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on 17 September 2002
This is the album that launched a new era for Jethro Tull. After the excesses of Thick As A Brick and A Passion Play, Ian Anderson embraces the softer side of his lyric writing. The title track, a self-effacing and down-to-Earth laugh at the idea of rock stardom, shines better than ever in its crystal-clear remaster, but it is just an opener to a string of beautifully crafted songs. The epic Baker Street Muse has been broken down into its constituent parts and they can all stand alone, as well as together, perfectly well.
Martin Barre gets to rock with his guitar on Black Satin Dancer which twists, fades and climaxes with the triumphant orchestral work of David Palmer.
Summerday Sands - originally the B-side of the Minstrel In The Gallery single, and held by many to be one of Tull's finest, is a rare love song from Anderson with a wry and slightly bitter ending.
Another notable bonus track is Pan Dance, an enchanting flute piece with a background of strings that can carry you away on its melody.
This CD will be on every Jethro Tull fan's shopping list, but it also serves as an introduction to the band in that it encapsulates many of their multi-faceted styles in one collection. Beauty with an edge.
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