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A hit list and more criminal edits...,
This review is from: The Very Best Of Jethro Tull (Audio CD)
There are a lot of compilations out there showcasing the wonderful Jethro Tull. The best compilation is by far the box set 25th anniversary that coincides with the DVD release. This little snippet of Tull being reviewed here is of course only 1 CD attempting to jam in all the best of Tull and failing miserably. Tull is so good though that I can listen to snippets of the great band anytime so it deserves at least recognition for that. Though I don't know who this CD is aimed at. All true Tull fans would own all these songs. Non Tull fans may come across this in a bargain bin and decide to check out the band but would they? Really in all honesty it contains a lot of the quintessential Tull classics such as Living In The Past, Aqualung, Bungle In The Jungle, The Witch's Promise, Bourée, Life Is A Long Song, A New Day Yesterday, Locomotive Breath and A Song For Jeffrey. All of these of course have made their way to just about every Tull compilation known to man. Furthermore these songs come from Jethro Tull's best albums so are worth purchasing.
Once again those who think they know better decided to throw on a criminally edited version of Thick as a Brick that never works so I don't know why they bother. Oh, and the obligatory edited Minstrel in the Gallery raises its ugly head. For some reason there is an edited version of Heavy Horses as well. The edited songs are really useless, and why did they tack on Cheerio? It seems the powers that be were trying to jam in as much Tull as possible editing here and there to make the cut. It would have been way better to leave these tracks off all together and add others such as Teacher or some of the early stuff from Benefit or This Was or at least more of Aqualung. In any case this is really a dire compilation compared to others available. It looks pretty in its packaging, but comes off as really just another cash-in for the uninitiated.
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Initial post: 20 May 2012 23:36:48 BDT
J. P. G. Kiste says:
Quite agree. It's a good compilation, but I would gladly have sacrificed one of those edits you mention for 'Ring Out Solstice Bells', which would really have helped it to live up to its title.
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