Jethro Tull – A New Day Yesterday: The 25th Anniversary Collection 1969-1994

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DVD Album Reviews by EDF and Neil Ryan

Review by EDF

Originally released in 1994 to celebrate Jethro Tull’s 25th anniversary, this not only sets up a reunion party featuring every musician who graced Tull but we follow through their history with live and video performances. It is interesting to find out why some of the musicians left the band considering that most of them are there for the reunion and don’t bare any grudges – the reasons are not as exciting.

This is a great release for both fans and novice alike. Luckily, EMI have seen fit to add some extra tracks on this DVD release. These special features are TV performances such as Top Of The Pops and promo videos.

Original Feature 4 stars

Special Feature 4 stars

Review by Neil Ryan

Jethro Tull are a British institution. Everything about them (music, humour, album concepts, even their name) exudes the peculiar confluence of tradition and eccentricity that marks out that which is inherently unique in the character of this Sceptered Isle. For example, in the mid-Seventies when all of their contemporaries were increasingly embracing the influence of America, Tull turned volte-face and produced records that seemed ever more determined to chronicle the atavistic perceptions and folklore of a faded Albion (MINSTEL IN THE GALLERY, SONGS FROM THE WOOD, HEAVY HORSES).

A shorter version of this DVD was originally released on VHS to coincide with the band’s 25 th anniversary celebrations in 1994. It features music interspersed with footage from the celebratory reunion party (appropriately held in an English pub) which was attended by most of the many musicians that have passed through the band’s various incarnations. Although interesting and steeped in bonhomie, viewing the scenes at the party is a bit like attending someone else’s class reunion. The musical footage, however, is a fascinating miscellany culled mostly from the group’s golden era in the Seventies. Substantial clips of live and television appearances from Europe and America are supplemented by a couple of promotional videos from the Nineties, and will delight fans and, no doubt, bemuse the unconverted. Where the DVD manages to improve on the video release is by including full-length versions of eight of these tracks, including the (surprisingly well produced) Pythonesque pseudo-ballet The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles. Tull fans may wonder about all of the archive material which remains unreleased, but A NEW DAY YESTERDAY will suffice for now as a reminder of just what a very British treasure Jethro Tull are.

4 stars