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THIS WAS

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

3.31 | 553 ratings

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OGTL
3 stars 3.5 stars is more like it.

The beginning of Jethro Tull.. an album quite different from the rest of the discography, soaked in blues and early rock. This is probably due to the influence of their first guitarist, Mick Abrahms. He was quite a bit older than the others in the band, and eventually his diehard blues mindset led him further from the rest of the group, ultimately resulting in his withdrawal and the recruitment of Martin Barre- who would be the bands final guitarist.

The sound is just blues, blues and rock. The songwriting is very simple in all songs, yet very fresh and original. Strong themes in each song make it a winner. The harmonica is featured on this album heavily compared to subsequent releases, and the flute is there as always.

The singles that were added as bonus tracks on the remaster are overall excellent, "Love Story" being one of my favourite early Tull tunes. Tull would continue this trend of excellent singles as the years passed.

Very good but not essential, an interesting flashback of the band in their seminal days developing their sound.

OGTL | 3/5 |

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