Jethro Tull: Live At Montreux 2003 DVD 16:9 DTS 5.1 2007 RARE NEW
Jethro Tull is one of the most successful British acts of all time with a career reaching from the late '60s to the present day. In 2003 they made their first (and so far only) visit to the Montreux Festival. Split into a semi-acoustic first half and a full on electric second half, the concert was a triumph combining newer songs such as 'Dot Com', 'Pavane' and 'Budapest' with classic favorites.
As ever Ian Anderson leads from the front with his instantly recognizable voice and inimitable style of one-legged flute playing.
While the world may not need another live Jethro Tull disc recorded only two years after their last one, this sturdy, nearly two-hour 2003 gig, released simultaneously on DVD and CD (same tunes and order, but Ian Anderson's often clunky introductions are mercifully edited out of the audio-only version), finds the band in fine form. Anderson and guitarist Martin Barre, the two flagship members, effectively juggle the set to include a few new tracks and some rarities with the handful of hits ("Aqualung," "Locomotive Breath," "My God," "Living in the Past") that the fans demand out of every gig. The double disc is broken down by the band's two sets, the first being primarily acoustic-based, or at least softer material, and the second revving up the electricity and intensity. The other three members (bass, drums, and keys) are accomplished musicians who play with precision if maybe a shortage of personality. But it's really Anderson's and to a lesser extent Barre's show, and they jubilantly lead the ensemble through the blues, prog, jazz, and classical influences that have always distinguished Tull from their contemporaries. Highlights include an acoustic "Fat Man" with Barre playing flute along with Anderson, a stunning 11-minute "Budapest" from Crest of a Knave, and the exotic Middle Eastern worldbeat of "Dot Com." The sound is perfectly recorded and Anderson is in good spirits as he dips deep into the Tull catalog to dust off oldies such as "Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You" (from the group's 1968 debut), Stand Up's "Nothing Is Easy," and Benefit's "With You There to Help Me." The band injects a twist into the hoary "Locomotive Breath" as it veers off into old British folk territory in its final two minutes, and even "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (from The Jethro Tull Christmas Album) gets a new lease on life, albeit in a slightly cheesy jazz-classical arrangement reminiscent of "Bour e." Still, this is an impressive document of a band embracing its past while pushing into fresh territory nearly four decades into its existence. Maintaining the old fan base while doing this is a tricky balancing act, but one that Anderson and Barre perform with grace and class. ~ Hal Horowitz, Rovi
|Live at Montreux 2003|
|Music Video & Concerts, Rock|
|Rock / Pop, Music Video (Concert / Performance)|
|21 August 2007|
|21 August 2007|
|21 Aug 2007|
|UMGD/EAGLE EYE MEDIA ( EAGL )|
|Enhanced Wide Screen Letterbox for 16x9 TV, NTSC|
|Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS, PCM Stereo, English|
|Discs:1 ~ Format:Ntsc ~ Region:1/4|
|Executive Producer:Claude Nobs, Executive Producer:Geoff Kempin, Executive Producer:Terry Shand|
|Ntsc(1/4) Jethro Tull Clr Dvd-Standard|