I received this release yesterday and played it through today. This is as good as it gets for an old Tull fan. It's new music in vintage Tull style. Definitely not a remake. It could easily be confused as a true JT release from back in the day. It is an astounding impersonation of early 70s Ian Anderson on vocals. They even get the unique phrasing down pat. The guitar work could easily be mistaken for Martin Barre. There are even Tullesque keyboards and some exotic instruments. I love the xylophone. The concept is updated for this decade. The passages tackle subjects like commercialization, sex, small town life, and the modern virtual world. If you like TAAB, even some, this album is a must have. It's a very unique and tremendous experience to play this disk.
Some of my thoughts...
It's well put together. Like TAAB, it is packaged with a back story and a newspaper of sorts (the Rollington Stone), which discusses the local music scene. At first was cursing the small type, only to find that all the text appears again toward the end of the book in larger type. Definitely geared to geezers. Nice.
There is a slide show that accompanies the music and is timed to it. At times it is quite effective in illustrating the story line. Lots of times it is just shots of instruments. You can watch it with the lyrics displayed as subtitles. In several different languages. It all works great.
The mix is near incredible. Discreteness in spades. There is some whirling and ping pong,. But it's all in service to the music. You won't be bored with this one. The mixer should consider mixing more in surround.
It may not be the last word in sonics, but it's no slouch either. Play it loud. It's a very clean recording. In 24/48 Dolby or DTS. It's very worthy.
Comes as a CD + DVD. I'm not sure why yet, but I also got a separately packaged DVD that I think is identical to the one in the set. Maybe different video standard?
If this were a poll it would get a 10. It's that good. At $21 + $17 shipping. It's a steal. Unfortunately. When last I saw, It is no longer available. Maybe they will get more? I'm glad I got mine when I did.