- Audio CD (25 Sept. 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B000GIWRIY
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Roots to Branches Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
To the point, this remaster doesn't add much to the overall sound of this one. It already sounded pretty good, and the audio improvement - if indeed there is one - is minor. With no bonus tracks, one might wonder why anyone should bother.
But I did. I was on a roll through the Tull remasters, and this one went into the sales basket just because it was there. What more can I say?
It's not as though I even rated this CD. I'd always thought of it as lesser Tull, with greater titles surrounding it in the discography. However, one thing these reissues allowed me to do was to re-evaluate this and other Tull titles.
You know what, I really do rate this one now. I suppose timing is everything, and first time around I must have had my head elsewhere. The flute work is terrific, the Eastern influences and high and prominent, and there are a lot of uptempo stuff here. More importantly though, it's the interweaving of instruments - classic Tull layers - that set this one above other titles. There are even jazz breaks, some fine organ work on something that sounds remotely like an old Hammond, and of course, the guitar work is great.
But yes, it's the multiple layers that really set this CD alive. Take the time to listen to each track - pick out an instrument (any will do), and follow its path through the song - you'll soon see what I mean. The quality of the CD helps you do that well enough.
I'm not sure why I didn't like this one very much a few years back, but I'm making up for lost time now. This gets more spins that other, undeniably more "classic" Tull titles at my home.
Give it a go.
The surprising answer is "Yes". Yes it is as good as their '70s stuff. It's certainly a whole lot better than the hard rock cul-de-sac they went down in the '80s. Ian Anderson seems creatively reinvigorated, both through a flirtation with World Music motifs and a return to a classic Tull theme: God, or the lack of Him. This musical Big Concept makes the album similar in style to the '70s big-hitters like Aqualung (grumpy at God) or Heavy Horses (incorporating English folk instrumentation and melodies). All of which is definitely Good News for the seasoned Tull afficionado.
The Bad News is that the album's just not consistent enough. While the best material here could pass for a Thick As a Brick outtake or (even better) suggests a brand new Arabesque direction for Anderson's compositions, there's a fair amount of Tull-by-numbers here too. Okay, none of it as banal as the worst stuff on ...Read more ›
Following from Catfish Rising in that it manages to successfully merge together Tull's earlier blues/folk sound with their later rock leanings, and throws some new Eastern influences into the mix. This is jam packed with memorable tracks. The highlight of the album are the last four tracks - `Wounded Old and Treacherous', `At Last, Forever', `Stuck In The August Rain' and my all time favourite `Another Harry's Bar'. Between them they show Tull at their best - great playing from the band, especially Martin Barre's guitars and Anderson's flute, Anderson's voice in fine form, great catchy tunes and Anderson's usual wry, witty and meaningful lyrics. He has to be one of the best songwriters I can think of. The final track, `Another Harry's Bar', is, in my humble opinion, a match for `Aqualung' or `Budapest'.
A great album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
recommend this to any tull or non tull fans,
tull sounding great with anderson and barre on great form,brilliant.
After receiving such a great album as "J-Tull Dot Com", cruelly underrated among the Tull faithful, I had to step back to the previous album "Roots to Branches" that is receiving... Read morePublished on 16 April 2012 by S Tuffnell
I'm a YOUNG (in comparison!) Tull-ite, who came to them long after their peak and maybe that helps because, like many other reviewers, I really do love Roots To Branches. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2012 by Tim Kidner
All Tull albums need several spins before their real, deeper qualities surface. In the course of the years, as new albums came out, i learned to be patient and to hold my judgment... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2011 by Luis Cerno
Although Roots To Branches rarely touches the heights of inspired brilliance Tull evinced on Songs From The Wood or its `companion` album Heavy Horses, this is an often superb late... Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2011 by KaleHawkwood