Jethro Tull - Crest Of A Knave

Year of Release: 2005
Label: Capitol/EMI
Catalog Number: F2 21590/DIDX 2026 / 7341
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

Crest Of A Knave won Jethro Tull a Grammy and, as it turned out, it was voted the best metal album! It just goes to show that the people voting for these awards do not seem to have a clue. Its obvious that they had not heard some of the earlier albums by this band that were much more deserving of an award; Thick As A Brick comes to mind immediately because it was so innovative and groundbreaking. With all of that said, Crest Of A Knave is a fine rock album, minus the progressive elements, however. I agree with Ian Anderson; it's one of my favorites as well. For its pure, straight ahead rock approach, you cannot ask for more. Martin Barre proves once again why has been one of the preeminent string benders of the last 40 years.

"Farm On The Freeway," not looked upon as a classic JT track, most certainly is in my book, and "Budapest" is an incredible tune that still stands tall today and is one of the highlights of their live performances. "Steel Monkey" is quite the rocker to start the set. It is the band's own personal tribute to that little old band from Texas, you know the dudes with the long beards?

I am spoiled and accustomed to enjoying a plethora of bonus tracks on nearly every release of this remastered series, this one offers only one, "Part Of The Machine," which is excellent. The remastering is superb per usual and I immediately pulled my old copy out of my CD rack and threw it in a box once I heard this. It was a very intelligent decision to get Anderson involved with this process and to offer his perception of each album's sessions. It makes each release so special to all of us hardcore JT fans. Another one well done - I would expect nothing less.

Steel Monkey / Farm On The Freeway / Jump Start / She Said She Was A Dancer / Dogs In The Midwinter / Budapest / Mountain Men / Waking Edge / Raising Steam / Part of the Machine (Bonus Track)

Ian Anderson - vocals, flute, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drum programming, percussion, keyboards
Martin Barre - lead guitars, acoustic guitar
Dave Pegg - bass guitar


Doane Perry - drums (2, 7)
Gerry Conway - drums (3, 4, 6, 8)
Ric Sanders - violin (6)

This Was (1968)
Stand Up (1969)
Benefit (1970)
Aqualung (1971)
Thick As A Brick (1972)
Living In The Past (1972)
A Passion Play (1973)
War Child (1974)
Minstrel In The Gallery (1975)
M.U. The Best Of (1976)
Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die (1976)
Songs From The Wood (1977)
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull Vol 2 (1977)
Heavy Horses (1978)
Bursting Out - Live (1978)
Stormwatch (1979/2004)
'A' (1980)
The Broadsword And The Beast (1982/2005)
Under Wraps (1984)
Original Masters (1985)
Crest Of A Knave (1987/2005)
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (1988)
Rock Island (1988)
Catfish Rising (1991)
A Little Light Music (1992)
The Anniversary Collection (1993)
25th Anniversary Box Set (1993)
Nightcap (1995)
Roots To Branches (1995)
J-Tull Dot Com (1999)
The Very Best Of (2001)
Living With The Past (2002)
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003)
Classic Masters (2003)
Stand Up/This Was (2003)
Essential (2003)
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 (2004)
Aqualung Live (2005)
Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson (2005)
Extended Versions (2006)
Live At Montreux 2003 (2007)
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull (2007)
Living With The Past/Nothing Is Easy (2008)
This Was (expanded) (2008)
Nothing Is Easy - Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 (2004/2008)
The Anniversary Collection/A New Day Yesterday (2008)
Live At Montreux 2003 (2008)
Live At Madison Square Garden (2009)
Christmas Album (2009)
Live In Switzerland 2003 (LP) (2014)
A Passion Play - An Extended Performance (2014)
War Child - 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition (2014)
Minstrel In The Gallery - 40th Anniversary La Grande Edition (2015)

Living With The Past (DVD) (2002)
A New Day Yesterday: 1969-1994 - The 25th Anniversary Collection (VID/DVD) (1994/2003/4)
Nothing Is Easy - Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 (DVD) (2005) Live At Montreux 2003 (DVD) (2008)
Jack In The Green - Live In Germany (DVD) (2008)
Live In Bethlehem, PA, 2003 (DVD) (2008)
Their Full Authorized Story (DVD) (2009)
Live At AVO Session 2008 (DVD) (2009)
Live At Madison Square Garden (DVD) (rec 1978, rel 2009)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: July 25th 2005
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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