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Ian's Foreword for the CD
It has been ten
years since the last live Tull album, A Little Light
Music - a mainly acoustic performance of Tull songs taken
from various locations. Before that, there was the
Bursting Out album in 1978. Live material was also
featured in the 1971 album, Living In The Past as well as
the 20th and 25th Anniversary collections.
The tracks for this album have been culled from a November 2001 concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo as well as other live performances. Some of these have been acoustic sessions for Radio and TV, which occasionally produce some sparkling and intimate moments. So, rather than simply mirror the audio track of the now released Jethro Tull DVD, also titled Living With The Past, we tried to broaden the mix of material to satisfy the intrepid (and rich) fanatics who might actually buy both!
back Dave Pegg as well as Mick Abrahams, Clive Bunker and
Glenn Cornick from the original Tull 1968 line-up who
feature in guest performance.
They are recorded from the front of house mixing console and represent the audio signal going into the PA system, thus sometimes being an unflattering representation of the sound - being without the ambience, audience response and sometimes appalling echorama which besets many shows. Listening to these tapes is often like seeing ourselves, all tousled hair (shouldn't use that word), in the bathroom mirror first thing in the morning - before we chaps have put on our faces for the day and pulled the tummy in a bit. However - with a bit of a shave, sh*t and a h**rcut, we can sometimes transform these bald (shouldn't use that word either) and stark recordings into something often quite - well - average. There are a few real winners 'though. Never mind - all of these dusty-shelf tapes knock any bootleg I have ever heard into a cocked h**rpiece.
I hope you enjoy these recordings, which represent the last few years of Tull's work. I know there will be many favourites missing - some of my personal bests are absent here - but perhaps if you are good, promise to brush your teeth and not stay up too late, there might be some more of this stuff available before too long. The future benefits of a good e-commerce website may allow us to market product that would not be suitable for the conventional record company or traditional retail outlet where increasing competition for space favours the latest boy band or plastic diva.
So sit back, relax, put your feet up, close your eyes and listen to the music. And put your seat belt on first.
Hammersmith Apollo, London, November 25 2001:
My Sunday Feeling
Roots to Branches
Jack in the Green
The Habanero Reel
In the Grip of Stronger Stuff
Living in the Past
Protect and Survive
October 22 1999:
Nothing is Easy
session in a stately home, January 2002:
Life is a Long Song
Zurich Dressing Room Tapes, October 13 1989:
A Christmas Song
Cheap Day Return
Meter TV Session, Holland, October 19 1999:
of '68 Reunion, January 29 2002:
Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You
Apollo, London, November 25 2001:
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