Jethro Tull - Living With The Past

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Fuel 2000
Catalog Number: 061199
Format: CD
Total Time: 71:43:00

Jethro Tull isn't nearly done after more than thirty years of solid groundbreaking albums; it seems as though Ian Anderson and his group have yet hit another creative stride and continue to improvise upon their back catalog with exciting and colorful adaptations of the songs that are intrinsically linked to the group and their sound. With the infusion of the younger band members Andy Giddings (keyboards) and Glen Cornick (bass), the court jester Anderson and seasoned lead guitar man Martin Barre have a good mixture of talent and experience that lends to the group's new found energy.

There are 21 tracks of vintage Tull on this CD spanning their entire career. A haunting version of "Roots To Branches" puts the spotlight on Anderson's mystical and magical vocal style that no one could ever duplicate. I can attest to the magnetic personality of Anderson on stage, as I witnessed it myself. I found the version of "Living In The Past" one of the most interesting tracks on the CD. It's a wonderful use of the all-around talent in this group. The keyboards change the entire mood of the number, and Anderson as always is up for the challenge, and he does a fine job of shaping his vocals around the music of the ever changing classic tune. "Fat Man" is a great tune as well; Anderson plays his miniature guitar wistfully and sings as if he means every word right from the heart, in his very own whimsical dry British humor kind of way. These are but a few of the highlights on a disc that is literally full of them. For long time fans a special treat is offered, the 1968 original lineup reunite on the close of the CD with "Some Day The Sun Won't Shine For You" and "Cherrio." It harkens back to their roots when they were a blues based band.

There have been a lot of "Best Of" and repackaged Jethro Tull CDs issued, this is one that stands on its own for originality. It offers old and new fans alike a unique blend of different versions of their songs over the course of Tull's amazing run of successful albums. A DVD with the same name and cover is available for those that enjoy the visual experience to accompany the music.

Also issued by Eagle Rock Entertainment in 2002 (231), who reissued it in 2007 (Eagle Rock, 0000003) and again in 2009 (Eagle, 20161)

Intro (0:22) / My Sunday Feeling (4:00) / Roots To Branches (5:34) / Jack In The Green (2:40) / The Habanero Reel (4:03) / Sweet Dream (4:54) / In The Grip Of Stronger Stuff (2:57) / Aqualung (8:20) / Locomotive Breath (5:26) / Living In The Past (3:27) / Protect And Survive (1:01) / Nothing Is Easy (5:16) / Wond'ring Aloud (1:54) / Life Is A Long Song (3:32) / A Christmas Song (3:05) / Cheap Day Return (1:12) / Mother Goose (1:57) / Dot Com (4:28) / Fat Man (5:06) / Some Day The Sun Won't Shine For You (4:13) / Cheerio (1:36)

Mick Abrahams - electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
Dave Pegg - mandolin, bass
Martin Barre - acoustic and electric guitars, flute
Clive Bunker - drums
Glen Cornick - bass
James Duncan - drums, engineer
Andy Giddings - accordion, keyboards
Doane Perry - percussion, drums
Brian Thomas - violin
Jonathan Noyce - bass

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: May 18th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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