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D. A. Burmeister-prescott "Psychic David" (Leicestershire, UK)

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To Cry You a Song: a Tribute to Jethro Tull
To Cry You a Song: a Tribute to Jethro Tull
Price: £11.45

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Would have been better not to bother, 7 April 2012
I have never bothered checking out the Amazon reviews of this album as I assumed any Jethro Tull fan would never admit to owning it. To say it is just plain bad is to give it undeserved praise. I bought it when it was released, played it once and put it to one side, never to darken my cd player again. IF there is a saving grace, it is Roy Harper's version of 'Up The 'Pool', which is amusing.

An idea of how badly put together this is can be judged from the fact that David Pegg (in the liner notes) says he recorded 'Life's a long song' when he had a cold, so his already nasal singing voice sounds dire.

I remember reading or hearing an Ian Anderson interview where he was asked about this recording and his attitude was that although it is quite flattering to have a tribute album for Jethro Tull / Ian Anderson, it just isn't very good.

Sadly it is not even worth the trouble of buying it to hear how bad it is, so, for once and once only, I have to give something Jethro Tull related one star, it would get zero if I could submit it.

J - Tull Dot Com
J - Tull Dot Com

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh so very nearly a 5 star., 2 Mar. 2011
This review is from: J - Tull Dot Com (Audio CD)
This is the last true, all new material, album that JT have put out to date ('The JT Christmas Album' only has a few new tracks, plus lots of excellent re-do's), and it was released back in 1999. However, it sounds as fresh and vibrant today as it did on release.
I have always thought that the album seems to be in 2 distinct parts. The first 10 songs being either heavy, almost raucous crowd pleasers, such as Spiral, Hunt by numbers and El Nino and then others such as Wicked Windows, Hot Mango Flush, Mango Surprise are songs that set Ian Anderson out as the musical and lyrical genius that Tull fans know him to be, being fun, quirky, intelligent gems.
Of the last 4 songs on the record, 3 are heart achingly beautiful, thoughtful love songs, in the lyrical vein of Pibroch(cap in hand) from Songs from the wood.
It is hard to pick out a favourite / best track because how do you choose between Hunt by Numbers which is a turn-the-volume-right-up rocker about pussy-cats out on the prowl (remember, this is JT, such things are not incongruent), a thoughtful almost acoustic love song like A Gift of Roses and the idiosyncratic, bouncy, Hot Mango Flush?
So, why only 4 stars? It is all down to one track; AWOL. It is one of the VERY few Ian Anderson songs that sound like it was written both when he was asleep and as a space filler on an album. Put simply, it is not a very good song being boring and dreary, which is not something you associate with his output.
If you don't have this in your collection, get it now, you will not be disappointed.

The Jethro Tull Christmas Album/Jethro Tull Live-Christmas At St Bride's 2008
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album/Jethro Tull Live-Christmas At St Bride's 2008

67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine Christmas present from Jethro Tull, 24 Nov. 2009
I wasn't sure about pre-ordering this double disc set. Firstly one of the discs ia a plain re-issue of the 2003 release "The Jethro Tull Christmas Album", which is good, but not great; too short on new material for me. Secondly disc No.2 is recorded during a cross between a JT acoustic concert and a carol service.

However, it is probably, to my ears the very best acoustic live concert that JT have ever done, sound is great, the vocal the best from Ian Anderson in many a year, despite his comment that he was suffering with some variety of Lurgy, and the playing by the band is, as ever, magnificent. Add in a sprinkle of readings, some nice choir and congregation carols, plus Ian Anderson doing a skilled job of being the host / MC and the whole ensemble makes a warm and uplifting Christmas treat.

Buy this, you will not be disappointed.
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