Producers: Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson, Terry Ellis.
Recorded between July 1968 and May 1971.
Recording information: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.
Photographers: Ed Caraeff; Michael Graber ; Ruan O'Lochlainn; Sam Emerson; Brian Ward ; Tony Lowe.
With hit albums like BENEFIT and AQUALUNG (as well as a spectacular live show), Jethro Tull became one of rock's most popular bands by the early '70s. While many were quick to categorize its music as prog-rock (… la Yes, Genesis, etc.), Tull also dabbled in folk, jazz, heavy metal, and blues. After the K161success of the band's previous two albums, Chrysalis Records issued the double album LIVING IN THE PAST, a mix of hits, important album tracks, single/EP-only material, and previously unreleased live tracks.
As longtime fans know, and as LIVING IN THE PAST makes clear, Jethro Tull produced a wealth of great songs outside of their hits. The best-known song in this collection is undoubtedly the title track, while "Song for Jeffrey," "Witches Promise," and "Hymn 43" also remain classic rock radio staples. There are also numerous lesser-known highlights, many of which were compiled from singles and EPs and are therefore otherwise difficult to obtain. LIVING IN THE PAST, then, is a treasure trove for Tull fans, and a fine place for the uninitiated to start exploring this ambitious band.