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July 28, 2017

JT Rankings #14

Filed under: Folk tales and songs — Tags: , , , , , , , , — schingle @ 2:04 pm

#14  Catfish Rising

1991’s “Catfish Rising” brought Jethro Tull into the ‘90’s.  This one was a nice follow-up to 1989’s “Rock Island” with maybe just a bit more pep.  “This is not Love” opens the album as quite a rocker.  The album ends with the bluesy, tongue-in-cheek “When Jesus came to Play.”  In between there are a number of very likable songs including: “Rocks on the Road” (a lament to tireless touring), “Thinking Round Corners,” “Still Loving You Tonight” (in which guitarist Martin Barre almost pays tribute to Carlos Santana), “Like a Tall Thin Girl” (with a mandolin riff quite reminiscent of Tull’s earlier “Fat Man”) and “Gold-tipped Boots, Black Jacket and Tie.”  Several of the songs are very rocking and a number of them have a very bluesy feel, but as frequently happens with Ian Anderson’s lyrics, there’s a humorous touch to the album  (From “..Tall Thin Girl” we get the line “Big boy Doane, he’s a drummer, he don’t play no tambourine.”).  It seems as if Anderson wants to remind his listeners that he doesn’t take himself too seriously, so neither should they.  By this time, the core band was fairly firmly set at Ian Anderson (Flute, guitars, front man), Marin Barre (Lead guitar), Dave Pegg (Bass, though on a few of the tunes Dave’s son, Matt Pegg played in dad’s stead) and Doane Perry (Drums) with a number of keyboardists including Andy Giddings, who would later become a regular member of the band.  As a whole, this is a good, tight, well-rounded album.  And, to think, this one is still in the bottom third of their overall repertoire.

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