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Jethro Tull Remasters Continue To Impress

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Artist: Jethro Tull
Title: A (1980/2004)
Format: CD/DVD (Remastered)
Genre: Rock-Progressive
Label: EMI/Capitol/Chrysalis

A started out as an Ian Anderson solo album and turned into a full-blown Jethro Tull project. Despite a mixed reception when it first came out in 1980 it stands up as a solid JT album today. With some remastering, tweaking, and a DVD with early videos and concert footage, you get the best of both worlds. One can appreciate the care that went into this presentation. Adding a DVD that is a greatest hits compilation (to that point) was a smart way to approach this sleeper. I refer to it in this light because I think it is indeed a good album and it deserves more credit for its worthiness as another prog-rock dandy that should find a place in your collection even if it has not been one of the critics’ darlings.

Martin Barre’s guitar work is superb per usual and Anderson is in fine voice on this album. Dave Pegg (bass) and Mark Craney (drums) form a great rhythm section for the ever-changing Jethro Tull lineup. Considering how quickly they had to make the transition into the band, they need a strong acknowledgement for their efforts, even if it is 24 years later. What made this album different from any other release was Eddie Jobson and his contributions with the keyboards and violin, giving the band a new refreshing sound. Rather than Anderson dominating the tracks, this sounds like a more balanced band. Barre’s guitar playing is restrained rather than bursting with the explosive energy found on previous albums. I found this ironic in that it started out as an Anderson solo project, then how his role changed as it developed and matured into a full album. Anderson stepped back and let everyone else flex their musical muscles, which in the end, showed what a brilliant and flexible leader he could be. The results proved to be surprising. This may not be the greatest JT album but it is certainly very good.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

June 29, 2004

Disc 1 (CD)

01. Crossfire – 3:55
02. Fylingdale Flyer – 4:36
03. Working John, Working Joe – 5:04
04. Black Sunday – 6:38
05. Protect and Survive – 3:37
06. Batteries Not Included – 3:53
07. Uniform – 3:34
08. 4.W.D. (Low Ratio) – 3:43
09. The Pine Marten’s Jig – 3:28

10. And Further On – 4:23

Disc 2 (DVD)

01. Introduction
02. Black Sunday
03. Dun Ringill
04. Fylingdale Flyer
05. Songs from the Wood
06. Heavy Horses
07. Sweet Dream
08. Too Old to Rock ‘N’ Roll
09. Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New…
10. Aqualung
11. Locomotive Breath



Eddie Jobson – Keyboards, Violin (Electric), Additional Music, Guest Appearance
Ian Anderson – Flute, Vocals, Producer, Liner Notes, Cover Art Concept
Jethro Tull – Arranger
Dave Pegg – Bass
Martin Barre – Guitar
Mark Craney – Drums

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  • Kevin


    I previously posted about your Kansas reviews and I have to agree with your JT assessment. I am planning on picking up “A” in the next couple of weeks. I was truly excited when they remastered “Stormwatch”, arguably one of my favorite all-time records.

    I haven’t heard “A” since 8th grade – then, I owned it on 8-track(!) If Chrysallis is remastering their back catalog, I would like to see some Babys and Robin Trower stuff.

  • JR

    They may have already remastered some Robin Trower; I’ve seen a reissue of Bridge of Sighs with bonus tracks, although I think they’re just live tracks.

    The Babys remain criminally ignored.

  • Eric Olsen

    In my mind, Jethro Tull ceased to exist after “Bungle In the Jungle” – I haven’t heard a single song I have liked since.

  • Kevin


    Now that you mention it, I do have “Bridge of Sighs” as a remaster. I’m looking for “Victims of the Fury” to be remastered and it’s currently out of print. I guess I could look at http://www.gemm.com for a good used copy.

    I would like to see “Head First”, “Union Jacks”, and “On The Edge” all receive the remastering touch. It’s a shame that all John Waite is remembered for is “Missing You”…