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Crest of the Knave [CASSETTE]

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (25 Sept. 1989)
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B000007PTG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Steel Monkey
  2. Farm on the Freeway
  3. Jump Start
  4. Said She Was a Dancer
  5. Dogs in the Midwinter
  6. Budapest
  7. Mountain Men
  8. Waking Edge
  9. Raising Steam

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Early days, as I have only listened to this album once. It was not quite what I expected, having read they were awarded a Grammy for best Heavy Metal Album, or somesouch for this. Not exactly heavy metal, or even heavy rock, but I still like it. Quite different from what I know as classic Tull, but an enjoyable listen. One or two tracks sound very Dire Straits, both in the guitar style and Ian Andersons singing.
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I bought this album originally on tape while on holiday in Turkey and after a few plays it went all wobbly.I bought it initially out of curiousity as I'd heard a track off this album on a compilation and from then on I was hooked. This isn't typical Tull. Anderson had been flirting with new technology for a number of years and the sound can be described as possibly a cross between ZZ Top and Dire Sraits. It's a very accessible album but notable still for Anderson's quirky lyrics and ear for a great tune especially 'Waking Edge' and 'Said She Was a Dancer'. If you want a good introduction to Anderson buy this but it is by no means indicative of 70s Tull. And yes, I bought it on cd when I got home!
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By GOODBYE! TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is a Tull album that screams 'Eighties'.

In an attempt to keep up with the times (but without losing the essence of what they're about), Jethro Tull adopted a far more modern approach to their sound.

The result is generally pleasing, helped by strong songs and a very glossy production style which is typical of the era and thus dates it somewhat.

The album scooped all sorts of awards at the time - that said, it is nether their greatest or strongest album, though it remains quite possibly their most commercial release to date.
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By GOODBYE! TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 May 2014
Format: Vinyl
This is a Tull album that screams 'Eighties'.

In an attempt to keep up with the times (but without losing the essence of what they're about), Jethro Tull adopted a far more modern approach to their sound.

The result is generally pleasing, helped by strong songs and a very glossy production style which is typical of the era and thus dates it somewhat.

The album scooped all sorts of awards at the time - that said, it is nether their greatest or strongest album, though it remains quite possibly their most commercial release to date.
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By the time Tull released this album, they had been drifting for some time. "A" and "Under Wraps" had alienated previous fans (like myself) who had moved on to other groups/musicians. So, when I heard "Steel Monkey" as a single it wasn't immediately recognisable as a Tull track. Intrigued, I bought the album and loved it. Crest of a Knave, to me, is a straightforward rock album with transatlantic appeal but still with a hint of Tull's roots blended in. Steel Monkey is a tight well-played, radio friendly track with Barre and Pegg playing flat out. Farm on the Freeway is a slow reflective track about the battle between progress and tradition. Oddly, considering albums like Heavy Horses, hearing Anderson sing about freeways and pick -up trucks is a little weird but the music is easy and reflective and allows for a bit of flute work! Jump Start goes back to Steel Monkey in style, and again is an easy-on-the-ear rock track. Said She Was A Dancer and Budapest are very similar tracks, with similar lyrics and styles enabling to Barre and Pegg to express themselves. Both are quite long story-telling. The next track (Mountain Men), in many ways, is the closest to Tull house-style music. Sung with more passion and building slowly from a thoughtful start to a hard tight sound: constantly on my playlists: for me the outstanding track. Raising Steam is a joyous finale: almost sounding as if Ian Anderson was satisfied and relieved with the final product! The above track sequence was how the original album was released, with side A ending with Said She Was. On the CD, "Dogs" is inserted at this point. That makes sense in that you separate the two similar ballads. As an offering, it is certainly a JT track, and easy on the ear. The other inserted track, is The Waking Edge.Read more ›
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By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Tull are known to pay little heed to the whims of fashion, so you might be forgiven for thinking their material has varied little since 1967. In fact, it's none the worse for that. Anderson's quirky neo-folkish vocals and breathy flute solos are welded efficiently to accoustic and electrical guitar chords, much as you ever expected.
The surprise comes through the surprisingly delicate melodies and intricate playing on songs such as Farm on the Freeway, Said she was a Dancer and Budapest, much as they did later to great effect with Rare and precious chain.
If this is your intro to the world of Tull, this is worth exploring at your leisure.
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Play the track "Said She Was A Dancer" from this Tull C.D. to any ten music fans and at least seven will probably ask you which Dire Straits album it's taken from.
The album was the first Tull c.d. I bought and though I've since covered what fans consider to be the essential purchases, this C.D. is still one of the most played.
"Farm on the Freeway" is a classic, slow building tune laden with flute, telling of a farmers rage at compulsary land purchase (very British) and leads into "Jump Start", another track which could not be mistaken for any other band. The centerpeice of the album is "Budapest" at over ten minutes you can almost feel the effort that has gone into making it epic.
My favourite track is "Dogs in the Midwinter" a variation on the "Why is life so hard" theme and another tune you find humming when you least expect it.
It could be that Tull were attempting to break America again, this album and particulary the track "Jump Start" were heavily played on U.S. radio but as a confirmed Tull fan I can recommend it both to fans and to the first time "Tull Buyer".
Oh, and "Steel Monkey" sound a bit like ZZ Top !!!
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