Nothing is Easy: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
three years after their founding, Tull played the final day of the legendary
Isle of Wight festival (often called the "British Woodstock")
in 1970. With the crowd estimated at nearly 600,000, the band was one
of the many impressive acts that day, including The Who, Jimi Hendrix,
and the Moody Blues. It was the largest Tull audience ever and indeed,
the largest audience in rock history.
Now, Eagle Records has released the video of Tull's set worldwide as "Nothing is Easy: Live at the Isle of Wight: 1970." The set contains mostly tunes from Tull's first three albums, along with an "in development" version of "My God" which would appear later on "Aqualung."
This is not simply a performance video. The production masterfully intersperses comments from Ian about the "hippie" period, the festival, the technical and logistic difficulties of the soundcheck, Tull's legacy, and the band's performance. The DVD also includes a photo gallery of Tull from the festival.
This approximately eighty-minute DVD has superior audio, including options for Dolby Surround 5.1 and DTS (first Tull product ever in those audio formats).
The sound quality on this new release is remarkable, and Tull fans now can own this classic, previously unreleased live recording of the band's early work. A six-page booklet includes Ian's reflections on the performance.
Tull fans can also purchase the performance on CD (sans commentary) with more songs from the performance.