Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ian Anderson - 2011-09-04 - Gloucester, UK (FLAC)

Ian Anderson - 2011-09-04 - Gloucester, UK (FLAC)
Venue: Gloucester Guildhall

"Throw away the ear-plugs, sit back, relax and savour Anderson's music. Jethro Tull is usually found sharing the same delicatessen shelf as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Who, The Rolling Stones and the other worthy stalwarts of the British "Rock Invasion" of the seventies. But it is all too often forgotten that a large part of the Tull repertoire is, in fact, acoustic music, whether whole songs or sections of the blockbusters such as Thick As A Brick and Aqualung. As the self-professed "unplugged guy with a bunch of noisy friends" Ian Anderson commands much respect as an acoustic musician amongst his peers. The only original member of Jethro Tull, Ian remains synonymous with the brand identity. Now, after 43 years of leading Tull to 54 countries spanning most of the continents, Ian Anderson brings his new acoustic tour to old and new friends alike. With a band consisting of German guitar virtuoso Florian Opahle, and pianist/accordionist John O'Hara, Ian plays Tull acoustic classics as well as other specially-rearranged Tull rock material and, in addition, some new material specially written for these tours. Drawing on Folk, Classical, Rock and Jazz music styles, Ian blends elements of many world music cultures to delight his fans. Throw away the ear-plugs, sit back, relax and savour Anderson's musical smorgasbord".

Anderson says:
“I have always wanted to go out in the UK with a small line-up, to play and to restructure the songs and music for a more intimate and personalized performance. After many years of performing in this way for radio broadcasts in the USA, it seems like fun to bring this approach to the UK fans, old and new, and to make them feel like they are in my living room for an impromptu family concert.”

Source: Audio-SP CMC 2 > Edirol R-09HR 16 Bit 44.1kHz

Transfer: USB > HD > Goldwave (Ampl, Fades & Splits) > Easy CD-DA Extractor (FLAC 5 conversion)

Taper/Transfer/Seeder: musoras

Taper's Notes:
"I really wasn't sure how to set-up my recording levels before entering the Theatre....acoustic, but knowing Ian Anderson, still potentially loud. However, I risked it and went in on full volume on the basis that it was only a threesome, and it really paid off. I've had to increase volumes quite a bit (consistently across both sets, so Set 1 levels may seem a little on the low side) but there is no distortion whatsoever. I sat in the front row, slightly to the left as I faced the stage to benefit from the speakers to the side of the stage - my compliments to the sound guy who stayed on the ball, with only one small squeak of feedback all night. I had a lovely Danish couple to my right, who clapped a little louder than I would have liked, and a lady to my left whose digital camera set-up included audio for the 'mechanical' shutter sound which I picked up a couple of times, all very trivial in the overall scheme of things and a sign of how good I think this recording is. But then I would, wouldn't I? :-)"

Set 1 (47:28)
01.  Boris Dancing
02.  Chat
03.  Just Trying To Be
04.  Slipstream
05.  Chat
06.  Up To Me
07.  Chat
08.  Set Aside
09.  Chat
10. Overture
11. Chat
12. Wondering Again
13. Chat
14. Andantino
15. Chat
16. Hare In The Winecup
17. Chat
18. Bach's Prelude in C Major
19. Bouree

Set 2 (1:10:22)
01.  Chat
02.  Up The Pool
03.  Chat
04.  The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles
05.  Chat
06.  Thick As A Brick (The Poet & The Painter Sequence)
07.  Chat
08.  Adrift And Dumbfounded
09.  Chat
10. A Change Of Horses
11. Chat
12. Bach's Toccata And Fugue
13. Chat
14. Budapest
15. Aqualung
16. Band Outros/Applause
17. Locomotive Breath

Line Up:
Ian Anderson - lead vocals, flute and guitar
Florian Opahle - Lead, Semi-Acoustic and Bass Guitars
John O'Hara - Keyboards, Melodica, Accordion and Percussion



  1. Can't see the download link here?

  2. How about passing your mouse in Anderson's yellow image at the bottom of the post? Be persistent