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August 5, 2017

JT Rankings #10

Filed under: Folk tales and songs — Tags: , , , , , , , , — schingle @ 3:23 pm

#10  Crest of a Knave

Jethro Tull had gone three years without putting out a studio album and had done very little touring and, doubtless, many Tull fans assumed they were almost through.  However, in 1987, the band put out “Crest of a Knave.”  This was not only a great comeback album, it was a great album—period.  Yes, fans of the heavy metal sub-genre of rock can poke fun of the fact that it won Album of the year in that category but, the fact is, though misplaced in category this disc is among the band’s top ten albums.  The credits state that “Jethro Tull are: Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, David Pegg.”  By this time these three had played together for four albums with various drummers and keyboardists.  It can be assumed that those who played drums (Gerry Conway, Doane Perry) and other instruments (Ric Sanders, playing violin and a band mate of Pegg’s in Fairport Convention) are considered guests, though Perry became a regular member of JT from here forward for the next 20 years or so.  “Crest…” opens with a rocker: “Steel Monkey” and closes with a pretty powerful one: “Raising Steam.”  In between they touch on a number of different sounds.  “Farm on the Freeway” has a folky sound and laments the dying industry of the individual farmer in America.  “Jump Start” has a slow start that builds into quite a rocker.  “Budapest” is a slow one that hypnotizes and recounts one particular night the band spent in the city of the same name while on tour.  While perhaps a little slow for some Tull fans, “Budapest” was a mainstay for the band in concert for years to come, making most believe that it’s certainly a favorite of Anderson’s.  Regardless of the individual songs and how each one affects a listener, this album is just plain good from beginning to end and any listener would enjoy this disc regardless of their familiarity with the band.

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