Jethro Tull
Live at Hammersmith '84


3.5
great

Review

by menawati USER (94 Reviews)
December 24th, 2013 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The eighties was a lean period for both the band and their fans but this live release demonstrates that Jethro Tull were still a force to be reckoned with on stage.

Jethro Tull's flirtation with electronic music in the mid-80's didn't exactly go down very well with their fan-base. Neither did it earn them any plaudits within the music industry at large. Their 1984 release 'Under Wraps', while not being quite as awful as generally perceived, was a limp and uninspiring affair with very little in the way of memorable tunes or any real experimentation. However, as a live band Jethro Tull were still as compelling as ever and even though this rather short album contains two tracks from that much maligned album there is plenty of classic material on offer to get your teeth into.

Proceedings get underway with a forceful instrumental rendition of 'Locomotive Breath' which segues neatly into an absolutely electric version of 'Hunting Girl'. This is immediate and driving and totally unlike the rather sedate original. Martin Barre's electric guitar is forward in the mix and his heavy riffing (by Jethro Tull standards) propels the song along in fine style. The two tracks on here that represent their latest release at the time, the aforementioned 'Under Wraps', are the title track, which receives some much needed muscle, and that particular album's standout song 'Later That Same Evening'. Album highlight is undoubtedly a superb rendition of 'Pussy Willow' which feels much more organic and joyful than it's rather cold studio counterpart. Barre is let loose again on a storming version of the fan favourite 'Locomotive Breath' and, as this live album shows in general, Tull certainly knew how to rock out in a live setting which is rather at odds with their softer folk-rock leanings.

Eighties flavored Jethro Tull is not usually something that even a die-hard fan would care to sample too often. Misguided experiments in electronics coupled with studio recordings which were largely devoid of warmth and charm typify their efforts throughout that period. However, this album ably demonstrates that the band were still alive and kicking on stage and is a worthy addition to the collection of any Jethro Tull fan.



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menawati
December 24th 2013


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

havent done a review for ages, bit rusty hope it reads ok and merry xmas all

greg84
Emeritus
December 24th 2013


7598 Comments


Swell write-up, man. Glad you're still around.

Digging: Robyn - Honey

menawati
December 24th 2013


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey greg, yea still here hanging on eh

greg84
Emeritus
December 24th 2013


7598 Comments


Admit it. There are no better alternatives.

menawati
December 24th 2013


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

in the land of the blind the one eyed man is king

greg84
Emeritus
December 24th 2013


7598 Comments


Haha. Any prog rock/metal records from 2013 to recommend? (I've heard Haken and didn't dig it very much)

menawati
December 24th 2013


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not really mate, but i havent been listening to much new stuff at all for a while though my life got too damn busy with mundane shit

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2013


11337 Comments


Never heard this one mainly because I still need to give a few good listens to Tull's 80s stuff.

Nice review, pos.

hogan900
December 24th 2013


2880 Comments


It's so sad that all I can think of when it comes to jethro Tull is aqualung. But yeah nice review though

Atari
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2013


23920 Comments


nice review menawati : ]

"It's so sad that all I can think of when it comes to jethro Tull is aqualung"

so change that lol. They have lots of superb stuff

Digging: Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel

Jethro42
December 24th 2013


15569 Comments


I was not aware of the existence of this album. Good review, pos'd.
Joyeux Noël!

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2013


4503 Comments


He's back!

sonictheplumber
December 24th 2013


9837 Comments


you were at this gig werent ya?

KILL
December 24th 2013


81231 Comments


hard jams opened :D

menawati
December 24th 2013


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"you were at this gig werent ya?"



haha

sonictheplumber
December 24th 2013


9837 Comments


lol it wouldnt be much of a stretch to assume that

menawati
December 24th 2013


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

for sure mate, i think i saw them about 5 years after this

sonictheplumber
December 24th 2013


9837 Comments


that rocks, i doubt i'll ever see em

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2013


8050 Comments


Excellent review, pos.

I should revisit the band sometime soon.

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Ire
December 25th 2013


41948 Comments


gd review wati wag on



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