Jethro Tull

The Ultimate Set

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Judging by the sheer number of box sets and reissues they have released, it would appear that Jethro Tull has been celebrating anniversaries since the dawn of the CD age. Between 1988 and 1997, many new commemorative editions of all sort appeared, and maybe that's why 25th Anniversary Boxed Set was released in 1997. Granted, it was four years after Tull's actual 25th anniversary, but this box set was not a reissue of the box set 25th Anniversary that appeared in 1993. In fact, it's hard to tell why this box set was even released. Containing one disc with a handful of rarities, one video, one picture LP and a 300-page lyric book, 25th Anniversary is obviously aimed at a collector, but there's nothing here that a collector wouldn't already have, and it's presented in an incoherent fashion. And it wasn't released on their 25th anniversary! It's hard to believe that a record company would show so much contempt for their core audience.