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July 25, 2017

JT Rankings #16

Filed under: Folk tales and songs — Tags: , , , , , , , , — schingle @ 3:55 am

#16  Too Old to Rock n Roll, Too Young to Die

Few would argue that the decade of the seventies was the absolute heyday for Jethro Tull.  As good as the rest of the band’s music was during that time, this one gasps for air.  Make no mistake, this is still a  good album, but in comparison to their other material, “Too Old to Rock n Roll…” (1976) just falls a little short.  The album before (“Minstrel in the Gallery”) is very good and the following album (“Songs from the Wood”) is among their very best.  For years, the title song was a mainstay among their live sets.  Almost none of the other songs were typically included in concert.  There are several good songs: among them are “Salamander,” “Quizz Kid” and “Taxi Grab.”  This collection also includes a couple particularly slow songs, which aren’t necessarily delightful to listen to.  (“From a Dead Beat to an Old Greaser,” and “Chequered Flag”).  To one writer’s ears, this is the classic Tull lineup:  Newly added John Glascock (bass, backing vocals), David (now the transgendered “Dee”) Palmer (keyboards, orchestration), John Evan (keyboards), Barrie Barlow (drums/percussion) and the two stalwarts: Ian Anderson (flute, vocals, guitar, front man) and Martin Barre (lead guitar).  In addition, they invited Angela Allen and Anderson’s old friend, Maddy Prior (from Steeleye Span), to sing some backing vocals.  Though ranked towards the bottom, Too Old to Rock n Roll, Too Young to Die is still a recommended album, even to the novice Tull listener.


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