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JETHRO TULL - Songs From The Tower

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JETHRO TULL - Songs From The TowerRadio broadcast of comeback show of a revamped Jethro Tull from November 1987.
Format: CD / Cat No: XRYCD009 / Released: 11/03/2022

Track Listing: 1. Songs From The Wood (5:23) / 2. Thick As A Brick (6:45) / 3. Steel Monkey (4:19) / 4. Farm On The Freeway (6:49) / 5. Heavy Horses (6:51) / 6. Living In The Past (4:12) / 7. Serenade To A Cuckoo (5:00) / 8. Wond'ring Aloud (1:55) / 9. Skating Away On The Thin Ice (3:59) / 10. Jump Start (7:40) / 11. Too Old To Rock And Roll (5:55) / 12. Aqualung (7:31) / 13. Locomotive Breath (5:15) / 14. Thick As A Brick Reprise (1:22) / 15. Wind Up (8:10)

More information: Following throat problems suffered by Ian Anderson - which he developed singing the demanding Under Wraps material on Jethro Tullís 1984 tour - and generally poor reviews for Under Wraps and the bandís previous two records, Tull took a three-year break following the tour.

Jethro Tull returned in 1987 with Crest Of A Knave. With keyboardist Peter Vettese having now quit and the band relying more heavily on Martin Barre's electric guitar than they had since the early 1970s, the album was a critical and commercial success. Shades of their earlier electronic excursions were still present, however, as three of the album's songs again used a drum machine, with Doane Perry and Gerry Conway sharing drum duties on the other tracks. Prior to the Crest Of A Knave tour, keyboardist Don Airey (ex-Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne) joined the band.

The group won the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental, beating the favourite Metallica and their ...And Justice For All album. On the advice of their manager, however, who told them they had no chance of winning, no one from the band attended the award ceremony. In 1992, when Metallica finally won the Grammy in the category, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich joked, "First thing we're going to do is thank Jethro Tull for not putting out an album this year".

They toured the album with "The Not Quite The World, More The Here And There Tour". It was also the first time in the band's history that it had two electric guitar players on stage, when Anderson, albeit rarely, played rhythm guitar. The live jaunt was also a success and their date at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia was among the finest. Performed on 25th November í87, and recorded for live FM broadcast, the show was deemed by fans and critics alike as one of Tullís best concerts of the 1980s.

Note: Recording quality can vary on FM broadcast releases.