- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Palmyra Verlag, George Stein; 2nd ed. edition (March 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3930378116
- ISBN-13: 978-3930378111
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,126,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jethro Tull: Complete Lyrics Hardcover – March, 2000
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This is the first complete authorized collection of Jethro Tull's lyrics. It includes personal comments by Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull's music and the band's development, as well as a number of photographs, some of which have never been published before.
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Anyway, for anyone who doesn't already know it, this volume collects all of the lyrics from Tull's and Ian Anderson's official releases from _This Was_ in 1968 to _Roots to Branches_ in 1995.
The first twenty or thirty pages consist of Ian Anderson himself providing a retrospective/commentary on the various releases, and on the stages of Tull's long and varied career. These are culled from a couple of talks with Anderson and they're clearly transcriptions of oral interviews, with all the limitations thereby implied. (For example, the word "tempo" is consistently transcribed as "temper".) They're pretty informative, though, and at any rate I like the transcriptions since I enjoy listening to Anderson talk.
The lyrics themselves will be most useful for those albums/CDs with which the words aren't already included in the liner notes, but there are also a handful of helpful footnotes scattered throughout. (Nothing interpretive; just stuff like the actual name of the "Winged Isle" and the significance of "Beltane," items probably already familiar to longtime Tull fans but perhaps not to the band's newer audience.)
There are also a dozen-odd pages of photos, some of which had never been published before this. (There's a list at the back of the book telling who's in them and when they were taken. Incidentally, one allegedly from "1974" -- Anderson on a motorcycle -- appears to be misdated; it looks to be from a decade later. I assume "1974" is a typo for "1984".)
Some customers may also want to know that Anderson donates all his royalties from the sales of this book to a fund for the preservation of wild cats. I'm delighted to have contributed to such a cause and I'd have bought the book sooner if I'd known.
To have one book with all of Tull's lyrics in one place is well worth the price. If you're a Tull fan, get it.