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"In the most recent "A New Day" magazine Ian complains that the video of this concert runs straight through without any breaks for commentary. That is the best aspect of this DVD. I don't know if this is a quirk on my DVD only, but the 47 min. interview with Ian comes at the intermission. That's a bit disconcerting. The version of Aqualung has to be seen and heard to be believed. Purists will hate it! Those with open minds will love it. The second half of the show is more energetic than the first. That doesn't mean the first half is dull. The band is exellent although guitarist Florian Opahle, "the toy boy of the band," looks out of place with the others. Performance wise he's no Martin Barre, but he plays Martin's parts very well. The biggest flaw I found was in the editing of the concert tape. The producers could have used at least one more day in the edit suite, but that's a nitpick on my part. That's the reason for the four rating."
ShowcasesThe Eclectic, Melodic Side of Jethro Tull's Ian And
David J. Koukol | USA | 02/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This release showcases the more ecletic side of Ian Anderson. For those who only know Jethro Tull from the four or five "hits" played on Classic Rock radio, this might not be your cup of tea. However, if you want a sampling of the more dynamic, adventuresome, and even poignant side of one of the world's most intriquing musicians, then grab this release immediately!
Ian's flute playing has never been better... His melodic and fluid solos are incredible, not only pleasing to the ear but even more astonishing when you consider that he alternates between the flute and vocals on some songs, which require opposite breathing techniques, and for a man of his age to go onstage and do this for two hours (all right, two one hours sets with an intermission, but still...), that is no small feat.
The orchestra is up to the task of complimenting Ian. One minor gripe I will agree with about this release is that Ian is not using the full Jethro Tull lineup backed by the orchestra. It would be even better to have Martin Barre, Doane Perry, Jonathan Noyce and PARTICULARLY Andrew Giddings along for this tour... But the "rock band" lineup that augments the show is still capable, and even inspired, at times.
One feature of Ian's work that is often overshadowed by his flute playing is his acoustic guitar work. Even if he didn't play the flute, Ian Anderson would still be my favorite musician based on his skills on the six-string instrument. He has a quirky style, a mixture of strumming and individual finger picking which I've never quite seen nor heard before, and the intros to "Life Is A Long Song" and "Cheap Day Return" are simply gorgeous... not to mention "My God..."
Some people comlain that Ian's voice is not what it was...true, but it sounds quite good here, and Ian's insistance on singing in his natural British accent (as opposed to Mick Jagger, or Roger Daltrey's more "mid Atlantic" stylings, which is even a subject of one of the interview segments herein) more than makes up for any loss of range he has experienced over the years. It still lends the music a uniqueness that it is has always had from day One.
One more note about the orchestra: it is nice to see a flutist playing a duet with Ian, as well as some of the other musicians coming to "stage front" to compliment certain tunes. It's more than just a novelty, too.
So, if you're familiar with more acoustic/orchestral side of Jethro Tull, or are interested in checking out a musical act that features a wide variety of influences and yet melds them together seamlessly, this is highly recommended."
Ian Anderson solo effort
Youri | Moscow, Russia | 06/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First and most important: it is NOT Jethro Tull! It is a show of Ian Anderson with a group of session musicians and a symphonic orchestra (Frankfurt Philharmonic, to be exact). If you are looking for Jethro Tull live DVD, you've got a wrong disk. This show is as different from traditional rock concert almost as, say, "Aqualung" is different from "Divinities - 12 dances with God". But if you are looking for DVD with good music, then you have found one!
The tracklist includes songs from IA solo albums and JT classics: 01. Eurology 02. Calliandra Shade 03. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of A New Day 04. Up The Pool 05. We Five Kings 06. Life Is A Long Song 07. In The Grip Of Stronger Stuff 08. Wond'ring Aloud 09. Griminelli's Lament 10. Cheap Day Return 11. Mother Goose 12. Bouree 13. Boris Dancing 14. Living In The Past 15. Pavane 16. Aqualung 17. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 18. My God 19. Budapest 20. Locomotive Breath
You will be amazed by some of the arrangements (Aqualung in particular) and the way Ian Anderson communicates with the audience. BTW, I enjoyed the interview section of this DVD almost as much as the concert itself! I am sure that if you like different kinds of music, you will love this DVD."
Better than expected
Emil J. Smith | 12/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am a loyal Tull fan, and I also enjoy Ian's solo works. I saw his rubbing elbows tour and was only mildly impressed. The usual problems with his voice, the lackluster band and the lame comedian and local DJs who participated didn't help matters.
The show captured on this DVD is much better. What surprised me the most is how much better Ian is signing. He still gasps for breath a lot, but he sounds stronger than he has in recent years (since his throat surgery about 15 years ago). I wasn't distracted by it any longer, except for his truncated range which practically all rock singers his age suffer from. Basically he sounds close to the later day studio albums, although there's still the gasping.
The other reason for not giving this five stars, is the band. With the occasional exception of the guitarist I found the playing quite rudimentary. These guys lack style. No mistakes were made, but there was no inspired playing either. Ian used to surround himself with incredibly talented and dynamic musicians (Barllow, Evans, Barre, ... ). These guys a warmed over zombies by comparison: Nevertheless, they get the job done.
I recommend this to the curious and the fan. If all your experience with Ian's voice is from the Tull radio classics, then you may still feel his voice is 'shot', but if you have been listening to the last 15 years of his work, you will probably be satisfied with his performance here."
Video Quality is on par with VHS tape
S. Monroe | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 12/20/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Plain and simple, the video on this DVD looks like it was remastered from a VHS tape. Sound is as expected....good. Video is not.....poor."