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'The Best of Jethro Tull The Anniversary Collection,' released in 1993, is a best-of box set by British rock group Jethro Tull. Included are some of the band's biggest and best hits spanning from 1968 to 1991. A two disc collection, 'The Anniversary Collection' compiles releases from 1968-1974 on disc one, and releases from 1975-1991 on disc two, including early hits like, 'This Was' to Tull's later work, like 1991's 'Catfish Rising.' With such a comprehensive collection, it's interesting to hear the changing roster of characters (the original lineup has changed many times, but for Ian Anderson - vocals, flute - the one constant). Jethro Tull has managed to persevere for decades because they remain a scion of hard rock and ingenuity, and the plethora of amazing tracks included on 'The Anniversary Collection' is testament to this. Included are two tracks from, 'Crest of a Knave' - the album that won Jethro Tull the 1989 Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance in 1989, the first Grammy of its kind over awarded. This is the definitive collection of Jethro Tull, and fans, old and new alike, should not miss owning 'The Best of Jethro Tull The Anniversary Collection.'

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00001R3DE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 1, 2000
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This is another one of those two-disc compilations where you have to wonder whom the record company was targeting. This collection was first released by Chrysalis in 1993 between the multi-disc career retrospectives "20 Years of Jethro Tull" (1988) and "25th Anniversary" (1993). Since those two releases are currently out of print, that leaves "The Best of Jethro Tull" as the most comprehensive, covering songs from 1968's "This Was" to 1991's "Catfish Rising."

So why did I buy this? Simple. My budget can't afford to replace all of my vinyl Tull albums. This seemed like a cost effective way to have some of Tull's best songs on CD. [I have to admit that other than my vinyl copy of "20 Years of Jethro Tull," I hadn't bought a Tull release since 1979's "Bursting Out (Live)."]

Overall, this collection doesn't disappoint. Disc one contains familiar songs to longtime Tull Fans: "A Song for Jeffrey," "A Christmas Song," "Living in the Past," "Teacher," and of course key tracks from the landmark album "Aqualung." In fact, there are four tracks from that album: "Cross-Eyed Mary," "Mother Goose," "Aqualung" and "Locomotive Breath." There are also brief extracts from "Thick as a Brick" and "A Passion Play," 3:00 and 3:46 respectively.

If you think Jethro Tull peaked with "Aqualung" and "Thick As a Brick," I would also recommend the 1972 single-disc career retrospective "Living in the Past," which includes 20 songs (only five of which are duplicated on "The Best of Jethro Tull").

Where this set gets the nod over "Living in the Past," is the breadth of its scope--although it is a bit skimpy covering the post-seventies Tull. Consider, disc-one covers only six years (1968-1974), whereas disc-two covers sixteen years (1975-1991).
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
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When one buys a best-of or a greatest hits comp. one may be confused by the meaning of these two titles. Nothing better gives a clearer distinction then comparing this to Living In The Past (the gold version that is).
The former is a greatest HITS. Yes, Living... features hits singles, b-sides, ep tracks, etc. This "best-of" is a compilation of Tull's best known TRACKS. They could be singles, or they could be album cuts.
This does have the concert staples: Aqualung, Farm On The Freeway, Teacher, Songs From The Wood, etc. However, it doesn't have the hit singles: Witches Promise, Love Story and Moths, replacing them with To Cry You A Song, Beggar's Farm, and Heavy Horses (all album tracks).
That being said, this is still the best career spanning anthology of Jethro Tull on the market. However, if you still want a great summary of Tull's hit making days: Living In The Past gets the nod. (If you buy that, Aqualung and Thick As A Brick) you've got the Tull Trilogy.
Also take note: the earlier tracks and singles are remixed contrary to what it says on the cover. This is notable if you compare A Song For Jeffrey on Living with this one.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on August 2, 2001
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What's the best way to make a Jethro Tull "Best Of" release? Outside of an 18 disc box set with liner notes up the kazoo, how else would you put an extensive & varied 30+ year career into a one or two CD collection? It's almost impossible. Among the better greatest hits packages; "MU" - Best of Vol 1 & 2, were good, yet they covered only a few years of material. "Original Masters" was average at best. "20 Years of Jethro Tull" was better than average even tho it carried more of the non (top) hits and some of his better songs "live". This release, 1993's "The Anniversary Collection", hits one or sometimes two or three songs from most of his albums from the late 1960's thru 1991's "Catfish Rising" (39 songs in all). There is something for everyone here. I am glad to see most of the major hits that made Jetrho Tull a household name are here ("Aqualung", "Locomotive Breath", "Teacher", "A Song For Jeffrey", "Cross Eyed Mary", "Thick As A Brick", "Skating Away...", "Bungle In The Jungle", "Songs From The Wood", "Farm On A Freeway"), as well as some real gems that might not be too familiar to the average Tull fan ("Broadsword", "The Whistler", "Too Old To Rock & Roll...", "Jack-A-Lynn", "Sweet Dream", "Mother Goose"). While a box set might be too much, a single disc can not do TULL justice. This remastered double disc is the perfect place to start - whether you're just getting acquainted with TULL or maybe you're a long time TULL fan and you just want a lot of their music narrowed down to 2 discs. Excellent.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bellagio on January 22, 2000
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The issue in "Best Ofs" is always track selection and space on the disk. Those are especially difficult matters with a band like Tull, which has been around so long, produced such a huge body of work, and with so much of their best work not fitting into the convenient 3-minute song format. What's happened here is that they've produced, for the most part, a "best of" on Disk 1, and realized they were quickly running out of space -- with about 16 years of work left to put on Disk 2. The best they could do with the later, more mature (and some of us would say "the better"), Tull works is produce a "sampler" of title tracks or opening tracks from the many albums covering those 16 years. What I'm left with are only a few quibbles about the first disk selection, and absolute dismay with the omissions made necessary by the lack of space on the second disk. Hey, they really needed 3 disks to do this right.
Before I get into gripes though -- as a sampler disk for those not yet familiar with the band and just looking for something to give them a taste, this'll do just fine. Most long-term Tull fans aren't really in this market anyway, already owning all the albums they are able to lay their hands on these days.
As far as the first disk goes, my only quibbles are the omission of "With You There To Help Me" from Benefit, one of Tull's greatest openers, and not including a few more edits from Thick As A Brick and Passion Play. I'd also prefer to see the "War Child" title track or "Back Door Angels" over "Bungle in the Jungle." But on this kind of album the single release will always win out.
Disk 2 gives me heartburn.
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anyone ever hear the Limited Great 3 CD colllection of Tull called Essential, way back, it is so alive and perfect and all excellent representative examples of the great Jethro Tull.

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