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Not definitive, but a (mostly) strong collection,
This review is from: Very Best of Jethro Tull (Audio CD)
Jethro Tull have created such a vast collection of material over the last 33 years that it is difficult to condense highlights of their career onto one CD. As group leader/flutist/composer Ian Anderson even says in his liner notes, if one were to ask Tull fans to compile a "Best Of" CD then there would be as many different selections as there are fans. It is to Tull's credit that their music is so wide-ranging, from rock to folk to blues with jazz and classical influences et al. thrown in for good measure. But, when it comes to "Best Of" albums...
This is not the first Tull compilation, but it is one of the better ones. Okay, Tull "standards" (i.e. those that get regular FM radio play to this day) are included, but they are not among my favorite Tull songs. Still, less-than-dedicated fans who want to own one Tull CD would probably desire "Locomotive Breath," "Living In The Past," and "Aqualung." Thankfully, some more esoteric, recent, and higher quality Tull material is also included here (the majestic "Broadsword" and the bamboo-flute driven "Roots To Branches" - misspelled on the CD cover as "Root To Branches," but one can't have everything!). This balance of "the hits" and some decent album cuts make this an overall pleasing collection.
One major criticism is the cruel editing suffered by "Heavy Horses;" a multi-movement gem in its original form, here it has the guts taken out of it and all that is left is the verses and the choruses.
A final thought: on a recent national call-in radio show, a listener asked Tull members Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, and Andrew Giddings to name their favorite Tull songs. Their choices were, respectively, "Budapest," "Under Wraps #2," and "Dun Ringill." None of these are present on this album.
That ought to tell someone something...