Sunday, May 10, 2009

Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! (1976)

Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! is a concept album released by British band Jethro Tull. This is the first Tull album to feature John Glascock on bass. The idea for the album was to originally be a rock musical, similar to what the Kinks had been doing. It would follow an aging and retired rock star named Ray Lomas as he wins money on a decadent quiz show, but finds that society has changed so much that with no one left like him anymore, he has no way of enjoying his money the way he did in the 1950s. He then decides to commit suicide via motorcycle crash but fails and lands himself in a hospital coma for an undetermined amount of time. When he awakes he discovers society has changed again, and his style of dress and music are now popular again. In, addition, the cosmetic surgery he is treated with after disfiguring his face in the crash makes him look twenty years younger. He has become an overnight sensation with the young kids who now try to dress and act like him.
However, much of this story is only explained in a cartoon strip included with the album. The actual score of the album does not follow the strip exactly, leaving out details or, in some cases, changing the plot. - Wikipedia

Ian Anderson - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Harmonica
Martin Barre - Electric Guitar
John Evan - Pianos
Barriemore Barlow - Drums, Percussion
John Glascock - Bass Guitar, Vocals

1. Quizz Kid (5:09)
2. Crazed Institution (4:48)
3. Salamander (2:51)
4. Taxi Grab (3:54)
5. From a Dead Beat to an Old Greaser (4:09)
6. Bad-Eyed 'n' Loveless (2:12)
7. Big Dipper (3:35)
8. Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die (5:44)
9. Pied Piper (4:32)
10. The Chequered Flag (Dead or Alive) (5:32)


Teodora said...

Hello! I really enjoyed your blog. Great job. Just one curiosity: how do you choose the albums and, in particullary, how did you pick these two jethro tull albums out of all their work.
Keep it up!

Coisa Feita said...

Thanks. This is my favorite Jethro Tull album. It's a good mix of folk, blues, and progressive music. If you're in the mood for it, it's absolutely fantastic. If not, it's still good...

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