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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely old scrapbook of wonderful memories, 12 Aug 2011
This review is from: Living In The Past (Audio CD)
It's very hard to pick a favourite Jethro Tull album but this lovely old scrapbook is hard to beat and covers the magic of their early years, filling in the cracks between the albums and collecting the singles too (Jethro Tull - singles ? It sounds odd now doesn't it). This was never off my turntable back then and the original gatefold sleeve with marvellous photos of the band made it one of my most prized possessions. It was never the rock or blues sound of Jethro Tull that captured my imagination, although they did that very well, but what marked them out was their English charm and whimsy. They weren't quite the pastoral sound of some of the Canterbury bands but more a wonderful hybrid that suggested all sorts of images, from picture postcards to the Beatles, Edwardian literature, northern humour, music hall and whatever else you could hear. There was also a great love and tenderness about some of the songs and playing that really endeared them to the listener. The title track was Tull at their best; fascinating idea and composition, lightness of tone and touch in the way it skips along, great musicianship, original instrumentation, and great lyrics. Two of my absolute favourites are on here too; the very simple and affecting Inside and the affectionate tribute to the once lovely old Blackpool (Up the Pool) to which I can still remember all the words !
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