I'm surprised that no-one has yet reviewed this excellent compilation. A Jethro Tull Greatest Hits album doesn't need that much said about it - if you're reading this you probably already know that they were a great band and will almost certainly know many if not all of the tracks on this set. It is worth saying, though, that it's a terrific compilation. My Jethro Tull is all on vinyl (mainly from the Aqualung/Thick as a Brick sort of era) and I wanted some highlights on CD. This is a very good sample.
All the great songs are here - Witches' Promise, Aqualung, Locomotive Breath, Life's A Long Song... there's a long list of classics. There is also a very nice selection of less obvious album tracks - what tipped me into getting this was the inclusion of the beautiful Wond'ring Aloud, for example - and also some later stuff which I was much less familiar with and am very glad to have.
Experienced Jethro Tull listeners won't need me to tell them this is a great collection (although it is) and if you want somewhere to start with one of the great and truly inventive bands of the late 60s and 70s and who have kept it up since, this is a fine setting off point. Warmly recommended.
Addendum: As there is no track listing on this page (yet) I have added a full list below below: CD1: 01 - A New Day Yesterday 02 - Sweet Dream 03 - Witches Promise 04 - Teacher 05 - A Song For Jeffrey 06 - Bouree 07 - Fat Man 08 - My Sunday Feeling 09 - Dharma For One 10 - Nothing Is Easy 11 - With You There To Help Me 12 - To Cry You A Song 13 - Aqualung 14 - Cross-Eyed Mary 15 - Wond'ring Aloud 16 - Hymn 43 17 - Thick As A Brick (Edit # 1) 18 - Living In The (Slightly More Recent) Past (Live 1993) 19 - Life Is A Long Song 20 - Nursie
CD2: 01 - Locomotive Breath 02 - Bungle In The Jungle 03 - Skating Away (On The Thin Ice Of The New Day) 04 - Minstrel In The Galery (Edit) 05 - Salamander 06 - Too Old To RocknRoll,Too Young To Die (Edit) 07 - Songs From The Wood 08 - The Whistler 09 - Heavy Horses (Edit) 10 - Dun Ringil 11 - Crossfire 12 - Broadsword 13 - Pussy Willow 14 - Under Wraps#2 15 - Jump Start 16 - She Said She Was A Dancer 17 - Kissing Willie 18 - This Is Not Love 19 - Roots To Branches 20 - Bends Like A Willow
I agree with Sid, cannot understand why this compilation is not more highly regarded. Jethro Tull seem to suffer from a surfeit of compilation and best of Cd's, but this is the best one. Will not comment on individual tracks, Tull fans will know them anyway. All the best tracks from all periods of Tull's career, in Two well filled (+78 min) CD's - brilliant! I notice that "All the Best" is a series, check out the crowded House CD also.
I am not a massive Tull fan. I'd liked some of what I'd heard so wanted a good compilation to add to the music collection. This is a fantastic mix of tunes across what seems to a Tull novice to be all their best albums. You get a lot for you buck on 2 CD's. With compilations of this size there's usually some diamonds, some Ok and some rough. But I like pretty much all of it. If you like Tull at all you won't be disappointed with this little gem of a find. Thanks to the other reviews for sound advice.
This is the best Jethro Tull compilation ever with some great tracks from all the years although I suppose you cannot put everything on that was great like Budapest etc.However excellent sound quality and great packaging. Could have had more info in booklet on the tracks and in chronological issue order per album not mixed like on this one. That is why it only gets 4 stars.
Having studied the previous glowing reviews for this set, I decided to go for this particular "best of" package. It consists of two, very generously filled, CDs that contain an excellent selection of the band's output. I was initially unsure about the lack of the original version of Living In The Past, but the live track from 1993 is very good, and I have the original on other CDs. The set seems to have been produced for the German market, sleeve notes are in German and English, I would have liked them to have been a little more extensive. Audio mastering is by Arjan Rietvink Productions and is first class. I can recommend this set to anyone looking for a great sounding introduction to Jethro Tull.
Brilliant compilation. I tend to like the first CD more as it's the early stuff, but there are also a couple of suprises on the second CD. Great compilation for someone, like me, that doesn't know Jethro Tull that well.
For choice of material this is excellent. The price is also very good. Have been a Tull fan since the 60's and had most of their albums on vinyl but wanted a digital version with a good range of their songs.