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Rock Island [Original recording remastered]

Jethro Tull Audio CD
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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 (25 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kissing Willie (2006 Digital Remaster)
2. The Rattlesnake Trail (2006 Digital Remaster)
3. Ears Of Tin (2006 Digital Remaster)
4. Undressed To Kill (2006 Digital Remaster)
5. Rock Island (2006 Digital Remaster)
6. Heavy Water (2006 Digital Remaster)
7. Another Christmas Song (2006 Digital Remaster)
8. The Whalers Dues (2006 Digital Remaster)
9. Big Riff And Mando (2006 Digital Remaster)
10. Strange Avenues (2006 Digital Remaster)
11. Christmas Song (Live From Zurich) (2006 Digital Remaster)
12. Cheap Day Return/Mother Goose (Live From Zurich) (2006 Digital Remaster)
13. Locomotive Breath (Live From Zurich) (2006 Digital Remaster)

Product Description

JETHRO TULL Rock Island (2006 issue UK 13-track digitally remastered CD album. Originally released in 1989 and includes three Bonus Tracks Christmas Song Cheap Day Return / Mother Goose & Locomotive Breath all of which were recorded live in Zurich on October 13th 1989 and originally appeared on the B side of the CD single Christmas Song [Studio Version] in December 1989; booklet picture sleeve)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tull classic 25 Sep 2008
By Rohit R
Format:Audio CD
I just cant understand how such a fine album was panned by the critics.It is one of the finest albums in the Tull catalog along with Benefit,Aqualung,Broadsword and the Beast,Stand up,This was and Minstrel in the gallery.Martin Barre really shines on this classic and there are plenty of guitar solos on this one with terrific songs like Kissing Willie,Rattlesnake trail.Ears of Tin and Whalers Dues.This is a rock oriented record like Crest of a Knave and is highly recommended along with their seventies classics.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Following from the success of `Crest Of A Knave', Jethro Tull decided to continue to mine the heavy rock seam with the follow up, `Rock Island'. As usual, all the tracks are from the pen of Ian Anderson. The band shows it can handle the rock motif with an assured touch, especially Martin Barre, who plays some quite interesting guitar. Anderson's flute is still much in evidence, and combines well with the general sound.

I really like this album for the fun and playful tone. From the unsubtle yet amusing opener `Kissing Willie' through Tull classics such as `Undressed to Kill' and the title track, this album is choc full of clever, yet fun lyrics. It's an album that always brings a smile to my face. It's not to everyone's taste, but I like it.

Recommended to all those who like rock with blistering guitars and a sense of humour.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a revisit. 29 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
I remember this album being released. A good friend of mine had overplayed Crest of a Knave, an album which I wasn't too fond of, since it seemed too Dire Straits-y to my ears. Rock Island was a much stronger album, I thought, but it didn't _grab_ me the way it should have. But then I was 17 at the time.
So here we are, 20 years later. Over the past half decade I have found myself revisiting the Tull back catalogue, and though I find it odd to admit, I have a huge fondness for Rock Island - it seems to have a special something which the preceding and following few albums lacked. My favourite Tull albums are a far cry from Rock Island (Songs from the Wood stands out) but RI stands out as a strong, confident album which is worth more attention than some give it. If you dismissed this one in the 80s, I would strongly recommend giving it a second chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Island 12 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was originally a birthday present from my wife back when I collected LPs. And now she has bought it again. This time on CD including extra tracks. How can I not love it (and her)? By the way: The CD is very good. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flute like no other 19 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
What a great album, I saw them on this tour and have seen them many times since, must buy for all Tull fans!!!
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