Up until now the Classic Artists series had been almost without fault. They have produced in-depth documentaries of the histories of Cream, The Moody Blues and Yes, with contemporary interviews that offered candid insights into their careers. There was little or nothing of any significance that was not at least touched upon. The Yes documentary clocked in at 3 hours or so.
This is sadly not the case with Jethro Tull. While still a good quality documentary and definitely essential for any Jethro Tull fans video library, there are gaping holes in the bands history that are not discussed at all. Most dissappointing is that some of the 'progressive rock' and all of the 'folk-rock' years are glossed over or simply ignored. War Child, Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Stormwatch and Broadsword And The Beast have gone missing. The last two decades of the band's work are mostly ignored as well.
Even though this documentary covers what it does in nice fashion, these glaring omitions are ruinous to a program that claims to tell the story of a band that has a 40-year history of shifting styles and musicians. Justice has not been served here.
I was really hoping for more great programs, perhaps on the likes of ELP, Deep Purple, The Rolling Stones, etc., etc., but now I'm not so sure. I'd rather not be disappointed like this again.