Jethro Tull An Evening With Jethro Tull Southam Hall, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada November 26, 2007
While countless groups from the classic rock era reunite for tours seemingly planned as nothing more than a cash grab and one more last chance to feel the love, Jethro Tull can be accused of neither. First, Tull leader/songwriter Ian Anderson has proven himself to be as astute a businessman as he is a talented musician--a multi-millionaire who simply doesn't need to generate any more income. Second, Tull has never gone away, ...read more
It may have been a subject of debate during the band's early years, especially on its debut, This Was (Chrysalis, 1968), but by the time of its second album, Stand Up (Chrysalis, 1969), it was pretty clear that Jethro Tull was Ian Anderson. Although guitarist Martin Barre, who joined the group for Stand Up, has remained Anderson's constant companion in the ever-shifting line-up of Jethro Tull over the past forty years, it's Anderson's voice, Anderson's flute, Anderson's writing and Anderson's undeniable stage presence that have defined the group all along.
The Tull/Anderson identification is made crystal ...read more
Most often remembered as the classic rock group responsible for mega-sellers including Aqualung (Chrysalis, 1971) and Thick as a Brick (Chrysalis, 1972), Jethro Tull has always included acoustic instrumentation as part of its musical palette. Locomotive Breath and Cross-Eyed Mary may be what comes to mind when asked to describe Aqualung. Still, Cheap Day Return, Mother Goose and Wond'ring Aloud are all completely unplugged tunes that give that album scope beyond thundering riffs and arena-rock attitude, and make The Best of Acoustic Jethro Tull the kind of collection that few (if any) other progressive rock acts could compile.
Even at ...read more
The title of this 2002 release might denote a mildly satirical inference to the band’s early 70’s outing titled, “Living In The Past.” Here, Ian Anderson and co. delves into the vast Tull songbook for these live performances, spanning 1989 thru 2001, whereas the bulk of the material might ring like a “best of” collection.
With the latest rendition of “Tull” – we find keyboardist Andrew Giddings effectively employing an assortment of synth-based textures for the series of works recorded at Britain’s “Hammersmith,” venue. Longtime “Tull” guitarist Martin Barre remains in the current lineup, while the listener ...read more