Salvo
Jethro Tull

Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 (CD+DVD)

Format: CD
Cat. No.: SALVOSVX008
Barcode: 698458060822
Playing Time: CD - 59mins DVD - 80mins

On August 30, 1970, Jethro Tull took to the stage at the Isle Of Wight Festival (attended by 600,000 people) to give one of their most celebrated performances. Award-winning director Murray Lerner was there to capture it on film, as well as footage documenting the tensions across the festival site. Combined with a new interview with Ian Anderson - who eloquently describes the drama of this “watershed time” - alongside archive footage of the band, it makes for a fascinating spectacle.

For the first time, we present the band’s performance on both CD and DVD in one package, with entertaining notes by Anderson.

 

REVIEWS

 

"Salvo’s iteration of the reissued Nothing is Easy memorialises the band’s 1970 Isle of Wight Festival appearance on CD and DVD together in one package for the first time - and a pugnacious pearl it is. While the CD offers a subtly edited but largely complete precis of the entire performance, the DVD presents concert highlights interspersed with a characteristically forthright Ian Anderson interview from 2004 and illuminating snippets from Murray Lerner’s remarkable IOW festival footage. (...) Above all, the band is utterly on fire: My Sunday Feeling and Nothing Is Easy practically defeat gravity."

 

4/5
Oregano Rathbone
Music Week

 

 

 

"(...) My Sunday Feeling, Oh God and Bouree enrapture the querulous audience (oh so heartbreakingly young, hairy and hopeful), as does Dharma For One, with a doozy of a drum solo from Clive Bunker. The CD contains the set uninterrupted; the DVD features Ian Anderson circa 2004 reflecting on the event and Tull’s history throughout. Thirty four years back he was the wide-eyed dervish, laconic in speech, manic in music - a frontman for the age."

 

Classic Rock

 

 

 

"(...) the band turning in an incredibly energetic set full of virtuosity with little self-indulgence, while straddling the prog rock/folk divide. (...) It forms part of Salvo’s new Sound & Vision series, which means it also comes with a region-free DVD comprising director Murray Lerner’s film of the event, which is enhanced by a 2004 interview from Anderson, who also provides entertaining sleevenotes."

 

Music Week

 

 

 

"(...) Nothing Is Easy combines a straightforward reproduction of their performance, but here the DVD is more like a documentary. (...) Their performance includes a lot of draggy, between-song messing about, as well as a gruesomely long flute solo on My God, but My Sunday Morning and Dharma For One - both ’oldies’ by 1970 - are driving and a reminder of how they got to headline such a strong festival line-up in the first place."

 

Bob Stanley
The Times

 

 

 

"Caught between their blues roots and emergent prog-folk (...) there’s tremendous energy here, especially in My God and Dharma for One. ’Who would’ve thought that a drum solo could sound so fleeting
in 1970?’ Anderson asks archly. Well, those were different times, lost now, but beautifuly framed on this release."

 

Jon Hotten
Classic Rock

 

 

 

"Tull are at their pinnacle; the playing is hefty and tight. (...) The set comprises material from the first three albums, plus My God from ’71’s Aqualung. To Cry You a Song is Who heavy, whilst Bouree sparkles, showcasing Tull unified. Tull ain’t to all tastes, but indulge yourselves in Clive Bunker giving a crash cymbal one almighty Glaswegian kiss. A tenner well spent!"

 

Louis Comfort-Wiggett
Shindig!

 

 

 

CD
CD1
1.
My Sunday Feeling
2.
My God
3.
With You There To Help Me
4.
To Cry You A Song
5.
Bouree
6.
Dharma For One
7.
Nothing Is Easy
8.
Medley : We Used To Know / For A Thousand Mothers
DVD
1.
Introduction – “Just an old guy having fun”
2.
Festival opens
3.
Sound check – “Fences ruin the world”
4.
Bourée
5.
Jethro Tull – stage introduction & tuning up
6.
My Sunday Feeling
7.
The origins of Jethro Tull – the only rock and roll flute band
8.
A Song For Jeffrey – The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
9.
The phallic flute
10.
Ian Anderson banter
11.
My God
12.
Something different about Jethro Tull
13.
Dharma For One
14.
Tension and violence at the festival
15.
Nothing Is Easy
16.
“A festival with all stops pulled out”
17.
Encore medley intro
18.
We Used To Know / For A Thousand Mothers
19.
A watershed time – hippies vs. establishment