Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson: Sage at 70

The  40th anniversary box set of Jethro Tull‘s Songs from the Wood  gets the knees up full Monty treatment from Porcupine Tree remixer/ surround sound savant Steven Wilson, a perfect present for any long time Jethro Tull fan (is there any other kind?) on the occasion of bandleader Ian Anderson’s birthday Thursday 8/10. In my opinion, the results from remixing Songs from the Wood to surround sound are the most satisfying to date of all of the reissues so far including   Benefit , the 1970 Jethro Tull  under-appreciated missing link between the eclectic folksy Stand Up and the breakthrough million sellers Aqualung and Thick as a Brick.  For Ian Anderson’s 70th we thought it a good time to feature highlights from Benefit  as well as Living in the Past, War Child, Minstrel in the Gallery Songs From the Wood, and the delightful 2002 CD/DVD Living With the Past.

Revisit the band’s interpretation of Johan Sebastian Bach‘s jaunty “Bouree”, “Teacher”,”Bungle in the Jungle”,’Skating Away…”,”Life’s a Long Song”, and the title songs to “Living in the Past”,”Minstrel in the Gallery“, and “Songs from the Wood”. And as you find yourself humming & singing all of these familiar melodies, remind yourself that Ian Anderson nor Jethro Tull still are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. – Redbeard