Crest Of A Knave (studio album) by Jethro Tull
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The best album by Jethro Tull is Thick As A Brick which is ranked number 278 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 6,843.
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I do not know why, reminds me Dire Straits... very much; however, as i also like DS, i enjoy this very atypical JT album.
I bought this on tape (a really state of the art playing medium at the time!) and played it over and over back in the late eighties, great for driving to. Latterly I have got the CD and more recently what I really wanted, the vinyl. This is a blisteringly good album with some fantastic lead guitar and flute work. It has a much harder edge than earlier progressive or folky works, not that I don't like that style. As with many bands who made their fortunes with seventies masterpieces, Jethro Tull moved into a more modern dare I say 'radio friendly' arena. I can listen to this album over and over, there are no weak tracks and 'Steel Monkey', 'Budapest', 'Mountain Men' and 'Raising Steam' are all superb.
I see this as a comeback album for Tull. The songwriting in particular is excellent. The album is somewhat marred by 80s production, but the songs and musicianship are strong enough to overcome this. Farm on the Freeway is perfectly poignant, Mountain Men is epic, and the deep cut Dogs in the Midwinter is positively classic Tull. This album holds up far better than most from the era.
I absolutely love everything of Jethro Tull from the 70'. This album is totally different. It includes more guitars and frankly, it sounds like Dire Straits (and not from their best work).
Average album with this cold, electronic 80´s sound.
Some good songs: Budapest, The walking Edge
Like every other band from earlier decades, Jethro Tull had a slump as the 80s kicked in but this album marks a return to form and although they would never do another masterpiece ever, this still is a good album.
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