Jethro Tullâ€™s â€œJack In The Greenâ€™ DVD showcases memorable footage from all the times that they had performed Live in Germany, from a period a few years after their founding (1970) all the way to 1993. Perhaps the strongest footage that is present on â€œJack In The Greenâ€ has to be the rare footage that was dug up from their performance at the Beat Club (from the 1970-1971) period, where viewers will hear a young Tull play two classics â€“ â€œWith You There To Help Meâ€ and â€œNothing Is Easyâ€. A few years pass between the next set of footage, which is a more complete concert from their 1982 â€œBroadsword and the Beastâ€ tour.
The band bust through â€œAqualungâ€ and â€œLocomotive Breathâ€ in a way that will keep viewers at the end of their seats, to be let down nicely with the bandâ€™s closing up shop with their â€œCheerioâ€. There is later, spottier coverage from 1986, consisting of a performance of â€œHuntign Girlâ€ from Rocksummer and a mini-set of four tracks (including â€œThick As A Brickâ€ and â€œToo Old To Rock â€˜Nâ€™ Rollâ€) from the â€œOut In The Greenâ€ performance. Finally, there are two tracks from a live 1993 show â€“ â€œMy Sunday Feelingâ€ and â€œSo Much Troubleâ€. The quality of the performances vary considerably from the different time periods, but at all points, the audio and video are solid for a live performance, allowing viewers to understand and comprehend what was going on at that period of time. The only criticism that I could conceivably levy with this DVD is that some of the shorter sets â€“ in particular, the Rocksummer and Beat Club performances â€“ could have been further boosted up.
I believe that Tull fans would have paid the extra money to create a second disc if it meant that these performances were closer than full than brief views into the band at a specific period of time. Regardless, what Eagle Rock has done here is make a live sort of â€œGreatest Hitsâ€ album for anyone that may be into Jethro Tull. â€œJack In The Greenâ€ is thus a solid purchase due to these live performances, and would be a perfect purchase for anyone that is a fan of Jethro Tull. Hereâ€™s to hoping that Eagle Rock will release more in the way of live footage from the Tull archives in the months and the years to come; lord knows that there are more than enough fans of the band to pick any future releases up.
Jethro Tull â€“ Jack In The Green / 2008 Eagle Rock / 96 Minutes / http://www.eaglerockent.com /