From page 79 of Classic Rock Magazine June 2011
All Said And Done SECRET
Two-CD oddity from British blues vets.
Jethro Tull could have gone one of two ways in 1968: the Fleetwood Mac blues route, or somewhere altogether stranger. Ultimately the latter prevailed, singer Ian Anderson leading them a mad-eyed hop along the proggy path of folk-rock flautistry. Which prompted guitarist/blues purist Mick Abrahams to dust off his mojo and lug it over to Blodwyn Pig. Disc one of All Said And Done finds Abrahams rewiring This Was , the sole Tull album he played on before the split, with a bunch of new bandmates. Recorded in 2001 – much to the sacrilegious horror of Tull diehards – it reinforces just how belligerently blues-bound Abrahams was. It’s all expertly played, with Steve Dundon manfully parping on flute, and the undoubted highlights are Beggars Farm and the epic Cat’s Squirrel , but it lacks any real spark or invention.
Disc two sounds equally perfunctory. Abrahams reunites his pre-Tull power trio McGregor’s Engine for the title track and Let Me Love You Baby , with the rest made up of various Blodwyn incarnations in bluesbothering mode. You can’t fault them for chops or pure energy, but it does all feel like the workmanlike output of a superior bar band. For collectors only, as they say. ■■■■■■■■■■