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Jethro Tull
"Living In The Past"

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track listing
  • Song For Jeffrey
  • Love Story
  • Christmas Song
  • Living In The Past
  • Driving Song
  • Sweet Dream
  • Singing All Day
  • Witches Promise
  • Inside
  • Alive And Well And
    Living In
  • Just Trying To Be
  • By Kind Permission Of
  • Dharma For One
  • Wond'ring Again
  • Hymn 43
  • Life Is A Long Song
  • Up The 'Pool
  • Dr. Bogenbroom
  • For Later
  • Nursie

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    "Living In The Past"

    Jethro Tull has always been a favorite on FM stations since its heyday, and on today's FM Classic Rock Radio. Tull's most famous album was 1971's Aqualung, an album heavily played on my turntable during high school. (I discovered Jethro Tull in later years; I was a freshman in 1979.) Other tunes from future Tull albums were getting airplay, such as "Living In The Past" and "Bungle In The Jungle," and the short version of "Thick As A Brick." Even so, the many tunes on Aqualung still stand out in my mind, it was interesting to visit Jethro Tull's past and future albums, since Aqualung.

    Their debut, This Was is truly a fantastic look at the blues, which at the time, blues would be replaced in Tull's music by Ian Anderson's dominating flute arrangements, and would labled more as a progressive/rock band. Their Stand Up release was a warm up of that sound, and it went full-tilt on Aqualung. Living In The Past was released a year later, in 1972, and continues the progressive / classic rock format Jethro Tull was famous for, as with the Aqualung release. Living In The Past was really a compilation release at the time, as there were songs from previous albums (not many), new songs (many), and live tracks (few).

    The beginning track was originally from their debut, This Was, "Song For Jeffrey" -- yet the vocals are very light to hear. Experimenting with a folkish sound, songs such as "Love Story" and "Witches Promise" shows Jethro Tull displaying a great sound, away from the "Classic Rock" sound as heard on Aqualung. "Witches Promise" is fantastic, likewise other folkish-sounding tunes, "Christmas Song" and "Just Trying To Be."

    For those who enjoy the classic/progressive rock sound of Jethro Tull, there's "Driving Song," "Sweet Dream," "Singing All Day" and "Inside," a song that was originally from Tull's second album, Benefit. And another tune, "Alive And Well And Living In," could have easily fitted the Aqualung album, with its classic rock sound.

    There are two live tracks -- "By Kind Permission Of" is a 10-minute song, that shows the classical side of Jethro Tull. It's piano-dominating sound is just as impressive as in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, with a few Ian Anderson flute effects, and just a touch of the familar Tull sound, towards the end. The second live track, another 10-minute song in length, was originally from the studio release This Was -- "Dharma For One" has a more progressive Emerson, Lake & Palmer sound meeting the standard Tull sound, and let us not forget the extended drum solo.

    "Wond'ring Again" is another track that could easily fit Aqualung, close to its actual track, "Wond'ring Aloud." "Hymn 43" was from Aqualung, and is a great classic rock track.

    The folkish sound returns on "Life Is A Long Song," "Up The 'Pool," "Dr. Bogenbroom" and "Nursie"; they're all pleasant great tunes, and can be compared to the folkish sound on "Thick As A Brick," and easy Aqualung candidates.

    The instrumental "For Later" is more on a progressive rock nature, as in bands such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer and King Crimson. But it's the flute effects of Ian Anderson that makes this song stand out as being recognized as a Jethro Tull tune.

    A terrific look at classic / progressive rock, and folk music, in the style that Jethro Tull is famous for -- Living In The Past relives the past of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull. A band truly one of the finest in Rock history, we're almost sure that Jethro Tull will become part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the near future.

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