To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales
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||A Tull Tale||Magellan||2:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Aqualung||Magellan||8:09||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Up the 'Pool||Roy Harper||3:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Nothing Is Easy||John Wetton & Ian McDonald||4:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mother Goose||Lief Sorbye||4:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Minstrel In the Gallery||Robert Berry||5:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||One Brown Mouse||Echolyn||3:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Cat's Squirrel||Charlie Musselwhite & Derek Trucks||5:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||To Cry You a Song||Glenn Hughes & Derek Sherinian||5:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||New Day Yesterday||Robby Steinhardt & Ian McDonald||3:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Teacher||Wolfstone & Derek Sherinian||3:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Living In the Past||Keith Emerson||3:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Locomotive Breath||Tempest with Robert Berry||4:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Life's a Long Song||Dave Pegg & Matt Pegg||2:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
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This album of covers isn't close to Jethro Tull, but it's half-decent. First off, before I rate the songs, let me say this: only one was better than the original, I won't rate "A Tull Tale" because it's just the flutework from "Bouree" and several other pieces with an organ and drums for backing. Also, none of these people sound anything like Ian Anderson. Also keep in mind, I'm a huge Tull fan. (I own 15 of their CDs to date.) Aqualung: Pretty good. It drags on a little in the middle acoustic part. 3/5 Up the 'Pool: Very folky and calm, but repetitious. 2.5/5 Nothing is Easy: Hard rock/blues with swirling keyboards and awesome guitars. Better than the Tull version. 5/5 Mother Goose: Awkward transitions from crunchy guitars to calm moandolins. Otherwise OK. 2.8/5 Minstrel in the Gallery: Cheesy keyboards. Scant guitar. Mandolins where, in the original, Tull did some of their hardest rock ever. Overall, too '80s2/5 One Brown Mouse: Interesting, mellow, strange synthesized voice. 3.5/5 Cat's Squirrel: Impossible to mess up. Ian Anderson didn't write it, nor did he even arrange it. Not true Tull to start with, but still good. 4/5 To Cry You a Song: An oft-overlooked Tull classic reworked very well. Good synths. 4/5 A New Day Yesterday: Too bluesy, forced electric piano and organ, a bit overblown. 2.75/5 Teacher: Awesome cover. Not quite Tull, but close with good organ work. 4.5/5 Living in the Past: Bastardization of a classic. Too synthesized. 1.5/5 Locomotive Breath: One of Tull's most famous pieces done well, but not great. Guitar a little too heavy. 3.5/5 Life's a Long Song: Too folky, too different , too bad. Done by two ex-Tull bassists. 1.5/5 Overall, good. Remember, this is coming from a Jethro Tull aficionado.
Some of the covers aren't quite duplications of the original tracks but at least it's not a carbon copy. Lots of originality on some of the tracks.
Tepid versions of Tull
If one had never heard Jethro Tull's originals of these songs, they would be acceptable. Listen to Tull doing 'Nothing Is Easy' live at Carnegie Hall, (hard to find but worth it). It rocks HARD! Martin Barre's guitar is searing, as always. These songs were written by Ian Anderson and Tull, but without his voice and flute, well...nice try.