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Special two CD edition of this holiday release from the veteran Rockers featuring the original Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003) plus the more recent recording Jethro Tull - Live At St Brides. Last Christmas, Jethro Tull performed and recorded a live concert at St Bride's Church in London. The profits from all tickets sold for the service, went to The Connection at St Martins, a charitable facility for the care of London's homeless community. Ian Anderson's view is that "we all have a duty of care and responsibility to help the less fortunate." EMI.
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The set is tastefully packaged. Gone are the lyrics from the original "Christmas Album," but Ian and the reverend of St. Bride's contribute essays dated August 2009. This may be the only time the Tull lineup of Anderson, Barre, O'Hara, Goodier, and Duncan is recorded on a commercially available disc; if so, I would say it carries on a remarkable legacy most suitably. At the time of this posting, English "Marketplace" merchants are offering the collection for under twenty dollars, and mine arrived in seven days. Don't hesitate to buy it.
This is now my favorite Christmas album. This is more of a Solstice celebration. The religious carols are instrumental while the sung songs are Tull compositions.
Starting off with a rousing "Birthday Card at Christmas," journeying through seasonal sentimentals like "A Christmas Song," "Another Christmas Song," First Snow on Brooklyn," and "A Winter Snowscape," we are treated to great, rollicking, joys along the way like "Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow," "Last Man at the Party," and "Ring Out Solstice Bells!"
I bought the 2 CD with the live performance last year. Though the choir sang traditional carols, the Tull tracks were easily worth the price.
Spoiler - Where else can you get a Christmas blessing by clergy, followed by the opening bars of Thick as a Brick. Culminating in..."your three Wise Men Don't know how it feels, to be thick as a brick?"
Buy and enjoy!
But, fear not! This is Ian and the lads, and they've produced yet another masterpiece! The song selection is a mixture of appropriate tunes from their vast catalog, all masterfully rearranged and rerecorded with the mature and polished skill of a band at the top of it's game. There are arrangements of some quintessentially British holiday songs done in Bristol fashion; and a few new songs that are destined to become classics, including A WINTER'S SNOWSCAPE, my favorite song from Martin Barre's new solo album - Stage Left.
It's also great to hear our old friend Dave Pegg lending his talent on a few songs, notably his wonderful mandolin playing on the classic "A CHRISTMAS SONG." Sometime stand-in drummer James Duncan also lends his talent to this album.
This is a great, great album and a welcome addition to the Tull body of work. It's appeal will guarantee repeated playing for years to come during the holiday seasons, but it'll get it's fair share of playing time in the dog days of summer as well.
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