A couple of weeks ago I wrote a little piece that mentioned finding the group Jethro Tull in the T section of a CD store.
Well, the other day I received the latest Jethro Tull DVD release, "Jack in the Green: Live in Germany, Recorded Between 1970-1993" (Eagle Vision).
It's funny how things in my world find relevance. But then again, music is comprised of the same notes that are placed in a different order.
But I digress.
I was particularly interested in the "Jack in the Green" DVD for two reasons. The first was I wanted to see how Jethro Tull's lead singer/flutist has changed his performances over the years, and, second, I wanted to see if the band's energy came through on the DVD.
Incidentally, when I went to Amazon.com to check the price, the DVD was temporarily out of stock, having sold its first printing.
The DVD, which was originally released on VHS, spotlights the "Rockpop in Concert" performances from 1970, 1971, 1982, 1986 and 1993.
With every performance, Anderson and Martin Barre, the band's co-founding guitarist, give it their all. Anderson's intense, mad-Pied-Piper persona entices each in the audience with his theatrics and musicality.
Barre's more subtle delivery makes it obvious he likes being in the background, but his live guitar playing is impeccable.
Sure, Anderson goes from a a shaggy wild-man to refined minstrel (albeit in looks only). Each of Anderson's performances is straight from the Dionysus school of thought as he leads his audience through a kaleidoscope of musical styles.
But he never lets his theatrics get in the way of his musicality. "Hard Times," "Heavy Horses," "Cheerio" and the spiralling "Improvisation II" are dazzling. And the classic-rock staples "Aqualung," "Thick as a Brick" and "Locomotive Breath" are young, even as the years advance.
While there isn't any "Bungle in the Jungle" or "Minstrel in the Gallery," Jethro Tull fans will find these performances on this 96-minute DVD delightful.
After watching this DVD and seeing the band live a few times in my life, I still can't believe that Jethro Tull hasn't been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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