To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales

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All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/1996
  • Label: Magna Carta
  • UPC: 026245900929
  • Catalog Number: 59009
  • Sales rank: 132,194

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Tull Tale - Stan Johnson (2:35)
  2. 2 Aqualung - Magellan (8:09)
  3. 3 Up the 'Pool (3:01)
  4. 4 Nothing Is Easy (4:17)
  5. 5 Mother Goose (4:23)
  6. 6 Minstrel in the Gallery - Robert Berry (5:22)
  7. 7 One Brown Mouse (3:15)
  8. 8 Cat's Squirrel (5:52)
  9. 9 To Cry You a Song - Glenn Hughes (5:10)
  10. 10 New Day Yesterday (3:59)
  11. 11 Teacher (3:59)
  12. 12 Living in the Past - Keith Emerson (3:21)
  13. 13 Locomotive Breath - Robert Berry (4:32)
  14. 14 Life's a Long Song (2:45)
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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
Glen 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
The Still Arranger
Traditional Composer
Matthew Davis Engineer
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