OK, just one more Jethro Tull box set before I get back to the current project of “Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”, where we are about to reach that wonderful, definitive, final LP. This will, I think, take two posts.
Here we have the 1993 set. The band had always gone in for remarkable album packages, starting with the children’s cartoon stand up when you open the cover of “Stand Up” (1969) and climaxing with the newspaper cover of “Thick As A Brick” (1972). In 1993, the device was a cigar box:
The set comprises an extensive booklet and indeed, 4 CDs.
CD1 “Classic Songs”
My Sunday Feeling
A Song for Jeffrey
Living In The Past
The Witch’s Promise
Life Is A Long Song
Bungle In The Jungle
Minstrel In The Gallery
Cold Wind To Valhalla
Too Old To Rock’n’Roll, Too Young To Die
Songs From The Wood
Here a few pics from the booklet before we get to CD2:
CD2 – Carnegie Hall, N.Y., 1970 [the same set featured on the “Living In The Past” double LP – see above]
Nothing Is Easy
With You There To Help Me
A Song For Jeffrey
To Cry You A Song
Sossity, You’re A Woman
Reasons For Waiting
We Used To Know
For A Thousand Mothers
Sleeve notes – a contemporary review (Billboard press cutting 14/11/70, reviewer Nancy Erlich)
“From the hordes of rock’s revolutionaries, prophets and terribly sensitive poets there arises just one mad vaudevillian: Ian Anderson, maestro of Jethro Tull (Reprise). The evening of Nov. 4, Carnegie Hall was full of eyes full of Ian Anderson, who riveted all attention upon himself (occasionally upstaging the music) even in the rare moments when he was not doing something outrageous. Looking like a carnival magician gone wild, Anderson used his extraordinary magnetism and unique theatrics to add interest to the program, particularly to his strange, non-melodic flute solos which could not have come off so well without the visual impact. The rest of the group were in fine form too. Musically, John Evan’s [sic] keyboard work was too excellent to be overshadowed.
“The concert was a benefit on behalf of Phoenix House, an organization that gives help to drug addicts.”
Now a few more pics:
I’ll finish this one off in the next post.