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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living With The Past - The definitive Live DVD
We have come a long way since the days of the slipstream video release and the DVD proves this in terms of sound and picture quality.The disc contains 100 minutes of jethro tull performance interspersed with interview clips and a couple of specially recorded video segments (Jack in the green and Roots to branches) .Initially I thought this would spoil the performance but...
Published on 1 July 2002 by Stephen Jeal

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Here is my review of Living With The Past (DVD).
Sound quality good,
However, the concert is spoilt during songs by cutting to other concert and rehearsal footage and uncalled for visuals. Result, it looks more like a (very long) pop video and just tricks the mind into thinking Tull are just miming to a backing track.
Where were the shoots of Martin Barre...
Published on 18 July 2002 by John Kerrigan


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living With The Past - The definitive Live DVD, 1 July 2002
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This review is from: Living With The Past [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
We have come a long way since the days of the slipstream video release and the DVD proves this in terms of sound and picture quality.The disc contains 100 minutes of jethro tull performance interspersed with interview clips and a couple of specially recorded video segments (Jack in the green and Roots to branches) .Initially I thought this would spoil the performance but the DVD flows very nicely and it was a joy to watch and brought back memories of the live shows and draughty train stations in December.This DVD shows why Jethro Tull will still be rocking for a long time to come and a lot of thought and work has gone into the make up and content on this disc to make this the definitive rock DVD that all others will be measured by and an essential purchase for all Tull fans.
The disc is easy to navigate with all menu options clearly accessible and laid out on some nice background graphics making it very easy to choose from the many extras available on the disc.With the DVD comes a nice booklet describing the recording, production and other info about the DVD. I won`t attempt to describe every single track because we have all been to the shows so we know what to expect and they have been faithfully reproduced on the disc.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwile addition for a Tull fan, 9 July 2002
This review is from: Living With The Past [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
I've been a Jethro Tull fan for a long time now and I have been looking forward to this release for some time. In general, it was worth the wait. The production quality, both visually and sonically, is top notch and the DVD is well laid out with a very simple and clear menu. As well as the extensive list of live tull songs, there are a number of added features, such as interviews with the band (which there could have been more of), a photo gallery and a virtual ticket seat view at one of the concerts - which is different...
The live set itself is a a mixture of what you would expect on a typical 'Best of Tull' album, with a few more interesting ones thrown in. The songs are interspersed with short sections of interview dialogue, which on the whole is good and makes the DVD more interesting than just one song directly after another.
Highlights for me are the new studio versions of Life's a long song and Wondering aloud. Both are recorded live in the studio with a string quartet, piano and percussion. Ian Anderson's ability as a musician really shines through in these performances, particularly his overlooked ability as a fine player of acoustic guitar (because his flute playing is so good), and it is clear for all to see just how good a song craftsmen he is at his best, both melodically and lyrically. He really is seriously underated as a songwriter. Other parts worthy of mention are the performances with the original 60's line up with Mick Abrahams and co, doing versions of 'Some day the sun won't shine for you' and a few others from the 'This Was' album. I can't really fault the rest of the live performances, though I would have personally preferred to hear some of the more unusual material, that is only occasionally played in the live set, rather than all of the obvious favorites. Also, Ian Anderson's voice is clearly not what it was and he does show signs of difficulty in some of songs - but then I was expecting this as I've seen him play a lot over the last few years.
To conlude, for a Jethro Tull fan, I think this is a worthy addition to their collection, though there's a part of me that longs to have a DVD of live material from the bands 70's era....I can but hope....
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 18 July 2002
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John Kerrigan (Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Living With The Past [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Here is my review of Living With The Past (DVD).
Sound quality good,
However, the concert is spoilt during songs by cutting to other concert and rehearsal footage and uncalled for visuals. Result, it looks more like a (very long) pop video and just tricks the mind into thinking Tull are just miming to a backing track.
Where were the shoots of Martin Barre for his main guitar solos. Budapest and Sweet Dream being examples. Too many were missed by showing close ups of the keyboards.
Also, talking over tracks, such as Bouree and between tracks loses all the continuity of a concert.
Who ever directed this should stick with making poor home videos for their own personnel use only.
Definitely, the director requires a jump start.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 18 July 2002
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John Kerrigan (Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Living With The Past [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Here is my review of Living With The Past (DVD).
Sound quality good,
However, the concert is spoilt during songs by cutting to other concert and rehearsal footage and uncalled for visuals. Result, it looks more like a (very long) pop video and just tricks the mind into thinking Tull are just miming to a backing track.
Where were the shoots of Martin Barre for his main guitar solos. Budapest and Sweet Dream being examples. Too many were missed by showing close ups of the keyboards.
Also, talking over tracks, such as Bouree and between tracks loses all the continuity of a concert.
Who ever directed this should stick with making poor home videos for their own personnel use only.
Definitely, the director requires a jump start.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Stereo Music recording with some pictures, 13 July 2002
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Derek Slone (Southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Living With The Past [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
I'm being a little harsh. I'm a Tull fan and have been for years. The DVD brings back vivid memories of the 2001 tour when I went to see them in Guilford. The way they've chopped the live material with interviews does make it more entertaining. However, it could have been so much better.
The audio is only 2-ch stereo (not even ProLogic), the pictures are 4:3. They have a "Virtual Ticket Window" which is a recording of "Beside Myself" from the Hammersmith Apollo from three angles; but they've recorded it as three separate tracks when this was BEGGING to be a DVD multiple angle feature so that you can switch between the views without interrupting the song.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living In The Past - The definitive live DVD, 22 Jun 2002
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This review is from: Living With The Past [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
We have come a long way since the days of the slipstream video release and the DVD proves this in terms of sound and picture quality.The disc contains 100 minutes of jethro tull performance interspersed with interview clips and a couple of specially recorded video segments (Jack in the green and Roots to branches) .Initially I thought this would spoil the performance but the DVD flows very nicely and it was a joy to watch and brought back memories of the live shows and draughty train stations in December.This DVD shows why Jethro Tull will still be rocking for a long time to come and a lot of thought and work has gone into the make up and content on this disc to make this the definitive rock DVD that all others will be measured by and an essential purchase for all Tull fans.
The disc is easy to navigate with all menu options clearly accessible and laid out on some nice background graphics making it very easy to choose from the many extras available on the disc.With the DVD comes a nice booklet describing the recording, production and other info about the DVD.I won`t attempt to describe every single track because we have all been to the shows so we know what to expect and they have been faithfully reproduced on the disc. Overall a very slick package and worth buying a DVD player just to watch this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For All Tull Fans, 20 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Living With The Past [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Excellent Concert Footage & Behind the scenes interviews with band members. An absolute must buy for Tull fans or anybody interested in the Prog Rock scene.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad!, 13 May 2013
This review is from: Living With The Past [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Interviews should have been left to the end. On another chapter maybe.
A live dvd should be like a concert. Let the band be enjoyed for their performance.
Please Mr Anderson more live performance , less talk from the musicians.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living With The Past. The definitive live DVD., 22 Jun 2002
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This review is from: Living With The Past [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
We have come a long way since the days of the slipstream video release and the DVD proves this in terms of sound and picture quality.The disc contains 100 minutes of jethro tull performance interspersed with interview clips and a couple of specially recorded video segments (Jack in the green and Roots to branches) .Initially I thought this would spoil the performance but the DVD flows very nicely and it was a joy to watch and brought back memories of the live shows and draughty train stations in December.This DVD shows why Jethro Tull will still be rocking for a long time to come and a lot of thought and work has gone into the make up and content on this disc to make this the definitive rock DVD that all others will be measured by and an essential purchase for all Tull fans.
The disc is easy to navigate with all menu options clearly accessible and laid out on some nice background graphics making it very easy to choose from the many extras available on the disc.With the DVD comes a nice booklet describing the recording, production and other info about the DVD. I won`t attempt to describe every single track because we have all been to the shows so we know what to expect and they have been faithfully reproduced on the disc. Overall a very slick package and worth buying a DVD player just to watch this DVD.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more can I say?, 24 Mar 2005
This review is from: Living With The Past [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This DVD collection is a must for anybody who appreciates real music played by extremely competent, talented and innovative musicians. Jethro Tull's music has stood the test of time and the fusion of old and new material is as fresh and unpredictable as ever. Ian Anderson's mastery of the flute is absolutely superb and anyone who can play the flute so fluently whilst standing on one leg has got to be worth a watch!!!! To any of you out there who are pondering whether to buy this DVD, stop wasting time and get it ordered I promise you that you won't be disappointed!!!
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