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On disc: Jethro Tull



- Roots & Branches - Volker Raabe - 7 stars
- The Very Best Of Jethro Tull - Amir Djawadi - 6 stars


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The Very Best Of Jethro Tull

The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
(Chrysalis Rec. - 2001)


There aren't many bands who can look back onto such a long and successful career. Now it's time to release a compilation of their musically milestones of this legendary band. They decided to put 20 songs on this disc (3 songs are 'edited versions') to show the whole spectrum of the band history. The booklet offers pictures of every band member during their career as well as the cover artwork of all vinyl and CD releases of Jethro Tull between 1968-1995. Beside that the booklet has a comment of mastermind Ian Anderson about the making of this compilation and why he dislike Best Of albums and why he decided to do one finally. Songs like Living In The Past, Bungle In The Jungle, Steel Monkey or Root To Branches made it onto the disc and they pushed it to the limit of a CD, beside that this disc shows a development of the band during their several decade long history. As usual this compilation is more interesting for the ones who doesn't own a CD then for the ones who have all their albums or at least several albums of Jethro Tull. For a die-hard fan there is nothing special.
And as always there will be people criticizing the band, coz this or that track is missing. But due to a limited time of a CD there is just a limited amount of songs on. But that's a matter of taste and so I won't talk about that.


6 stars

Amir Djawadi
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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Roots & Branches
(EMI - 1995)


If you don't expect a classic like Locomotive Breath on Roots & Branches - that's the title of the new album - will enjoy the music of Ian Anderson and his mates.
Mr. Anderson has a God-given talent and so he shows us his skills on the flute one more time. The compositions on Roots & Branches will enchant you with the brilliant sound collages of the folk rockers. Anyway, even if this isn't a metal album, it's much better then the pop tear-jerkers of Bon Jovi!


7 stars

Volker Raabe
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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