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Broadsword And The Beast
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2012
Jethro Tull have been around for a decade or two. Like all of us they mature, (probably). I bought this as a walk down memory lane and I enjoyed as much the second time round as the first. Tull is distinctive and unique. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2014
I bought this to replace an old tape cassette and was pleased to see the extra tracks not on my old tape. Couldn't find this on the high street at the time and this was delivered safely packaged and speedily. A good buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2013
If you have ever wondered what Jethro Tull are about...this album will give you a big clue.Then you have to take a journey.A journey that will amaze you beyond belief.
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One of the (many) excellent, unique, masterful albums from the legendary Jethro Tull.
Their musicianship (even though the line-up changed over the years) is never less than stunning, the songs range from gentle ballads to all out heavy rock, via folk, jazz and classical.
I have been listening to Tull albums over the years (ever since "This Was") and (apart from a couple of synthesier oddities in the '80s) have been delighted, amazed and awe-inspired by them.
I saw Ian Anderson's tour last year (with most of Tull) and they are still wonderful...
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2005
I remember when "Broadsword and the Beast" was first released it contained the direction and confidence of the bands' early years whilst being diverse musically as more recent Tull music.
The difference between this and the previous couple of years of music was that it gelled as a whole; the songs and music tell the story of good triumphing over evil - art and creativity vs the oppressive establishment with its constricting rigid social traditions - and the role that the rock band plays in the triumph. Martin Barre's guitar is particularly highlighted here - loud and colourful - and Anderson is well on form.
A bonus is Dave Pegg's performance on bass, which has to be one of the huge-est in pop history, continueing from his work on the "A" album, using a variety of styles with consistantly tough and melodic playing. Vietesse and Conway provide tremendously distinctive keyboards and drums, respectively.
Getting a listen to this remastered version has surprised in that that the album sounds just as good as when it was first released; Tull are a real lasting band and often the most underrated of the truly great rock groups. Anyone who claims that they don't like "Broadsword" is either lying or has simply never heard it. Quick, buy it.
The great new bonus tracks add to the story, and it must have been a toss of a coin as to which songs got onto the vinyl!
Connected albums? - instead of perusing through recommended prog., electric folk or World Music contemporaries, if you want more "Broadsword", try previous rock eras - Bob Dylan's 60s songs on his "Blonde on Blonde" album for example - also ELPs "Brain Salad Surgery" album and The Clash's "London Calling album.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2005
This is possibly one of Jethro Tull's most underrated albums. Maybe it was seen as unfashionable in 1982 in the light of the electro pop era, to see 70s prog rockers using synthesisers, but this was their most successful album in Europe and in hindsight it's quite easy to see why. Broadsword blends the mandolins, flute and acoustic guitars of Songs From The Wood with the synthesisers of 'A'. Despite the synthesisers and sometimes moody, foreboding atmosphere (in songs such as Flying Colours and Watching Me, Watching You) Broadsword retains a very folky, English feel. Slow Marching Band and Cheerio are quite uplifting and heartfelt. The album is nicely produced and sounds very polished and all the instruments are crisply played. Dave Pegg's mandolins sound great on Fallen On Hard Times and Martin Barre produces some of his most substantial electric guitar work. It would have been interesting to see how the band would have sounded and developed had Peter Vettesse stayed with the band throughout the 80s. This remastered edition benefits from a cleaner, less muffled sound and the trebly, higher sounds sparkle more. At this price, this cd is well worth getting and it's an example of an interesting era of a band that is often overlooked. It's not as good as Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses or Aqualung, but it's their best 80s album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2014
Wow, one of my favourites! A great blend between clasic rock and modern composition/instrumentation, for me a valuable Tull recording!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Can't agree with anyone who carps about this Tull album. It's a gem in what is a pretty impressive back cataolgue. The live show that accompanied the album was one of the finest Tull have ever put together and listening again to the amazing playing and arrangements brings it all back. Buy it, listen and agree!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2009
The last truly produced studio album. Though with the new line up following the regrettable events at the turn of the 80's this for me is the last proper solid TULL album. The "Slow Marching Band" track is a sad swipe at old friends turned into past employees "Take a hand and take a bow you played for me that's all for now". Evans, Barlow and Palmer deserved better than that. Still the death of Glascock had been a devastating sadness. Everything since then has been "good in parts" but lacking the solid sense of a well engineered consistent product. Anderson draws here on lots of classical mystical Tull Type themes sailing ships, dark seas, burial mounds marking the loss of youth. Clever lyrics and lots of social observation. There is a prevailing sadness that something has gone. This is a watershed album and though it endeavored to make use of newer electronic technologies it does not sound so contrived as other material from around the period. This is one for keeps.
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My Mum in the 80's would play this and other great's like Zepplin all evening and night, I'd here it threw the wall as I went to sleep and this was one of my fav's, I love this album, from the cover to the music it's self. it is simply AWESOMENESS it's self!
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