Living in the Past (album)

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Living in the Past
Jethro Tull - Living In The Past.jpg
Compilation album by Jethro Tull
Released 23 June 1972 (UK)
31 October 1972 (US)
Recorded 1968-1971
Genre Progressive rock
Length 87:28
Label Chrysalis
Producer Terry Ellis, Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull chronology
Thick as a Brick
(1972)Thick as a Brick1972
Living in the Past
(1972)
A Passion Play
(1973)A Passion Play1973

Living in the Past is a double album quasi-compilation collection by Jethro Tull, which contains album tracks, out-takes, the "Life Is a Long Song" EP, and all of their non-LP singles except for "Sunshine Day"/"Aeroplane" (1968), "One for John Gee" (b-side of "A Song for Jeffrey", 1968), "17" (b-side of "Sweet Dream", 1969) and the original version of "Teacher" that appeared in the UK as the b-side of "Witch's Promise" in 1969 (the re-recorded 1970 one that was released on the American version of Benefit was included instead).

Details[edit]

The album was named after the single released in May 1969 and was released in an elaborate gate-fold packaging that contained a large colour photo booklet with over 50 photos of the band.[1][2]

Two songs, "By Kind Permission Of" and "Dharma for One", were recorded live at Carnegie Hall in New York City, United States. "Love Story", "Christmas Song", "Living in the Past", "Driving Song", "Sweet Dream" and "Witch's Promise", some of which had only appeared on mono versions before, were given new stereo remixes for inclusion on the album.[3] Additionally, "A Song for Jeffrey" and "Teacher" were also remixed.[4] Many of the tracks only appeared as British releases before being compiled on Living in the Past for the first time in the American market.

In the United States, Living in the Past was the first Jethro Tull album to appear on the Chrysalis Records label; while each of the band's previous albums were marked as "a Chrysalis Production", the albums were released by Warner Bros. Records' Reprise Records subsidiary. Early U.S. editions of Living in the Past bore both a Chrysalis catalogue number (2CH 1035) and a Reprise catalogue number (2TS 2106), suggesting that the album was scheduled to appear on Reprise Records but that Chrysalis gained control of the band's USA releases in late 1972.[5]

All of the tracks that were not on the original This Was (1968), Stand Up (1969) and Benefit (1970) albums have appeared as bonus tracks on their 2001 Digital Remasters.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [3]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide 5/5 stars [6]
Rolling Stone (1973) (favourable) [7]
Sounds (favourable) [8]

AllMusic review the collection positively, stating that: "Not only was Ian Anderson writing solid songs every time out, but the group's rhythm section was about the best in progressive rock's pop division. Along with any of the group's first five albums, this collection is seminal and essential to any Tull collection, and the only compilation by the group that is a must-own disc."[3]

Charts[edit]

The album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 charts and went gold not long after its release. The title track from the album became Tull's first top-40 hit in the United States, reaching No. 11, a full three years after it performed well in Britain. In UK, the album reached No. 13. In Norwegian charts, the album hit No. 5.

Differences in US version[edit]

The US vinyl version has "Hymn 43" in place of "Locomotive Breath" and omits "Inside" in favour of "Alive and Well and Living in", previously unreleased in the US. Additionally, "Witches Promises" and "Teacher" swapped places.[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

Original vinyl versions[edit]

UK vinyl[edit]

All tracks written by Ian Anderson except when noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "A Song for Jeffrey" (from the album This Was) 3:18
2. "Love Story" (1968 UK single) 3:00
3. "Christmas Song" (1968 UK single) 2:56
4. "Living in the Past" (1969 UK single) 3:18
5. "Driving Song" (1969 UK single) 2:37
6. "Bourée" (Bourrée in E minor by Bach arr. Jethro Tull) (from the album Stand Up) 3:40
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Sweet Dream" (1969 UK single) 4:00
2. "Singing All Day" (previously unreleased, recorded in 1969) 3:03
3. "Witch's Promise" (1970 UK single) 3:48
4. "Teacher" (from the US version of Benefit) 4:06
5. "Inside" (from the album Benefit) 3:42
6. "Just Trying to Be" (previously unreleased, recorded in 1970) 1:34
Side three – recorded live at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the benefit of Phoenix House, 4 November 1970
No. Title Length
1. "By Kind Permission Of" (instrumental – John Evan, previously unreleased) 10:07
2. "Dharma for One" (Anderson/Clive Bunker, previously unreleased) 9:55
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "Wond'ring Again" (previously unreleased, recorded in 1970, early version of "Wond'ring Aloud") 4:11
2. "Locomotive Breath" (from the album Aqualung) 4:24
3. "Life Is a Long Song" (from 1971 UK EP) 3:17
4. "Up the 'Pool" (from 1971 UK EP) 3:09
5. "Dr. Bogenbroom" (from 1971 UK EP) 2:58
6. "For Later" (instrumental, from 1971 UK EP) 2:06
7. "Nursie" (from 1971 UK EP) 1:35

US vinyl[edit]

CD releases[edit]

Differences in the song selections between the US and the UK editions of the album resulted in different track listings for the various CD releases. Since the original American CD edition of Benefit was released with the alternative track list omitting "Alive and Well and Living In",[11] some of the US CD editions of Living in the Past add that track.[12] All of the single CD reissues omit two songs ("Bourée" and "Teacher") in order to reduce the running time to fit the album on one disc, but both countries' versions include "Inside", which originally was only on the UK vinyl. A 1997 two-disc Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissue contains every song selected for the UK and US vinyl editions.[10][13][14]

UK single-disc reissue (Chrysalis UK 1990, CDP 32 1575 2)[edit]

  • Omits "Bourée" and "Teacher" from the UK vinyl version.[15]

American single-disc reissue (Chrysalis US 1992, 0946 3 21035 2 9/F2-21035)[edit]

  • Same track list as the UK single-disc re-issue but with additional track "Alive and Well and Living In", and "Locomotive Breath" is replaced by "Hymn 43".[12]

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab edition (UDCD 2-708, 1997 remaster)[edit]

  • This release contains all of the songs released on the UK and US versions of the album.[13]

Personnel[edit]

Jethro Tull
Additional personnel

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972): Japanese paper sleeve Mini LP replica 2CD, 2004
  2. ^ Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972): Japanese CD sized papersleeve gatefold, book-style album replica 2CD, 2004 at Discogs.com
  3. ^ a b c Bruce Eder. "Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972) album review, credits & releases at AllMusic.com". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Steve Hoffman. "Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972) album's unique mixes". Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972) album releases & credits at Discogs.com
  6. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 193.
  7. ^ Gordon Fletcher (15 February 1973). "Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972) album review at Rolling Stone". TullPress.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Billy Walker (24 June 1972). "Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972) album review at Sounds". TullPress.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972): Chrysalis 1972, US vinyl 2LP at Discogs.com
  10. ^ a b Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972): Chrysalis/Reprise Records 1972, US vinyl 2LP at Discogs.com
  11. ^ Jethro Tull - Benefit (1970) album releases & credits at Discogs.com
  12. ^ a b Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972): US 1992 single CD at Discogs.com
  13. ^ a b Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972): Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, UDCD 2-708, 1997 remastered gold 2CD at Discogs.com
  14. ^ Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972): UK 1972 vinyl 2LP at Discogs.com
  15. ^ Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (1972): UK 1987 single CD at Discogs.com

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