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OK, but not a desert island disc,
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As a (nearly) life long Jethro Tull fan, this is an album I would want to have in my collection, purely for completeness' sake, but I'm afraid its intrinsic merits don't really justify more than two stars.
Without exception, the original versions of these songs are superior, in many cases vastly superior. The orchestral backing doesn't add anything of real value (except perhaps a sense of novelty, which soon passes) and the whole album is very flute dominated, to an extent that will try the patience of even the most diehard Tull fan. I acclaimed Anderson's last solo album, "Rupi's Dance" as a "masterpiece" on Amazon, and I stand by that judgement, but in my view Anderson's huge talent is largely wasted in this type of setting. It doesn't provide a vehicle for either his songwriting skills, which are legendary, or for his creative innovation.
Of course, it must have been great fun for Anderson to play live with an orchestra, and for all we know this may be his priority at this stage of his life - just to have a good time with fellow musicians. There's nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't mean that the results are necessarily worth preserving for posterity. And perhaps Ian needs to hear the message loud and clear that it is not what fans want. What we really want is a new Tull album, or failing that another solo album with new songs.