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JETHRO TULL

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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"I didn`t have to play it all the time, I just had to wave it around and look good" - Ian Anderson 2003.

Eccentric on stage yet rather thoughtful, reserved and even sombre at times when not in the limelight, the Jethro Tull image was the brainchild of flute wielding frontman Ian Anderson. Clad in scruffy vagabond apparel, and looking more like an anachronism out of a Charles Dickens tale, Anderson conveyed an old English aura during the band`s formative years in the late 60`s and early 70`s which would persist throughout the band's 40 year career both visually and musically.

Born on August 10, 1947 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, Anderson was augmented by a revolving door of colourful musicians over the years which added to the flamboyance of the Jethro Tull phenomenon. Conceived as a psychedelic blues band in late 1967 the music of Jethro Tull has always been dauntingly intricate embracing many styles including blues, jazz, folk, medieval, classical, hard rock along with forays into electronic music, sometimes referred to as "space age prog". The lyrics were equally as sophisticated and sometimes reached new heights of grandiloquence commenting on depressing world events such as drug abuse, the oil crisis, modernisation, third world troubles and a deteriorating economy.. Other topics included fads, spy novels, environmental and social issues as well as metaphysical musings. With lyrics and music which ran deep Jethro Tull have often been over-analysed by both fans and critics alike and many of their albums have been erroneously interpreted as autobiographical due to the fact that many of their record covers featured artwork which seemed to depict Ian Anderson's likeness, something which he has vehemently denied in numerous interviews.

Jethro Tull can trace their origins back to 1963 when as a young art student in Blackpool, England Anderson formed a band called THE BLADES (after a club in a James Bond novel). By 1965 as a 7-piece they had changed their name to THE JOHN EVAN BAND and subsequently to THE JOHN EVAN SMASH (his mother supplied their tour van) Evan, whose real name was Evans, would eventually become the band's keyboard player for most of the seventies. The band relocated to London in`67, the centre of the British blues movement of the sixties in search of more lucrative gigs. However the band was gradually dissolved after which Anderson and bass player Glen Cornick joined up with guitarist Mick Abrahms and drummer Clive B...
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Minstrel In The Gallery 40th Anniversary La Grande Édition (2CD/2DVD)Minstrel In The Gallery 40th Anniversary La Grande Édition (2CD/2DVD)
Single
Rhino/Parlophone 2015
Audio CD$21.98
$33.67 (used)
AqualungAqualung
Parlophone 1999
Audio CD$5.27
$2.49 (used)
Thick As A BrickThick As A Brick
Parlophone 1997
Audio CD$7.49
$4.56 (used)
WarChild (2CD/2DVD)WarChild (2CD/2DVD)
Box set
Rhino/Parlophone 2014
Audio CD$25.45
$34.70 (used)
Aqualung: 40th AnniversaryAqualung: 40th Anniversary
Parlophone 2011
Audio CD$14.22
$14.15 (used)
Benefit (Deluxe 2xCD+DVD)Benefit (Deluxe 2xCD+DVD)
WEA 2013
Audio CD$18.59
$22.97 (used)
A Passion Play (2xCD+2xDVD)A Passion Play (2xCD+2xDVD)
Rhino 2014
Audio CD$27.73
$28.52 (used)
Stand UpStand Up
Parlophone 2002
Audio CD$3.99
$1.13 (used)
Very Best of Jethro TullVery Best of Jethro Tull
Parlophone 2001
Audio CD$4.07
$0.33 (used)
The Best of Jethro Tull; The Anniversary CollectionThe Best of Jethro Tull; The Anniversary Collection
Parlophone 2008
Audio CD$12.49
$6.79 (used)
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  • Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera on 20 Nov 2015
  • Jethro Tull + Ian Anderson at Auditorio Victor Villegas, Murcia on 21 Nov 2015
  • Jethro Tull + Ian Anderson at Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos , Granada on 22 Nov 2015
  • Jethro Tull + Ian Anderson at Teatro Nuevo Apolo, Madrid on 23 Nov 2015

JETHRO TULL discography


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JETHRO TULL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.32 | 608 ratings
This Was
1968
4.04 | 909 ratings
Stand Up
1969
3.91 | 755 ratings
Benefit
1970
4.32 | 1924 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.64 | 2508 ratings
Thick As A Brick
1972
4.01 | 1087 ratings
A Passion Play
1973
3.27 | 587 ratings
War Child
1974
3.99 | 860 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery
1975
3.05 | 542 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
1976
4.16 | 1043 ratings
Songs From The Wood
1977
4.01 | 857 ratings
Heavy Horses
1978
3.46 | 526 ratings
Stormwatch
1979
3.19 | 434 ratings
A
1980
3.26 | 482 ratings
The Broadsword And The Beast
1982
2.20 | 379 ratings
Under Wraps
1984
3.00 | 95 ratings
A Classic Case
1985
3.24 | 425 ratings
Crest Of A Knave
1987
2.66 | 329 ratings
Rock Island
1989
2.59 | 309 ratings
Catfish Rising
1991
3.62 | 369 ratings
Roots To Branches
1995
3.03 | 315 ratings
J-Tull Dot Com
1999
3.51 | 296 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
2003

JETHRO TULL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.16 | 297 ratings
Live - Bursting Out
1978
2.86 | 41 ratings
Live At Hammersmith '84
1990
3.64 | 141 ratings
A Little Light Music
1992
2.98 | 36 ratings
In Concert
1995
3.60 | 89 ratings
Living With The Past
2002
4.13 | 116 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2004
3.44 | 80 ratings
Aqualung Live
2005
3.76 | 69 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
4.50 | 2 ratings
Live At Carnegie Hall 1970
2015

JETHRO TULL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.82 | 41 ratings
Slipstream (DVD)
1981
3.71 | 32 ratings
20 Years of Jethro Tull (VHS)
1988
3.39 | 64 ratings
Living With the Past
2002
2.99 | 39 ratings
A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
2003
3.84 | 76 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2005
3.05 | 53 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
3.94 | 18 ratings
Slipstream (9 song version)
2007
4.00 | 29 ratings
Classic Artists Series: Jethro Tull
2008
3.23 | 25 ratings
Jack In The Green - Live In Germany
2008
3.68 | 18 ratings
Songs From Bethlehem
2008
4.42 | 81 ratings
Live At Madison Square Garden 1978 (DVD + CD)
2009
3.76 | 36 ratings
Live at AVO Session Basel 2008
2009
4.55 | 20 ratings
Around the World Live (4DVD)
2013

JETHRO TULL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.12 | 255 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.05 | 60 ratings
M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull
1976
3.09 | 37 ratings
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II
1977
3.16 | 54 ratings
Original Masters
1985
3.53 | 64 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull Box
1988
4.51 | 63 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (The Definitive Collection)
1988
3.69 | 35 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release)
1989
3.62 | 130 ratings
Nightcap
1993
3.78 | 40 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection
1993
4.39 | 63 ratings
25th Anniversary Box Set
1993
2.47 | 17 ratings
A Jethro Tull Collection
1997
1.39 | 24 ratings
Through The Years
1997
2.97 | 59 ratings
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
2001
2.25 | 9 ratings
Essential Jethro Tull
2007
3.35 | 40 ratings
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
2007
3.75 | 38 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album / Live - Christmas At St Bride's 2008
2009
4.57 | 37 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2011
4.89 | 45 ratings
Thick As A Brick - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
2012
4.88 | 32 ratings
A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
2014
4.21 | 14 ratings
War Child - The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
2014
4.90 | 11 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery - 40th Anniversary: La Grande Edition
2015

JETHRO TULL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.64 | 11 ratings
Love Story
1968
4.00 | 18 ratings
A Song For Jeffrey
1968
2.97 | 12 ratings
Sunshine Day
1968
4.10 | 21 ratings
Sweet Dream / 17
1969
4.13 | 16 ratings
The Witch's Promise
1969
4.53 | 23 ratings
Living In The Past
1969
3.79 | 14 ratings
Inside
1970
4.63 | 26 ratings
Life Is A Long Song
1971
4.08 | 12 ratings
Hymn 43
1971
5.00 | 3 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.21 | 24 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.50 | 20 ratings
Bungle In The Jungle
1974
3.19 | 20 ratings
Ring Out Solstice Bells
1976
4.18 | 22 ratings
The Whistler
1977
2.00 | 1 ratings
A Stitch In Time
1978
4.00 | 22 ratings
Moths
1978
2.00 | 1 ratings
Warm Sporran
1979
2.56 | 15 ratings
North Sea Oil
1979
4.31 | 13 ratings
Home E.P.
1979
3.13 | 16 ratings
Working John, Working Joe
1980
3.16 | 18 ratings
Fallen On Hard Times
1982
3.13 | 16 ratings
Broadsword
1982
2.82 | 17 ratings
Lap Of Luxury
1984
3.90 | 10 ratings
Coronach
1986
3.50 | 10 ratings
Said She Was A Dancer 12''
1987
3.36 | 11 ratings
Steel Monkey 12''
1987
3.68 | 16 ratings
Another Christmas Song
1989
3.52 | 14 ratings
This Is Not Love
1991
3.73 | 13 ratings
Rocks On The Road
1991
2.81 | 12 ratings
Living in the (Slightly More Recent) Past / Living in the Past
1993
2.52 | 16 ratings
Rare And Precious Chain
1995
2.92 | 13 ratings
Bends Like A Willow
1999
3.13 | 8 ratings
The Christmas EP
2004

JETHRO TULL Reviews


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 Heavy Horses by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.01 | 857 ratings

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Heavy Horses
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This album was considered the 2nd album in a trilogy of Folk Rock albums by Jethro Tull, the first being "Songs from the Wood" and the third "Stormwatch". In my own opinion, the first was the best of the three because of it's carefree feeling. This one is the 2nd best, and is very close to being as good as the first, but missing the mark just a little. This one was a little more rock oriented and heavier, but definitely not over the top in heaviness, not by a long way. There seems to be a little weakness in the album towards the middle with "Journeyman" and "Rover", but only because the songs towards the middle do not seem to stand out like the other tracks on the album. In fact, they start to sound a little too much the same as the tracks that come prior to them, but there is still a lot of quality in the songs. The album's only flaw is in the lack of variety.

Don't fear though, because this album contains several highlights and also more than a few career highlights among the tracks. I think the tracks "The Mouse Police Never Sleeps", "No Lullaby", "Moths", "One Brown Mouse", and especially "Heavy Horses" are some of the best songs from the band through it's long career. Because of the thickness of the songs here, it does take some time for some of the greatness to show through, but when it does, you can be sure that you will agree that there are some career highlights on this album. So there is definitely enough greatness on this album to merit adding it to your JT collection if you were wondering.

The album is definitely heavy on the folk and on progressiveness. There is plenty of both here. It is also both acoustic and electric guitar driven and the flute and keyboards are mostly on here as support. With all the great tracks on the album, there is also a share of minor songs which don't leave as strong of an impression and that leads to the feeling of weakness as you approach the songs in the middle of the album, but things do improve again towards the end.

With all the reviews done on this album, there really isn't much more to say. Not necessarily an essential album because nothing groundbreaking is on the album, but there are enough career greats on here to seriously consider owning the album. That makes it an excellent addition to your prog rock collection. 4 stars.

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 Minstrel In The Gallery - 40th Anniversary: La Grande Edition by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
4.90 | 11 ratings

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Minstrel In The Gallery - 40th Anniversary: La Grande Edition
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by GKR

5 stars Much alike the "A Passion Play: an extended performance" this edition of "Minstrel in the Gallery" is almost superior to the original album. Besides the valuable information that the box contains (which, again, much alike the "A Passion Play..." we cannot even go further without spoilers), the tracks are remastered in a beautiful manner by Steven Wilson. The original album have something of a cold and stark sound (which I always though I liked), but this new version gain in a sweet echoey feeling in the acoustic songs. In the most electric parts, however, the sound is clear and without any kind of interference.

The live album is too something quite surprising: with more material from "Aqualung" and "WarChild", its a great show (that was recorded in video, but sadly only the "Minstrel in the Gallery" survived) with a strong performance that contains a bit of everything from the Hammond-Hammond era.

A must have to all prog-heads, not only Tull fans.

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 A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.88 | 32 ratings

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A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Rikki Nadir

5 stars The whole thing is more demanding than Thick as a Brick mainly because of the concept matter and you can argue that this is not as relaxed or is more ambitious if you like, but the delivery of the band is smooth and top class, i have always love the free style drumming of Barrie Barlow and this is a perfect example of his skills at the time. It is the fifth time i buy this album (cassette, CD AAD, CD ADD, LP, CD Rmx.), and the work that Steven Wilson has done is terrific. A masterpiece in the true sense

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 Minstrel In The Gallery by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.99 | 860 ratings

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Minstrel In The Gallery
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Jethro Tull had one peculiar career behind them by the time they released their eighth album, "Minstrel in the Gallery". They debuted as a blues rock band, swiftly changed direction for the second album, swerved again for the third, and then established their sound for the seventies with their infamous fourth album, "Aqualung". Then they went off and did two albums of one double-sided song each. They successfully blended acoustic folk music with heavy rock and added a third element of classical influence which shone through in flute, piano, and strings.

"Minstrel" sees the Tull sticking to that combination and still managing to work out new wonders. According to Wikipedia, Ian Anderson was experiencing some tough personal times around the writing and recording sessions and he felt the band was not focused. In spite of this, the album shows all members in top form, particularly Martin Barre's rock guitar holds a place in the spotlight at times.

The album opens with the title track and begins as a folk song about some imaginary minstrel and the effect his music has on various intriguing characters. But the song soon changes into a heavy instrumental segment that could be called proto-progressive metal. The rhythm section just hammers and pounds away as Barre works his guitar like he's refining iron ore. A steady beat sets in and the song rocks away to the end.

The next two tracks follow a similar course, offering acoustic beginnings with guitar, flute, and strings, and then morph into some hard rockers.

Here, however, our journey switches terrain and from "Requiem" through "One White Duck / 0 -10=Nothing at all" to the beginning of "Baker Street Muse" we are treated to some beautiful acoustic guitar sometimes complemented by strings and flute. "Baker Street Muse" is given 16 minutes to travel through a folksy beginning, followed by a prog rock part, more hard rock, more of Barre's prog metal guitar playing, acoustic guitar with chimes, melancholic music, and a return to the rock theme. All the while, Anderson sings lyrics from his quirky and often humorous view of people. After the song has concluded, we can hear Anderson walking to the studio door only to find it locked where upon he cries, "I can't get out!"

"Grace" is a short final track that might slip right past you if you stop to check the train schedule or open the Facebook app. Then come the bonus tracks. Two additional songs, "Summerday Sands" and "March the Mad Scientist" sound like typical Jethro Tull pieces but have a different feel from the rest of the album. "Pan Dance" is really different as it is a string orchestra and simple percussion performing along with Anderson's flute. I rather like this classical effort with an un-English style.

I really like how this album maintains the seventies Jethro Tull sound while still offering new concoctions of music. And though it might have soon been time for the band to pursue a new direction ("Heavy Horses"), they proved that they could really make this triad of rock, folk, and classical work cohesively.

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 A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.88 | 32 ratings

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A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

5 stars A passion play ? Extended

How do you follow up an album that has been universally hailed as one of extreme brilliance, a masterpiece? How do you accomplish that? Well, really you don't. It is no point in making an album inferior, if that was your answer. You have to excell. Be greater than that praised album. Well, better than ever before! You need to become greater than ever. THE greatest. But then again, how do you go about doing that? I have no great answer but I do know that Jethro Tull pulled it off. Not everyone seemed to think that back in the day and there is still some debate whether or not it holds up to scrutiny. Like most people I adore "Thick as a brick", thinking it being one of the finest examples of progressive rock ever made, but I also think that "A passion play" is just as exemplary, though not the same at any great length. On the original vinyl the only two seemingly concurring elements was the inclusion of two long tracks. The two albums are really two different entities, apart from the two part suite thingy.

To me this has always been one of those albums superior to almost everything. I got it way back on a sale and I couldn't have been more than 16 years old. Two songs and a cover so dark and bleak it took my breath away, evoking the eclipse of existance. And from the first thumping beats of the album's beginning, to the last shivering notes of track two, I loved it. I was infused with a greatness, as if in the presence of divine beings. I had reached the holiest of places, the Temple of Tull. I loved it all. "The hare who lost his spectacles" was and is to me the perfect mockumentary of a children's story. In that piece of the musical palette lies something truly genius. The story is so wonderfully crafted and conducted, lyrically and not least musically, that I continously return.

I will not go into detaails of the contents of the album, particularily not the original album. It is a tremendous piece of music and differs, as stated, in tone and musical direction. It is very much Jethro Tull but in my opinion the darkest and most complex music created by them. The very delicate balance between all what makes Jethro Tull the great band they are, is augmented by the presence of truly complex shifts and turns, ammzing chord progressions and even some slight avant-garde stuff. It is an album of daring and vision that got slandered in the day, leading them to, as I perceive, to tread a more traditional Jethro Tull path on the next album. One can however see elements of "A passion play" on "Warchild" but in a gentler shape and form.

Now, the bonus tracks. It is a real treat to hear the recordings they made in France, which were to lead up to the album we know today. The sessions in France got canned and Ian Anderson re- wrote and arranged the songs in a different fashion and recorded it once again. That was really a blessing, since the album in it's known state is far superior. It is, though, a pleasure hearing those tracks that later transformed and those tracks that lead nowhere, despite their grand quality.

"A passion play" is one of the finest progressive rock albums I know. The quality of songs, the arrangement and the superior musicianship, alongside a tremendous dose of quirky british sense of humour, makes this one of those to-die-for albums. The price of this box is ridiculous and anyone can afford it, really. It is beautiful to look at and the overall package (songs, video, booklet and what not) really makes it essential.

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 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.64 | 2508 ratings

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Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by The Dark Elf

5 stars 'Thick as a Brick' should rate highly simply on the strength of having one of the best album covers ever designed: a fold-out newspaper complete with articles, comics, ads, crossword puzzle and a rather bawdy connect-the-dots children's game! A CD jewel case does not do justice to the album design (which is the case for many of the albums from the 60's and 70's). Furthermore, one cannot underestimate the effect 'Thick as a Brick' had on folks growing up in the 70's. It was irreverent! It was rebellious! It mentioned both blackheads and peeing oneself in the night in one line! Only in the early 70's could this album (and Tull's follow-up 'A Passion Play') be released. It had no single! It was 44 minutes of continuous music! How can we market the goddamned thing? We won't get royalties from iTunes every time someone downloads a song! Hell, there is no song to download!

The epic poem around which the music is composed was purportedly supplied by a precociously Miltonic adolescent named Gerald Bostock (an alter ego of Ian Anderson), and the lyrics, concerning the trials and travails of growing up, are slyly superb throughout. And they are very sly: according to Ian Anderson, 'Thick as a Brick' was a send-up of some of the more bloated progressive rock of the time. It is a purposely pretentious mockery, holding a jaded mirror up to Tull's pompous rock counterparts (and the band itself). Even the album cover parodies the small minds of small town journalism (including the front page which trumpets the scandal and subsequent disqualification of Gerald Bostock's poem from a literary prize). As an added layer of satire, the newspaper contains many references to the album and the album refers back to the news (Tull members were avid fans of Monty Python). The entire package succeeds magnificently. Many reviewers don't get it and take it at face value, which is even more ironic. Or moronic as the case may be.

As far as the music, it runs the prog gamut from witty folk to scathing hard rock with some of the best acoustic guitar sequences you'll hear from Ian Anderson (know more, sadly, for the flute than his exceptional guitar work). Barriemore Barlow, John Bonham's favorite drummer, sets the pace and it is often blistering, running in cadence with John Evan's masterful keys and Martin Barre's explosive electric guitar. The album is fully realized in that the concept is brilliant both lyrically and musically, and there are so few rock bands that can match the wordsmithing ability of Ian Anderson and the compositional brilliance of Tull as a band in their prime.

Thick as a Brick is one of a handful of progressive rock albums upon which all others are measured, and for good reason: it is sublime in all facets.

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 Stand Up by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.04 | 909 ratings

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Stand Up
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by The Dark Elf

5 stars Tull had just parted ways with guitarist Mick Abrahams after their first album "This Was' (Abrahams went on to make a really good blues album "Ahead Rings Out" with Blodwyn Pig, by the way), and had chosen Martin Barre as the their new lead guitarist. Tull took a u-turn off the blues highway and went off-road and did some camping on this stunning folk-rock opus. More so than the more standard rock follow-up album "Benefit", "Stand Up" is the true precursor to Tull's "High Prog" era. Everything is there, except, of course, 42 minutes of continuous music. But too much of one thing is not good (see "Passion Play" released on the heels of "Thick as a Brick"). This release is about as startling a change from a debut album to a second album as you will ever hear.

I have long been of the thought that no one in rock really writes beautiful, reflective tunes anymore. Ian Anderson can turn them out by the bucketful but still rock on the same album. 'Look Into the Sun', 'Reasons for Waiting' and 'For a Thousand Mothers' are just beautifully rendered, mellow pieces; conversely, 'Nothing is Easy' (a personal favorite), 'A New Day Yesterday' and 'We Used to Know' rock along quite well. Top it off with what Anderson refers to as cocktail jazz 'Bouree', and the frenetic 'Fat Man' (another favorite), and one finds the direction Tull took was an important step in becoming one of the greatest prog-rock bands of all time. Or folk-rock band. Or concept band. You get the general idea -- if you get Tull.

Beyond the act of turning out excellent compositions, 'Stand Up' is an important album in the synthesis of several different musical elements and genres into the rock idiom: jazz, blues, classical, folk. "A New Day Yesterday" is heavy blues on the level of Zeppelin and Cream, "Nothing Is Easy" is jazzier blues (retaining the rock with a thunderous coda to finish), "Fatman" has both Celtic and Indian strains running through it, "Bouree" is classical Bach with a jazz twist, and "Reasons for Waiting" is the first instance of collaborator David 'Dee' Palmer adding strings to a Tull tune (and lovely they are). Name any other rock bands that have the artistic grasp to successfully fuse these disparate genres all into one recording. Take your time. Get back to me when you can come up with a few.

In conclusion, I would highly suggest getting the 2010 Deluxe Edition remaster, which also includes the rousing orchestral "Sweet Dream", the only rock hit in 5/4 time "Living in the Past", and an excellent recording of the wild and wooly 1970 Carnegie Hall concert of which only a snippet appeared on the 1973 compilation album "Living in the Past".

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 A Passion Play  by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.01 | 1087 ratings

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A Passion Play
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars ''Thick as a brick'' became an instant seller for Jethro Tull, even reaching the number 1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.It was a great chance for the band to attract the US audience and later in the year the compilation album ''Living in the past'' was released, containing remixed singles, B-sides and outtakes from the band's old repertoire.Jethro Tull moved to France to avoid the increased taxes in the islands and started working on their next album at the Chateau d'Herouville Studios near Paris.They were so dissapointed by the upcoming result, that they decided to relocate in UK and start the whole thing over, visiting the Morgan Studios in London in December 1972.The album was recorded in two different periods and in July 1973 Chrysalis released it under the title ''A passion play''.This work dealt with afterlife through a character named Ronnie Pilgrim and starts with the man attending his own funeral as a ghost-like shade.

Jethro Tull used the same receipt as on the very succesful ''Thick as a brick'', two sidelong pieces, completing one long suite, clocking at over 45 minutes.The first act is definitely one of the most stunning epics in the history of Progressive Rock.While the folky touches are still among the lines of the band, this piece shows Jethro Tull at their very best and most progressive form, reminiscent of the British Symphonic Rock bands of the 70's.Not loosing their strong identity even by an inch, they proposed a complex Progressive Rock with symphonic structures and countless tempo changes, propelled by Anderson's poetic and emphatic voice and his fantastic performance on sax and flute with a tireless John Evan alternating between jazzy piano moves and elaborate organ washes.Their sound was now reminiscent of YES and GENTLE GIANT, containing Classical interludes, symphonic instrumental parts and superb interplays between flute, guitar and keyboards.What more can I say, this is a flawless gem by any means.The second act deals with Ronnie Pilgrim's adventures, after visiting Heaven and Hell, and borrowed elements from Theater Music, Comedy and musicals.With narrations and story-telling lines among the usual instrumental density, this is a bit different from the opening piece, recalling more of a show than a piece recorded for a regular album, more particularly at the opening minutes.The rest is solid Progressive Rock with lots of flute, organ and sharp guitar, sounding a bit jazzier than the introductive act, but offering plenty of intricate moments, filled with interactions, solos and atmospheric themes.Moreover it appears to be more of a vocal-driven structure, but the musical background is always strong and professional, now Evan adds some great synths in the process and the result remains consistent and pompous.

A highlight in Jethro Tull's discography.People were not used to this side of Jethro Tull, but the result is an almost masterful album with superb arrangements, complex ideas and still some incredibly polished melodies and moods.Highly recommended.

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 Stand Up by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.04 | 909 ratings

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Stand Up
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars After the wrestling match between the band's original guitarist Mick Abrahams and Ian Anderson over musical direction, the winner as we all know was Ian Anderson who would from this album on steer JETHRO TULL into his own personal vision of band development leaving behind the full on blues rock and going more in a folk rock direction. This second album STAND UP is the transitional album that still retains a bunch of blues but the dominant sound here is in the folk realm. The original LP version opened up like a children's pop-up book and the whole band would stand up when you opened the album. Unfortunately my CD has no such accoutrements but it is remastered from the original recordings and even has a few bonus tracks.

This was one of my first TULL albums so I have a strong affection for this one, but despite that it holds up quite well in the melody department. This album may not be the album that rocks the most, is the most progressive, is the cleverest or any particular quality that makes it STAND UP and out amongst the future releases but it does offer one outstandingly beautiful song after another. Each track is the perfect blues rock and folk rock blend and this is the album where Ian Anderson's flute really starts to fit in with the song structure in a flawless way. His vocals are perfect for this kind of music. I really love every track on here but I particularly love the Bach turned TULL instrumental "Bouree," the space folk rockers "Back To The Family" and "Nothing Is Easy" and the lugubrious tone of "Look Into The Sun" where Ian seems to be lamenting the end of the hippie era and realization that the world is a more complicated affair where darkness abounds and sadness ensues. A great album and the first true TULL album after the debut oddball.

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 Crest Of A Knave by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.24 | 425 ratings

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Crest Of A Knave
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I still stand by my statement that every Jethro Tull album has at least one essential track on it. Some more than others, it's true, but I can name at least one essential track on every one of their albums. Crest of a Knave is no exception, in fact, it has 5 essential tracks and 5 others that are still great. That is better than most of the Tull albums released around this time. To me, this is the perfect "entry level" JT album as it has a good representation of the bands music and it is easily likable. So what if it's not one of their essential albums, it is still one that I enjoy every time I listen to it.

The rock is a bit more straightforward on the faster songs. There are even a few acoustic-driven tracks (namely the Dire Straits influenced "Said She Was a Dancer" and the 10+ minute "Budapest", 2 of the best JT tracks ever). "Farm on the Freeway" and "Mountain Men" are both prog based mid to fast tempo songs. From there you have some more hard-rock centered songs, but they are not as washed out as the rock songs on "Catfish Rising" in my opinion, I think they are great quality hard rock songs. There are a few weaker ones like "Dogs in the Midwinter" which has too much synthesizer on it that cheapens and dates the album and "Part of the Machine" which sounds so much like "Farm on the Freeway" that you'd think it was a copy, but if you get the original vinyl, these songs aren't even on the track listing, which I think the album flows much better without these tracks anyway.

This is a decent JT release and if you are debating which one to get to best represent the late 80s/early 90s releases for JT, then this is the one you should get. For my money, it's the best representative for that period of time with enough great music to leave a great impression on you and also proves that JT still had some great songs in their heads. Not a masterpiece as a whole, but it has some masterpieces on it, so it's still an excellent addition to your collection. 4 stars.

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