The idea of this DVD is almost strange, a collection of Jethro Tull's performances in Germany. In practice it does work, but more Like one concert with bonus material than as a complete collection.
What you get is one very good concert from 1982, during the Broadsword era where songs like 'Fallen On Hard Times' and 'Pussy Willow' mix it up with classic tracks such as 'Heavy Horses,' 'Sweet Dream' and the ever present concert closing duo of 'Aqualung' and 'Locomotive Breath' all of which are performed effortlessly, with a pretty decent audio mix and equally decent visuals.
This part of the DVD is where you feel that you've gotten your money's worth, a well and recorded concert with enough classic material on it to keep you happy that was filmed when Ian's voice was still at its best.
Then however, you get another concert which has worse audio, worse visuals and the performance feels a little flatter and less energetic, with Ian's voice not as strong as on the other aforementioned concert. When thought of as a bonus feature this is fine, but it doesn't stand up incredibly well on its own and while it is certainly good, it doesn't exactly feel great. The performance of 'Thick As A Brick,' is interesting with some jamming and segments from the second half of the piece that the band usually don't play live and then the version of 'Too Old To Rock And Roll...' is solid enough as well.
Then there is a kind of poorly recorded, filmed and mixed version of 'Hunting Girl' that doesn't begin entirely at the beginning, followed by a well shot but very dull TV spot from the early nineties and then an absolutely fantastic 'Benefit,' era live spot where they play a haunting and fantastically recorded version of 'With You There To Help Me,' and a strange version of 'Nothing is Easy,' that's full of mistakes because it looks like Ian's ribs are injured. Then it ends, abruptly.
So, as a collection its rather strange. However, for a Tull fan I look at it as an Excellent concert from the Broadsword tour with an eclectic collection of bonus material. The aforementioned versions of 'Too Old To Rock And Roll' and 'With You There To Help Me' are good enough to make the rest of the DVD feel worthwhile and the 1982 concert would stand up on its own. Additionally, you do get a booklet with detailed linear notes from Mr. Anderson as usual so there is certainly a lot of Material here for a Tull fan to enjoy, however I feel it should lose at least one star for the flat sound in the second concert and the poorer moments of the additional material.
In conclusion, it is not perfect but there's a lot of good stuff for any Tull fan.
on 7 May 2008
Another great Tull DVD, keep them coming. You get 42 minutes of concert footage from 1982, coincidentally just over 2 weeks after I saw them live the first time at Wembley. Good to see the still shaggy haired Anderson and Martin Barre at an intermediate stage of his transformation, strutting their stuff. I needed to go to the reference books to work out exactly when and where these were filmed, info I would have liked to have seen in the notes. There is more live footage from 1986 and a tv set in 1993; some of my favourite tracks - Hunting Girl, Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die, Black Sunday, before the Beat Club footage at the end including John Evan's superb Pathetique piano solo, and a strange, warts-and-all performance of Nothing Is Easy.
on 13 August 2014
Disappointing at some point. The unique interesting things in this dvd are the concert televised by the program Rock Pop In Concert (ZDF) and videos of the Beat Club in 1970, however, both television shows are incomplete. The performance at Rock Pop in Concert in 1982 is approximately 80 minutes in the original broadcast (dvd bootleg called Beasties 1982). No longer know the exact duration of the Beat Club program, but it is known that not only two songs were played (where Nothing is Easy is incomplete because Ian Anderson abandons the music in strange and weird way). The remaining programs Rocksummer in Loreley, Out in the green (what ???) and Live 1993 are horrible and weaks. The performances are dire and the voice of Ian Anderson this more than erased. Already in concert Pop Rock concert in 1982 can be seen the Anderson's vocals in frank decadence and agony. When I heard that this collection would be released, I thought I would have a performance at Rock in Pop in full, which disappointed me a lot, given the resistance of Ian Anderson to launch a box in Kissology style, or even the Zeppelin DVD style, with over 5 hours of material. Up was released Around the World with 4 dvds in 2012/2013, but as this Jack in The Green, was another disappointment. A pity. Only for hardcore collectors.