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To Cry You A Song (A Tribute To Jethro Tull)
Various Artists
To Cry You A Song (A Tribute To Jethro Tull)
Genres: Folk, World Music, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1


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Entertaining and well-produced tribute album
Michael Rawdon | 03/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While I wouldn't especially recommend this album to a non-Tull fan, it is a very solid set of tributes which should delight most Tull fans. The covers mainly focus on the 1968-1971 period - not unexpected since three of the contributors are Mick Abrahams, Glenn Cornick and Clive Bunker, the other three original members of Tull. Luminaries like Keith Emerson, Phil Manzanera, Dave Pegg and John Wetton also contribute.The liner note feature comments from many of the artists regarding who they are and their remarks about Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull, which sometimes makes for interesting reading.The standout track is a superlative rendition of "Minstrel in the Gallery". Although I'm unfamiliar with Robert Berry, his arrangement and performance is outstanding, putting a new and slightly Celtic spin on the guitar-heavy classic while also giving it a stronger beat.Renditions of "Aqualung" and "Teacher" toe the line of the originals fairly closely, although Magellan's little additions to the former work quite nicely. Roy Harper's minimalist "songwriter's confessional" spin on "Up the 'Pool" is unexpected and works quite nicely. Mick Abrahams lets his guitar go on one of Tull's earliest popular tracks, "Cat's Squirrel". And Emerson joins Abrahams, Bunker and Cornick on an instrumental version of "Living in the Past".The album closes out with a quirky but somehow touching cover of "Life is a Long Song" by Dave Pegg and his son Matt.Your mileage may vary, but I'm willing to bet that fans of early-era Tull won't regret having this one in their collections."
An excellent tribute to a legendary band - a real treat
David Lusher | London England | 02/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

This is a wonderful collection of Jethro Tull's music, all penned by Ian Anderson, who unfortunately does not appear on this disc. However, the good news is that three of Tull's original line-up do (Mick Abrahams, Glenn Cornick and Clive Bunker) and if you add artistes like Keith Emerson, Glenn Hughes, Roy Harper, Dave Pegg, Phil Manzera, John Wetton (the list goes on!), you have some idea of the talent on display here. This disc is a must for any Tull fan - it's a real treat. The musicianship is excellent, the arrangements work well and the songs cover a good deal of Tull material (from 'A New Day Yesterday', through 'Teacher' and 'Cat's Squrrel', to 'Minstrel in the Gallery'). If you are not so familiar with Jethro Tull's music, then this would be a good place to start. Some of the songs here are almost as good as the originals, but not quite! Jethro Tull have long been one of Britain's, indeed the world's, favourite bands. This album is a high quality homage to their talents, and the genius that is Ian Anderson."
Great -- could have been even better
Mark from Monroe | Monroe, NY United States | 05/29/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"To me, anyway, the highlights on the album are the songs in which artists used different and interesting approaches to familiar material (Up the Pool, Life's a Long Song are standouts). The others range from competent covers to well-rendered tributes (Mother Goose is one). Worth getting if you're a fan of the band. You won't be disappointed."