THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PLAYS THE MUSIC OF JETHRO TULL
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One of the most peculiar Tull-albums is "A Classic Case". The album started out as one of the projects of David Palmer, who during the seventies wrote many beautiful orchestral arrangements for many of the bands' songs since "Stand Up" (1969) and had been a member of Jethro Tull until 1980.
Classic Case" would have been the first of a series
of classic/rock albums, planned by EMI. The idea was that
David Palmer, who was considered to be experienced both
in classical music and in rock music as well, would be
the ideal conductor and musical leader to realise these
plans. Similar initiatives had been undertaken in the
seventies by bands like Procol Harum and Deep Purple and
though these had been a commercial success, artisically
they were not.
What was intended to become a set of truly orchestral arrangement of Tull songs turned out to be a rock band playing with an orchestra! Most pieces sound "as dead as a door": they lack originality and adventure and don't appeal to any creative listening. The fact that music from this album was so often heard in shopping malls in the eighties seems in my opinion a questionable compliment.....
Davids later projects, like the orchestration of music of Genesis and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band and Coronach, the theme to the television series "The Blood Of The British", proved to be more successful.
Locomotive Breath (Instrumental)
Thick As A Brick (Instrumental)
Fly By Night (Instrumental)
Too Old To Rock 'n'Roll: Too Young To Die (Instrumental)
Living In The Past (Instrumental)
Chrysalis Records Ltd., London, UK, 1985 - All Rights Reserved.
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