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Roots To Branches, Jethro Tull - Probably my favourite Tull album,
This review is from: Roots to Branches (Audio CD)
Jethro Tull have produced some great albums over the years, and embraced a wide variety of styles. I have all the albums, from the jazzy blues of `This Was', through the prog era of `Aqualung', the folk of the mighty Songs from the Wood, the electronica of Under Wraps and the rock of Crest of a Knave. And I love them all, but there is one album that for some reason I nearly always reach for when I want to listen to a bit of Tull - `Roots To Branches'.
Following from Catfish Rising in that it manages to successfully merge together Tull's earlier blues/folk sound with their later rock leanings, and throws some new Eastern influences into the mix. This is jam packed with memorable tracks. The highlight of the album are the last four tracks - `Wounded Old and Treacherous', `At Last, Forever', `Stuck In The August Rain' and my all time favourite `Another Harry's Bar'. Between them they show Tull at their best - great playing from the band, especially Martin Barre's guitars and Anderson's flute, Anderson's voice in fine form, great catchy tunes and Anderson's usual wry, witty and meaningful lyrics. He has to be one of the best songwriters I can think of. The final track, `Another Harry's Bar', is, in my humble opinion, a match for `Aqualung' or `Budapest'.
A great album.