2007, Live at Montreux 2003whether on DVD or CDis testament to a group that, while having to adapt to a number of changes over the years, is still capable of putting on a fine show. Its glory days of releasing classic albums may be over, but with a set list covering its entire existence and continuing to reveal occasional surprises, it's a group that still has plenty of life and validity to it.
Tracks: DVD Version: Some Day the Sun Won't Shine For You; Life is a Long Song; Bouree; With You There to Help Me; Pavane; Empty Café; Hunting Girl; Eurology; Dot Com; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Fat Man; Living in the Past; Nothing is Easy; Beside Myself; My God; Budapest; New Jig; Aqualung; Locomotive Breath.
CD Version: CD1: Some Day the Sun Won't Shine For You; Life is a Long Song; Bouree; With You There to Help Me; Pavane; Empty Café; Hunting Girl; Eurology; Dot Com; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Fat Man. CD2: Living in the Past; Nothing is Easy; Beside Myself; My God; Budapest; New Jig; Aqualung; Locomotive Breath.
Personnel: Ian Anderson: flute, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals; Martin Barre: guitar, flute; Andrew Giddings: keyboards; Jonatghan Noyce: bass; Doane Perry: drums; Masha: vocals (DVD#9, CD1#9).
DVD Feature: Approximate running time 117 minutes. Aspect ratio: 16:9 (Full Screen). Bonus Features: None.
Captured from Live at Montreux 2003, courtesy of Eagle Eye Media