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Jethro Tull - The String Quartets

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Ever wonder what Jethro Tull’s music would sound like in the style of the 20th-century string quartet? Wonder no more with these illuminating interpretations. “Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song)” is a jarring, yet pleasing, reading that achieves a brilliant texture, complete with singing from Ian Anderson, the band’s lead singer.

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A must for those who love classic Tull and melody

This is a fine bottle of classic rock wine, as played by the original composer and a sympathetic string quartet. A must for Tull fans and anyone who loves melody.

And oh yes, break out your best speakers and headphones to reward your ears!

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Mostly brilliant and inventive renditions of classics and lesser known pieces. John O'hara has brought much to the table, allowing his imagination to shine. Top kudos for that. The problem, ironically, is Ian! Why? I see no point to his singing (on a couple of the tunes only, thankfully) when the vocal melodies were already strong and could easily have been incorporated into the string arrangements. For example, "Wondring Aloud" is a stunning song to begin with featuring one of his most disarming melodies. It would have been so much more suggestive if he had left it to the strings. Same with "We Used to Know". Why Ian, why? Anyhoo, I hope this string concept turns into a series and we see more releases soon. Hats off to O'hara and Ian (for writing these timeless beauts in the first place).


Very cool songs, nicely done.


Genre: Classical Crossover

b. 26 July 1947, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England. Anderson specialized in the bottleneck and slide style of guitar playing. Having dabbled in a local R&B band while still at school, he started playing in a number of folk and blues clubs in the Bristol area between 1966 and 1968. About the same time, he recorded a number of EPs for Saydisc, as part of the trio Anderson, Jones, Jackson. He provided two tracks on the Blues Like Showers compilation album, which received attention from BBC disc...
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