Jethro Tull - Rock Island [Chrysalis Records F1 21708] (21 August 1989)

Dynamic Range Released: 21 August 1989
Country: US
Label: Chrysalis Records
Catalog: F1 21708
Genre: Rock

Item# SR-CHF121708
Ratings: C=M-; LP=NM

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Kissing WIllie
02 The Rattlesnake Trail
03 Ears Of Tin
04 Undressed To Kill
05 Rock Island
06 Heavy Water
07 Another Christmas Song
08 The Whalers Dues
09 Big Riff And Mando
10 Strange Avenues

Rock Island
Jethro Tull

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Album Review

William Ruhlmann []

Even before Jethro Tull's 1987 LP Crest of a Knave controversially won the newly created Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance (beating out AC/DC, Jane's Addiction, Iggy Pop, and -- to the astonishment of many who ignored the ''hard rock'' tag and focused on ''metal'' -- Metallica), it represented a commercial comeback for the venerable British band led by Ian Anderson, becoming the group's first U.S. gold album in eight years. Thus, it might be said that there was something riding on the follow-up, not only in career terms, but also in the sense of musical credibility. But that doesn't seem to have mattered to Anderson, who, ensconced on the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Hebrides, just came up with another batch of his idiosyncratic songs, referring to his home in the title. Rock Island went on to disappoint somewhat in record stores compared with its predecessor, despite radio and video play for its lead-off track, ''Kissing Willie.''