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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...
Published 17 months ago by SHARK

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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 17 months ago by The Soft Machine Operator


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5.0 out of 5 stars Martin The Great, 9 Nov. 2013
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Martin at his best, very nice idea to mix Tull music with his productions.
Excellent choice and wonderful performance, listening is great pleasure, I think not only for Tull fans.
Jerzy Szlachcic
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good listen, 23 Oct. 2014
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Probably for Jethro Tull fans generally. Nice easy listen but vast majority are instrumentals. Just shows off what an excellent guitarist Martin is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Jan. 2015
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Top notch music from one of world's greatest, and under-rated, guitarists
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 11 Feb. 2015
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some good, some average and some a little like mall music
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4.0 out of 5 stars A strong follow up to 'Stage Left', 28 Nov. 2013
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Overall, I didn't find Martin Barre's latest album as satisfying as its predecessor 'Stage Left', but it's possible to create a brilliant playlist if you take the best songs from each album and put them together.

As with 'Stage Left', there is much beautiful guitar playing. Martin Barre extracts a lovely sound from his acoustic guitars in particular, and his re-arrangements of overlooked Jethro Tull songs from the late '70s/early '80s period are imaginative, intricate, and successful, forcing one to re-assess the quality of these pieces. In Martin's hands, it is much easier to see the stylistic affinities between songs like 'Protect and Survive' (1980) and 'Paparazzi' (1984) and the classic Tull of the previous decade. The ditching of electronic gimmickry, and re-assertion of these songs' strong acoustic roots, underlines the extent to which Tull lost their way in the early 1980s when sequencing and drum machines became fashionable in pop music. Barre's instrumental versions of these songs are much better than the originals in my opinion.

One reason why this album may feel less satisfying as a whole than its predecessor is the fact that many of the pieces are re-workings of Tull songs. 'Stage Left' contained far more original material, and at least one ravishingly beautiful classic ('Winter snowscape'). Another reason may be the presence of vocals on a couple of tracks. It doesn't really work, as the temptation to compare the singing style of the vocalist (not Barre) to Ian Anderson's is simply too strong. It would be better for Martin to stick to instrumental music in future, as his talents as a composer and arranger are clearly going from strength to strength, and the vocals add little to the listener's enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Jan. 2015
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Nice tasteful guitar playing from Martin Barre
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 28 Oct. 2014
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great acustic retake of old tull songs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Jan. 2015
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the best guitar player in the world
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy instead of IA efforts, 3 Oct. 2014
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Very good listen
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5.0 out of 5 stars martin barre at his best, 17 Oct. 2014
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martin barre albums they are living proof of his musical life experience. and so on his talent. jethro tull years,his own creativity,musicianship,songwriting too make martin today as one of the finest musical person. we can remember as well his guitar playing with jethro what gave a special colour inside that band. at last i,m very happy to have this martin,s album.
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