What does it sound like?:
The 40th anniversary of Tull’s eighth studio album is marked by the issue of this 2cd/2dvd set.
The original album has been remixed by Steven Wilson, and is supplemented by the Summerday Sands B side together with three tracks recorded for BBC sessions (previously unreleased) and three early takes of tracks on the album, these also being released for the first time.
The second cd is a Paris concert from July 1975, also unreleased until now. This shows what many would describe as the band’s definitive line-up performing at the peak of their powers.The tapes have been restored to pristine condition by King Crimson guitarist Jakko Jaksyk, who also remixed the recent ELP reissues.
The two DVDs add various 5.1 mixes of the two albums, plus an unseen till now eight minute film of the band on stage performing the title track.
The package is completed by a lavish illustrated 80 page book with numerous articles and interviews with those involved with the album, which is a great read.
What does it all *mean*?
As with the Passion Play and War Child rereleases, this album has really benefitted from being remixed and now has a less compressed sound – there seems to be more space between the various instruments and the different layers of sound are crystal clear.
Goes well with…
If you are a Tull fan, then this is yet another compulsory purchase – one of their classic period albums is now rendered even better! A very worthy addition to the band’s catalogue of reissues.
Might suit people who like…
Please check out Twang’s podcast (and the accompanying article) featuring an exclusive interview with Ian Anderson on this album and on all things Tull. It’s an excellent listen and is highly recommended!