Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young to Die! [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
This album was summarily dismissed by reviewers, who universally invoked their handbooks of hackneyed "critic speak." Cop-out terms like "indulgent" and "pretentious" were bandied about, employing the popular critic's method of simply discrediting an album due to its concurrent release with the arrival of punk-rock- - as if that were an intellectually sound critique given the virtually unrelated style of Jethro Tull's music. The main knock on this album is the ill-conceived concept involving an aging rock star. That is a valid observation, but what rock concept albums are deserving of literary accolades? Precious few, if any. Lyrical themes notwithstanding, Too Old to Rock ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
This album was summarily dismissed by reviewers, who universally invoked their handbooks of hackneyed "critic speak." Cop-out terms like "indulgent" and "pretentious" were bandied about, employing the popular critic's method of simply discrediting an album due to its concurrent release with the arrival of punk-rock- - as if that were an intellectually sound critique given the virtually unrelated style of Jethro Tull's music. The main knock on this album is the ill-conceived concept involving an aging rock star. That is a valid observation, but what rock concept albums are deserving of literary accolades? Precious few, if any. Lyrical themes notwithstanding, Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll is a fine collection of independent rock songs that marked a return to the classic Tull style carved out on Aqualung and Benefit. Absent here are the muddled epic-length pieces synonymous with Thick As a Brick and A Passion Play, the pop leanings of War Child, and the complexity of Minstrel in the Gallery. So despite being the target of disparaging reviews, this album achieved modest chart success and boasted several quality rockers like "Quizz Kid," "Taxi Grab," and "Big Dipper." Martin Barre's unheralded lead guitar style remains a force, rescuing a couple of tracks from the doldrums. David Palmer's orchestral arrangements are, at times, a bit overblown but this album is far from the colossal disaster it's been portrayed as. Jethro Tull's third bassist John Glascock made his debut on this record, and Maddy Prior makes a guest appearance on the title track. [In October of 2002, EMI issued a remastered and expanded edition of this album, with killer sound and a pair of pleasantly folky, albeit unambitious bonus tracks from the same sessions, "A Small Cigar" and "Strip Cartoon" -- the latter is especially cheerful and will especially please guitar buffs with its mix of Anderson's glittering acoustic guitar and Martin Barre's crunchy electric lead playing.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724354157325
  • Catalog Number: 415737
  • Sales rank: 30,480

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jethro Tull Primary Artist
Maddy Prior Vocals
Ian Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Harmonica, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Martin Barre Electric Guitar
Angela Allen Vocals
Barriemore Barlow Percussion, Drums
John Evan Piano
John Glascock Bass, Vocals
David Palmer Conductor, Saxophone, Soloist
Technical Credits
Ian Anderson Producer, Liner Notes
Robin Black Engineer
David Palmer Orchestral Arrangements
Peter Smith Engineer
Trevor White Engineer
Michael Farrell Cover Design, Sleeve Illustration
David Gibbons Cover Design, Sleeve Illustration
Kevin Black Engineer
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