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5 February 1977
JETHRO TULL — NOT OLD BUT COULD BE GOLD
JETHRO TULL: Songs From The Wood (Chrysalis 1132)
Welcome to CAMRA, the Campaign for Rustic Anthems, brought to your ears courtesy of ye olde Ian Anderson Band, otherwise known as Jethro Tull. CAMRA albums come out, on average, once a year, and are all too often compared to the classic Aqualung of several summers ago.
This latest brew, as the label suggests, features a selection of songs with strong rural flavours. Jolly mandolins, the flute — the trademark of all CAMRA products — and squire Anderson's vocals potter their way through a selection of rhymes and ditties. Bonus ingredients are their last special single brew 'Ring Out Solstice Bells' and their next 'The Whistler.'
When you hold this brew up to the light, you should be able to see through it with little trouble. It has a mellow taste as of autumn leaves tinged with rabbit stew. Over-indulgence can lead to a headache and other symptoms known collectively as a hangover (from the Sixties?) Three pints of ordinary, please.
Note: the running pun is on CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.
Thanks to Mike Wain for this article.