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Thick As A Brick
Thick As A Brick
Price: £7.99

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tull are definitely not 'Thick'!, 21 Feb 2000
This review is from: Thick As A Brick (Audio CD)
One of Jethro Tull's most impressive, memorable, yet strangest albums from the early '70s. The concept of a continuous song (but suddenly changing here and there), was clever at the time. Based upon the theme of a young poet acclaimed then denounced because of his 'strongly-worded' entry in a competition. The replica newspaper describing both articles - and much more besides! - was included with the original vinyl version. Yet two more extras were added to the 25th Anniversary of 'Thick As A Brick - LATE EDITION' CD: 'Live at Madison Square Garden' and 'Exclusive Interview with...'; the former can also be found on Tull's 20th Anniversary Video, (the first Live Transatlantic Recording) while the latter concerns Ian, Martin Barre, and Jeffrey Hammond offering insight to the uncertain, sufferable times during its creation in '72. Following the success of 'Aqualung', Tull were by this time sunning in the limelight, having achieved tremendous popularity in the music world, with one of the most important albums of their career. I deem this a five star classic wonder because of the Anniversary Package bonus tracks - although Jethro Tull really went to town by designing the realistic 'St. Cleve and Herald' community newspaper! Thus proving themselves multi-talented, Ian insisted that live performances resemble 'Monty Python' sketches, and add a little humour to the throng. Although Britain's audiences were doubtless rolling in the aisles, it was met with much puzzlement in Europe and Japan where early 70's bizarre British humour hadn't yet caught on. But that didn't matter - the band was there to earn money, perform (in more ways than one) to eager fans, and enjoy the good old days!
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A Second Chance at Eden
A Second Chance at Eden
by Peter F. Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars More surprises from a master of sci-fi!, 18 Feb 2000
This is the way that 'history' of Peter Hamilton's universe should be chronicled. The first short story was pretty basic, but entertaining, with ideas of genetically designed monsters created for gladiotorial sport. But the 'Second Chance at Eden' novella was a mini-Greg Mandel type of detective adventure, taking place on the first Edenist Habitat in its infancy. Further on, 'Candy Buds' is the fore-runner to Night's Dawn Trilogy, drawing on the powers of the mind, and how seductive drugs can lull even the most ruthless of men. The 'Lives of Tiolla Rose' introduces the fascinating advantages of cloning - in some ways cheating even death. 'Escape Route' concerns Joshua Calvert's father who discovers a disturbingly original way to solve a dangerous problem. Peter Hamilton's clever imagination devised a means by which the reader observes the development of human progress in high tech science and social change. This snapshot method - by the telling of fascinating stories elaborating those years between 'Greg Mandel' and 'Night's Dawn' - makes 'A Second Chance at Eden' another masterpiece tome in its own right. A bountiful addition to the Hamilton Collection!


Original Masters
Original Masters
Price: £9.40

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jethro Tull Showcase album, 11 Feb 2000
This review is from: Original Masters (Audio CD)
Indeed, this isn't just any veteran rock group compilation. 'Original Masters' is ideal for converting anybody interested to being a Tully. It includes old favourites, differing in style and sound. Although I had most of the tracks on other CD's, it still proved a special programme and therefore convenient having the 'Masters' all on one album. Truly my money's worth!


Stand Up
Stand Up

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums in Progressive Rock., 11 Feb 2000
This review is from: Stand Up (Audio CD)
Jethro Tull were perhaps one of the many groups who co-existed with the flower power era, whilst their blues/celtic/acoustic/folkish styles were fully displayed in this one album alone. Perhaps because of such a reason, 'Stand Up' does exactly what it's name suggests - over thirty years since its release. Ian Anderson (band leader, vocalist, flautist) endeavoured to explore different sounds, techniques, and new ideas at the time. Jethro Tull (during their listless meanderings!) had inadvertently influenced a 'crusading movement' for the direction of music. The first track 'A New Day Yesterday', is still remembered by all hardcore Tullies, a very moody blues number, only to be played when its raining. 'Bouree' proved a more classical piece with flute, bass, and drums, based on the orchestral version - it went down well in Europe! 'Back to the Family' is one of my current favourites, because I've not long since moved from my parents' home. Although witty, it also carries worthy advice on what yo may experience striking out on your own. 'Look Into the Sun' is reminiscent of summer days, whilst 'Nothing is Easy' is a great track ideal for Radio play, although perhaps a little loud performed live! 'Fat Man' was another favourite of mine, quite charming and introducing an Indian style with hand-drums and guitar. 'Reasons for Waiting' is a slow-moving, dreamy romantic, which was a pleasure to hear on Sunday radio recently - the DJ commented about how beautiful the song was. Overall, 'Stand Up' is one of Jethro Tull's prominent albums, the second in fact, and a far-cry from the more diverse (although acceptable) bluesy debut 'This Was'. If you're curious about Tull, only caught a rare glimpse or whisper of their work, then this album is an absolute first to start your collection!


The Naked God
The Naked God
by Peter F. Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Many Mysteries of the Universe...., 13 Dec 1999
This review is from: The Naked God (Hardcover)
Peter Hamilton's 'Naked God' in the Night's Dawn Trilogy is a magnificent piece of science fiction. In all, over 3000 pages of pure heart-stopping suspense, curious alien intrigues, and characters torn from a past thought forgotten!!!If one day such a thing could happen...would you also be there? Bravado and devil-daring exploits galore in this exodus of epic proportions! Let there be light!


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