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July 22, 2017

JT Rankings #18

Filed under: Folk tales and songs — Tags: , , , , , , , , — schingle @ 2:28 pm

#18 A

For the band, the immense quality and commercial success of the 1970’s ended with a thud with “A” (1980).  Reportedly, this album was originally conceived as an Ian Anderson solo effort, but with Martin Barre still on guitar and the newly added bass player, Dave Pegg, also playing, the record company felt the need to market this one as a “Tull” album.  The band is rounded out with Eddie Jobson (Keyboards, who Tull took from the band UK, who had opened for Ian and crew the tour before) and Mark Craney (Drums, who was the first American to be a Tull member, albeit for only one album).  Any one of the songs is an okay to good listen and Anderson’s lyrics are still as good or better than most songwriters (“I’m equal to the best of you/ And better than the rest of you”—from the blue collar “Working John, Working Joe”).  However, as a grouping, this set of songs just doesn’t go anywhere.  Are they trying to experiment with synth/pop?  (“Batteries not Included”).  Are they holding on to their rocking roots?  (“Black Sunday”).  Are they suddenly going political?  (“Crossfire”).  As stated, there are some good individual songs, but if one were completely unaware of JT’s catalogue, this would not be a recommended one to start with.


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