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July 21, 2017

JT RANKINGS #19

Filed under: Folk tales and songs — Tags: , , , , , , , , — schingle @ 2:25 am

#19  Under Wraps

In 1984, Jethro Tull released “Under Wraps.”  Martin Barre (lead guitar) was quoted in an interview saying that this was one of his favorite Tull albums.  Dave Pegg (bass), on the other hand, said the outtakes from “Broadsword and the Beast” (1982) would have made a better album than “Under Wraps.”  The best guess is most Tull fans would agree with Pegg.  This one has its moments but, as a whole, isn’t recommended.  There are two versions of the title song, and the second one (“Under Wraps 2”) is the best song on the album.  It’s pretty much Ian Anderson on vocals and acoustic guitar.  The first version is heavy keyboards and electronica, as is most of the album.  The opener (“Lap of Luxury”) has the listener tapping his foot, but by the time the album gets to the fourth song (“Later that same Evening”), most Tull fans are just wanting the album to end.  No such luck.  Another critic once said that, save for Ian Anderson’s unique voice, one could confuse this with the band Ultravox.  That about sums it up.

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