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Under Wraps [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Jethro Tull Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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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 (11 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0007V3P5O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lap Of Luxury (2005 Digital Remaster)
2. Under Wraps #1 (2005 Digital Remaster)
3. European Legacy (2005 Digital Remaster)
4. Later That Same Evening (2005 Digital Remaster)
5. Saboteur (2005 Digital Remaster)
6. Radio Free Moscow (2005 Digital Remaster)
7. Astronomy (2005 Digital Remaster)
8. Tundra (2005 Digital Remaster)
9. Nobody's Car (2005 Digital Remaster)
10. Heat (2005 Digital Remaster)
11. Under Wraps #2 (2005 Digital Remaster)
12. Paparazzi (2005 Digital Remaster)
13. Apogee (2005 Digital Remaster)
14. Automotive Engineering (2005 Digital Remaster)
15. General Crossing (2005 Digital Remaster)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better in hindsight 10 Feb 2012
By Jonathan Rowe VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like most Tull fans I greeted the synth-driven and pop-inflected "Under Wraps" with dismay. Indeed, for years I subscribed to the Tull orthodoxy that splits the band's output into two periods:

1. before "Under Wraps" = classic Tull
2. everything after = patchy

But, the other day I read that Ian Anderson and the band always rated "Under Wraps" and toured it heavily; in fact, Anderson ruined his voice on its ambitious vocal parts. This made me curious to re-visit the old thing two decades on. I'm glad I did.

OK, let's clear the obvious hurdles. This album delights in then-novel but now-dated synthesizer technology. And it uses a drum machine. These truths are inescapable and must be met head on. The drum machine, well, even Ian Anderson makes no excuses for that in his new liner notes, and it IS annoying. The synth-pop sonic texture, however, is less jarring now than it was in 1984 - in fact, it comes across as suffused with Eighties nostalgia, a glamour the Eighties didn't actually possess while I was living through them but now possess in memory. Moreover, the synth music fits the Cold War paranoia and spooked futurism of the lyrics pretty well; as well, I'd argue, as the organic timbres of fiddle and mandolin suited "Heavy Horses / Songs From The Wood".

"Under Wraps" isn't exactly a concept album, in the way "Thick As a Brick" was, but it definitely explores a concept, or rather a set of interrelated concepts: espionage, globe-trotting internationalism and anxieties about soulless consumerism.

The album opener, "Lap of Luxury", showcases those doleful drum machines from the get-go.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well..It was the eighties... 9 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
No drummer - just a drum machine on this album. Sounds more like Devo/Art of Noise/The Cars than Tull. Somehow I can't imagine Tull wearing mullets and shoulder pads and doing the Miami Vice thing.

More electronic than Tull's usual organic acoustic sound. Nevertheless the songs are as good as anything Tull have ever done.

But I guess the electronic style is a bit of a culture shock to many Tull fans. Still: credit to the band for trying something different. Even if at times it doesn't quite work.

After this album Tull went back to their more familiar style. And I'm glad they did.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars That Difficult 15th Studio Album 1 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
Out of all the Jethro tull albums in existence this has to be the most Un-Jethro Tull one of the lot. Yes I know it's all very clever keyboard related stuff, but it sits horifically uneasily within the back catalogue as a whole. I can remember thinking that 'A' was worrying, but Under Wraps seemed to throw the Jethro Tull rule book out of the window completely. If you are like me and into the more rustic and earthier side of Jethro Tull, then this is not the album for you. In fact the only really good thing that I can say about it is that it is a good album to provoke contoversy, in-depth conversations and debates amongst Tull fans the world over. That is I suppose a good thing as it gets people talking together. The track 'Under Wraps 2' does offer some acoustic and lyrical comfort though, but is far too short to rescue the album from its sore thumb and overblown eighties keyboards status. Never forget though, that despite what I've said, it's still a Jethro Tull album and all Jethro Tull fans should own a copy so as to show support. However, Whether or not you choose to have it on display to visitors is another matter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under Wraps Exhumed 27 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD
It's a contentious album but having not liked this much in 1984, I have re-listened to it and re-assessed and I might now dangerously throw this in as the best Tull album. The songs are absolutely brilliant, clever, sophisticated and cinematic lyrics all linked together with Cold War themes of espionage, secret police, paparazzi, and the first Tull album with extensive contributions to the writing of the music from other band members. Yes, it uses a drum machine but I think it enhances the songs and gives them that slightly cold, Berlin/techno automaton feel. Anderson never sang as well as this on record before or since and I gather he and Martin Barre rate this album very highly, I can see why.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tull Fans, Lighten Up 17 Jan 2009
By Vaughan
Format:Audio CD
You know, Under Wraps is apparently a controversial album. So called Tull experts seem to hate it - so it can't be any good, right?

Heck... the stage show for this had Tull walking around the stage in space suits as I recall... oh good times.....

But let's get some things clear - any self-respecting Tull fan ought to be able to find a lot to like here, if only they could get over some hang ups. Tull might have gained "rustic charm", but they didn't always have it - they started with the Blues, delved in rock of the time, produced long extended discs such as Thick As a Brick and so on.... before settling into Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses... and going back to Blues with Catfish Rising.... and so on.

In other words, people really shouldn't get so stuck on what Tull are supposed to be, just LISTEN.

The main problem here is the lack of a "real" drummer, with the machines doing all the work instead. It sounds dated, and heavy handed, and adds nothing to the CD - hurts it even. But if that were the whole story, that would be the end of it, but it isn't....

The thing is - this album has some rather brilliant songs on it. The title track (both versions), Later That Same Evening, Radio Free Moscow, Tundra, European Legacy.... they're all classic Anderson songs, and are very much worthy of consideration as some of the best Tull worked on.

Sure, somewhere in the production of this one things got.... weird. But when the quality is as good as it is under the surface of all that electronics, surely this can be overlooked.

This album deserves much more credit and kudos than it gets. It isn't perfect, but few things are. Give it a chance (or five) and you might be surprised. I love it personally.

Though the reissue sounded a bit WORSE to my eyes, with an even greater emphasis on those damn drums....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great
It's Jethro Tull, always been a fan from "This Was". No one out there does it like this, top draw.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. T. Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars drivel
do'nt buy this album expecting it to be "classic tull" you'll be sadly dissapointed.i bought it as part of the 4 album set at a bargain 10 quid, so i can't say i was robbed ,but... Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by Mr. S. Metcalf
1.0 out of 5 stars In the bin with it!!
With the exception of the freebie CDs given away in newspapers, up until yesterday I had never thrown away an LP, CD or cassette in my life. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by Chris Lawson (otispie)
4.0 out of 5 stars UNDER WRAPS (A BIT LIKE MARMITE !!)
The much maligned Jethro Tull album 'Under Wraps' from 1984 is a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it, there is no in-between. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by Bert Swiss
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, I like it (and he autographed my hankie).
I've long had a soft spot for this one. Anderson was always a mischievous old curmudgeon and I'm sure he had half an eye on hacking off the flute brigade when he wrote this. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2010 by Bass God
1.0 out of 5 stars As You Dislike It?
Tull do medieval? Yes. Tull do eighties "Synth Rock"? Hell NO!

I bought this on vinyl back in the eighties, having been a Tull fan since the "Benefit" era. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2010 by Labsmgr9
4.0 out of 5 stars What do you want?
Times change and creative artists of John Anderson's rank move with them exploring new ideas and sounds. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2008 by Squonk
4.0 out of 5 stars Ruined by integrated extra tracks - buy the LP!
Unfortunately this CD expanded and interspersed with extra tracks is far more patchy than the original excellent LP which I played nearly to death. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2008 by M. LANGFORD
1.0 out of 5 stars Worth a listen? Not really.
This is the album that pretty much ended my love affair with Jethro Tull. After this Synth rock monstrosity I would never again automaticaly buy the latest Tull release. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2007 by Lee Vincent Crawford
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