Original Masters

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Original Masters
Greatest hits album by Jethro Tull
Released November 13, 1985[1]
Genre Progressive rock
Length 53:48
Label Chrysalis
Jethro Tull chronology
A Classic Case
Original Masters
Crest of a Knave
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Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Original Masters is a greatest hits album by Jethro Tull released under Chrysalis Records in 1985. It was the band's third such effort, the first two being M.U. - The Best of Jethro Tull (1969-75, released 1976) and Repeat - The Best of Jethro Tull - Vol II (1969-75, released 1977). Although the compilation was released in 1985, it does not include material released after 1977.

The first two compilations had already covered material released exclusively up to 1977 and Original Masters rehashes much of their material. However, Original Masters has different takes or mixes of some songs than those commonly heard.[citation needed] The reason is that many of the selections are early promotional versions that were sent to radio stations.[citation needed] The version of "Aqualung" included here has an entirely different recording of the middle acoustic section, which is allegedly the same used on the Quad release of "Aqualung" in the 1970s.[citation needed]

The CD's back insert, as well as the back cover of the LP's sleeve, mislabels the song "Witch's Promise" as "Witches Promise".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Living in the Past" – 3:18 (released as a single, 1969)
  2. "Aqualung" – 6:34 (released on Aqualung, 1971)
  3. "Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young to Die" – 5:38 (released on Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!, 1976)
  4. "Locomotive Breath" – 4:23 (released on Aqualung, 1971)
  5. "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day" – 3:28 (released on War Child, 1974)
  6. "Bungle in the Jungle" – 3:34 (released on War Child, 1974)
  7. "Sweet Dream" – 4:01 (released as a single, 1969)
  8. "Songs from the Wood" – 4:52 (released on Songs from the Wood, 1977)
  9. "Witch's Promise" – 3:47 (released as a single, 1970)
  10. "Thick as a Brick" – 3:00 (released on Thick as a Brick, 1972)
  11. "Minstrel in the Gallery" – 7:47 (released on Minstrel in the Gallery, 1975)
  12. "Life's a Long Song" – 3:16 (released as an EP, 1971)