F2 21863 Catfish Rising
Produced by Ian Anderson
Released on September 10, 1991
UK CHART POSITION #27 . . . US CHART POSITION #88
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T his is a discussion that takes place among the stalwarts who don’t leave their seats when the film is over: which is best among Crest and the rest. For example, I’d rank Crest at the top (naturally), followed by Roots, Rock and Rising. Many fans would invert those last three, citing that the folk/metal strains of Catfish reek of rock credibility. I won’t argue that Tull has an authentic energy all its own, but most of these songs slip through the net when you try to bring them onto the boat of recollection. “This Is Not Love” repeats the earlier exercise of “Kissing Willie,” and in fact Ian Anderson seems to have grown more leering and lecherous since then. When he sings on “Like A Tall Thin Girl” that “She looked good enough to eat / (And I mean eat),” you can’t help by squirm a little at the thought. And I’m not sure that the mandolin and the electric guitar deserve the same weight in the same song, which often happens here. As much as the exotic folk arrangements presage the middle eastern experiment of Roots To Branches, Catfish lacks anything as compelling as “This Free Will.” Musically, Catfish is more adventurous than Rock Island, though again nothing in the net measures up to “Ears of Tin” or “Another Christmas Song.” Wordy, dirty, wounded and severe, Catfish Rising is that great, greasy machine belching hot air in the tundra (“Something’s On The Move”), that rusted ferry cresting over black waters (“The Whaler’s Dues”), the Tull that steamrolls you with its heavy designs. And that’s fine for a time, but it’s the artful dodging in the music that I miss. “Sparrow On The Schoolyard Wall” and “Still Loving You Tonight” contain enough of the old magic, and I may warm up to both of them in time, but it hasn’t happened yet. On the heavier side, “This Is Not Love” and “Rocks On The Road” are solid numbers (both get a nice makeover on the live A Little Light Music). If you find yourself revisiting Rock Island more than most, catch Catfish Rising too. Otherwise, this is one of the last Tull albums you need to own.

F2 21863 back sleeve
F2 21863 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

    Compact disc track listing
  1. THIS IS NOT LOVE    3:56
  2. OCCASIONAL DEMONS    3:48
  3. ROLL YER OWN    4:25
  4. ROCKS ON THE ROAD    5:30
  5. SPARROW ON THE SCHOOLYARD WALL    5:21
  6. THINKING ROUND CORNERS    3:31
  7. STILL LOVING YOU TONIGHT    4:30
  8. DOCTOR TO MY DISEASE    4:34
  9. LIKE A TALL THIN GIRL    3:36
  10. (*)WHITE INNOCENCE    7:43
  11. (*)SLEEPING WITH THE DOG    4:25
  12. GOLD-TIPPED BOOTS, BLACK JACKET AND TIE    3:39
  13. (*)WHEN JESUS CAME TO PLAY    5:04

    All songs written by Ian Anderson

CREDITS

IAN ANDERSON -- vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic and electric mandolins, flute and percussion, drums and keyboards on a couple of things: you figure it out, engineer
MARTIN BARRE -- electric guitar. as always
DAVID PEGG -- electric and acoutsic bass guitars. except when washing hair
DOANE PERRY -- drums. absolutely no tambourine
John "Rabbit" Bundrick -- keyboards (11)
Andy Giddings -- keyboards
Foss Patterson -- keyboards (10)
Matt Pegg -- bass guitar (when father was washing hair)
Tim Matyear -- engineer
John Williams and Geoff Foster -- mixing (1,8)
Phil Rogers & John Pasche -- design
Jim Gibson -- illustration
Geoff Halpin -- logo and monogram

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK September 1991 Chrysalis LP DCHR 1886 lyric sleeve w. 3 tracks on bonus 12" (*)
UK/NET September 1991 Chrysalis CD CCD 1886  
US September 10, 1991 Chrysalis CD/CS 21863 lyric sleeve
COL 1991 EMI LP 1403  
US September 14, 1999 Capitol CD 21886  
RUS   CD Maximum CD CDM 100234 repackaged w. 20 YEARS OF J.T.
"THE RADIO ARCHIVES & RARE TRACKS"

 

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