What does it sound like?:
Another edition of this excellent series, which began in 2014 and has appeared each year since.
This is a two cd set in a dvd size book type package, the same format as the Tull reissues for those who are familiar with them. It also includes a good twenty four-page tour booklet, with some interesting photos together with writings by Sid Smith.
Musically, the cds cover all the various line ups of the band, and are the usual mixture of live material from across the years, rehearsals, alternate takes, finished recordings and extracts from studio recordings. About half of the thirty one tracks have not been previously available on cd. Highlights – a live Formentera Lady from 1972 and Islands from 2017, and great versions of Neurotica from 2017 and Matte Kudasai from 1984. Studio wise, an interesting demo of The Errors surfaces, along with a Jakko Jakszyk/Gavin Harrison demo of Discipline, and there’s an intriguing alternate take of Book Of Saturday dating from 1973.
What does it all *mean*?
Another thoughtfully compiled and put together package and very reasonably priced too. Great listening and great value.
Goes well with…
Digging deep into the canon.
Might suit people who like…
These sets are aimed at fans rather than the casual listener wanting to discover the band.