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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Away with words.
What a superb album. Martin Barre is sounding better than ever and the new tracks mixed in with some great old Tull tracks works well. Acoustic and electric guitar sound crisp and clear and the overall production sounds fine. I Really like the tracks Home, Sundown, From a dead beat to an old greaser and Air : lament of the spalpeen . Hope Martin makes another album along...
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Tull Fans
An interesting album for Tull fans, featuring a mix of new tracks by Martin Barre mixed up with mainly acoustic versions of Tull tracks. The mix of new material and Tull tracks works with, with the new music generally leading into a Tull song. For the first three songs it's almost exclusively acoustic, and pleasant enough, but occasionally veers towards background music...
Published 10 months ago by The Soft Machine Operator


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Away with words., 8 Oct 2013
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What a superb album. Martin Barre is sounding better than ever and the new tracks mixed in with some great old Tull tracks works well. Acoustic and electric guitar sound crisp and clear and the overall production sounds fine. I Really like the tracks Home, Sundown, From a dead beat to an old greaser and Air : lament of the spalpeen . Hope Martin makes another album along the same lines again, old and new. Thankyou Martin for a great album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Shines, 24 Oct 2013
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M. Katz (Dublin, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This album shows why there are few musicians/composers who compare with the brilliance of Ian Anderson/Martin Barre. This album contains almost all the elements (no Ian) that make Jethro Tull albums great. The complex melodies of Jethro Tull are expressed brilliantly by Martin. Dare I say that some are even better than the original compositions first offered among the various Tull albums. This is an absolute "Must Have" for any Tull fan ... and for those who may be curious as to why Tull have such ardent fans, this collection will give you a good idea. Bravo Martin ... I am sure Ian is quite proud.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you MARTIN..., 13 Oct 2013
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Bora Cetin "Bora CETIN" (ISTANBUL, GOZTEPE Turkey) - See all my reviews
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Five Star...!

Martin "Lancelot" Barre, is one of the best guitarist of the music world. ( He was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on 'Aqualung'. ) You can find his creativity and musical genious, every Jethro Tull album.

Also, in this album, he is very good "Flut player" ( sorry Ian ..! )
Martin, re-arranged and represented his favorite TULL songs in this album.
( My very favorite Tull songs; "Moths", "Hymn 43", "From A Dead Beat To An Old Greaser", "Requiem", "Home".. )
And the new Martin song; "Sundown" is great...

No more words....
Highly recommended for "Guitar Lovers"...
TULLIAN's must buy...

Thank you Martin.
Best wishes from Istanbul.

Bora Cetin
TULLTURK
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Barre too Far!, 27 Oct 2013
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This is an understated gem of an album and re-inforces to me why I consider Martin Barre to be up there with Richard Thompson. His reinterpretations of classic Tull tracks help to illustrate what Martin added to Ian Anderson's vision, and I would recommend this to both Tull fans and anybody who appreciates skilfully played guitar music without histrionics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, 8 Jan 2014
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Martin Barre demonstrates great sensitivity, craft and creativity in presenting these tunes. The result is musically expressive, yet still refined. Mr. Barre remains one of rock's most criminally underrated guitarists. His voice is always recognizable and unique. Buy this CD now.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Tull Fans, 9 Oct 2013
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The Soft Machine Operator (COVENTRY, WARWICKSHIRE United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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An interesting album for Tull fans, featuring a mix of new tracks by Martin Barre mixed up with mainly acoustic versions of Tull tracks. The mix of new material and Tull tracks works with, with the new music generally leading into a Tull song. For the first three songs it's almost exclusively acoustic, and pleasant enough, but occasionally veers towards background music. However, Lament of the Spalpeen/Martin's Jig changes the tone by starting with a woowind driven atmospheric section that leads into a Celtic sounding jig before launching into Tull's My God with vocals rather than a guitar line following the original vocal. This is a powerful section and offers a welcome change to the acoustic Tull material.

From here on there's an excellent version of 'Deadbeat to an old Greaser', 'Protect and Survive' and it ends with a brilliant track called 'Sundown' which is a new Barre composition and much more in the rock/prog vein of Jethro Tull.

To be honest, I really wanted to hear more of Barre's riffing on electric guitar, but this is clearly a very personal project and Barre's own composition work very well alongside the Tull material. This isn't for everyone, but Tull fans should enjoy it. I hope to see more of Barre's own material on his next album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Away With Words, 13 Feb 2014
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A very good album which is largely acoustic and with, unsurprisingly, a Jethro Tull ambience to it. That in many ways helps the aalbum and with some excellent flute and other accompaniment this is an aalbum I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 4 Jan 2014
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This is without doubt an excellent CD. I think it would have been improved by mixing in a few heavier pieces. The light and heavy contrasts were a hallmark of early Tull and for that reason I think Stage Left better. The reinterpretation of Tull classics are good, but it is more exciting to look forward to a collection of new compositions. Martin is a superb and I look forward to his next CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No words needed..., 28 Dec 2013
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J. R. Bestall "Spuds" (Herefordshire) - See all my reviews
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A great album of (mostly) acoustic guitar, mixing a small amount of new with some incredibly intricate and fresh-sounding versions of old favorites.
Surely this pushes Martin Lancelot Barre into the limelight at last, and proves beyond all doubt that he is one of the greatest guitarists of the last 50 years. And what support he has on here too...
Yep, if you're a Tull fan, or if you just love perfectly executed acoustic picking, you'll like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best effort from Tull camp in last ten years, 31 Oct 2013
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Excellent guitar work from the ex-Jethro Tull axe-man, Mr. Martin Lancelot Barre.
Great mix of Tull's classic and new accoustic works.
Best effort from the Tull's camp since Ian Anderson's The Secret Language Of Birds.
Head and shoulders above market hype called Thick As A Brick 2.
Highly recommended!
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