Jethro Tull: Jack in the Green - Live in Germany 1970-93
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2008 sees Jethro Tull celebrate their 40th Anniversary, a landmark achievement for any rock band but even more so when you consider that Tull have been constantly active throughout that period with tours and studio albums and are one of the most globally successful British acts of all time. This new DVD release brings together Jethro Tull live performances filmed in Germany over a period of time. The main concert comes from 1982 with further material from 1986. As an added bonus we have two tracks each from 1993 and 1970/71. The release is fully approved by Ian Anderson and the packaging features photographs from his personal archive
TRACK LISTING Rockpop In Concert 1982 1) Hard Times 2) Pussy Willow 3) Heavy Horses 4) Jack In The Green 5) Keyboard Solo 6) Sweet Dreams 7) Aqualung 8) Locomotive Breath 9) Cheerio Rocksummer 1986 10) Hunting Girl Out In The Green 1986 11) Thick As A Brick 12) Black Sunday 13) Improvisation II 14) Too Old To Rock'n'Roll, Too Young To Die Live In Germany 1993 15) My Sunday Feeling 16) So Much Trouble Beat Club 1970/71 17) With You There To Help Me 18) Nothing Is Easy
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Jack in the Green is a pretty good Jethro Tull live DVD, but don't let the "recorded between 1970 - 1993" fool you. The overwhelming majority of this DVD is from the 1980s, you get exactly one song from 1970 and one song from 1971.
The largest part is the 1982 RockPop concert that has been available in bootleg and import versions for over 25 years. But it is a pretty good set list (Hard Time, Heavy Horses, Sweet Dream, Aqualung and Locomotive Breath) and you do get a pristine copy with excellent video and your choice of DTS or Dolby 5.1.
You also get `Hunting Girl' from 1986 and 4 songs from a different 1986 concert, including a Thick as a Brick medley that is slightly different from the usual 13 minute version that we usually get (Bursting Out, Essential, etc) and a version of `Black Sunday' that is superior to the one that opens the movie Slipstream.
So, in my opinion, this is probably the best Jethro Tull that is currently available on DVD, if you are looking for something a little more than 3-4 years old. (And I won't even mention the `New Day Yesterday' DVD. One thing that REALLY pisses me off is when they interrupt the videos with more interviews. If I buy the thing for the music they darn well better let me finish the videos!!!) So why do I say close but no cigar and only give this 4 stars? Easy, the perfect Jethro Tull IS out there!!! In 1988, to go along with the 3 disc `20 years of Jethro Tull' Box Set, Virgin Video released a similarly titled VHS that IS the greatest visual record of Tull that exists!!
A 90 minute Stereo Hi-Fi tape, `20 Years of Jethro Tull' the video contains live versions of Think as a Brick, Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses, Aqualung and Locomotive Breath, ALL from 1977 and featuring the classic line-up of Barriemore Barlow, Jeffery Hammond Hammond, John Evans, Martin Barre, etc, etc. It also has conceptual videos of The Whistler, Steel Monkey, Jump Start and many more. Why this MASTERPEICE isn't on DVD is a mystery known only to the eggheads that control Jethro Tull properties, of which I am sure Ian Anderson is one of. I gave up on them pulling their collective heads out and used a capture card to put it on a DVDr myself, but would still pay good money for a pro-release in 5.1. Until that happens my DVDr, and this Jack in the Green DVD, will have to do.
This DVD will not bore you either. Jethro Tull never does--they are masters of theatrical entertainment.
Great musicians, great songs, great footage, and lots of it. This is a great DVD, and it's not even too expensive ;)