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Roots to Branches [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
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen11. Another Harry's Bar (2006 Digital Remaster) 6:22£0.99  Buy MP3 

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JETHRO TULL Roots To Branches CD

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Their Roots or Branching Out? 15 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well, a bit of both really. 'Roots to Branches' see's Tull move away from the more out-and-out rock stylings of previous albums,(Catfish Rising/Rock Island/Crest of a Knave), and return slightly more to their folk/rock roots, while throwing in a handful of far eastern promise for good measure - and it works for the most part beautifully. Stand out tracks include the title track, the eastern tinged 'Rare and Precious Chain' is particularly memorable, as is the wonderful 'Valley' which manages to make a song about racial and religious intolerance,(Bosnia,Croatia??), get it's message across without resorting to preaching. The pace changes within this song are particularly effective. Although the album does fade out rather for the last couple of tracks, (particularly the Dire Straits-esque 'Another Harry's Bar'), this really is a bit of a return to form for Tull, with a polite nod toward their earlier works, while still moving forward,(all be it slowly!).Established fans should find plenty to like here, while for new-comers it offers an accessible taster for the enormus Tull back catalogue spanning the last 30 years, and with the recentley released 'Dot-com' album, they show no signs of stopping just yet!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Review 22 Sep 2007
By Vaughan
Format:Audio CD
I hadn't planned on writing a review of this title, but when I saw there had yet to be any, I thought I'd add a brief note.

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.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Jonathan Rowe VINE VOICE
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Nobody ever made themselves popular in the world of music criticism by "coming out" as a Jethro Tull fan. But then, if you're reading this page, you're probably not averse to a riff of hard rock guitar, a bit with a flute, some nasally folk-inflected singing and the obligatory mandolin. In fact, you're probably a Tull fan already and what you really want to know is "Is this as good as their classic '70s stuff?".

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 Catfish Rising or
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Jethro Tull have produced some great albums over the years, and embraced a wide variety of styles. I have all the albums, from the jazzy blues of `This Was', through the prog era of `Aqualung', the folk of the mighty Songs from the Wood, the electronica of Under Wraps and the rock of Crest of a Knave. And I love them all, but there is one album that for some reason I nearly always reach for when I want to listen to a bit of Tull - `Roots To Branches'.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars tull at their best.
recommend this to any tull or non tull fans,
tull sounding great with anderson and barre on great form,brilliant.
Published 3 months ago by bad rabbit
4.0 out of 5 stars A true return to form for Tull
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 more
Published on 16 April 2012 by S Tuffnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Older Tull fans don't like this....
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 more
Published on 31 Mar 2012 by Tim Kidner
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time classic
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 more
Published on 9 Oct 2011 by Luis Cerno
4.0 out of 5 stars Tull tales
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 more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots To Branches
To me this is the finest Jetnro Tull album, it mixes all the musical styles they are best at, just listen to Another Harry's Bar and you can see where they are coming from, or... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2008 by Michelle Webb
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