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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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Toshiba
  • ASIN: B00005O5UF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,588,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. D. Smith on 19 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
You rarely, if ever, find an album that pleases everybody, and perhaps because of this you may find reviews of this collection elsewhere saying "this is a weak song" "that's not up to standard" and so on. I prefer to take a slightly different view.

What you actually have here, (and I think Ian Anderson said as much in the sleeve notes), a kind of Jethro Tull "try before you buy" sales brochure introducing you to their back catalogue. The CD spans JT's illustrious career, starting with their single "Living in the Past" and progressing in a fairly non-chronological order through some classic Tull and some less obvious choices.

I think this gives Tull newcomers a chance to dip a toe tentatively into this unique band and get a feel for their various musical directions, prior to taking the plunge proper. Once you've found a track that grabs you, all you need do is a little research to find out what album it came from, then go get that album if you want to find out more.

For example, if folk rock is "your thang", you may find "Heavy Horses" or "Songs from the Wood" do it for you, and as luck would have it, these are title tracks from their respective albums. Aqualung, with it's changing time signatures, is more prog rock and the album it's from went in an entirely different musical direction.

That's not to say you may not grow to like either style, but with such a diverse back catalogue to choose from, why waste time trying to get into something that doesn't quite do it for you at first listen? In this respect, it's almost an ideal "first" Tull album.

The other way of viewing this album, is that it's almost like a live Jethro Tull gig in layout.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yesman on 11 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Having not listened to Jethro Tull for 30 years, I bought the album purely for nostalgic reasons. But, oh my, what I'd forgotten and missed!! The subtle influences of Jazz and Folk into a Prog Rock base, are truly fantastic. I even found a couple of tracks were 'new' to me. Now have a new favourite Tull track in The Whistler, brilliant.

Thank you to Mr. Anderson et al, for great music, great tunes and great memories. The Very Best of Jethro Tull? You bet it is!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Haasmic on 5 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
Tull have been making records now for over 30 years. In all of that time, however, there has never been a single cd which fully represented their entire distinguished recording career. The long wait is finally over with the release of this disc. Featuring songs from their very early years, like "Song For Jeffrey," "Bouree" and "Living in the Past" up through their next to last studio album, "Roots to Branches," this cd constitutes an excellent sampler of the band's work. Long-time fans of the band will, of course, already have several copies of the songs on this disc, but the convenience of having them all together more than makes up for it. My only quibble with the album is that it nowhere mentions Ray Davies and I believe that the inclusion of a more complete informative booklet on the history of the band and the songs on the album would have been a plus for those fans who already have these songs. Still, this is definitely a must have cd for new fans and old. Hopefully, in ten years time, we'll be able to look back on this cd and say, like the band did on their first album, "This was how [Tull] were playing then--but things change....don't they."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S Tuffnell on 16 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
There are a lot of compilations out there showcasing the wonderful Jethro Tull. The best compilation is by far the box set 25th anniversary that coincides with the DVD release. This little snippet of Tull being reviewed here is of course only 1 CD attempting to jam in all the best of Tull and failing miserably. Tull is so good though that I can listen to snippets of the great band anytime so it deserves at least recognition for that. Though I don't know who this CD is aimed at. All true Tull fans would own all these songs. Non Tull fans may come across this in a bargain bin and decide to check out the band but would they? Really in all honesty it contains a lot of the quintessential Tull classics such as Living In The Past, Aqualung, Bungle In The Jungle, The Witch's Promise, Bourée, Life Is A Long Song, A New Day Yesterday, Locomotive Breath and A Song For Jeffrey. All of these of course have made their way to just about every Tull compilation known to man. Furthermore these songs come from Jethro Tull's best albums so are worth purchasing.

Once again those who think they know better decided to throw on a criminally edited version of Thick as a Brick that never works so I don't know why they bother. Oh, and the obligatory edited Minstrel in the Gallery raises its ugly head. For some reason there is an edited version of Heavy Horses as well. The edited songs are really useless, and why did they tack on Cheerio? It seems the powers that be were trying to jam in as much Tull as possible editing here and there to make the cut. It would have been way better to leave these tracks off all together and add others such as Teacher or some of the early stuff from Benefit or This Was or at least more of Aqualung. In any case this is really a dire compilation compared to others available. It looks pretty in its packaging, but comes off as really just another cash-in for the uninitiated.
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