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Homo Erraticus
Homo Erraticus
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £29.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! The Acoustic Ian Anderson Album We've Waited 45 Years For., 10 May 2014
This review is from: Homo Erraticus (Audio CD)
This is obviously a great four disc collection. Done with great care, skill, and humour. But, you really won't be listening much to the main CD or the two DVDs. That material is obviously wonderful, but it's nothing you haven't heard before: the breathy flute, the masterful guitar licks, and the rapidly changing time signatures, that have graced all of Ian Anderson's works, from Jethro Tull until now. Give those three discs to your Metallica-loving friends to show them the error of their ways.

No, the jewel in this collection is the "Erraticus Amplius Bonus CD." There, in all its glory, you will find the acoustic CD that we've always wanted Ian to do. Here, he presents the early, demo versions of the songs that eventually appear in orchestrated form on the final Homo Erraticus CD. This is just Ian, singing to a click track, and playing just his flute, his acoustic guitar and what, on some of the songs, sounds like Clive Bunker's charm bracelet as some bonus percussion. He isn't trying to hide anything behind some sketchy accordion playing here; he isn't repeating phrasing that's he's used in the past (best example on the main CD is how much Enter the Uninvited sounds like Hot Mango Flush), and he isn't trying to show how cleverly he can change direction in the middle of a song or find a place to drop in some unnecessary electric guitar. No, what he presents here is direct, stark, bare, and yes, downright sexy playing and singing that's worth the price of admission to this set all by itself.

My only quibble with the entire set, and this is a minor one, is that I think the coffee table book that comes with it would have been better if it had included a short essay about, or even by, Ray Davies. That would have made the project much more memorable and poignant for me. Aside from that slight disappointment, however, you will really enjoy the acoustic CD in this collection.

Around The World Live [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]
Around The World Live [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Jethro Tull
Price: £20.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With One Minor Exception, This Is A Great Collection, 14 July 2013
The benefit of this collection is that, for the first time, it combines extended live performances from throughout Jethro Tull's long career in a single package. It is true that a small proportion of the material, the Isle of Wight footage, has appeared on a prior commercial release. The remaining performances, however, are presented here, in a LEGITIMATE, ARTIST-APPROVED release, for the first time. The quality of the DVD is better than you'll get from illegal bootlegs or on the internet. The book that comes with it is a pleasant, added bonus. My only quibble is that I think it would have been a better product if it had included some live performances by Ray Davies. But, that nit aside, I believe you will find this reasonably-priced, thoughtfully-crafted collection is well worth it.
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Living With the Past [Live]
Living With the Past [Live]
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £3.99

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Tull CD is Simply Fabulous, 26 April 2002
I think that this is the greatest Tull live cd ever. It features songs from concerts given over the past couple of years in various places around the world. It gives the listener a very good idea of how the band is "living with their past" by having to attempt to mix their newer material with their older classic tunes. This cd succeeds on all levels. The liner notes were also very informative and useful although I would have liked to have seen more attention paid to Ray Davies in the description of some of the older songs. Still, this is a must have cd for both casual and long-time fans of this great group.

The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
Price: £5.32

27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tull Compilation Album Hits The Spot, 5 April 2001
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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