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Jethro Tull A Passion Play 1973 - Concert Music Poster Concertposter
Jethro Tull A Passion Play 1973 - Concert Music Poster Concertposter

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its a Warchild Poster, 23 Aug. 2013
The photo on this poster is clearly from the 1974 War Child tour of 1974 or even 1975. Not the APP tour.
Just sayin ....

Thick As a Brick [40th Anniversary Special Edition]
Thick As a Brick [40th Anniversary Special Edition]
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Price: £39.91

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thicker Brick, 3 Dec. 2012
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Theres been enough said about this masterpiece of shaggy dogism, already, but this Special Edition has polished up the old dog until its better than new.

The remastering has given the album an almost 3D depth and clarity. The interplay between the keyboards and guitar is really showcased, now and you can even hear the odd interjection of violin and sax, which were only there, originally, in the liner notes as far as I could tell. The drumming is (as John Bonham described it) musical geometry and the whole thing is powered by manic energy and a pythonesque silliness that was obvious even in 1972, when those too dumb to get the jokes, wrote the whole thing off as pretentious.

Apparently there are some audio blips or glitches, somewhere, but Ill be buggered if I could hear them.

A magic album made magicker ...

Message To Love: The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
Message To Love: The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £23.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative, 3 Dec. 2012
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A better line up, by far, than Woodstock. I wish Id been there, but this (and the video) is as close as Im ever going to get. And I dont have to deal with queues and horrendous toilets, so a winner all round!

Stonehenge: Exploring the greatest Stone Age mystery
Stonehenge: Exploring the greatest Stone Age mystery
by Michael Parker Pearson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Stonehenge Demystified, 3 Dec. 2012
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A great read and Parker-Pearsons "theories" have the ring of truth about them. This is book without doubt, the definitive word on Stonehenge, thus far, but you get the feeling that there is more to come - that there is a great discovery just around the corner. Until then this book is a must read for anyone with an interest in archaeology or British history.

Thick As A Brick 2
Thick As A Brick 2
Price: £14.40

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School songs, 12 April 2012
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This review is from: Thick As A Brick 2 (Audio CD)
What a pleasant surprise to find this album in the, sadly rather sparse shelves of Linwell Records. I remember the furore Gerald Bostocks original epic "Thick as a Brick" poem created back in the early 70's and loved the subsequent album of the same name, released by Jethro Tull. As a long time resident and loyal Labour voter, Im a bit confused as to why local landowner and Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson, would subtitle the album, "Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock?", when said Mr Bostock has been a well known (infamous) Labour Party activist and MP for many years. Mr Bostock has also just taken up residency in The Old Rectory in Mulberry Lane, St Cleve. Perhaps Mr Anderson doesnt read the news.

I have to say, though, that "TAAB 2" really is a wonderful little album. It really takes me back to the days when record album releases were important events and friends would gather and listen in attentive silence. Indeed albums often had to be played several times before they made any sense at all. Music in those days had such depth, character and invention, that you could listen to it for years and hear something new every time you played it. "TAAB 2 " is such an album.

Its not perfect - at times, stilted, perfectly enunciated vocals and Poetic lyrics give off a slightly pompous air ( hence the occasional 1 and 2 star review ), and the music, while being perfectly arranged and played, lacks the edge and invention of the original (possibly an unfair comparison). And the synths in Wooten Bassett Town are not to my taste. Also it is hard to imagine that "Little Milton", with his unwholesome attitude towards God and country, would ever have become a Banker, Choristor, or a Military Man. I would have thought Damian Hirst-like or perhaps Geldofian futures more likely. But it matters not! There are some great songs and great moments - Banker Bets, Adrift and Dumbfounded, Change of Horses and especially Kismet in Suburbia are magnificent, I love the use of treated vocals. But best of all its an album you can listen to from start to finish - the aforementioned weak points, are mere blips in the big picture.

Oddly enough, I have found that listening to this new record, has changed my appreciation of the original Thick As A Brick. Maybe its the change of perspective, but its like listening to it with new ears.

Anyway, next time I see Ian at The Poet And Painter, I must buy him a congratulatory pint ...
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May You Never - The Very Best Of
May You Never - The Very Best Of
Price: £5.32

28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars May You Never Buy This Album, 5 April 2009
Trying to put the best of John Martyn onto 1 album is, at best, a foolhardy exercise. It cant be done.

Having said that, this is a terrible attempt. At least half the songs dont deserve to be there. I know John would be spinning in his grave , if he thought this was how he was being remembered!

If you want to own just one Martyn album, go for one of: One World, Grace and Danger or Solid Air. There are dozens of other worthy albums, also.

Avoid all "Best Of's", but this is the worst.
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Well Kept Secret
Well Kept Secret
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Price: £27.28

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gun Money, 2 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Well Kept Secret (Audio CD)
I love this album. Ok, its a stab at commercial radio friendly pop - why not? You cant blame the guy, after years of producing album after album of sublime, timeless, undefinable magic for minimal return, for having a go at making some pocket money.

Well Kept Secret is like Phil Collins with an edge. Check out the lyrics to Love Up - "your baby cant see you now shes busy, she recommends you go see sister Millie, step around the corner up against the wall, she'll see to your needs, no trouble at all..." Or Gun Money " gimme a pound Ill make you sound just like a Rolls Royce on a summers day, gimme a dollar or I might just blow your head away".

Make no mistake, there's lots of "boy loses girl" pop stuff on there too, but Martyn couldnt make bad music if he tried.

If you expect our John to be making the same album over and over again, you'll hate this. If youve got an open mind, there's plenty to enjoy on this slight diversion into radioland.

Price: £5.99

54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return Of The Grand Court Jester, 14 Oct. 2002
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This review is from: Warchild (Audio CD)
When first released in 1974, I recall many being disappointed with Warchild, in comparison to its illustrious predecessor, A Passion Play, but over the years this view has changed considerably and the album is rightly considered one of Tulls best offerings.
Warchild is essentially a collection of outtakes from the Passion Play sessions and from the soundtrack to the ill fated Warchild movie. Similarities with APP abound, especially in the use of saxophones and lyrical themes. There are Piano accordians in the mix, too and the album has a humorous, surreal English Music Hall / circus feel.
Standout tracks from the album proper, include the magnificent Backdoor Angels which features some savage guitar from Martin Barre; the classic Skating Away ( on the thin ice of a new day ); hit single Bungle in the Jungle and the sardonic Only Solitaire - an acoustic jingle, part self parody part searing attack on the rock press.
This remastered version features some outstanding bonus tracks ( 7 in all ) culled from various collections, all of which are regarded as cult classics by the Jethro Tull cognescenti and the album would be worth buying for these alone. Add all the original tracks and the pristine, crystal clear remastering job and you have what can only be described as an essential album.
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