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Jethro Tull: Live at Montreux 2003

The Montreux floodgates have been blown open over the last year or two, and Eagle Rock continues to bring rock fans more CD's and DVD's of solid concerts from the famous festival, this time around the legendary band Jethro Tull. Surprisingly enough, this longstanding British act has never played the famous festival, even though they spent many days and months in Switzerland recording various albums, so 2003 was indeed a first for the band. This 2CD set covers the entire show played that evening, the first CD is mostly acoustic versions of some Tull classics, like "Bouree", "Fat Man", "Life Is A Long Song", and "Pavane", as well as some newer numbers like "Dot Com", "Eurology", and "Empty Cafe". Some surprises abound in this first set, those being "With You There To Help Me" ( a real golden oldie from the band's catalog), the explosive "Hunting Girl", and a charming rendition of their holiday staple "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman".

CD 2 sees the band rocking out quite a bit, and provides a good contrast to the more pastoral first set. Of course, all the gems are here, like "Aqualung", "Locomotive Breath", and "My God", plus some equally classic but not always played songs like "Nothing Is Easy", "Budapest", and the excellent "Beside Myself", one of Tull's strongest songs from their solid 1995 album Roots to Branches. The band is in fine form, led by Ian Anderson's flute and cunning acoustic guitar, the virtuoso guitar work of Martin Barre, Andrew Giddings majestic keyboards, and the solid rhythm team of drummer Doane Perry and bassist Jonathan Noyce. While Anderson's vocals are not nearly as strong as they used to be many years ago, he has settled into a comfortable delivery over the last decade that still does these songs justice.

As Jethro Tull have slipped into their 5th decade as a band (quite the feat!), it's only fitting that they officially have now played one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. Check this live set out and hear why this longstanding band is still relevant today, and while you are at it pick up the companion DVD as well. Who says it's all about living in the past?

Track Listing
Disc: 1
1. Some Day The Sun Won't Shine For You
2. Life Is A Long Song
3. Bourée (Version de Noël)
4. With You There To Help Me
5. Pavane
6. Empty Café
7. Hunting Girl
8. Eurology
9. Dot Com
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
11. Fat Man
Disc: 2
1. Living In The Past
2. Nothing Is Easy
3. Beside Myself
4. My God
5. Budapest
6. New Jig
7. Aqualung
8. Locomotive Breath

Added: August 15th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Jethro Tull Website
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Language: english

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Jethro Tull: Live at Montreux 2003
Posted by ken Hicks on 2007-08-25 09:57:31
My Score:

The only reason that this release does not receive a perfect score is Ian Anderson's obvious vocal limitations. His voice has been (concert-wise) shot for the last 15 years. If his voice on a particular night can reach the bearable stage, then that makes for a great Tull concert. It's bearable on this night. The grand old man as usual is in top-notch form with his flute and guitar playing, and his stage presence and humor are of course delightful. The band always adds new twists and turns to all of it's arrangements of both new and older material like always, and therefore Tull concerts are always interesting and suprising. The sound and look are incredible on this DVD, but just to make sure you know it's a rock concert, Martin Barre's electric guitar is way up in the mix. He has a great night here. Jethro Tull are such solid players and entertainers that their fans can give Ian a pass on his vocals if thevoice can reach passable, such is the good-will that the man has generated over the years with so many! Buy this release and crank it up to ten on the best system you have.

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