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An unconventional best-of collection at the time of its 1972 release, Living in the Past existed to gain a greater foothold in America for Jethro Tull following the breakthrough success of Aqualung. And it did, by offering a little something for everyone. There are a number of songs that became FM radio staples, ranging from the heavy rock of "Teacher" and "Hymn 43" to lighter fare, such as the title tune. A pair of jam-heavy selections, "By Kind Permission Of" and "Dharma for One" (featuring the era's requisite in-concert drum solo), were recorded live at Carnegie Hall. Overall, Living in the Past does an excellent job of revealing Tull's achievements and limitations, its ambitions as well as its pretensions. --Daniel Durchholz
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The album has all of the traditional elements which make early Jethro Tull music so great. It combines upbeat folk guitar styles, with Anderson's exquisite, and sometimes frantic flute playing. The lyrics are thoughtful and are delivered in such a way by Anderson, that you feel confident in what he is expressing.
What makes this album truly great though is the way it mixes the laid back playful nature of folk with the more jazzy edgier rock motifs which work their way in many songs.
If you are a fan of Jethro Tull and especially early Jethro Tull then you will enjoy this album immensely. As well as containing many great tracks from the adrenaline releasing "locamotive breath" to the funky "For later" and the philosophical "wond'ring again", it contains two astonishing live tracks. These are "By kind permission of" and "Dharma for one" and showcase Clive Bunker's extraordordinary talent.
If you are a fan of progressive music from the early seventies, then I think this should definitely be in your collection.
If you are new to the band though, either picking up a greatest hits compilation (of which there are many) to get a broad overview of the band, or diving straight in to one of their classic albums like Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Songs From The Wood or Broadsword' may serve you as a better starting point than Living In The Past.
Jethro Tull's early career before Aqualung, doesn't sit as neatly for easy pick up as a prospective fan may want. While they released albums as normal for today's artists, this was as well as singles that weren't off the albums, an EP and even a separate single accidentally under the name 'Jethro Toe,' and so if you wanted to collect it all it would likely come in eight or nine individual purchases at a great expense.
If you are a fan or prospective fan today, the best way to acquire most of the non-album tracks in one simple solution is to get a hold of Living In The Past, which for today's Tull buyers can serve as a compilation of all the rare pre-Aqualung material and that is so good it sounds almost like a fifth Jethro Tull studio album.Read more ›
I was fortunate to see them live twice and they were even better than I expected; Ian Anderson was a mainc genius who could not only write great songs but was a fantastic musician and performer.
The 2 live tracks are amazing and amongst the most played out of the entire collection of Tull albums I have.
The other tracks are shorter and some are more folk like in sound. Up The 'Pool is great fun and some of the accoustic giutar playing is first class. The whole album comes together brillaintly and if you havent heard it or of Jethro Tull then it is a must buy
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album back then and still is now, well worth a listen.Published 8 months ago by steve cannock
An album track gleaned from each of their previous albums, a scatter of minor hit singles that previously never appeared on the LP format, some left-over songs from album sessions... Read morePublished 8 months ago by F. M. Havicon