Crest Of A Knave

Release date
19 Mar 2007
Running length
10 tracks
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1 Steel Monkey (2005 Digital Remaster) 3:36 406
2 Farm On The Freeway (2005 Digital Remaster) 6:29 378
3 Jump Start (2005 Digital Remaster) 4:54 365
4 She Said She Was A Dancer (2005 Digital Remaster) 3:41 435
5 Dogs In The Midwinter (2005 Digital Remaster) 4:28 365
6 Budapest (2005 Digital Remaster) 10:02 376
7 Mountain Men (2005 Digital Remaster) 6:20 400
8 The Waking Edge (2005 Digital Remaster) 4:46 402
9 Raising Steam (2005 Digital Remaster) 4:11 383
10 Part Of The Machine (2005 Digital Remaster) 6:52 312

About this album

Crest of a Knave is a studio album by British rock band Jethro Tull. It was released in 1987.

The album relied more heavily on Martin Barre’s electric guitar than the band had since the 1970s which made the album the more popular among Tull fans as many of them disapproved of the electronic/synthesizer direction followed by Jethro Tull in the early and mid-1980s. However, several tracks still featured drum machine instead of a live drummer. Keyboardist Peter-John Vettese was now absent and it was Ian Anderson who contributed the synth programming. The album sleeve only listed Ian Anderson, Martin Barre and Dave Pegg as official band members.

The album was a critical and commercial success. Jethro Tull went on to win the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental. It was highly controversial as many did not consider the album or even the band to be hard rock or heavy metal. Furthermore, they beat heavily favoured Metallica (…And Justice for All) and critics’ choice Jane’s Addiction (Nothing’s Shocking). Under advisement from their manager, no one from the band turned up to the award ceremony, as they were told that they had no chance of winning. In response to the controversy, the band’s record label Chrysalis took out an advert in a British music periodical with the line, “The flute is a (heavy) metal instrument!” In 2007, the win was named one of the 10 biggest upsets in Grammy history by Entertainment Weekly.

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  • mmmojo

    Jethro Tull was in dire straits, if you know what I mean

    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • hungarianpaprik

    thanx 2 whomever wrote the "wiki"

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • BJBooth

    I must be a die hard because this is so far removed from what they did in their glorious past with Benefit, Stand Up, This Was and I suppose parts of Aqualung that this is very much an 80's album with techno-rhythms overpowering the rest of the melodies. I love Jethro Tull of the past but they lost me in later years. Too bad. Give me Benefit 9 out of 10 times, I'll always listen to it.

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • roldki

    Well this is an embarrassing album.

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    This is a still average album. (Twelve of a dozen.) It contains many weak parts. Especially when they play Dire Straits-like shitty west-coast style. On this album JT wrote many simple melodies and they use drum machine a lot. This is a very low price album at eBay,, Discogs and every other places...

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • tschoettler

    i don't like this one too much - with the exception of "Budapest" ...

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • arglactable

    OH Tul... What did the 80's DO to you?!

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • FlirtyCloud

    Best driving music EVER!

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • bonzoWhale

    Replace the flutes with heavy guitars (specially on the solos) and you've got yourself an evident heavy metal album... Grammy people had it right, imo

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • raigsingh

    i agree. this whole album is a great production. i listened to this album a lot when it came out. good stuff.

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • fevereb

    This IS an awesome album. Farm on the Freeway, Mountain Men, Budapest, The Waking Edge...such greatness.

    2 Jan 2010 Reply
  • posdiego

    Fantástico album, dos anos 80, com certeza um dos melhores... Adorei a Fam On The Freeway, She Was A Dancer, eu já conhecia e ela é lindaaa : - ))

    7 May 2009 Reply
  • danthemusicman1

    I love Tull, but even they must have known it was bizarre to get that award. That would be like Metallica getting best r&b or something.

    17 Nov 2008 Reply
  • vlov

    yeah, She Said She Was A Dancer is a great song, not very typical of jethro tull but still good.

    19 Sep 2008 Reply
  • pibrocher

    Yeah, best Metal Performance - hard to believe that Tull won it. I love Tull but Metallica should have gotten it. I think this is Martin Barre's best lead guitar work since Minstrel in the Gallery back in the 70s. Neither Martin or Ian play guitar anything like Mark Knopfler (finger style electric) so I think the Dire Straits thing is just the presence of a more 80s sound adapted to an already pr

    5 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Snowma

    Was this the album which got a Grammy on the year 89 or something.. Everyone thought that Metallica would have got the award.

    24 Mar 2008 Reply
  • KungFuBlackbird

    It's not just you, leoishida...I thought the same thing. Especially on She Said She Was a Dancer.

    12 Mar 2008 Reply
  • OneWorldDestiny

    very strong songwriting but a poor production. a precious shame... :))

    5 Feb 2008 Reply
  • leoishida

    its just me or it really sounds a lot like dire straits?

    2 Dec 2007 Reply
  • yuval_ritt

    WTF? This sucks.

    24 Aug 2007 Reply
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