Jethro Tull - Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die 12" Vinyl LP Album

- German Release with Solid Green Record Label

Jethro Tull's 1976 album "Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die" was a humorous, self-reflective commentary on aging rock stars amidst a changing music scene. The concept album featured hard rock anthems, folk interludes, and hints of electronic experimentation. Led by the iconic Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull used the record to explore anxieties, carve their musical path, and deliver a classic piece of progressive rock history.

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"Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die" Album Description:

Released in 1976, Jethro Tull's "Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die" marked a turning point for the British progressive rock band. Fronted by the iconic Ian Anderson, the album explored themes of aging rock stardom through a fictional character named Ray Lomas.

This concept album emerged during a period of significant change in the music industry. Disco was on the rise, challenging the dominance of rock. Jethro Tull, known for their adventurous blend of folk, blues, and hard rock, grappled with their place in this evolving landscape. "Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll" became a tongue-in-cheek response, a fictional obituary for a fading rock star yearning for a bygone era.

Musically, the album showcased Jethro Tull's signature eclecticism. Tracks like "Quizz Kid" and "Crazed Institution" pulsated with hard rock energy, while "Salamander" offered a mellow folk interlude. The album also hinted at future experimentation with synthesizers, foreshadowing the band's later shift towards a more electronic sound.

"Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll" wasn't without its controversies. Some critics saw it as a self-indulgent reflection on the anxieties of aging musicians. However, fans embraced the album's humor and relatable themes. The record went on to become a commercial success, solidifying Jethro Tull's status as a major rock force.

The album was reportedly recorded at Maison Rouge Studios in Fulham, London. This studio had played host to a wide range of artists, from prog rockers like Roxy Music to jazz legends like St├ęphane Grappelli. The diverse atmosphere of Maison Rouge may have influenced the eclectic musical tapestry that became "Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die."

Music Genre:

  UK British Progressive Rock 

Collector's Notes:

Note that this record does have a solid green colored record label, while most other Chrysalis have a light blue label

Album 
Production information:

Produced by Ian Anderson for Five Star Records,

Sound Engineer: Robin Black, Trevor White, Peter Smith

Robin Black (Producer, Sound Engineer) active since the mid-1970s as sound engineer and producer for British music bands. He has worked on early albums for the British bands : "Blodwyn Pig" "Black Sabbath" and "Jethro Tull" .

Record Label Information:

Chrysalis 6307 572 (6307572) 
Album Packaging:Gatefold/FOC (Fold Open Cover) Album Cover Design.

Media Format:

12" Vinyl LP Record  

Year & Country:

1976 Made in Germany 
Band Members and Musicians on: Jethro Tull - Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die
    Jethro Tull Band/Musicians
  • Ian Anderson - Flute, vocals
  • Martin Barre
  • John Evan
  • Barriemore Barlow
  • John Glasscock
Track Listing of: Jethro Tull - Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die

The Song/tracks on "Jethro Tull - Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die" are

    Side One:
  1. Quizz Kid
  2. Crazed Institution
  3. Salamander
  4. Taxi Grab
  5. From a Dead Beat to an Old Greaser
    Side Two:
  1. Bad-eyed and loveless
  2. Big Dipper
  3. Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die
  4. Pied Piper
  5. The Chequered Flag (Dead or Alive)

 

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"Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die" Record Label Details: Green Colour Label with Orange Biutterfly CHRYSALIS 6307 572 , Made in Germany, Boxed

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