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THIS WAS

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

3.32 | 858 ratings

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Marty McFly
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Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars They basically covered most of blues melodies. And by covered I mean performed, not stolen from somewhere else. So first song where true form of Jethro Tull (crazy flutter Ian) can be seen is Beggar's Farm. With flute's work, which we all love (raise your hand who does not), same thing happening again in Serenade For Cuckoo shows his great ability to give his feelings into performance. It's not just that we hear crazy whistler, we also know that he's standing on his right foot for sure. And Dharma's For One drums solo in the end (which other songs also partially contains) is bad ? I don't think so. Yes, there's big blues influence, but rock, jazz and blues always worked closely. This is nothing to be worried about, let alone in 1968. And A Song For Jeffrey and band's + band's frontman eccentricity was reason why they made it to Lennon/Jagger's Rock'n'Roll Circus. That's it, band's style was evolving and I can blame them that they was more blues than folk in these times, just because they're classified as prog folk.

4(-), great blues prog (it works, really) with medieval lyrics, stage setting, topics and behaviour. OK, they had a long road before them, but hell, this album isn't bad.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |

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