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Crest of a Knave
Jethro Tull
Crest of a Knave
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
 
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The Album that Won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Although Not a Metal Album! this Album Originally Went Gold in the UK after Having Two Videos on Heavy Rotation on MTV. Steel Monkey, with Its Nod to the Great ZZ Top,...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jethro Tull
Title: Crest of a Knave
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Capitol
Release Date: 4/26/2005
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724347341328

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The Album that Won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Although Not a Metal Album! this Album Originally Went Gold in the UK after Having Two Videos on Heavy Rotation on MTV. Steel Monkey, with Its Nod to the Great ZZ Top, Opened the Album with Its Rapid-fire Sequenced Piano Intro, While the Best Classic Tull Song Ever - Budapest - Provided Both Brain and Brawn on Record and Subsequent Live Performance Alike. The First Tull Record to Be Mastered on Digital Media, Crest Combined the Best of Martin's Guitar and Ian Anderson's Flute in the Harmony and Unison Phrasing Evident in Songs Like "Farm on the Freeway" and "Jumpstart".

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CD Reviews

Headbanging Tull!
G. Harrah | Louisville,KY | 11/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is the most controversial album Jethro Tull has ever put out before or since and it's all due the the Grammy commitee. 1988's winner of the "Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal" Grammy is neither. However it is an exellent album.
One of it's main strengths is the guitar work of Martin Barre. My favorite is his solo on "Budapest" because he demonstrates that one doesn't have to crank the amps up to 11 to have a kick bottom guitar solo. Ian Anderson says that "Budapest" is the song that he is most proud of, as it has a little bit of everything in it.
This album also has the song "Farm on the Freeway" which is today a concert favorite amongst the fans.
What's unfortunate about this album is Ian's voice is merely a shadow of what it once was due to throat problems a few years back. I wish Martin Barre's guitar had been mixed a little higher in the song "Steel Monkey", and I really wish this package had included the original 20 minute version of "Budapest."
Overall though, a terrific album and worth the money. Come to think of it, the flute can be heavy and it is made of metal so perhaps what the Grammy committee meant when they gave Tull the award."
Jethro Tull - Metal Grammy? No, But A Great Album
Steven Sly | Kalamazoo, MI United States | 06/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Unfortunately for Jethro Tull most people know this album for having the dubious honor of winning the first best "heavy metal / hard rock" category at the Grammy awards in 1988. It has become a running joke over the years since Tull beat out several true metal acts such as Metaillca for the award. The album has served as a continuous punch line of jokes at awards shows ever since. The sad thing about all of this is, that this really is a great Tull album and I think it was very cool that it was awarded a Grammy (even if it was not in the right category). "Crest" marked a bit of a comeback for Jethro Tull. The band had not fared so well in the 80's putting out several so so albums that were completely ignored by radio. Sales figures had slipped significantly during this period as well. With the release of "Crest" the band actually received praise from the critics and two songs, "Steel Monkey" and "Farm On The Freeway" were actually heard quite a bit on AOR radio. The "band" by this point had been reduced down to just Ian Anderson, Martin Barre and Dave Pegg. This album rocks in places and simmers in a cool mellow way in others. There is very little of the band's folk-ish sound to be found here, and the album was very modern sounding for it's time. The opener "Steel Monkey" almost sounds like 80's era ZZ Top. Martin Barre has some great stuff here and I think this is one of his best albums. There are some great songs on this disc especially "Farm On The Freeway", "Budapest", Mountain Men", and the sexual double meaning "Raising Steam". The only negative thing really is that by this time Anderson's voice was continuing to deteriorate, but for the most part things are notched down a peg and he sounds good here. Although different from their earlier works I have always really like this album and thought that it was a nice return to form for the band at the time of it's release."
I've always loved this cd!
Sandman | Canada | 05/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I like my rock heavy and since this won best metal album of the year oh some 20 years ago now (if I remember correctly), it had to be good right?

Well it is good, exceptional good that is and what a surprise, it's is not metal, go figure?! What we have here is a heaping mound of Tull that is a slight change from what we're used to. Simply put, this entire cd from start to finish is excellent. All the tunes are great with Budapest and She Said She Was Dancer being simply fantastic. Yes it's a different Tull sound in some ways as it's perhaps a little heavier sounding in spots, however the darn thing rocks big time. I really can't say enough about this release, it's just that good. If I had to keep just one Tull cd, this would be the one but that's probably because I like prog bands with some edge to their sound and this cd has that.

This remastered edition is very cool with added notes and pics as well as a bonus track that fits in with the rest with ease.

If you like prog rock Tull style, you'll love this cd."