Jethro Tull- Living in the Past 45th Anniversary- Ian Anderson Interview

The  40th anniversary box set of Jethro Tull‘s Songs from the Wood  received the knees up full Monty treatment from Porcupine Tree remixer/ surround sound savant Steven Wilson earlier this year, a perfect present in the upcoming holiday season for any long time Jethro Tull fan (is there any other kind?) . 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 the forty-fifth anniversary of the odds’n’sods collection Living in the Past  rushed out in the U.S. in Fall 1972 after Jethro Tull’s stunning #1 seller earlier that year, Thick As a Brick, we thought it a good time to feature highlights from Benefit  as well as  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