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Jethro Tull for the uninitiated (Part 2of 2)

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Catfish Rising
Catfish Rising
"Welcome to Part 2 ! 1991: Tull dallies with a stripped down bluesy sound to stunning effect. MHTs: Rocks on the Road (perhaps Tulls best ever?), Roll yer own, Sparrow on schoolyard wall, Doctor to my"
A Little Light Music
A Little Light Music
"1992: Tull live and unplugged ! (well mostly). Marvellous acoustic versions of past numbers plus new MHT John Barleycorn (better than Traffic's version) which you won't find anywhere else."
Jethro Tull (25th Anniversary Box Set)
Jethro Tull (25th Anniversary Box Set)
"1993: 4 CD  Box set shaped like a cigar box (now rare collectors piece) as well as 2 CD (53 track) greatest hits compilation"
Nightcap: The Unreleased Masters 1972-1991
Nightcap: The Unreleased Masters 1972-1991
"1993: Ian bows to fan pressure & empties the Tull vault. Disc 1 is Passion Play outakes and Disc 2 (the gems!) are the ones that got away from other albums."
Roots to Branches
Roots to Branches
"1995: First new album in 4 years. Eastern influences (from global touring) can be heard. MHTs: Valley, Beside Myself, Wounded Old & Treacherous, At last forever"
Jethro Tull In Concert
Jethro Tull In Concert
"1995: Live album , dominated by Catfish Rising material . MHT: Live version of Rocks on the Road, Blues Jam (not available elsewhere)"
Through The Years
Through The Years
"1997 : Bargain priced UK compilation. Same tracks as "A JT Collection" from 1997. Nice random cross section of songs but not a greatest hits , e.g. no Aqualung."
Journeymen
Journeymen
"1997 ; Dutch release of exactly the same recording as "Through the Years" above. Only sad completists will buy both !!"
Jethro Tull Originals
Jethro Tull Originals
"1997 : Combined re-release of This Was, Stand Up and Benefit. (see Part 1 for comments on these early albums)"
J Tull Dot Com
J Tull Dot Com
"1999: Tull enters the information age with CD & website address in one !  Anderson writes of ageing but the band still rocks. MHTs: El Nino, Bends like a willow. (Check ASIN B00025OJ3W  stock)"
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
"2001: This really is all the big Tull favourites. This is the best currently available intro album for the newcomer."
Essential
Essential
"2003: This the same track listing as "M.U.Best of Volume 1" (see Part 1). Definitely NOT essential and not recommended. Record company rip-off!"
Christmas Album
Christmas Album
"2003: Tull gets all festive. Its a great album, all Tull songs or reworked traditional stuff, no rubbish. Best Xmas album to own !"
Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
"2005: A youngTull recorded live at 1970 Isle of Wight festival. This is heavy, hairy Tull with all the live rock excesses of the seventies (long drum solos). Marvellous but not for the faint hearted!"
Walk Into Light
Walk Into Light
"1983: Anderson's first solo album. (Despite "A" in 1980). A bit 80s in its production, but Anderson's voice never sounded better. MHTs: Made in England, Looking for Eden."
Divinities: 12 Dances With God
Divinities: 12 Dances With God
"1995: Anderson's "classic" compositions - each track is themed on a different religion. Grows on you after several listens."
Secret Language of Birds
Secret Language of Birds
"2000: Anderson's solo masterpiece. Much more acoustic based than with Tull. Highly recommended. MHTs: Postcard Day, Habanero Reel."
Rupi's Dance
Rupi's Dance
"2003: Anderson's latest solo piece. Great music, calmer and more reflective as he approaches his pension."
Living In The Past
Living In The Past
"1972: (ommitted from Part 1!) Compilation album of all singles to date not included on albums. This makes it a must have. MHTs: Witches Promise, Life is a long song"
Ian Anderson: Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull
Ian Anderson: Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull
"2005: Anderson goes orchestral again. Wonderful stuff if you like the Classic/Rock crossover concept. Also available as a DVD."
Aqualung Live
Aqualung Live
"2005: Live re-recording of Aqualung with spoken bonus tracks of Anderson talking about the original recording."
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
"2007: Just released, this is the Tull acoustic greatest hits package fans have been asking for for 20 years. See my review on its page. Excellent intro choice for newcomers."
The Very Best of Jethro Tull
The Very Best of Jethro Tull
"That's the end folks. I've covered all the Tull albums (not re-releases) and Ian Anderson's solo work. I haven't got to Martin Barre, as I thought I'd leave that to you."