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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.91 | 789 ratings

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5 stars # 100!

For my one hundredth review I thought I would choose something special. I chose Jethro Tull's Benefit my absolute favorite Tull album. Released in 1969 this was a transition album moving Tull from the Blues band they were to the prog band they were about to become. That is very much in evidence in such tracks as With You There to Help Me, For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me and Sossity Your a Woman. There still is the blues band in songs such as To Cry You A Song and Nothing to Say. I like this variety of styles presented here. Classic Tull sounds are present in songs like Inside and Play in Time.

The production can be a bit sparse based on this is a 5 piece without the aid of keyboards. Still the flute fills in the cracks nicely throughout and Martin Barre sounds great on this one. The 2001 remaster adds a lot of clearness to the mix and there are things I can hear now that I wasn't able to on the original release.

The Remaster also includes 4 bonus tracks the best of which is Witches Promise are not really that strong additions to the album proper but not bad for collectors.

This is the first of Tull's golden age of the early 70's. I give this one a 5.

Garion81 | 5/5 |


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