The Jethro Tull Christmas Album / Live at St. Brides
What's better than a Tull holiday album? Why, one stocking-stuffed
with the 2008 holiday performance
at St. Brides in London of course!
This revised classic includes many live songs such as "Jack
in the Green," Fires at Midnight," and "A Christmas Song," as
well as choir and reading performances. So, get your hot toddy or egg
nog, relax by a warm fire, and enjoy this wonderful new holiday treat
The new edition is available now in the UK and in the USA November 23rd.
2003 Christmas album notes
the most despised of pop music genres is the holiday album. Long the
consist of painfully rendered "classic" tunes. Yet, in 2003
Jethro Tull took the perhaps surprising leap into such a dangerous challenge.
If any rock band could really produce a good holiday album, it would be Jethro Tull. Over the years, Ian has written many holiday related songs, the most obvious being "A Christmas Story" and other songs with a very wintery feel (such as "Fire at Midnight" from "Songs from the Wood").
Thus, Tull re-recorded a few Tull "winter" tunes, added a few great new tracks (such as "Birthday Card at Christmas"), and then selected a few solid and not so worn out holiday melodies fitting the band's style. The result was amazing -- arguably a landmark work that became what a holiday album should be and one of Tull's most critically acclaimed works. All Music Guide™ raved"4 -stars...one of the most satisfying Tull releases in 25 years." Even the often critical Rolling Stone™ exclaimed the disc offered "tunes lilt with carol-esque abandon ...tracks that really sparkle."
In 2004, the disc was treated to a special USA limited release with a DVD bonus including tracks from the "Living in the Past" DVD: "My Sunday Feeling," "Jack in the Green," and "Life is a Long Song."