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To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales
     

To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales

 
It's been said that the only reason to cover a song is to reinterpret it, rearrange it, rethink it, rework it, and make it your own. While there is validity in that summation, especially if the revamped song is to be memorable, one can pay sufficient homage to an artist without completely overhauling the original work. Such is the case with this collection of songs.

Overview

It's been said that the only reason to cover a song is to reinterpret it, rearrange it, rethink it, rework it, and make it your own. While there is validity in that summation, especially if the revamped song is to be memorable, one can pay sufficient homage to an artist without completely overhauling the original work. Such is the case with this collection of songs. It appears as though many of these artists' main objective was to sound as much like Jethro Tull as possible. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, although Trent Garner's determined effort to mimic Ian Anderson's every sneer, growl, grunt, and groan seems gratuitous and patronizing. Too bad the representation of music here doesn't form a more comprehensive overview of Jethro Tull's golden age. With the exception of Echolyn's "One Brown Mouse" and Robert Berry's "Minstrel in the Gallery," no selection ventured beyond 1971's Aqualung (Living in the Past, while released in 1972, is comprised of earlier recordings). Didn't Tull exert a bit more influence with albums like War Child, the underrated Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young to Die!, and the masterful Songs from the Wood, not to mention what is perhaps their defining moment, Thick as a Brick? Original members Mick Abrahams, Glen Cornick, and Clive Bunker appear on six of the 14 tracks, which partly explains the preponderance of early material. John Wetton performs with them on "Nothing Is Easy," Robbie Steinhardt on "New Day Yesterday," and Glenn Hughes on the title cut; all fine renditions, but none wanders too far from the plantation. Wolfstone's contribution fared no better. Expecting their trademark blast of Highland energy, a lackluster interpretation of "Teacher" was submitted in its stead. Why didn't they perform as a band rather than three Wolfstone members being paired with and encumbered by the grandfatherly trio and their nostalgic "this is the only way we know how to play" approach? Highlights are Tempest's "Locomotive Breath" and Charlie Musselwhite and Derek Trucks' sizzling "Cat's Squirrel" -- both true to form but each possessing a sense of purpose a notch higher than the others. All in all, this is a fitting tribute to Ian Anderson and company. None of the selections calls undue attention to itself but rather reflects, quite accurately, the type of music Jethro Tull created.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/1996
Label:
Magna Carta
UPC:
0026245900929
catalogNumber:
59009

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica
Roy Harper   Guitar,Vocals
Phil Manzanera   Guitar
John Wetton   Vocals
Magellan   Track Performer
Tempest   Track Performer
Mick Abrahams   Guitar
Keith Emerson   Keyboards
Glenn Hughes   Vocals
Dave Pegg   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lief Sorbye   Flute,Mandolin,Vocals,Track Performer,Bodhran,Octave Mandola
Robert Berry   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Clive Bunker   Drums
Glenn Cornick   Bass
Adolfo Lazo   Drums
Ian McDonald   Flute
Michael Mullen   Violin
Paul Ramsey   Drums
Robbie Steinhardt   Violin,Vocals
Derek Trucks   Slide Guitar
Mike Varney   Guitar
Robert Wullenjohn   Guitar
Echolyn   Track Performer
Ivan Drever   Acoustic Guitar
Duncan Chisholm   Fiddle
Stuart Eaglesham   Vocals
Mike Wible   Keyboards
Derek Sherinian   Keyboards
Stan Johnson   Flute,Track Performer
Trent Gardner   Keyboards
Wayne Gardner   Bass,Guitar
Brett Kull   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Human Whistle
Tom Mates   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Jay Nania   Bass
Matt Pegg   Double Bass,Track Performer
Rob Armstrong   Drums
Raymond Weston   Bass,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Roger Patterson   Percussion

Technical Credits

Roy Harper   Arranger
Magellan   Producer
Tempest   Arranger
Dave Pegg   Producer,Engineer
Lief Sorbye   Arranger,Contributor
Martin Barre   Composer
Robert Berry   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Joe Franco   Engineer
Will Schillinger   Engineer
Mike Varney   Arranger,Executive Producer
David Rees   Liner Notes
Trent Gardner   Arranger,Engineer
Ash Howes   Engineer
Paddy McNicholl   Engineer
Peter Morticelli   Executive Producer
Chris Rushin   Engineer
Brian Webster   Engineer
Matt Pegg   Contributor
Rob Armstrong   drum machine
Still   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Matthew Davis   Engineer

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