TJTB's 'Official' Review of TAAB2 Apr 24, 2012 22:46:00 GMT -5
Post by Morthoron on Apr 24, 2012 22:46:00 GMT -5
Undoubtedly Syd Barrett would be mentioned, but how many will know the series of concerts where Syd was propped up in a corner mumbling insanely while Gilmour did his parts? He did just one album (Pipers at the Gates of Dawn, 1967) and another (Saucerful of Secrets, 1968) where Gilmour was already a full member. Who in their right mind wouldn't consider Gilmour an integral part of the sound of Floyd? Likewise, Mick Abraham is the footnote, not Martin Barre.
The only change from 72 to 79 was Jeffrey Hammond retiring and John Glascock taking his place, and David Palmer no longer just doing orchestral arrangements (which he had been doing for Tull since 68), but adding portative organ and synth on several albums as well (and composing the stately and sad "Elegy" for Stormwatch). Everyone of their greatest albums from TAAB to Stormwatch had basically the same cast of characters, save for Glascock. What better band? What changing cast?
Your revisionism conveniently omits fact.
I don't miss much of anyone past 1979, because that's when Ian started his revolving door policy, and became an insuffereable egoist. And if you are honest, you'll admit the music suffered tremendously.
Say what you will, but their is appreciable difference in the quality of work from the bands as well as Ian's songwriting and arrangements post-Stormwatch. I do have a soft spot for Dave Pegg, but mostly because I prefer his work in Fairport Convention (who I've seen countless times). The hilarious thing is he kept nonentities like Noyce around for years.
TAAB2 is definitely an improvement over something like Dot Com, and slots in well with Secret Language of Birds and Rupi's Dance, where Ian is the central focus from start to finish and each musician plays their assigned parts they were hired to do. There are no extended jams which Ian is not part of, and no noticeable differentiation from one bassist, drummer or keyboardist to the next. And that's fine, all solo albums are pretty much like that. TAAB2 is a fine solo album.
The music hasn't gotten better. And except for a brief period around Crest of a Knave, the concerts were not nearly as good as the ones I saw pre-"A". You can argue the point all you'd like, but all one need do is look at concert footage to tell the difference. Like the Minstrel in the Gallery clips I provided. It is quite evident.
No swipe at Florian, but as a guitarist I can tell you that nearly every riff was borrowed from Barre for TAAB2. There's not a shred of Florian's own style evident in the album. So what's the point?
History will show Tull making several landmark progressive and prog-folk albums in the 70s, Ian with a new cast of characters trying to revise his sound in order to stay hip in the early 80s (and failing miserably), Tull stealing a Grammy from Metallica in 1987, and not much else afterward but Ian's strained vocals that are often painful to listen to. Who hasn't been to a show in the last 30 years that hasn't winced on several occasions? These days, it's better to listen to Ian during acoustic sets. I go to the bathroom if he tries to sing "Songs from the Wood". I remember seeing his lounge tour to support Rupi's Dance, and a whole row of people all cringeing simultaneously while he was singing "A Hand of Thumbs".
I don't know what it was you listening to for 42 years. So yeah, I think you missed a great deal.