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Too Old to Rock N' Roll Too Young to Die
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"Quizz Kid" starts out mellow and slow with strings and an easy electric guitar riff. However, indicative of the punk age of the time, bass and electric guitar riffs push themselves to the front, and this song sounds like a punk-influenced hard rock song. The lyrics are about going on a game show with the hopes of winning big.
"Crazed Institution" does not try to mislead you. From the very beginning the beat of this song speaks rock. By this song you are under the impression that Ian Anderson was striving for a harder edge on this album as compared to Tull's earlier folk-flavored offerings. The lyrics in this song are about celebrity and fame and the insanity that such status causes a person's life.
"Salamander" provides the first real flavor of Jethro Tull as the group had been known up to this time. Clever acoustic guitar picking takes you halfway through the piece until a heavily echoed Ian Anderson brings on the vocals. The contrast between the acoustic and folk-flavored instruments and the echoed voice is interesting and makes me wish that Ian had explored this song in greater depth.
From a lyrical viewpoint, "Taxi Grab" is a relatively lightweight offering, and is not a fan favorite. From a musical viewpoint, this song is a rocker, bass and harmonica driven, a blues-flavored hard rock song. The music is pretty good, but the weak lyrics detract a bit.
"From a Dead Beat to an Old Greaser" begins in a traditional Tull style, dirge-like and acoustic.Read more ›
This is the first album after the departure of bassist Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, who was replaced by John Glascock. He joined Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, harmonica), Martin Barre (lead guitar), John Evan (keyboards), and Barriemore Barlow (percussion) in what was arguably Tull's greatest ensemble.
As for the music, the style is the quintessential Ian Anderson brilliance, with a mixture of brassy, compact, fast-paced pieces like "Quizz kid", "Crazed Institution", and "Taxi Grab", with lyrical acoustic pieces like "Salamander" and "From a deadbeat to an Old Greaser". The title song, "Too old to rock and roll, Too young to die" has for years been the subject of controversy among Tull fans, some believing it to be too slow and even dull, others saying it is representative of the remarkable mixture of styles that characterizes not only the Album but all of Jethro Tull.
Most fans and connoisseurs would agree that "Big Dipper" and especially "Pied Piper" are among Tull's most carefree, playful, lighthearted creations. Ian Anderson was always a master at varying and adjusting moods even within a coherent, thematic album like "Too Old to rock and roll, Too Young to die".
It should be pointed out that this is a kind of concept album in which the hero gets steadily older and more wasted and the music reflects this. In 'Bursting Out', the live JT album, Ian amused us with the comment that people assumed that the Too Old track was talking about him, but that in fact he was "talking about some other bastard". Great days, but disappointing effort.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my favorite JT album. Glad it's out with great quality of sound. A must buy for all JT fans..Published 6 months ago by Max
I am now glad I finally own it. Listened to it in 1976 and was not impressed. I listen to it now and think it a good addition to all my Tull stuff. Would give a listen.Published 7 months ago by littlebigman
What a great Album! If you're a Tull fan you probably already have this one, we wore out the first one and this is in the same perfect shape as the original!Published on December 21, 2012 by Pattie
This record, apart from one abominable song (Bad Eyed 'n' Loveless), is great. It's one of the more fun Tull records, and a good one to listen to when you're feeling down (at... Read morePublished on October 7, 1998