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Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common love of Blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. ... Read more in Amazon's Jethro Tull Store

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  • Audio CD (1 July 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00002668Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Song For Jeffrey
2. Love Story
3. Christmas Song
4. Living In The Past
5. Driving Song
6. Sweet Dream
7. Singing All Day
8. Witches Promise
9. Inside
10. Just Trying To Be
11. By Kind Permission Of (Live)
12. Dharma For One (Live)
13. Wond'ring Again
14. Locomotive Breath
15. Life Is A Long Song
16. Up The 'Pool
17. Dr Bogenbroom
18. For Later
19. Nursie

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JETHRO TULL Living In The Past CD

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An unconventional best-of collection at the time of its 1972 release, Living in the Past existed to gain a greater foothold in America for Jethro Tull following the breakthrough success of Aqualung. And it did, by offering a little something for everyone. There are a number of songs that became FM radio staples, ranging from the heavy rock of "Teacher" and "Hymn 43" to lighter fare, such as the title tune. A pair of jam-heavy selections, "By Kind Permission Of" and "Dharma for One" (featuring the era's requisite in-concert drum solo), were recorded live at Carnegie Hall. Overall, Living in the Past does an excellent job of revealing Tull's achievements and limitations, its ambitions as well as its pretensions. --Daniel Durchholz

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Rhy Evans on 23 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this album, I did not realise that it was a compilation album. I think this says something about how well the tracks were chosen and put together on what must be considered as one of Jethro Tull's finest.
The album has all of the traditional elements which make early Jethro Tull music so great. It combines upbeat folk guitar styles, with Anderson's exquisite, and sometimes frantic flute playing. The lyrics are thoughtful and are delivered in such a way by Anderson, that you feel confident in what he is expressing.
What makes this album truly great though is the way it mixes the laid back playful nature of folk with the more jazzy edgier rock motifs which work their way in many songs.
If you are a fan of Jethro Tull and especially early Jethro Tull then you will enjoy this album immensely. As well as containing many great tracks from the adrenaline releasing "locamotive breath" to the funky "For later" and the philosophical "wond'ring again", it contains two astonishing live tracks. These are "By kind permission of" and "Dharma for one" and showcase Clive Bunker's extraordordinary talent.
If you are a fan of progressive music from the early seventies, then I think this should definitely be in your collection.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Mcclernon on 8 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Tull album I heard; As i played flute someone thought that I may like it; Witches Promise was the chosen track and I was instantly hooked. That remains one of my all time favourite Tull tracks.

I was fortunate to see them live twice and they were even better than I expected; Ian Anderson was a mainc genius who could not only write great songs but was a fantastic musician and performer.

The 2 live tracks are amazing and amongst the most played out of the entire collection of Tull albums I have.

The other tracks are shorter and some are more folk like in sound. Up The 'Pool is great fun and some of the accoustic giutar playing is first class. The whole album comes together brillaintly and if you havent heard it or of Jethro Tull then it is a must buy
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Jethro Tull are a fantastic and unique band who have constantly evolved, defied genre expectations and classifications constantly and created some truly wonderful and interesting music. If you are thinking about getting into the band I would strongly recommend that you do.

If you are new to the band though, either picking up a greatest hits compilation (of which there are many) to get a broad overview of the band, or diving straight in to one of their classic albums like Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Songs From The Wood or Broadsword' may serve you as a better starting point than Living In The Past.

Jethro Tull's early career before Aqualung, doesn't sit as neatly for easy pick up as a prospective fan may want. While they released albums as normal for today's artists, this was as well as singles that weren't off the albums, an EP and even a separate single accidentally under the name 'Jethro Toe,' and so if you wanted to collect it all it would likely come in eight or nine individual purchases at a great expense.

If you are a fan or prospective fan today, the best way to acquire most of the non-album tracks in one simple solution is to get a hold of Living In The Past, which for today's Tull buyers can serve as a compilation of all the rare pre-Aqualung material and that is so good it sounds almost like a fifth Jethro Tull studio album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip Baird on 12 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
It's very hard to pick a favourite Jethro Tull album but this lovely old scrapbook is hard to beat and covers the magic of their early years, filling in the cracks between the albums and collecting the singles too (Jethro Tull - singles ? It sounds odd now doesn't it). This was never off my turntable back then and the original gatefold sleeve with marvellous photos of the band made it one of my most prized possessions. It was never the rock or blues sound of Jethro Tull that captured my imagination, although they did that very well, but what marked them out was their English charm and whimsy. They weren't quite the pastoral sound of some of the Canterbury bands but more a wonderful hybrid that suggested all sorts of images, from picture postcards to the Beatles, Edwardian literature, northern humour, music hall and whatever else you could hear. There was also a great love and tenderness about some of the songs and playing that really endeared them to the listener. The title track was Tull at their best; fascinating idea and composition, lightness of tone and touch in the way it skips along, great musicianship, original instrumentation, and great lyrics. Two of my absolute favourites are on here too; the very simple and affecting Inside and the affectionate tribute to the once lovely old Blackpool (Up the Pool) to which I can still remember all the words !
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