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Jethro Tull - Their Fully Authorised Story - Classic Artists [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Pinnacle Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016P6NM2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,560 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


A profile of the rock band that inspired crazed, one-legged flautists the world over. Still going strong after 40 years in the business, members past and present give the lowdown on one of rock music's most intriguing bands.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Agreeing strongly with the other reviewer here who gave this 2-Disc set 4 stars, I was eagerly awaiting this release on the complete history of one of my favourite bands. The brand new interviews with all Tull associates over the years (plus great sleeve notes from IA and Jeffrey Hammond) are very informative and the history of the band from their formation through to "A Passion Play" is superb. This covers the first hour of the documentary. However, it is after this that the program becomes very patchy.

The late 70s 'Folk Tull' era is nearly totally ignored, as are other worthwhile important albums in their career ("Broadsword and The Beast") and the whole post "Crest Of A Knave" era (ie almost the last 20 years) too. The selection of live footage is also slightly limited and the continuing band line up changes documented in the sleeve notes are technically wrong in some parts - Jeffrey Hammond Hammond was most certainly on "Minstrel In The Gallery", not the sadly missed John Glascock.

As a dedicated Tull fan these are minor, but slightly frustrating quibbles as the whole set is worth it for the hours of fresh interviews (extended greatly on the 2nd disc) and certainly for the half hour German documentary from 1969 also on the second disc. It's fascinating how the other members perceive Anderson and one is left to judge fairly on his authoritative nature when guiding Tull. However, 4/5 is an accurate judging on this set, as the errors and left out parts of Tull's long and incredible career are inexcusable. I also find the disc holders, a bizarre jewel case clip on/in thingy unusable.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 'must have' for Tull fans 29 Jun 2008
By Birdnut
When I saw this advertised a couple of months before the release date, I could hardly believe it. Over 3 hours devoted to a history of Jethro Tull on 2 discs! I had visions of all that great footage on You Tube appearing somewhere in the story - a last, footage from the Minstrel in the Gallery and Stormwatch tours. Well, sadly, we are still waiting, but this DVD package is an essential purchase if you are a Tull fan.
First of all, the packaging. I have to say that the design is spot on - the perfect image of Ian Anderson in all his codpieced glory! There is a booklet inside with retrospectives from Anderson and surprisingly Jeffrey Hammond Hammond. The overall design of this booklet is also excellent. I was disappointed though on how the 2 discs clip in the case - I always think I'll break one of them.
Now to the content. Disc 1 is a history of the band as told by many of the previous members, and management. This is absolutely absorbing stuff. Mainly interviews with clips of the band through the years (no full tracks), and perhaps the most surprising inclusion are the contributions from Dee Palmer. The price of the DVD is worth it for these interviews alone, but it was so gripping that I was disappointed when they skipped over a period in the late 70's, and then all too soon ended the main discussion after Crest of a Knave! Why couldn't they bring us completely up to date by continuing the discussion in the same way up to the present? This is the reason for only 4 stars, I felt an opportunity missed there.
On disc 2 we have an amazing documentary of the band on the road in 1969. We even get to meet Ian Anderson's mum and dad! Again this is absorbing stuff, watch out for the yougsters in the audience shaking their heads about at the end - great stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Half A Job!!! 3 Jan 2009
In common with other reviewers the content of this DVD is absorbing - even for the veteran Jethro Tull fan (since 1969 in my case). But to put it into context, this '40th Anniversary' (see the logo on the cover) DVD has 15 chapters. The 15th Chapter is the closing credits, the 13th Chapter features the 'Crest Of A Knave' album from 1986 and the 14th Chapter concerns itself with Tull's 25th Anniversary in 1993 - get the picture?!! Even then there is much missing from the late seventies and early eighties - what about Ian's throat problems which could have been the end for Jethro Tull in 1985, or his DVT which could have killed him (and Jethro Tull!) a few years later. What about the fabulous Jethro Tull conventions which now occur around the world and feature members of the group on a regular basis?
It's almost as if they did such a good job on the first few years that they realised it would need to be a 5 DVD Boxed Set if they continued at that rate and brought it to a stunningly quick finish.
Nevertheless, what we get is great and the 1969 documentary on Disc 2 is worth the price of the set alone - where did they find that one?!
I just wish it had been called Part 1 - The Early Years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Tull fans
This documentary answers many questions about the band's long history and rounds off the profile of Andeson's genius - a visonary, perfectionist who just outgrew many of the band's... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2009 by A. C. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic DVD - but too old to RnR now !
An essential purchase for any Tull fan.Almost 4 hours and it could have been even longer!
IA comes out of it a bit badly though as it looks like Ellis took the view that if... Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2008 by M. Coller
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Someone Help Me?
Why has this dvd not been released in the USA? Will it ever?? Is there anyway I can purchase this in a format that will play on dvd's in the states? This is so frustrating...
Published on 10 Sep 2008 by Richard Bonazza
5.0 out of 5 stars "Spin me down the long ages....."
I placed my order on a Thursday and received this DVD the following Monday. It arrived in excellent condition. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2008 by Ian K
5.0 out of 5 stars Switch on the Tullivision and enjoy this beaut!
I have to initially respectfully disagree with one of my fellow reviewers; I think the packaging for this looks a wee bit cheap; the sort of thing done for lots of other bands in a... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2008 by Mr. C. J. Iredale
5.0 out of 5 stars Does'nt get better if you love Rock & Roll
Ian Anderson is featured in new and exclusive interviews as well as all Tull members past and present. DVD extras are worth buying this for - alone. Read more
Published on 29 May 2008 by J. Gensel Brewer
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