Being an album that contains works from different periods it's nice to observe that all principal band members form the line-up, all captained by the omnipresent Ian Anderson and all showing great skilful in a way that the listener is always feeling like gifted. This Living in the Past album appears to be immaculate. All in all, whatever edition of Living in the Past you have will be good, even if it will still have those live tracks. The live tracks are another story: incredibly they were the only official live recordings of a band famous for their stage perfomances. Though it is an entirely strong and enjoyable album, it shows a gradual slide from superb 1968 and 1969 singles towards more generic and less involved songwriting in the year 1971.
And, what the cheese, even the live stuff is. Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 Review 537712 A compilation celebrating Jethro Tull's pre-Prog past When listening to this compilation, it is hard to believe that it was released in the same year as the mind-bogglingly brilliant Thick As A Brick. And it was, and is a great album. If these are the outcasts, the actual albums must certainly be excellent. But now the first 3 remastered albums contain all the 1968-1970 songs, but the 1971 gems such as Up the pool, Dr B. That being said, this is one of my favourite classic Tull albums. This was one of the First Tull's I obtained before moving onto the classics of the 70s so I was delighted with the overall package.
This piece is important for a number of reasons: first, it clearly establishes his view on alcohol, Anderson remaining a strong spokesman against drugs and alcohol for the duration of his career. No one ever actually needs to own any compilations whatsoever. An excellent addition for any music lover. Its on its last legs but I gave it a play today after a gap of 10 years or more. We'll go walking out While others shout of war's disaster. The quality of the material is very high, proving that Ian Anderson was indeed one of the best songwriters to appear in the late 60´s. Besides of band's 5 strong albums, this collection is their six release with materials from three years period.
None of those songs were featured before on the original albums. For the first time all their singles were compiled into a double album. You couldn't have Living in the Past without the crappy live tracks! Still, the bridge towards the end of the song might be the nicest thing David Palmer ever composed. With the exception of the two live tracks, all of the songs here are in the two to four minute range. Made up of mostly non album releases this very quickley became a firm favourite amongst Jethro Tull fans. Happy and I'm smiling, Walk a mile to drink your water.
The best songs of this album feature on the 2001 re-issues of This Was, Stand Up and Benefit. The invention in the playing and imaginative use of riffs makes anything they do at least interesting. The material gathered on Living In The Past fits right in with the bulk of This Was, Stand Up, and Benefit none of which are favourites of mine , and as such constitutes a nice complement to those early Jethro Tull albums. And Jethro Tull was also one hell of a great band, in its various incarnations. The only unpleasant moment of this release is there are around 20 short songs presented, but they are really short.
And believe me ,these songs are such strong you need to have them if you like Jethro Tull music! It provided an opportunity to discover some single tracks not available on albums as well as live tracks from the Tull which will be very scarce till much, much later. All of the tracks that were not on the original This Was, Stand Up and Benefit albums have appeared as bonus tracks on their 2001 Digital Remasters. The original was a bit over four minutes, but the Tull will quite expand this song in their live sets regularly over ten minutes. Named 'Living In The Past' after their 1969 successful single, new fans now got access to older material, while the long time fans finally found the singles they bought assembled on one album. I must say the stuff on side 4 is less captivating the songwriting is maybe not as vibrant but still very worthy.
For some reason, however maybe a teenager´s chronical lack of money in the 70´s I didn´t hear that album until recently,. It is a compliation but many songs didn't actually appear on the band's studio albums. Good, but being double it doubled the price too and for teenager students the only way to get it was to make a consortium where every moment had to be enjoyed heavenly. Since it is a compilation, there are a few songs repeated, and if you got their early album. Trust me, you do not want to try this at home unless you've got an air freshener handy.
Living In The Past 3:23 5. And the two latter tracks are crackers. It serves as a wonderful introduction to a really great band, and the selection of songs all display the versatility of the musicians involved. During very too brief moments, nice flute playing as well. My advice is the following : if, like me, you have the remastered versions of their first four albums, it is not really worth to buy this one. At least I don't see it as one.