midweek music: “Budapest”

Jethro Tull is one of my favorite bands, and one of my favorite songs of theirs is “Budapest,” which bandleader Ian Anderson himself has described as a combination of everything that Jethro Tull has been and done over the years. First heard on 1989’s Crest of a Knave (the album that controversially won the first Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Grammy Award), the song has a bit of blues, a bit of folk, a bit of hard rock, a bit of classical. It’s, in many ways, the quintessential Tull song.

Here’s the original:


Here’s a live version from 2003:


Here’s a version with an orchestra. I was hoping to find one from the 2005 tour when violinist Lucia Micarelli toured with the band, as I’d always thought that fiddle would add so much to the song, and seeing them in Carnegie Hall that October, I was proven right. YouTube has no such performances that I can find, sadly, so I’ll settle for this:

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