For years I have been waiting for a good DVD of the classic Jethro Tull to be released. And, while this comes close, I'm still waiting. But at least it's not an example of the worst of the type - you know what I'm talking about, a classic band releases a concert DVD and you check it out only to find it's one or two original members and a bunch of young guys you've never heard of and it was recorded 6 MONTHS AGO!!! I hate that, especially since you KNOW there is classic footage of said band available!! And yes, I know the 1970 Isle of Wight concert is available but, to me, it's not true classic Tull either, it's just a little TOO early.
Jack in the Green is a pretty good Jethro Tull live DVD, but don't let the "recorded between 1970 - 1993" fool you. The overwhelming majority of this DVD is from the 1980s, you get exactly one song from 1970 and one song from 1971.
The largest part is the 1982 RockPop concert that has been available in bootleg and import versions for over 25 years. But it is a pretty good set list (Hard Time, Heavy Horses, Sweet Dream, Aqualung and Locomotive Breath) and you do get a pristine copy with excellent video and your choice of DTS or Dolby 5.1.
You also get `Hunting Girl' from 1986 and 4 songs from a different 1986 concert, including a Thick as a Brick medley that is slightly different from the usual 13 minute version that we usually get (Bursting Out, Essential, etc) and a version of `Black Sunday' that is superior to the one that opens the movie Slipstream.
So, in my opinion, this is probably the best Jethro Tull that is currently available on DVD, if you are looking for something a little more than 3-4 years old. (And I won't even mention the `New Day Yesterday' DVD. One thing that REALLY pisses me off is when they interrupt the videos with more interviews. If I buy the thing for the music they darn well better let me finish the videos!!!) So why do I say close but no cigar and only give this 4 stars? Easy, the perfect Jethro Tull IS out there!!! In 1988, to go along with the 3 disc `20 years of Jethro Tull' Box Set, Virgin Video released a similarly titled VHS that IS the greatest visual record of Tull that exists!!
A 90 minute Stereo Hi-Fi tape, `20 Years of Jethro Tull' the video contains live versions of Think as a Brick, Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses, Aqualung and Locomotive Breath, ALL from 1977 and featuring the classic line-up of Barriemore Barlow, Jeffery Hammond Hammond, John Evans, Martin Barre, etc, etc. It also has conceptual videos of The Whistler, Steel Monkey, Jump Start and many more. Why this MASTERPEICE isn't on DVD is a mystery known only to the eggheads that control Jethro Tull properties, of which I am sure Ian Anderson is one of. I gave up on them pulling their collective heads out and used a capture card to put it on a DVDr myself, but would still pay good money for a pro-release in 5.1. Until that happens my DVDr, and this Jack in the Green DVD, will have to do.