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Jethro Tull’s “Too Old to Rock ’n’ Roll: Too Young to Die!” Expanded for Box Set

Jethro Tull: Too Old to Rock ’n’ Roll: Too Young to Die!Jethro Tull’s 1976 album Too Old to Rock ’n’ Roll: Too Young to Die! has acquired some new life in a 40th anniversary box set.

The 2 CD/2 DVD set, featuring the bass work of the late John Glascock (Carmen) includes the original; a version of the album re-recorded for a 1976 television special; the TV film; alternate versions of album tracks and a variety of associated recordings. An 80-page booklet, with loads of info about the record, and track-by-track annotation by bandleader Ian Anderson is included. Glascock, who also sang backing vocals for the band, died in 1979 at the age of 28 from a heart valve defect.

Anderson notes the set brings back memories. “Unfortunately, some memories have not returned to their rightful owner as I have little recollection of even recording the additional archive tracks. But there they are in glorious analogue multi-track form so it must have really happened. Enjoy and suck in the heady air of the seventies and promise not to laugh at the silly cozies and the hair-sprayed mane.”

Check out the TV special:

The box set is available on CD and a pared-down version of the set is available for download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

Too Old to Rock ’n’ Roll: Too Young to Die! Anniversary Box Set Track List:

CD 1 (Re-recorded album for TV Special):

  1. Prelude
  2. Quiz Kid
  3. Crazed Institution
  4. Salamander
  5. Taxi Grab
  6. From A Dead Beat To An Old Greaser
  7. Bad Eyed And Loveless
  8. Big Dipper
  9. Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll, Too Young To Die!
  10. Pied Piper
  11. The Chequered Flag (Dead Or Alive)

Five Original LP Tracks:

  1. From A Dead Beat To An Old Greaser
  2. Bad Eyed And Loveless
  3. Big Dipper
  4. Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll, Too Young To Die!
  5. The Chequered Flag (Dead Or Alive)
  6. Monte Carlo Outtake: Quiz Kid (Version 1)

CD 2 (Associated Recordings):

  1. Salamander’s Rag Time
  2. Commercial Traveller
  3. Salamander (Instrumental)
  4. A Small Cigar (Acoustic Version)
  5. Strip Cartoon
  6. One Brown Mouse (Early Version)
  7. A Small Cigar (Orchestrated Version)
  8. Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll, Too Young To Die! (Demo)

Original Album Flat Transfer:

  1. Prelude
  2. Quiz Kid
  3. Crazed Institution
  4. Salamander
  5. Taxi Grab
  6. From A Dead Beat To An Old Greaser
  7. Bad Eyed And Loveless
  8. Big Dipper
  9. Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll, Too Young To Die!
  10. Pied Piper
  11. The Chequered Flag (Dead Or Alive)

DVD 1 (Audio & Video):

  • Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll, Too Young To Die!
  • TV film with DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Digital Stereo
  • TV audio in 96/24 stereo PCM
  • Five Original LP Tracks with DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and 96/24 stereo PCM.

DVD 2 (Audio):

  • Associated recordings – with DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and 96/24 stereo PCM:
  • Salamander’s Rag Time, Commercial Traveller, A Small Cigar (Acoustic Version), Strip Cartoon.
  • Associated recordings – in 96/24 stereo PCM:
  • Quiz Kid (version 1)
  • One Brown Mouse (early version) Original Master Mix
  • Salamander (Instrumental)
  • Strip Cartoon Original Master Mix
  • A Small Cigar (orchestrated version) Original Rough Mix
  • Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll, Too Young To Die! Demo.
  • A flat transfer of the original 1976 Quad LP Production Master with DTS 4.0 and Dolby Digital AC3 4.0 surround sound.
  • A flat transfer of the original 1976 LP master at 96/24 stereo PCM.