What does it sound like?:
Stepping out of chronological sequence, the latest release in the Jethro Tull reissue series goes back to 1969’s ‘Stand Up’ album, Martin Barre’s debut with the band.
Packaged in the now usual book style, this is a two cd plus dvd set. The first cd has a Steven Wilson remix of the original album, together with the A and B sides of the non-album Living In The Past single, and an early unreleased version of Bouree. This cd is rounded off by four tracks recorded for a BBC session.
Owners of the 2010 Collectors Edition of this album will recall the second cd (and DVD) contained a 1970 concert recorded at Carnegie Hall. This has been dropped completely and replaced by a 1969 Stockholm gig (recorded when the band were opening for Jimi Hendrix), which takes up the vast majority of the second cd in this package. This has a strong setlist and is presented in surprisingly good sound quality.
The DVD has the usual surround mixes plus flat transfers from the original master tapes, together with film footage of two of the songs from the Stockholm shows.
The set comes with a superbly put together 112 page book, including track by track annotations by Ian Anderson, and as a special treat the pop up artwork from the original album is recreated here.
What does it all *mean*?
This album sounds far better than I remember – it still wouldn’t make my top three Tull albums, but nevertheless any Tull fan couldn’t fail to be happy on hearing what they’ve done with this version.
Goes well with…
Other Tull reissues, great classic rock/prog of the late sixties and seventies.
Might suit people who like…
Another fantastic addition to this series of back catalogue reissues. The sound quality is first class, and the whole thing has obviously been put together with great care and attention to detail.
Hopefully 2017 will see the same treatment afforded to a 40th anniversary edition of Songs From The Wood.