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Artist: Ian Anderson and the Neue Philharmonic Frankfurt
Title: Ian Anderson Plays The Orchestral Jethro Tull
Format: DVD/2 CD Set
Genre: Rock-Classical-Progressive
Label: Benz Street

Ian Anderson Plays The Orchestral Jethro Tull with the Neue Philharmonic Frankfurt
conducted by John O' Hara is real treat if you are a fan of classical music meets rock and
of Jethro Tull and Anderson's solo work. For me it all applies, I look at experiences
like this as something new and different to enjoy. It is nothing new obviously; it's just
a real turn of the tables watching Ian on stage with a full orchestra doing all the
familiar JT tracks with an entirely different twist.

I saw Jethro Tull a few years ago play with an orchestra live and it was a disappointment;
however, I enjoyed this much more. I think the orchestra was much better and Ian outside
the realm of familiarity (with band members) was like a bird taking flight, taking old
standards and breathing the air of new life into them by venturing down unknown paths.

Ian is the first to admit he cannot sing and his voice has not weathered all that well,
even so, the presentation he makes is still excellent, and he remains one of the premiere
flute players in the world.

He interestingly enough starts off the concert with a rousing version of "Eurology" from
his solo album Rupi's Dance (2003), even though the title indicates that its Jethro Tull
music. As it turns out, it was a great way to start the proceedings. I loved the song live
and cannot seem to get it out of my head when I hear it. "Aqualung" was the most enjoyable
track by far though. Anderson mentions before the song starts, without announcing the
title, that many folks do not recognize the song until its well into the first few
minutes, I caught on about 30 seconds into it, what can I say? I am total JT freak. It is
a marvelous interpretation of the song and five times better than the one I saw live, once
again due to the adventurous reorganization of the composition and the top notch orchestra
complementing Ian's flute became a key factor in making this version such a great success.
"Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day" and "Locomotive Breath" were highlights from
my viewpoint as well. Florian Opahle is not Martin Barre but the youngster does an
exceptional job on both acoustic and electric guitar. The DVD tracks are sequenced in the
same order as the double CD with the exception of some interviews with Ian that are very
revealing and interesting, and the in between song conversations are cut out of the CD

In the end when I was through watching and listening, I felt that I could not have enjoyed
the entire show more. I wish that I could have been there to see it myself, although good
DVDs do give you one of the best seats in the house. I swore after the first experience
that it would be the last; this restored my faith and reopened my mind to the
possibilities of exploring a live event like this again if it ever comes to town, on that
rare evening in the middle of the summer.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

December 18, 2005


The Players:

Ian Anderson-flute, bamboo flute, acoustic guitar and vocals
James Duncan-drums and percussion
David Goodier-bass guitar and glockenspiel
John O'Hara-keyboards, accordion, conductor
Florian Opahle-acoustic and electric guitars

Kathrin Troester-flute
Sibylle Wahnert-bassoon
Astrid Ciena-oboe

01. Eurology (3:30)
02. Calliandra Shade (5:42)
03. Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day (4:03)
04. Up the Pool (3:22)
05. We Five Kings (3:32)
06. Life Is a Long Song (3:34)
07. In the Grip of Stronger Stuff (3:02)
08. Wond'ring Aloud (2:11)
09. Griminelli's Lament (3:10)
10. Cheap Day Return (1:27)
11. Mother Goose (5:46)
12. Boure (5:17)
13. Boris Dancing (3:31)
14. Living in the Past (4:4icon_cool.gif
15. Pavane Faur (4:37)
16. Aqualung (10:24)
17. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (4:5icon_cool.gif
18. My God (8:52)
19. Budapest (14:04)
20. Locomotive Breath (6:42)

Double CD and DVD have the same track sequence, DVD includes interviews with Ian Anderson
and participants

Jethro Tull Website

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