Jethro Tull

Too Old to Rock'n Roll and Too Young to Die - Chrysalis 1976

Tracks: 1. Quizz Kid / 2. Crazed Institution / 3. Salamander / 4. Taxi Grab / 5. From A Dead Beat To An Old Greaser / 6. Bad Eyed And Loveless / 7. Big Dipper / 8. Too Old To Rock N Roll Too Young To Die / 9. Pied Piper / 10. The Chequered Flag / 11. A Small Cigar (*) / 12. Strip Cartoon (*)


The 1970's was an extraordinary productive and fruitfull period for Jethro Tull ( 12 studio-albums!!).

Some of these are derservedly regarded as rock-classics, such and "Stand Up", "Thick As a Brick", "The Minstrel in the Gallery" and "Songs From the Wood". The rest of them are simply very good rock-albums. This album obviously belongs to the second category.

"Too Old to Rock'n Roll" is a concept album, telling the thought-provoking story about the old rocker, Ray Lomas, who had become too old to rock'n roll, but the again becomes hip, when the trends in music and fashion suddenly change.

Like on all Tull albums there are some terrific songs and melodies here. The playing and production is as always impeccable. The title track is for me the stand-out strack, and songs like "Crazed Institution", "Pied Piper", "Chequered Flag" and the bonus track "Strip Cartoon" are other highligts.

The album also contains a fine cartoon version of the story - good to make a quick over-view of the storyline.

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