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Flying Colours: The Jethro Tull Reference Manual (Remastered Edition) Paperback – July 16, 2009
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As for Flying Colours, what this book is "about" is being an extensive, almost exhaustively precise, accounting of all the albums, musicians, tours, and recordings of the group. The book is excellent as both a reference manual, and as an overview of the band. The author offers a general history of the band, as well as some background into what went into each album. As a matter of fact, you can almost say that the albums actually drive the book, as the author "plays off" the albums in describing what Jethro Tull is doing at the time of the recording, distribution, or marketing of each album. Russo extensively covers each album and tour as well as the biography of each band member who has ever played in Tull. If you want information on an album, on a Tull member, on a particular tour, or even a general subject pertaining to Tull's history - just look it up, it's in here. It is easy to reference and the author is nothing if not comprehensive.
With that said, the book has a notable flaw. How big the flaw is depends on what about Jethro Tull you are interested in.Read more ›
There are a lot of photos, some I've never seen before, which is saying a lot from this long time fan of the band. Unfortunately all the photos on the inside are in black and white.
There is more detail here about other members of the band (particularly John Glascock and David Palmer) than anyplace else. The orientation is toward the entire band, not just a focus on Ian Anderson. That doesn't mean it is short on information about Ian. It delivers there too.
There is a reference section in the back that is packed with more detailed information about releases, appearances etc. than you could possibly want. If the answer to a question about the history of the band can't be found here, I doubt it will be found anywhere else.
The biographical section has some interesting facts and photos of the "pre" Jethro Tull years, but the writing is stilted and frankly sounds like has been translated from another language and while the author has an encyclopedic knowledge of Tull's record releases and concert dates, he doesn't show any real understanding of the music - disco beats in Heavy Horses? I dont think so!
There are also a couple of errors - eg: the term War Child is derived from Roy Harpers song "Little Lady" on Lifemask not McGoohans Blues on Folkjokeopus.
Neither this book, or "Minstrals in the Gallery" show any insight into Andersons music, or shed any light on the guys modus operandi. Mr Russo has obviously put a lot of work into this book and if you know nothing about the band, a quick read wont do any harm, but my advice is that until Anderson comes up with an autobiography, stick to the albums.
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Any serious Jethro Tull fan will love this book. It provides incredible detail about the band's history, recordings and concerts. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by C. Brown
As a Jethro Tull fan for over 40 years perhaps I am not the best person to pass comment on this book.Having said that I will. Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Mr. Allen Graham
A good overview of the many incarnations of Jethro Tull. A comprehensive historical account, but lacking in the details. Read morePublished on February 23, 2009 by Max Q.
This compilation of Jethro Tull facts and memorbilia is well presented and seemingly quite thourough. Lots of facts and fun images. Read morePublished on January 29, 2009 by Michael R. Shaw
The author has compiled excellent information from the band and their record companies to produce the best reference guide on Jethro Tull. Read morePublished on December 22, 2002
This might interest those unfamiliar with Tull, but for those who already know a bit, it's a disappointment. Read morePublished on November 7, 2002
While it may contain every factoid known about Ian and the boys, this book is so difficult to actually read as to be virtually worthless. Read morePublished on June 30, 2002
Quite an enjoyable book that I always keep close by. I was very impressed with the range. Gig list, discography, and excellent 'behind the scenes' commentary regarding each... Read morePublished on August 11, 2000 by Michelle Hensley
Flying Colours: The Jethro Tull Reference Manual is certainly welcome as there is an unfortunate dearth of books on Tull. Read morePublished on May 23, 2000