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7/30/2020

JETHRO TULL’s IAN ANDERSON Joins TERRY REID And MANCHESTER STRING QUARTET On An Epic New Version Of BADFINGER’s “DAY AFTER DAY!”


Los Angeles, CA - What do you get when add the woodwind talents of rock flutist Ian Anderson and the six-string skills of British guitarist Terry Reid to Badfinger’s unforgettable smash hit “Day After Day”? You get one of the most compelling and riveting reinventions of a classic song you’re likely to hear all year! Throw in a modern string quartet out of Manchester for good measure and now you’ve got one beautifully rendered, symphonic rock masterpiece! All of these elements combine flawlessly, as if the passage of time was merely waiting for them to coalesce around Joey Molland and company’s superb version of the song that originally appeared on Badfinger’s 1971 album Straight Up. Reid, whose ultra-melodic, soulful guitar playing earned him acclaim for his solo albums as well as session work for the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Don Henley, adds depth to the emotive string arrangements of the Manchester String Quartet with his subtle playing while Anderson’s flute adds unexpected flourishes that will give listener’s the feeling of hearing this song for the very first time again and again, day after day!

Anderson shares this about the track, “Like many of my contemporaries, I remember ‘The New Beatles,' as Badfinger were unfortunately dubbed by the UK press. Great songwriting and production by George Harrison. [This version is] brought to life here by the Manchester String Quartet, alumnis of the Northern Royal College Of Music. I tried to find a few harmonies and simple counterpoints to interject into their splendid performance. For me, an elegant and nostalgic experience.” 

Meanwhile, Reid had this to say, “It was great to go back and listen to this song again and get to play guitar on it as I’ve always loved the band and this song. I got to hang out with Joey back in the day and he’s a really great guy and a fine musician. Playing on this song brought back some great memories of a musical era that will never be forgotten by me and many others.” 

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6/19/2020

Art Rock Supergroup MANDOKI SOULMATES Release Full-Length Album Feat. Ian Anderson, Jack Bruce, Al Di Meola and Others In Partnership With U.S. Label CLEOPATRA RECORDS!


Features performances by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Supertramp’s John Helliwell & John Siebenberg, Toto's Bobby Kimball Manfred Mann's Chris Thompson, Cream's Jack Bruce PLUS Jazz-Rock giants Al Di Meola, Cory Henry, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Bill Evans, Richard Bona and many more!

Los Angeles, CA - L.A.-based indie label Cleopatra Records and Hungarian-born songwriter/producer/musician Leslie Mandoki, the mastermind behind the living, breathing art rock project Mandoki Soulmates, are proud to announce the release of the first full-length album since the two entities joined forces earlier this year. Coming out on Cleopatra’s venerated progressive rock imprint, Purple Pyramid, home to such artists as Nektar, Tangerine Dream, Hawkwind-alumni project Hawkestrel, and Rick Wakeman, the album entitled Living In The Gap + Hungarian Pictures is actually a double album adding the 45-minute Prog Rock suite Hungarian Pictures, based on a musical concept by Deep Purple’s Jon Lord & ELP’s Greg Lake, to the original Living In The Gap album. Having already topped the Amazon Classic Rock Charts in Germany, Living In The Gap + Hungarian Pictures is poised to bring a whole new audience in North America, South America, the UK and beyond into the Soulmates’ family of fanatics.

As with his other projects under the Mandoki Soulmates banner, Leslie Mandoki has brought together a Murderer’s Row of rock icons and musicians from some of the biggest names in prog and classic rock including Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson plus current and former members of Toto, Cream, Supertramp, ELP, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and this list goes on and on! The coming together of such a diverse cast perfectly expresses the album’s lyrical theme of unity, which couldn’t be a more timely message for today’s world. Mandoki explains in the album’s video trailer, “We know that music is the greatest unifier…[These are] songs against division, from the old rebels to the young rebels. This is our time to take a breath for a better world.”

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For additional information about this release, including press clippings, photos and more videos, visit: https://promo.mandoki-soulmates.com/ When entering the site, check out the newly developed Soulmates Weekly short-film series, providing exclusive and private insights behind the scenes of the Mandoki Soulmates who share their stories of performing with their legendary companions both on and off stage!

Also be sure to check out Mandoki Soulmates and Ian Anderson’s special tribute to the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic - hospital workers, grocery store clerks, food delivery drivers, and others - on the digital EP We Say Thank You! Proceeds from the EP will be donated to The United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the WHO (World Health Organization) and The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

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5/07/2020

Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Joins Leslie Mandoki for "WeSayThankYou" to Our First Responders


“We all thank the brave, hardworking front-line medics and care workers around the world. Leslie managed to put into the lyrics references to the police, grocery clerks, supermarket workers too. I would like to add those essential worker folks who it was impossible to squeeze into a three-minute song. To all, we say, thank you.” - Ian Anderson on singing and playing flute on Leslie Mandoki’s “WeSayThankYou.”

Los Angeles, CA - As the world continues to be consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson sings and plays flute with Mandoki Soulmates leader Leslie Mandoki. Mandoki has found inspiration and a new spark of hope amidst the chaos. He has penned a powerful new song in appreciation for the heroes who have emerged in this global crisis, the nurses, doctors, and other health care providers as well as the grocery store clerks and food delivery personnel who have stepped up to serve their communities. The new song, entitled simply “#WeSayThankYou,” expresses so clearly the feelings of gratitude many of us have felt in these troubled times.

Mandoki explains, “As an artist, I feel it is my duty to contemplate ideas for a better world. Now, like so many of us, I suddenly have the time. Let us grab this uncommon moment of pause together and take a new approach to the problems of the world. And let’s take a hard look at who this crisis is casting in a heroic light, and who comes out the villain.”

The duet is being released as an EP on Thursday, May 7, 2020, through the Purple Pyramid imprint of indie giant Cleopatra Records, Inc. and is Mandoki Soulmate’s first release in the recently inked partnership with the L.A.-based label. Additional Mandoki releases are set to follow later this year.

There are three different versions of the song on the EP:

1. Duet with Ian Anderson.
2. New Version with Ian Anderson and Leslie Mandoki featuring Soulmates: Supertramp saxophonist John Helliwell, multi Grammy Winner Randy Brecker (on trumpet), Chair of Berklee´s Bass Department Steve Bailey, Simon Phillips (drums, along with Leslie),and backup singers: Bobby Kimball (Toto) and Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann´s Earth Band).
3. Unplugged, Acoustic, Living-Room-Concert, with Ian & Leslie, Randy, Steve, John.

Leslie will be donating the royalties from the sales, syncs, and airplay of “#WeSayThankYou” to a To-Be-Announced Charity.

“#WeSayThankYou” was written in the context of Leslie’s own isolation in Germany, where his doctor wife, Eva, is a first contact physician.

Ian and Leslie have worked together for over 25 years on various collaborations with his jazz-rock band Soulmates featuring the good and great of classic rock and jazz. Mandoki’s Soulmates toured North America in 2018.

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Ian Anderson & Leslie Mandoki #WeSayThankYou


Statements of the Mandoki Soulmates on the crisis: Leslie, Ian, Randy, Al DiMeola, Bill Evans, Jesse Siebenberg, Nick Van Eede, Steve, John, Simon, Chris talking about the “#WeSayThankYou”’ mission.


Ian Anderson & Leslie Mandoki with the Mandoki Soulmates #WeSayThankYou with John Helliwell of Supertramp, Chris Thompson of Manfred Mann, Bobby Kimball & Simon Phillips of Toto, Jazz-Icon and Grammy-Winner Randy Brecker, Chair of Berklee´s Bass Department Steve Bailey


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12/04/2019

Book Review: The Ballad of Jethro Tull

Product Details
Title: The Ballad of Jethro Tull (Hardcover)
Release Date: November 15, 2019
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Rocket 88
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1910978426
ISBN-13: 978-1910978429
Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1 x 11.3 inches


The iconic prog-rock band Jethro Tull is immortalized through their music. There are other ways to achieve that status if you have been around for over 50 years. One way is to provide your fan base with a lavishly bounded hardcover book covering the history of the band. 

We now have The Ballad of Jethro Tull. It is quite an overview from Ian Anderson the band’s originator and leader, and other members of the band over the years.

I had the opportunity to speak to Ian about the book but unfortunately, the audio for my podcast did not transfer over. It was a sad day for this music fan and lifetime JT fan. But such is life and I did retain what was said. What I garnered from our conversation was that Ian was approached by the folks at Rocket 88. It was not his idea nor was he thinking of such a project. 

It all turned out wonderfully as the book is a beautiful documentation of the band with some colorful commentary from Ian and the band members that were involved with the albums that were covered to the point when Ian cut his ties with band and went solo then subsequently got a lineup capable of covering all of the JT catalog and his solo projects. I was amongst the many that saw him and that band on the 2018 50th anniversary tour.

I have to say I have never received anything quite like this book covering a band. The quality of the cover and all the pages and photos are superb! And it is definitely worth the price of $50 on the book’s website. It is going for $70 on Amazon so the choice is yours depending on what shipping costs add up to. Now that is for the classic version. If you want to go with signature version at $350 and claim one of the 500 limited edition copies, Ian’s autograph, a 7” single created by Ian for the book’s title b/w “Marmion,” original art prints by cover illustrator Peter Klucik, all in a clamshell box, then go for it. But you better make your move now as I am sure it will sell out quite quickly. That is quite the gift to put under the tree for your Jethro Tull superfan. 

I had a lot of fun reading all the stories and viewing all the pictures. If you are a fan you will go through this book quickly compared to others you may have hanging around in a box somewhere collecting dust. I admit I am one of those people. If I find a book I have a great interest in like this one, then it is a complete joy taking in every visual and every word and varying viewpoints of all the different band members.

The Ballad of Jethro Tull is an up-close look inside one of the most successful band’s in the world. I think what is so incredible was how it all started and where it all went. It is an amazing story of determination, wit, and persistence getting to the top of the heap in the world of prog-rock and music in general. From the humblest beginnings to superstardom and multi-millionaires is always a great story!

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
December 3, 2019

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3/04/2015

Prog Rock Reissue Review: Jethro Tull-War Child 40th Anniversary Set

Release Date: November 24, 2014
Label: Rhino/Chrysalis

I really enjoy covering these anniversary reissues of the Jethro Tull catalog. Although it seems like an eternity ago that these albums were first released it is still an enjoyable experience to hear the music in a different way if you are a big fan of the band.

With the 40th Anniversary of War Child (1974) I was transported back to the time I was in the Columbia Record Club and this very album was part of my membership package. It quickly became one of my favorite albums to spin on my little stereo system. Of course now I have my laptop, phone, tablet and a surround system that I can use to hear music. The different configurations of the album offered in the set make it unique. This music pops out at you with crystal clear definition like never before due to the care taken in the remastering process.

War Child was a highly underrated album and I believe it stands up well today as one of Jethro Tull’s strongest outings. With Minstrel In The Gallery coming out in May as another amazing 40thanniversary reissue I am sure I will find myself saying similar things. That is another strong release that I played often and realize today how underrated it was.

The 70s was Jehtro Tull’s strongest and most creatively fertile period. That is a matter of my own opinion however although I think many folks would agree. There is not a bad track on the album.

This is a beautiful set in a book format/case with 2 CDs and 2 DVDs. Steven Wilson continues to apply his studio wizardry to the catalog and does a fine job. The set includes original album and bonus tracks (three previously unreleased), remixed in 5.1 surround and stereo versions and perhaps the most interesting and intriguing segment of the set,  the 10 orchestral pieces (nine previously unreleased) written for the film’s soundtrack which never saw the light of day until now. Four of the tracks are remixed in 5.1 surround and stereo by Wilson and when you hear them in that context it serves as a revelation of sorts. There were big plans for the full on production of the album and stage play but it never happened; 40 years on we finally get to hear what they had in mind.

And who can forget the mega hit single “Bungle in the Jungle” b/w “Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day.” And yes I had the 45 and played it a lot and many of my friends liked “Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day” better. As time passed the track grew on me and now I feel that was a better track. Again my opinion and taste prevail here.

“The Third Hoorah” promo footage from a January 1974 photo session/press conference where the War Child project was announced is included. It serves as an interesting bit of the bands history and is fun to watch. Ian Anderson updates the listener with his typical witty commentary as the soundtrack.
The 80-page booklet featuring an extensive article on the preparation and recording of the album, a film script synopsis, track-by-track annotations by Anderson, plus rare and unseen photographs are all part of the complete package.

War Child was a superb rendering of progressive rock and remains so. With this remastered set in all the different formats and bonus tracks makes for quite an adventure and it most certainly will give the release new life and a boat load of fans to come onboard the Jethro Tull remaster train. All aboard folks Minstrel in the Galleryis right around the corner! It’s time to paralyze the pumpkin eaters…

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: War Child, Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day, The  Orchestral  War Child Theme


Tracks:
Disc One
01. War Child
02. Queen and Country
03. Ladies
04. Back-door Angels
05. Sea Lion
06. Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day
07. Bungle in the Jungle
08. Only Solitaire
09. The Third Hoorah
10. Two Fingers

Disc Two – The Second Act: Associated Recordings:
01. Paradise Steakhouse
02. Saturation
03. Good Godmother
04. SeaLion II
05. Quartet
06. War Child II
07. Tomorrow Was Today
08. Glory  Row
09. March, The Mad Scientist
10. Rainbow Blues
11. Pan Dance

War Child  Orchestral  Recordings:
12. The  Orchestral  War Child Theme
13. The Third  Hoorah (Orchestral Version)
14. Mime Sequence
15. Field Dance (Conway Hall Version)
16. Waltz Of The Angels”(Conway Hall Version)
17. The Beach (Part I) (Morgan Master Recording)
18. The Beach (Part II) (Morgan Master Recording)
19. Waltz Of The Angels (Morgan Demo Recording)
20. The Beach (Morgan Demo Recording)
21. Field Dance (Morgan Demo Recording)

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Write A Music Review Founder

March 4, 2015

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11/04/2014

Prog Rock Concert Review: Ian Anderson At The Palace Theater-Albany NY

Ian Anderson And The Best of Jethro Tull
In Concert At The Palace In Albany, NY
November 2, 2014

Ian Anderson (Flute, Guitar, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Harmonica, Vocals), David Goodier (Bass guitar and double bass), John O’Hara (Orchestral conductor, piano, keyboards and accordion), Florian Opahle (Guitar), Scott Hammond (Drums and percussion) and Ryan O’Donnell (Vocals and stage antics) are all part of the Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull lineup in present day. They perform solo material from Anderson’s latest release and some of the best of Jethro Tull since the band’s inception.

Last evening at the beautiful Palace Theater, one of my favorite venues in Albany NY, Anderson and his marvelous band entertained a packed house. I got my T shirt and tour book keepsakes and even a bonus shirt that I gave to some unsuspecting fan as a gift. It’s always a joy to do some random nice thing to a total stranger, try it sometime, it feels good. The Holiday season is rapidly approaching but you don’t need that for an excuse to do a good deed.

It has been 11 years since I sat in an audience to enjoy the music of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull. This night was no different than in the past, I looked forward to it for many months. I was not disappointed in the least by the time the show was over.

You know it’s a prog rock concert when you have to wait in a long line to use the men’s room at break and there is literally not one woman in front waiting to use their facilities. This was quite the opposite of most concerts I have attended in the past. This is rather funny actually and we had a good time joking about it in line. Speaking of lines, if you do not want to wait in line to get your car at the end of the concert, I wouldn’t use the parking lot in front of the venue. They give you a ticket, you hand them your keys then you wait in a long line to get your keys back so you can leave! The only good thing about it is there isn’t a mad dash by everyone to leave at the same time. Perhaps that is why they do it that way besides for general security precautions.

It was all worth it in the end though as Ian and his spot on band presented quite a show. They kicked it off with selections from Ian’s solo album Homo Eraticus. What I found interesting and quite enjoyable was the overall multimedia presentation made throughout the show. Prior to the opening song there was a presentation of several bands on a huge screen. I had never been to show that did this before, I thought it was a unique albeit modern way to present different acts to an audience before the main attraction started in lieu of having a solitary opening act.

The show opens with a short film of the band dressed as doctors in a sanitarium and Ian is the disgruntled patient. It is humorous and the band then comes out on stage all dressed as they were in the film then Ian comes out the show begins. It is all so very theatrical and most entertaining. Anderson has a different sense of eccentricity and humor which is very English (even though he is from Scotland). I always found it similar to that dry crazy Monty Python type of comedy yet very original.

Ian still moves across the stage nimbly and plays the flute with one foot carefully placed on his other leg. I thought long ago that by now he would not be doing that once he was headed towards his seventies but he still has a lot left in the tank. At a mighty spry 67 he just keeps on going for the love of the music and the process of creating it. This is what drives the man and keeps thousands of fans coming back for more at every corner of the globe.

The new solo material is as impressive live as it is in the studio. Ian and his band bring it all to life as if it was natural for them to do so. Any great band of musicians is able to translate what is created in the studio into something special and bring it to fruition with new life on the stage. This is what took place all night long.

Many of the classic fan favorites were presented such as “Living In The Past,” “Teacher,” the incredible “Thick as a Brick,” and of course the ultimate curtain closer “Aqualung.” But wait, what about the encore? A rousing interpretation of “Locomotive Breath” magnificently filled the venue with the power of prog rock. It was a rocking good end to one special evening for all in attendance.

This is an amazing group of musicians and the now with added touch of theatrics and the additional voice of Ryan O’Donnell, it gives some added textures to the music and Ian a break once in a while on the vocal duties.

If you are looking for a great night out with friends or loved ones and are open to meeting some friends you have not met yet, give Ian Anderson and his band a try. You will never regret it.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Founder Prog Rock Music Talk, Write A Music Review, New Age Music Reviews and Rate The Tracks

Setlist:
        Doggerland
        Enter the Uninvited
        Puer Ferox Adventus
        The Engineer
        Tripudium Ad Bellum
        The Browning of the Green
        Cold Dead Reckoning
        Bourée
        Thick as a Brick
        Living in the Past
        With You There to Help Me
        Sweet Dream
        Teacher
        Critique Oblique
        Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die
        Songs from the Wood
        Farm on the Freeway
        Aqualung
        Encore:
        Locomotive Breath

8/17/2014

Prog Rock Review: Jethro Tull-A Passion Play- An Extended Performance

Release Date: July 1, 2014
Label: Rhino

The Jethro Tull remasters continue with A Passion Play from 1973. Steven Wilson returns to sit behind the sound board and make his magic happen yet again. This special book edition is subtitled An Extended Performance. Ian Anderson has all the faith and trust in the world for Wilson and with good reason; he has proven to be asset in restoring some of the early Jethro Tull back catalog already.

This beautifully packaged 2CD/2DVD case-bound book includes 80 pages with vintage photos. The expanded edition includes the original album, and earlier Château d'Hérouville Sessions, both mixed to amazing 5.1 surround sound and new stereo mixes by Mr. Wilson.

 
As stated on the band’s website: Like its predecessor, Thick as a Brick, A Passion Play is a concept album with a single song (which was split into two parts on the original vinyl LP release). The theme of the concept is the spiritual journey of one man in the afterlife. 

That pretty much sums up the album’s meaning on a conceptual level however the music is another matter entirely.

There was not a good reaction from the press at the time of this album’s release, but as usual they were dead wrong and this went on to be an unheralded prog rock classic and it still stands up quite well today. This is very complex music set to an interesting story (of course). And what would one expect from Ian and the boys anyway? To hear it all again now remastered in 5.1 surround sound is indeed a blessing as it brings out a lot of the original intent more clearly and concisely than the original recording.

The presentation itself is as grand as the recording and as such deserves all of this special treatment. Some great information becomes available throughout the 80 pages of text included with this book version. You get an inside look at the recording process and some of the challenges involved where they did the initial recording session. I won’t go into detail to ruin the experience for anyone that has not purchased this yet, but rest assured it is all very entertaining.

A few tracks in and the realization that Passion Play is a brilliant slice of prog rock hits home with more impact than ever. “Critique Oblique” is a classic prog rock workout reminiscent of its predecessor TAAB. “The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles” I am sure was fun to record but it still sounds very strange to me (and the short film provided is even more so but alas it was theater). It is part of the story so it couldn’t be a track that never made it to the album then reemerge as bonus track. “The Foot of Our Stairs” is a proper return to form, now with the addition of 2 extra verses found on the end of the multi-track reel. Things continue on from there with so many transitions it would make any worthy musician or intent listener’s head spin. And to that I say well done lads!

“Magus Perde” is powerful and engaging as it gets. It has some fantastic keyboard passages and the guitar sound is different than usual while standing out very well. Also found on the first DVD and your choice of remastered tracks is the intro and outro film used during the tour. I can imagine many audience members freaking out at the time watching what the ballerina does. Her starting position was laying on her back looking at you with her head upside down and moving her limbs every so slightly for several minutes until finally getting into the position to dance. Then eventually she finds a mirror and jumps into it only to come crashing back through the other side to end the show. I cannot imagine the wow effect it had on the many completely stoned audiences back then.


The Chateau d’Herouville Sessions fills the second discs (CD & DVD) and it is a new Steven Wilson stereo mix that stands out. The DVD with its different surround sound versions includes scrolling pictures of the band as the music plays. A few tracks that never made it on Passion Play but on to War Child are featured in their native form. “Skating Away” and “Solitaire” provide a window into what War Child would become. All of this music was definitely worth revisiting and I think fans will appreciate hearing it. 

The new discovery factor and then the realizations of new sounds 40 years on comes rushing at you proving it is still a big part of what these sets have to offer. After listening to this great music of the past it is reaffirmed that Jethro Tull was a unique band and Ian Anderson’s vocals and all around talent was the core driving force. I plan to continue to enjoy all of this older music coming back to life and the new music on offer from the incredible Mr. Anderson and company.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Critique Oblique (all versions), Magus Perde, Skating Away


Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Prog Rock Music Talk Founder

August 17, 2014
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Tracks: 

CD 1 – A Passion Play (A new Steven Wilson stereo mix):
01. Lifebeats/Prelude
02. The Silver Cord
03. Re-Assuring Tune
04. Memory Bank
05. Best Friends
06. Critique Oblique
07. Forest Dance #1
08. The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles
09. Forest Dance #2
10. The Foot Of Our Stairs (+ 2 extra verses found on end of multi-track reel)
11. Overseer Overture.
12. Flight From Lucifer
13. 10.08 to Paddington
14. Magus Perde
15. Epilogue

CD 2 – The Chateau d’Herouville Sessions (A new Steven Wilson stereo mix):

01. The Big Top
02. Scenario
03. Audition
04. Skating Away
05. Sailor
06. No Rehearsal
07. Left Right
08. Solitaire
09. Critique Oblique (Part I)
10. Critique Oblique (Part II)
11. Animelee (1st Dance) [Instrumental] 12. Animelee (2nd Dance) [Instrumental] 13. Law Of The Bungle (Part I)
14. Tiger
15. Law Of The Bungle (Part II)

DVD 1 (Audio & Video):

Contains A Passion Play mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound and PCM 96/24 PCM stereo. A flat transfer from the original master at PCM 96/24 stereo and video clips of The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles an intro and outro film footage used in the Passion Play tour of 1973.


DVD 2 (Audio only):

Contains The Chateau d’Herouville Sessions mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound and PCM 96/24 PCM stereo.
In the 80 page book:

* An extensive article by Martin Webb on the preparation and recording of the album and the ‘Chateau disaster’ sessions that preceded it.

* Steven Wilson’s thoughts on mixing the recordings.

* Memories of the cover shoot and Hare filming by dancer Jane Eve (Colthorpe)

* The Rev’d Godfrey Pilchard’s recollections.

* 1973 tour history.

* Recollections of touring and PA systems by sound man Chris Amson.

 

4/11/2014

Prog Rock Review: Ian Anderson-Homo Erraticus

Release Date: April 15, 2014
Label: Kscope Music

Ian Anderson is back at it again with a follow up to the surprising sequel to Thick As  A Brick, the strong TAAB2. That stout showing with a different band gave Mr. Anderson as much authority as one would expect being the driving force behind Jethro Tull since their inception. So what does the prog legend do for an encore now? Under the banner of Ian Anderson, which equates to Jethro Tull to most of us longtime listeners, we now have the persnickety Gerald Bostock taking another journey on Homo Erraticus. Note that it is not referred to as Homo sapiens but our species gone a bit astray or erratic.


Anderson and band are back in fine and witty form on this release. He colorfully describes the gist of the story on their website and it gives the perspective audience a window into what is going to happen upon listening to the new progressive rock journey. In summary…The now middle-aged Gerald Bostock after a trip to Mathew Bunter’s Old Library Bookshop in Linwell village, the two gents came across a dusty, unpublished manuscript, written by local amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt, (1873 -1928), which is entitled “Homo Britanicus Erraticus.” Then from there the album jumps into three suites as the story moves along. Part One: Chronicles is comprised of tracks 1-8, Part Two: Prophecies tracks 9-11 and then rounded out with Part Three: Revelations with tracks 12-15.
Anderson brings back the talented Florian Ophale to lead the way on lead guitar along with David Goodier (bass, and double bass), John O’Hara (orchestral conductor, piano, keyboards and accordion), Scott Hammond (drums and percussion) and Ryan O’Donnell (additional vocals). 

Anderson continues to burn the midnight oil while opting to explore new avenues and challenges rather than resting on the laurels of previous accomplishments. His voice is the perfect complement to the most entertaining music found on this new album. The pace of each track is ever changing and the scope is broad with artistic strokes of progressive rock, metal and folk to create the backdrop to the story, all with energetic purpose. I think Ian has adjusted well to losing some range in his vocals over the years and the music more than compensates for that change. He is a storyteller supreme and the music is the proverbial icing on the cake.

”Doggerland” leads things off nicely and sets the tone for a proper Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson outing and from that point it gets “progressively” more interesting whilst moving into each suite. As usual Ian’s flute adds an entirely different dimension to the music and it just would not be the same without it of course. The different moods and atmospheres are placed properly throughout and the story masterfully told by the master himself. “The Turnpike Inn” is likely to remind you of the heavier JT with the guitar playing, it still works very well. As much as I respect Martin Barre and have enjoyed his work over the years I cannot see where he is missed, particularly on this rocker. Ophale does more than an adequate job and most certainly Ian would take no less than the best musicians to work with to perform his compositions. “The Engineer” picks it up again with some strong guitar lines and Ian’s voice is very capable here. “Tripudium Ad Bellum” keeps the fires burning with rapid flute lines to kick off the proceedings then the intro takes a turn with some nice jazzy guitar as Ian has some fun leading the way with his flute. Suddenly it changes again with some driving passages like TAAB had to offer. It is an instrumental foray that introduces you to the second suite in a most classic prog way. “The Browning Of The Green” rounds out the final suite. It is a drive you home number with great music from all points. The combinations of instruments and unique vocals created in this recording take the best of what Anderson and band has to offer. The rock, folk and metal combined is what you would expect and that is exactly what you get on this entertaining excursion. “Cold Dead Reckoning” ends the opus most appropriately with the classic JT sound and flair. The title has finality to it and the music lures you in and hits hard leaving you to think what could possibly come next but alas this story is over. In the end what you get is an all-encompassing state of man set to music that surely has another chapter to tell down the line. I don’t think we have heard the last of Gerald Bostock…that is if man made it out of the desolate land he walked upon as the curtain closes one more time.


I must admit upon first listen I was not too sure about this album but after several more subsequent spins it grew on me a few notches upon the ladder of approval. This is not music you can listen to in the background; it demands your complete attention to be appreciated as an entire work of art. It’s never cut and dried with Mr. Anderson and you will find once you consume every bite of this full course meal that Homo Erraticus is yet another triumph. This is indeed a musical story that deserves repeated listens. Is this another prog rock classic? I have no doubt that it is. You must add the album to your collection if you have a place in your heart and soul for progressive music.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Doggerland, The Turnpike Inn, The Browning Of The Green

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Prog Rock Music Talk Founder


April 11, 2014

Tracks:
Part One: Chronicles
01. Doggerland      
02. Heavy Metals      
03. Enter The Uninvited  
04. Puer Ferox Adventus  
05. Meliora Sequamur  
06. The Turnpike Inn  
07. The Engineer  
08. The Pax Britannica  
Part Two: Prophecies  
09. Tripudium Ad Bellum      
10. After These Wars      
11. New Blood, Old Veins
Part Three: Revelations      
12. In For A Pound      
13. The Browning Of The Green      
14. Per Errationes Ad Astra      
15. Cold Dead Reckoning
 


 

2/08/2014

Book Review: A Passion Play: The Story Of Ian Anderson And Jethro Tull

Author:Brian Rabey
Paperback: 288 pages
Release Date:December 1, 2013
Publisher:Soundcheck Books LLP
ISBN-10:0957144245
ISBN-13:978-0957144248
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches

A Passion Play The Story Of Ian Anderson And Jethro Tull by Brian Rabey hit my desk prior to the winter holidays last year and I could not think of a better early Christmas gift. I was getting ready to review the latest incarnation of reissues for Benefit and then hoping to see the Around The World Live 4 DVD set underneath the tree. I did get it and have most recently made my way through the extensive concert footage and interviews. Being immersed in the world of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull is a choice that has led to tremendous enjoyment for this music fan.

When I had the chance to read a comprehensive story based on the career of the band and their colorful leader I of course, jumped at the chance. 

The book allows fans insight into the band members from the early days forward. It is an interesting take on their personalities and own views on how they felt about being in the band at the time and how their relationships worked inside the JT community. What I found enlightening is how the author brings forth the brilliance of Ian Anderson as a writer, musician and all around leader and businessman. The business side was an aspect that gradually became part of Anderson’s responsibilities in order to preserve their catalog and insure everyone was taken care of from a financial standpoint. These are areas that most music fans generally do not care about but it was interesting to watch the development of the band and Anderson as the rock steady leader throughout their career up to present day. I do not think Jethro Tull would have existed beyond a few albums without the music and business sense of someone like Anderson. 

As all Jethro Tull fans know there have been two constant members throughout the years, Ian Anderson and Martin Barre. Barre was not on the recent TAAB2 (Thick As A Brick 2)release which surprised many of us however as usual Anderson was able to carry on with some fine musicians and keep the Jethro Tull trademark sound alive and well. This is something that was always counted upon throughout the years and due credit must be given for that kind of consistency, hindsight and vision.

Anderson revolutionized the use of the flute in rock music and it must be noted even though he is famous for that, and one of the few names that come up when addressing flute players in rock music, the fact remains that he is a fine guitar player as well. This point is clarified in the book.

Many things come to light while reading this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My appreciation for Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull continues to grow every year. If you are looking for something more than the “The Making Of” footage from the reissued back catalog by the band, this book will give you great insight into how it all came together and what transpired to make them international stars.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

February 7, 2014

Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk

2/07/2014

Ian Anderson Confirms New Gerald Bostock Album

Martin Kielty at 10:40am February 3 2014


                        Ian Anderson band

Jethro Tull mainman Ian Anderson has confirmed his solo studio album Homo Erraticus will be released on April 14 via Kscope – and it’s another “collaboration” with icon Gerald Bostock.

The Prog Award winner brought the 1972 character back to life in 2012 album Thick As A Brick 2. Now he’s taken the story further.

The label explains: “Following a 40-year political career, Bostock reunited with Anderson, taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. Homo Erraticus marks his return to songwriting, and it’s based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T Parritt (1965-1928).

“In Homo Erraticus Parrit examines key events in British history, with a string of prophecies stretching the current day and the future. Visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an Iron Age blacksmith, a Christian month, a turnpike innkeeper – and even Prince Albert.”

The release is backed with an extensive UK tour on which the album will be played in full alongside a set of Tull classics, “updated with video and theatrics.”

For more info from Ian, see our lead news in the next issue of Prog, out next Wednesday.


Ian Anderson tour dates:

Apr 28: Brighton Dome
Apr 29: Southampton O2 Guildhall
May 01: Salisbury City Hall
May 02: Liverpool Philharmonic
May 03: Birmingham Symphony Hall
May 04: Oxford New Theatre
May 06: Bristol Colston Hall
May 07: High Wycombe Swan Theatre
May 08: Guildford G Live
May 09: Cambridge  Corn Exchange
May 10: Ipswich Regent Theatre
May 11: Leicester De Montfort Hall
May 13: Derby Assembly Rooms
May 14: Manchester Palace Theatre
May 15: York Royal Opera House
May 16: Gateshead Sage Theatre
May 18: Edinburgh Festival Theatre
May 19: Perth Concert Hall
May 20: Aberdeen Music Hall
May 21: Inverness Eden Court
May 24: London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
May 25: London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire

Source Link: http://www.progrockmag.com/news/ian-anderson-confirms-new-gerald-bostock-album/

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