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Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!

Jethro TullAudio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1976
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00006JKOM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Their #14 LP from 1976: Quiz Kid; Crazed Institution; Salamander; Big Dipper ; the bonus tracks A Small Cigar and Strip Cartoon , and more!

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than it ever got credit for January 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This old Tull release was written during a transitional period for the band; among other things, Jeffrey Hammond had left and been replaced by John Glascock (who died tragically a few years later).
For Ian Anderson too, these tunes were something of a departure. Having already tried his hand at a surreal-parody "concept album" (_Thick As A Brick_) and a more serious one (_A Passion Play_, plus the previously unreleased tracks on _Nightcap_), here he attempted a stage musical. The musical itself was never performed or even completed, but this album was released.
It's always been something of an oddity in the Tull catalog and fans' attitudes toward it have been deeply divided. I'm surely not going to settle any arguments here; all I'm going to say is that I like it just fine myself. (I also enjoy the guest appearances, especially the backing vocals by Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior on the title track. And I hope someday someone writes a complete history of the cross-fertilization among Tull, Steeleye, and Fairport Convention.)
The main reason I'm reviewing it now, in fact, is to comment on the high quality of this recent remastering. It's terrific; the recording is clearer and crisper than the original release, and the two extra tracks are a hoot. ("A Small Cigar" is also on _Nightcap_, but I'd never before heard "Strip Cartoon". It's on the twenty-year anniversary collection, but I haven't got that one.)
If you're new to Tull, you probably don't want to start here. Personally, I'd recommend beginning with _Songs from the Wood_ and _Heavy Horses_, which I think are their two greatest albums. But don't let all the bad things you've heard about this one put you off; Anderson's/Tull's worst is better than most bands' best. Give it a listen and make up your own mind. Anderson & Co. have always demanded a lot from their listeners, including a willingness to pay extra close attention when Anderson steps outside of his own cliches.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much, much better than I was led to believe June 18, 2006
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This 1976 album has been criticized by a number of prog fans, including certain "academically-oriented" progressive rock writers. To tell you the truth, I am not entirely clear as to why this album is criticized and with such vigor. It is actually pretty darn good and initiates a period where some fairly incredible music was being cranked out by Mr. Anderson and company.

With respect to the lineup at this point, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond left the group after Minstrel in the Gallery (1975), leaving the band without a bassist. The late John Glascock replaced Jeffrey and the tone that John gets out of his Fender Musicman bass is very tight and punchy and the interplay with virtuoso drummer Barriemore Barlow is truly something to behold. Speaking of Barriemore, his drumming during the mid - late 1970's was simply jaw dropping - those of you that need proof are urged to check out his solo on "Conundrum" from the live Bursting Out album (1978). As such, his performances on Too Old to Die: Too Young to Rock n' Roll are excellent, although he does not play on every track. Come to think of it, the performances by all of the band members are all fairly inspired and Ian even plays a solo on a harmonica along with some semi-jazzy riffs on the saxophone. In addition to the core members, string and brass arrangements are featured here and there and Steeleye Span vocalist Maddy Prior provides backing vocals on the title track.Personally, I feel that the subtle changes in instrumentation were a nice addition.

The music on this album is characteristic of the blend of acoustic textures and thunderous prog that started with Minstrel in the Gallery and culminated with albums like Songs from the Wood (1977) and Heavy Horses (1978).
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're Never Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll December 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Although somewhat-overlooked in the band's catalog, 1976's "Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll, Too Young To Die" has always been one of my very favorite Jethro Tull albums. It was originally conceived as a soundtrack album to a planned stage musical about an aging rocker in his late 50's named Ray Lomas (whose story is told somewhat by the amusing comic strip included inside the album, AND whose face has a passing resemblance to Tull leader Ian Anderson). The stage musical never happened---you'll have to ask Ian Anderson for the reason why---but the album survived, and it's a true rock beauty. Since the songs were originally intended for the theater, Anderson had to take extra care in making these tunes hummable (even the harder-edged stuff), and hummable they most certainly are. While only the cheerful title track of the album was any sort of hit for the group, every single song here is a memorable winner. There are great melodic Tull rockers on display like "Quizz Kid," "Taxi Grab," "Big Dipper," "Pied Piper," as well as whimsical songs like "Crazed Institution," "The Chequered Flag," and the aforementioned title song. And Ian Anderson lays down some beautiful acoustic numbers as well, like "Salamander," "From A Dead Beat To An Old Greaser," & "Bad Eyed And Loveless." Great songs, all of them, and all played to perfection by Anderson, Martin Barre, John Evan, Barriemore Barlow, and their new bassist at the time, the late, great John Glascock. David Palmer's handsome orchestrations to some of the songs is also a plus. And not only has "Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll..." been remastered for better sound quality, but there are now two terrific bonus tracks included at the end---the outstanding Anderson acoustic showcase "A Small Cigar," and the fun "Strip Cartoon," both songs guaranteed to make you smile. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Sound mix much improved from original release.
Published 1 month ago by Michael L. Lalli
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Monica Aguirre
5.0 out of 5 stars tull fan
I enjoy tull for years and this one is a great one to get if you like his music.
Published 1 month ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC CD
Old tunes, great tunes. Jethro Tull has a nice selection on this CD. Nice addition to our collection. Cover is exactly as shown.
Published 6 months ago by Marsha Wade
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.25 stars- Not the best Tull, but not quite the worst either
When I bought this in 1986 on vinyl I thought this was a pretty poor offering and ditched it. I got it back on cd a few years ago and gave it about three more listens and it's... Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. A. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Jethro Tull
This was the music I grew up on and have this album on vinyl but cannot find the CD version in stores.
Published 13 months ago by Jack Kovalski
5.0 out of 5 stars Jethro Tull Live On!
One of the most creative group of musicians I have ever heard!
Love their music and would recommend it to people who enjoy
good popular music and to musicians as well.
Published 16 months ago by Valerie Zizza
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I have no idea what happened to Jethro Tull (and Ian Anderson) in the 70s. Whatever it was, it must have been a really traumatic experience because everything up through "Thick As... Read more
Published 17 months ago by MJH
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the rock classics
Far from being one of the best album of Jetro Tull, it is an album that you can't miss if you love the particular rock of the band. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Franco Chinarelli
1.0 out of 5 stars I have sold a record in a terrible state.
The album itself is great, but that that sold me was terrible quality and I had to throw it away. I recommend to all intelligent people.
Published 20 months ago by Andrei
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I had the same issue until I bought the European Union issue on Chrysalis/EMI with bonus tracks in January, 2007 on eBay NEW from a Canadian store. When I put it on, it played perfect and held on to it for awhile.

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