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25th Anniversary Box Set

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Audio CD, June 1, 2001

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  • Audio CD (June 1, 2001)
  • ASIN: B000A29IPQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This collection of four CDs originally released on April 20, 1993, is unusual and likely a valuable addition to a Tull fan's collection. Casual fans will likely find this collection to be unnecessary. The four CDs include re-recorded tracks as well as live tracks and a collection of roughly the first decade and a half of Tull.

The first CD is titled "Remixed Classic Songs." The CD covers the era from 1968's "This Was" to 1982's "The Broadsword and the Beast." The songs covered in this CD document much of Jethro Tull's commercial success as well as those songs that many consider to be classic Tull. These songs have been collected elsewhere in their original versions more than once, and thus this CD would only be for someone wanting to collect everything Tull.

The second CD is titled "Carnegie Hall, N.Y Recorded Live New York City 1970." I realize there is no period after the "N.Y," but that is the way my cover appears. It is possible that the lack of a period was corrected on some versions. This CD is what it says, Tull at Carnegie Hall. The music from this CD was collected during a November concert in 1970. Only one song from this CD overlaps the first CD, "Song for Jeffrey." Of course, live versions from Tull are generally different from studio versions, and the single song overlap means that this CD provides different scope from the first CD. Obviously the music on this CD is very early Tull, covering the short period of their existence from their first album release in 1968 to 1970.

The third CD contains re-recordings of a variety of music, principally at Beacon's Bottom in November, 1992, but also music recorded at three other locations in December, 1992. The locations listed are "Ian's," "Woodworms Recording Studio," and "Presshouse Studio.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on June 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ignore the all-capitals reviewer. This is a limited edition set that came out in '93. This material is NOT included on the more recent album remasters.
Disc one is an attempt to remix some of their bigger hits. The most immediate change from the originals is the various modern sounding reverbs and effects they've added to everything. On some tracks they actually re-recorded the instruments with their current line-up. This is basically a failed experiment. I think this would have been interesting if they had simply remixed the songs. There are a lot of cool things going on in the Living In The Past-era tracks, and it would be interesting to hear someone totally remix just the original tracks. One highlight is Ian saying "take five" at the start of Life's A Long Song which you don't hear on the original version. Some songs sound o.k., like Teacher and A Song for Jeffrey, but most of them sound awful.

Disc two is the reason I bought the set. Live at Carnegie Hall 1970. If the two live tracks on Living in The Past ever left you wanting, this disc should satisfy. They must have played a few nights there since the Living/Past tracks don't quite match the tracks represented here(the piano solo on With You There To Help Me is far longer on Past), and applause fades in and out on some tracks(clear indication of multiple shows), but the band is really tight and rockin despite some mistakes and feedback. When I want to listen to live Tull, it's this one for early era and Bursting Out for second era.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Prog Nerd on August 30, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I haven't been a Jethro Tull fan for more than a couple years, although it was probably inevitable that I eventually delve into their music at some point. I got into prog-rock via Rush while in high school in the mid-90's, and the older brother of my good friend was a Jethro Tull fan. Eventually one Christmas, said friend burns me a hodgepodge collection of Tull tunes from the 20th anniversary boxed set, thereby familiarizing myself with more than just the radio staples "Aqualung", "Thick As A Brick", "Living In The Past", and "Bungle In The Jungle." The music subconciously reminded me of our younger years, which a lot of time was spent in a nearby riverbottom in my scenic southern California valley town, talking about Dungeons & Dragons, smoking joints, and going on hikes through the various wooded trails. To this day, this is the imagery that comes to mind when hearing Tull's eclectic mix of prog, classical, folk, jazz, blues, and Eastern music.

The 25th Anniversary boxed set is a wonderful collection of material, both for the diehard fan, or a Tull newbie. Disc 1 is a set of "remixed" tracks, which almost sounds like a complete re-engineering of their classic material. Vocals have reverb added, instrumentation is added or removed, and the overall bass and warmth is punched up. (This may be sacriligeous to some, although I enjoy any new take on an old chestnut.) Disc 2 is a complete show recorded across a few nights at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1970, during the time of Benefit. Two of these tracks were sampled on the '72 Living In The Past compilation, although some splicing and editing appears to have been done on John Evan's piano solo, or so I hear. Disc 3 is various songs recorded live in-studio in 1992, featuring some reimagined and reworked arrangements.
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