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Crest of a Knave

Jethro TullAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common love of Blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. ... Read more in Amazon's Jethro Tull Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00070DK1E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Remastered reissue of 1987 album that adds the bonus track 'Part Of The Machine'. EMI. 2005.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smiling Ear to Ear September 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Finally someone, somewhere in the music industry wised up and re-issued this stunning masterpiece! Following a 3-year hiatus from recording, and one full year away from music, Tull returned to the studio (Ian's house) with a band consisting only of Msrs. Anderson, Barre, Pegg and some part-time percussionists. Some years removed from their last strong effort, and following Ian Anderson's illness in which his magnificent voice was severely and permanently damaged, one could hardly imagine that Tull would return with what may be the finest and most powerful Tull album of all.
The album opens with a fast-paced rocker (Steel Monkey) -- an effective if somewhat mundane starter song (not helped at all by the use of the drum programme), which provides no real clue to the power and quality of what is to come. And, in fact, come right away: Farm On The Freeway is an intriguing mixture of protest ballad and rocker, lamenting thoughtless urban sprawl, and containing unparalleled instrumental passages. It is perfectly designed to be a live-concert mainstay. An absolute gift to a tight band. Jump Start is a heavy rocker most notable for Martin Barre's strident guitar work. A good song, well-known and widely played, but definitely NOT the best rocker on the album.
Tull's music, throughout the years, is redolent with gorgeous and unique melodies -- usually (but not always) found in shorter, less structurally complex works. Little jewels with timeless melodies that provide not only a change-of-pace but are an adornment of such beauty that they become as memorable as any works in the set. Of all these, I can think of none any more fetching than Said She Was A Dancer.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metallica Rox! January 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Just kidding.
Back in 1987, a lot of people whined because this Tull album beat out Metallica for a Grammy award in the "heavy metal" category. Even some longtime Tull fans thought there was a problem here. But let's think this through.
The Grammy award for heavy metal was a _new_ category that year. And maybe the category wasn't (and isn't) quite as well-defined as Metallica fans would have liked us to believe. (You'd probably call Led Zeppelin a heavy metal band, wouldn't you? Did you ever listen to "Stairway to Heaven"? What's that instrument you hear? Could it be -- gasp! -- a _fl*te_?)
Besides, Tull had been around for _twenty years_ at that point and had never won a Grammy of _any_ kind. Considering how much the heavy-metal category owed, and still owes, to Tull's music (especially Martin Barre's searing guitar and Ian Anderson's manic on-stage presence), doesn't it make sense that the Grammy judges would think it appropriate to launch the new category with a bit of well-deserved homage to its so-far-unrecognized roots?
Then, too, this album was, and is, one of Tull's finest. Anderson was recovering from some severe throat problems and had recorded most of this album at home, with Martin Barre, Doane Perry, Gerry Conway, David Pegg, and some electronic instruments (notably a keyboard and a drum machine). But even so, it was a _lot_ closer to Tull's earlier rock than it was to the electronic-synth stuff they'd been releasing during the 1980s to that point.
Still not convinced this is "heavy metal"? Okay, maybe it isn't quite. But what category _does_ Tull belong in? If you wanted to give them a well-deserved Grammy, can you think of a better one?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Headbanging Tull! November 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the most controversial album Jethro Tull has ever put out before or since and it's all due the the Grammy commitee. 1988's winner of the "Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal" Grammy is neither. However it is an exellent album.

One of it's main strengths is the guitar work of Martin Barre. My favorite is his solo on "Budapest" because he demonstrates that one doesn't have to crank the amps up to 11 to have a kick bottom guitar solo. Ian Anderson says that "Budapest" is the song that he is most proud of, as it has a little bit of everything in it.

This album also has the song "Farm on the Freeway" which is today a concert favorite amongst the fans.

What's unfortunate about this album is Ian's voice is merely a shadow of what it once was due to throat problems a few years back. I wish Martin Barre's guitar had been mixed a little higher in the song "Steel Monkey", and I really wish this package had included the original 20 minute version of "Budapest."

Overall though, a terrific album and worth the money. Come to think of it, the flute can be heavy and it is made of metal so perhaps what the Grammy committee meant when they gave Tull the award.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Riding Shotgun on the Sunset" March 20, 2003
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The first time I heard Tull was on MTV's "New Video Hour" back in 1987. The music video for "Steel Monkey" played. Normally, I would not have paid much attention but my favorite band at the time, Iron Maiden, named Tull as a major influence in numerous articles I read. So I recorded the video. It had an almost country rock sound which was very different from what I was used to hearing. I was a heavy metal fan. Still, I liked it and went out and bought Crest of a Knave, my first Jethro Tull studio album. It was the first of many Tull records I would buy so it definitely sparked a new musical interest in me. I'll always have a soft spot for it and was very happy Jethro Tull won the hard rock grammy. Now that I've listened to all of Tull's previous studio releases many times through the last 15 years, Crest of a Knave is towards the bottom of my top Tull list. It's not a bad album by any means. It is a soothing album at times with tracks like "Farm on the Freeway," "She Said She Was a Dancer," and "Budapest." A lot of the songs are about loss, whether it be a way of life or an intriguing woman. There is some sadness to this album. There is also two references to Jack the Ripper which might make a great Tull trivia question. My favorite track is "Raising Steam" which is, in contrast, a fun rocker. The single "Steel Monkey" is, lyrically, very clever. It gets three stars because Tull's earlier releases were so amazing. They raised the bar. As much as I liked this album in 1987, I found better music when I "discovered" earlier Tull albums one by one (a very fun time for me). Unlike most Tull fans, I wish Ian Anderson continued in the direction of "A" and "Under Wraps" (a more interesting and innovative path) rather than towards the more country rock sound of the late 1980s early 1990s. Note for those like me living in the vinyl and cassette past: this CD has two more tracks: "Waking Edge" and "Dogs in the Midwinter" (I've always thought 7 tracks was a bit skimpy).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Ian Does Mid-80s Dire Straits (With a Little Eliminator-era ZZ Top...
This is actually more like 3 1/2 stars. It took me a few years to get past the boneheaded Steel Monkey to find what's great about this album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by johnnyribcage
5.0 out of 5 stars Grammy's screwed up a great album's history
Great album that deserved a Grammy but got it for the wrong category! Metal has nothing to do with the name of a song. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JRL NY
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Tull!
Yet another CD I had to replace due to the original being worn out and scratched. A classic that has kept me company many times.
Published 3 months ago by pj thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very surprising to a huge Tull fan
I was very surprised by this album. . . you kind of have to get past the first song and then it goes on to rock. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Purchased so my total order would be over $35 for free shipping
A Jethro Tull album I had never purchased before. Has some decent tunes, not one of my favorite since I'm more in the Aqualung, Thick As A Brick era, but it is Tull and enjoyable.
Published 8 months ago by Heavy Music
5.0 out of 5 stars Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull puts out excellent music.I really like "Farm on the Freeway". If you havent heard this song yet,it's a must.
Published 10 months ago by Howard W. Cunniffe
5.0 out of 5 stars JT's wonderful comeback!
By 1985, Jethro Tull was suffering from poor criticism from their album Under Wraps, as it was deemed too electronic and not so reminiscent of the popular flute style music that... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Johnny B. Quick
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Jethro Tull it is amaze and this CD it is a great one, everything was fine and good, thank tou.
Published 16 months ago by Carlos De Siqueira
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative engineers
I had the earlier CD of this for a long time. I did the R&D thing, and I like my copy better.
Because, the gang down at the studio wanted to mess with the compression, and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by souther0257
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent JT album
Has several songs I consider to be great. A must for any Jethro Tull fan. Added to my collection of JT.
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