Jethro Tull
Bursting Out


5.0
classic

Review

by e210013 USER (185 Reviews)
January 17th, 2022 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is a great live work. One of my favourite live album of the 70’s.

“Bursting Out” is the debut live album of Jethro Tull and was released in 1978. The line up on the album is Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Evan, John Glascock, Barriemore Barlow and David Palmer.


Jethro Tull always was a very curious, typical and different band. They were formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, in 1967. Despite they had released their debut studio album “This Was” in 1968, for unknown and extremely inexplicable reasons, Ian Anderson decided not to issue an official live album of the band during the early heyday of the group. That meant that the post "Aqualung" live tour, the much lauded "Thick As A Brick" live tour, and basically everything from 1967 to 1978 went completely undocumented in terms of live material. And we are talking about nothing less than ten studio albums of Jethro Tull. Well, at least officially. However, I know there are nice some live snippets here and there.

So, the definitive Jethro Tull’s sextet of Anderson, Barre, Glascock, Barlow, Evan and Palmer, finally unleashed a real live album to their fans in 1978. After a decade of existence, a large back catalogue of songs has mushroomed from which the band presented a hugely varied set list, night after night. As one of the finest live recordings ever, “Bursting Out” radiates a sonorous trapezoidal portrait of a different era, accurately capturing a zenith blip in Jethro Tull’s annals.

“Bursting Out” is a double live album. It was recorded at several locations, during the European tour between May and June 1978, when they presented their eleventh and last studio album, at time, “Heavy Horses” released in the same year. As the specific recording dates and locations aren’t credited, there isn’t a certainty where each track was recorded. However, the linear notes and stage introduction indicate that at least some tracks were recorded at the Bern Festhalle in Switzerland, in 25 May 1978. Originally, the CD was released in a single disc version with three tracks deleted, “Quatrain”, “Sweet Dream” and “Conundrum”, because they couldn’t fit in only one CD. In 2004, the full original record was re-released as a digitally remastered 2-CD set. This is my version. So, this is the version I’ll review.

Jethro Tull made a diversified, great and interesting choice to the album. The band presents a cross-section of pieces in a great mood that documents almost their entire career up to that point. Of “Heavy Horses” we have “No Lullaby” and “One Brown Mouse”. Of “War Child” we have “Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day”. Of “Songs From The Wood” we have “Jack In The Green”, “Hunting Girl” and “Songs From The Wood”. Still, the version of “Songs From The Hood” is a small live version of the original track. Of “Stand Up” we have “Bourée” and “A New Day Yesterday”. But these two tracks are only two live short versions of the original tracks. Of “Too Old To Rock’n’Roll: Too Young To Die” we have the title track. Of “Aqualung” we have “Cross-Eyed Mary”, “Locomotive Breath” and “Aqualung”. Of “Thick As A Brick” we have a short but a very good version from that amazing and memorable studio album. Of “Minstrel In The Gallery” we have a small version, but with a very attractive performance, of the first track of that album.

But beyond those tracks, Jethro Tull performed some other very interesting tracks. “Sweet Dream”, is a live version of the 1969 UK’s single hit and that was included only on the remastered version of “Stand Up”, as a bonus track. “Flute Improvisation/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bourée”, is typically a virtuoso and astonishing flute improvisation by Anderson, incorporating small samples from “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Bourée”. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, is the rendition of the classic English traditional Christmas carol song that was recorded on “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album”. “Conundrum”, is an excellent instrumental interlude with a Barriemore Barlow’s drum solo, so typical on the live albums of the 70’s. “Quatrain”, is another excellent instrumental interlude and it’s the smallest track on the album. “The Dambusters March/Medley”, is a very interesting form to close the album. It’s a Jethro Tull’s typical way, to transform a serious piece of music, playing it in a very comic way, and getting a good final effect with it, really.


Conclusion: “Bursting Out” features a very dynamic live performance from the line up that many Jethro Tull’s fans consider comprising the golden musical era of the group. The sound of “Bursting Out” is remarkably good, and the repertoire included on it, is very solid and very representative of the group’s history until that time, which gave to the band a certain arena rock status among other bands. The tendency on this album is to play it very loud and very hard, which is a way of making the original studio themes sounding a bit different and in a very nice way. “Bursting Out” is a great live album from the 70’s with all the ingredients that a live album must have. It includes a good, solid and representative musical repertoire from the band, and most of all, the live versions of the songs are all played well and in some cases they’re brilliant and even better than the originals. So, “Bursting Out” is a Jethro Tull’s live masterpiece.


Music was my first love.
John Miles (Rebel)



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e210013
January 17th 2022


4023 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

After A Live Record of Camel, let's proceed with another pivotal live album of the 70's, the debut live album of Jethro Tull, Bursting Out.

This is another amazing live albums, one of the best live albums produced in those days.

As happened with A Live Record, Bursting Out is a very well known album too. But, I think it's a real pleasure to can revisit it. Actually, this is the main motif for me to review it. So, enjoy it.

Digging: Porcupine Tree - Up the Downstair

Divaman
January 17th 2022


15082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album!

e210013
January 17th 2022


4023 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great album of a great band. Thanks Diva.

Jethro42
January 17th 2022


17647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album brings out good old memories at secondary school during the lunch and after school with friends. Good jams back in the day. Flute rules big time on here. And what about the drums. John Bonham considered Barriemore as the top rock drummers of all time for a reason.

RIP again to John Glascock. And to Bonham for that matter.

Divaman
January 18th 2022


15082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There's no truth to the rumor that John Glascock is a kinky b**tard who likes to be thrashed severely on the bum.

Jethro42
January 18th 2022


17647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's all about A Hunting Girl...

Divaman
January 18th 2022


15082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great, great song!

Jethro42
January 18th 2022


17647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sure it is. It seems to me it's not the first time I hear you saying that.

e210013
January 18th 2022


4023 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice to know that my review made you revive your good old school days, Jethro. I'm glad that one of my intentions have resulted with you. I've great memories of those years too.

Anf yeah, those were three amazing musicians. Personally, I always loved the style of Glascock and Bonham. RIP again too.

Thanks, pal.

wham49
January 18th 2022


6129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

interesting, I have had this for years and have not spun it



I know Tull is a great live band, not sure why I have chosen to shun this but I guess I have to dust it off

e210013
January 18th 2022


4023 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Absolutely. You must to dust it off soon as you can, pal.

Divaman
January 18th 2022


15082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

>It seems to me it's not the first time I hear you saying that.



Heh heh, probably not. It is one of my favorite Tull songs.



I'm not inclined to be refined, if that's how it goes! : )

TheIntruder
January 19th 2022


594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice choice for your second review of the live albums. This a great live album with some great tracks. nice review too. Pos.

e210013
January 19th 2022


4023 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks Intruder.

Jethro42
January 20th 2022


17647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

''I'm not inclined to be refined, if that's how it goes!''

I'm not sure of what you mean there, Diva :/



If memory serves well, my way through Jethro Tull discog started with Bursting Out, seconded by Thick As A Brick. For the birthday of my little brother (11 yo versus me 17 yo), I bought to him that magical album. The truth is I bought it to me more than to him lol. Today, it's still one of his (our) favourite album. I think the Bursting Out' lineup is the best of the band no doubt.



sonictheplumber
January 20th 2022


14628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

:D

Jethro42
January 20th 2022


17647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Are you often here? =P

Five it, sonic!



Divaman
January 20th 2022


15082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's a line near the end of "Hunting Girl.



"I'm not inclined to be refined if that's how it goes.

Oh high-born hunting girl, I'm just a normal local so-and-so."

Jethro42
January 20th 2022


17647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ah really? I'll check closer the ''Hunting Girl'' quotes, thanks Diva. Oh me and my English!

Divaman
January 20th 2022


15082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I always thought it was a funny line, and very indicative of the hapless sort of character Ian plays in the song.



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