Jethro Tull – Nothing Is Easy DVD Review

Posted: July 25, 2011 by kingcrimsonprog in Music Reviews, Prog, Prog DVD

Jethro Tull - Nothing Is Easy DVD

Jethro Tull - Nothing Is Easy DVD

Jethro Tull’s Nothing Is Easy DVD showcases the band performing live at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival, (The same show Jimi Hendrix’s Blue Wild Angel DVD is taken from) just before the release of their seminal fourth album Aqualung.

Unfortunately, the DVD is not a straight up concert DVD like the band’s excellent Live at Madison Square Garden 1978 DVD or the Jack In The Green: Live in Germany 1970–1993 DVD; both of which I would recommend more highly than this particular DVD unless you are not a fan of the band’s later work.

Instead, the film is presented in nineteen chapters of assorted type, such as documentary footage from the time or a mimed performance of ‘A Song For Jeffrey,’ taken from the Rolling Stones ‘Rock N Roll Circus,’ movie (you know, the one with Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath on guitar) mixed in with live footage from the festival. If the idea of the live show being incomplete and interrupted by other footage upsets you then you probably should give this a miss.

If you’re happy enough to take the set as it is even in this format, you’ll find the show very enjoyable. The band play ‘My Sunday Feeling,’ ‘My God,’ ‘Dharma For One,’ and ‘Nothing Is Easy,’ with the Anderson/Barre/Bunker/Evans/Cornick line up in a fairly good looking and sounding recording. The songs are mostly extended with additional flute or guitar solos and Dharma’ even contains a pretty lengthy drum solo. If it needed to be said, the band play very well and it is a good energetic performance of their early material.

This show is also available, sold separately, as a CD and should you get then that you’ll find that there are extra tracks in the form of “With You There to Help Me,” “To Cry You a Song,” and “Bourée” along with a complete version of the “We Used to Know / For a Thousand Mothers,” medley which is incomplete on the DVD. The reason for this being the expense and limitations of filming at the time leading to this material being literally unavailable for inclusion on the DVD.

Overall, there are better Jethro Tull DVDs on the market and even another version of this show, but for what it is Nothing Is Easy is a decent enough DVD, if you can get over the fact that the complete uninterrupted concert is not featured. If you want the visuals from the 1970 IOW Tull performance this is the best you’re going to get. If you just want a Tull DVD you might want to look elsewhere first.

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