The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 20, 1978-Page 7
Ian Anderson still stand
By STEVE HOOK
Who is Jethro Tull? They come, they
go. They appear, they disappear. They
remain such a mystery.
For those who are curious and
perhaps a bit disturbed by the enigma
of Jethro Tull, fear not. Ian Anderson
4nd his crew are still with us in gallant
form, sounding better than ever. Their
performance at Cobo Arena Wednesday
night proved they have worn their ten
years together well, constantly refining
;ABSENT WERE the pretentious
special effects and much of the
showmanship that have characterized
Tull concerts in the past. Even lead
vocalist Ian Anderson, respected
worldwide for his theatrics, seemed
much more intent on delivering the
highest quality music possible, even if
it meant sacrificing a few pirouettes
here, or twirls of the baton there.
In the 90-minute performance, Tull
barely tapped the huge reservoir of
music that they have amassed over the
years. Concentrating on later works,
whole albums such as Passion Play,
War Child, and Minstrel in the Gallery
were completely ignored.. Of course,
any concert that could fully justify
Tull's vast collection of works would
run between five and six hours.
Ian Anderson performed expertly in
both vocals and instrumentals, alter-
nating between flute and acoustic
guitar. In "Aqualung," a Tull classic,
Anderson clearly illustrated the incom-
parable range of his talents. He proved
his expertise on quiet, classical works
such as "Bouree," as well as heavy-
duty rockers like "Locomotive Breath"
and "Heavy Horses." There truly
seems nothing beyond Ian Anderson's
abilities. In addition, Anderson is the
creative genius behind all Tull's songs,
a fact not to be taken lightly in view of
the complex and sophisticated lyrics
_nA QUIET, largely unknown group of
musicians accompany Anderson,
playing tight backup and generously
conceding the spotlight. With Martin
Barre playing lead guitar, John
Glascock on bass, and David Palmer
and John Evan both providing
keyboard orchestration, Anderson has
all he needs to bring his eccentric com-
positions to life. After witnessing the
Tull machine in high gear, as in "Cross-
Eyed Mary" or "Thick as a Brick," one
can sense their uncanny compatibility.
The music of Jethro Tull defies
definition, as it fits into none of the
specific genres of contemporary music.
Unlike most rock, Tull performs with
consistent melody and continuity. In
addition, their complex and
mysterious lyrics defy classification.
The question then remains: Who is
Jethro Tull? Considering the dynamic
artistry, why aren't theyappreciated
by the masses after all these years?
Why do they remain such a vague
element in contemporary music today?
Perhaps, just perhaps, mind you,
they want it this way.
transition from a "Dreamboat Annie"
to a driving, powerful song like
"Barracuda". In concert, the five-
person group has been known to pull out
all the stops with a rousing version of
Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll."
Th eir latest album features an inside
cover with the band adorned in Oriental
regalia. It doesn't quite fit the mold.
Ann Wilson's intimidating lead vocals
provide the primary, primeval force
behind the band, just as Steve Tyler
does for Aerosmith, and her voice is not
something to be reckoned with.
THE FIRST thing one notices about
the Heart sound is Roger Fisher's lead
guitar. Like Tom Scholz's of Boston, it
has a sound all its own - haunting and
eerie. It's especially evident in "Cook
With Fire" - Dog and Butterfly's first
and great cut.
Recorded live, "Cook With Fire"
really gets things cooking. It is a good
example of what Heart sounds like live
- exhilarating. But after this song, the
LP's vigor all but fades away to lazier,
more easy-listening tunes.
"High Time," a song played at the
Silverdome last August, and "Straight
On," a "White Lightning and Wine"-
like tune appear to be the only ear-
MOST, IF not all, of Heart's hits have
been spirited and energetic songs such
as "Magic Man," '"Barracuda,"
"Crazy on You," and "Kick It Out."
Most of the tunes on Dog and Butterfly
are mellow, which is not a style on
which Heart should be centering their
musical philosophy. They have proved
they can play both the harder material
and the softer numbers effectively, but
their harder material has sold their
Dog and Butterfly isn't radically dif-
ferent from Little Queen or Dreamboat
Annie, Heart's first two discs. Having
an idea of what the material on the
band's other albums is like, one just
gets a different feeling after having
listened to Dog and Butterfly; like
maybe this isn't the true Heart. It's not
a bad album. One just has to listen to it
a few times to let it sink in.
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The three albums Heart has released
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fly, are all fairly uniform in tone and
style. Heart has established itself as an
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20
DR. STRANGELOVE, OR HOW I LEARNED
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(Stanley Kubrick, 1964) 7 & 9:45-MLB 3
Dr. Strangelove (PETER SELLERS), an ex-Nazi (now American) high-level adviser, advises the President
on the impending destruction of the world in this wonderful Cold War black comedy on sexual in-
security and nuclear deterence. Winner of 60 international awards. Terry Southern, among others,
worked on the script. PETER SELLERS (in multiple roles), GEORGE C. SCOTT, STERLING HAYDEN,
SLIM PICKENS, KEENAN WYNN.
(1933) TERROR OF TINY TOWN 3:4.only-MLB3
Perhaps our most curious film of the schedule, an all dwarf musical western. See singing dwarfs on
Shetland ponies trotting over sagebrush and many other bizarre images. Listed by the Book of Lists as
one of the 10 worst films ever made.
Tomorrow: LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR
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A mysterious financier by the name of Goldfinger is criminally tampering
with Britain's and the U.S.'s gold reserves trying to contaminate Fort Knox
with, horrors of horrors, a nuclear bomb! Will Agent 007 prevent him? Or
will our favorite spy be guided like a Tiger Lily? Sean Connery as Bond and
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