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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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Aqualung (2CD/2DVD)Aqualung (2CD/2DVD)
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Aqualung: 40th AnniversaryAqualung: 40th Anniversary
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Very Best of Jethro TullVery Best of Jethro Tull
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Thick As A BrickThick As A Brick
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The Best of Jethro Tull; The Anniversary CollectionThe Best of Jethro Tull; The Anniversary Collection
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Triple Album Collection (This Was/Stand Up/Benefit) - Jethro TullTriple Album Collection (This Was/Stand Up/Benefit) - Jethro Tull
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Stand UpStand Up
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Living in the PastLiving in the Past
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A Passion Play (2xCD+2xDVD)A Passion Play (2xCD+2xDVD)
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JETHRO TULL discography


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

3.33 | 689 ratings
This Was
1968
4.05 | 1018 ratings
Stand Up
1969
3.92 | 856 ratings
Benefit
1970
4.34 | 2148 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.63 | 2782 ratings
Thick As A Brick
1972
4.02 | 1209 ratings
A Passion Play
1973
3.28 | 666 ratings
War Child
1974
4.01 | 983 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery
1975
3.07 | 613 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
1976
4.17 | 1168 ratings
Songs From The Wood
1977
4.02 | 948 ratings
Heavy Horses
1978
3.47 | 592 ratings
Stormwatch
1979
3.19 | 486 ratings
A
1980
3.26 | 534 ratings
The Broadsword And The Beast
1982
2.20 | 416 ratings
Under Wraps
1984
3.02 | 114 ratings
A Classic Case
1985
3.23 | 474 ratings
Crest Of A Knave
1987
2.68 | 368 ratings
Rock Island
1989
2.61 | 344 ratings
Catfish Rising
1991
3.66 | 417 ratings
Roots To Branches
1995
3.04 | 350 ratings
J-Tull Dot Com
1999
3.51 | 334 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
2003

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

4.15 | 345 ratings
Live - Bursting Out
1978
2.83 | 44 ratings
Live At Hammersmith '84
1990
3.64 | 153 ratings
A Little Light Music
1992
3.01 | 40 ratings
In Concert
1995
3.60 | 101 ratings
Living With The Past
2002
4.10 | 133 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2004
3.46 | 88 ratings
Aqualung Live
2005
3.73 | 75 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
4.14 | 7 ratings
Live At Carnegie Hall 1970
2015

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

3.83 | 47 ratings
Slipstream (DVD)
1981
3.70 | 34 ratings
20 Years of Jethro Tull (VHS)
1988
3.39 | 70 ratings
Living With the Past
2002
3.01 | 43 ratings
A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
2003
3.84 | 82 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2005
3.08 | 55 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
3.90 | 20 ratings
Slipstream (9 song version)
2007
4.31 | 26 ratings
Classic Artists Series: Jethro Tull
2008
3.27 | 27 ratings
Jack In The Green - Live In Germany
2008
3.72 | 20 ratings
Songs From Bethlehem
2008
4.44 | 89 ratings
Live At Madison Square Garden 1978 (DVD + CD)
2009
3.88 | 31 ratings
Live at AVO Session Basel 2008
2009
4.60 | 25 ratings
Around the World Live (4DVD)
2013

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

4.13 | 279 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.07 | 64 ratings
M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull
1976
3.14 | 41 ratings
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II
1977
3.18 | 61 ratings
Original Masters
1985
3.55 | 69 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull Box
1988
4.52 | 68 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (The Definitive Collection)
1988
3.72 | 41 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release)
1989
3.63 | 139 ratings
Nightcap
1993
3.79 | 42 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection
1993
4.38 | 70 ratings
25th Anniversary Box Set
1993
2.58 | 20 ratings
A Jethro Tull Collection
1997
1.43 | 25 ratings
Through The Years
1997
2.98 | 61 ratings
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
2001
2.43 | 11 ratings
Essential Jethro Tull
2007
3.37 | 46 ratings
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
2007
3.75 | 40 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album / Live - Christmas At St Bride's 2008
2009
4.63 | 41 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2011
4.87 | 54 ratings
Thick As A Brick - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
2012
4.87 | 39 ratings
A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
2014
4.27 | 22 ratings
War Child - The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
2014
4.82 | 25 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)

3.69 | 13 ratings
Love Story
1968
4.10 | 20 ratings
A Song For Jeffrey
1968
3.06 | 14 ratings
Sunshine Day
1968
4.15 | 24 ratings
Sweet Dream / 17
1969
4.11 | 18 ratings
The Witch's Promise
1969
4.61 | 26 ratings
Living In The Past
1969
3.80 | 15 ratings
Inside
1970
4.63 | 31 ratings
Life Is A Long Song
1971
4.07 | 14 ratings
Hymn 43
1971
4.33 | 17 ratings
Aqualung
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Locomotive Breath
1971
4.15 | 26 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.45 | 22 ratings
Bungle In The Jungle
1974
3.17 | 20 ratings
Ring Out Solstice Bells
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll; Too Young To Die
1976
4.21 | 24 ratings
The Whistler
1977
3.50 | 2 ratings
A Stitch In Time
1978
4.05 | 25 ratings
Moths
1978
3.67 | 3 ratings
Warm Sporran
1979
2.64 | 17 ratings
North Sea Oil
1979
4.40 | 15 ratings
Home E.P.
1979
3.08 | 19 ratings
Working John, Working Joe
1980
3.18 | 19 ratings
Fallen On Hard Times
1982
3.24 | 17 ratings
Broadsword
1982
2.94 | 18 ratings
Lap Of Luxury
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bourrée
1985
3.83 | 12 ratings
Coronach
1986
3.64 | 11 ratings
Said She Was A Dancer 12''
1987
3.46 | 13 ratings
Steel Monkey 12''
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
Part Of The Machine
1988
3.69 | 17 ratings
Another Christmas Song
1989
3.50 | 15 ratings
This Is Not Love
1991
3.78 | 14 ratings
Rocks On The Road
1991
2.91 | 13 ratings
Living in the (Slightly More Recent) Past / Living in the Past
1993
2.58 | 17 ratings
Rare And Precious Chain
1995
3.07 | 14 ratings
Bends Like A Willow
1999
3.00 | 8 ratings
The Christmas EP
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Living in the Past
2013

JETHRO TULL Reviews


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 Benefit by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.92 | 856 ratings

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Benefit
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars Coming off a 30 week tour of the US with bands like Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad, Creedence Clearwater and even Blood, Sweat & Tears and with constant pressures from the record company to engage in incessant radio interviews following the success of 'Stand Up,' Ian Anderson returned back to his native England and began writing new material for the third JETHRO TULL album BENEFIT. After the grueling touring schedule Anderson states that this album is much darker as a result of his cynicism with his frustration with the music industry. This album also develops the band's sound to the more classic period with the addition of classically trained keyboardist John Evan who added a new element to that band that kept the melody churning allowing Martin Barre the luxury to focus on his famous monophonic riffs and guitar solos instead of being limited to merely strumming chords and this is the point is where all the elements stack up side by side to create that instantly recognizable JETHRO TULL sound. While Evan's intent was to join on a temporary basis, things worked out so well that he stuck around for ten whole years.

BENEFIT continues the folk elements with strong songwriting, addictive melodic developments and the beautiful poetic adroit vocal suaveness of Ian Anderson's vocal style accompanied by his signature flute fills, however the addition of the keys and Barre's new freedom to expand his guitar duties make this a much harder rocking album than 'Stand Up.' A whole new layer has debuted here adding to an already rich tapestry of sounds. The band expands these elements with ease. They figured out right from the start how to meld all the folk and rock elements together in a seamless manner and alternate the soft passages with the harder edged ones. There is not a bad song on this one and this is actually one of my favorite JT albums. Starting with the very first echoing flute sounds that begin the album, Anderson kicks off the album with his saturnine singing style and the melodies unfold with addictive verses and chorus' that flow together so flawlessly with bridges and unexpected yet pleasing transitions. I have always considered Ian Anderson to be one of the best songwriters out there and on these early albums he just shines like the brightest supernova in the distant universe.

Because record companies were totally evil back then (or are they still?), they decided to complicate things and there were two versions of the album. The usual one for the UK and one for the US. While not as ridiculously complex as Beatles or Rolling Stones album, the UK version contains the track 'Alive And Well And Living In' whereas the US version doesn't but rather has the track 'Teacher' and vice versa. Luckily the remastered CD version has the whole kit and caboodle and bonus tracks to boot. BENEFIT is just bereft of any flaws in my opinion. Every track just hooks the listener and takes you to that special JT universe where you can escape into the seductive song structures where guitar riffs conjure up your inner rowdy rocker while the calming keys and flute solos take you on a folky sojourn through the pastoral lands of rural England. BENEFIT is a strong album that has been perhaps one of the most listened to on my playing list. This album may be written off by some as a mere practice session for the even better albums like 'Aqualung' and 'Thick As A Brick' which were just around the corner and true this doesn't quite hit high on the progometer quite yet, but the melodies, musicianship and strong performances make this one a very slick and savvy listen nonetheless. Just as enjoyable as the classics that follow IMHO. 4.5 rounded UP!

 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.63 | 2782 ratings

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Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

2 stars Thick As A Brick is one of those classic albums that I've just never really felt anything for, no matter how technically good it may be.

What this album knocks out of the park is the concept. But I don't listen to ambitious concepts. I listen to music, and the music that's offered here isn't very remarkable. For a 45 minute album, there really isn't much variety to be offered. There are only two real "moods" created on the album. The first is a pseudo-medieval acoustic ballad feel with Ian Anderson's monotonous vocals and flute musings, singing about "...and the sheep in the glade and the mountain by the river and the household of the master's name and...", or some such sort. The other is uptempo hard blues rock with plenty of guitar, hammond organ and saxophone interplay. These sections are certainly the more interesting ones, but there was so much rock being produced at the same time that sounds so similar that the rock on TAAB just isn't too remarkable.

So all in all, this is an album that has some good elements pushing for it, but the aesthetic just falls flat for these ears. One for the fans.

 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.34 | 2148 ratings

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Aqualung
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by ALotOfBottle
Prog Reviewer

5 stars It is 1971. Jethro Tull have just recruited a keyboardist, John Evans (who appeared as a special guest on their previous work). With a boom of creativity from the group's contemporaries, it was time to leave dry blues-based hard rock cliches behind and push the boundaries of their musical horizons. And so they certainly did. First, "Aqualung" greets us with outsanding cover art somewhat preluding moods to come on the album. What comes inside is a bliss. This piece of pure solid work still remains one of our favorite prog works after all these years. Although, I might not share the full-blown enthusiasm of many other prog reviewers and believe this relase does have some minor flaws to some extent, "Aqualung" undeniably deserves five stars. Not only for the music itself, but for its creativity and importance. Moods on this album is strongly influenced by English medieval and renaissance folk based on strong rhythm rooted in blues. Charles Dickens-like Englishness is another characteristic. Those are best visible on "Cross Eyed Mary", my favorite track. Amazing acoustic (and electric) guitar playing, virtuosic flute and great singing. These are probably the main atributes. I feel like the phenomenal keyboard skills of John Evans (which were to be revealed in following years, still not here) are not utilized enough. However, that is enough of my criticism. With this record, the band created a name for themselves as "the bards of progressive rock". All in all, saying that every prog fan needs this album is probably a brutal understatement, most of you highly likely have this album already. Anyway, enjoy the listen, get carried away to mysterious lands of Jethro Tull's music! 9/10
 Benefit by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.92 | 856 ratings

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Benefit
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by ALotOfBottle
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 1970 marks a release of "Benefit" - one of the most important albums in Jethro Tull's catalog. "Why?" you might ask. Well, this is because of a crucial transition from blues rock based music to "braving the new world." The group found themselves a folk-inspired scenario. With a very English, Charles Dickens-esque element, even on pieces with strains of their original blues style, which obviously couldn't get rid of all at once. This creates a fascinating, fresh sound of a band finding its path. Furthermore, John Evan, a keyboard player guested on the album, introducing a strong classical music influence.

The highlights of the album are the moody "Teacher" and "With You There To Help Me." The last one in particular shows a strong folk music influence that would later be shaped into songs like "Cross-Eyed Mary". Martin Barre's bluesy guitar tone is still present and it definitely integrates well with the path taken by the band.

Albeit still not as exciting as the albums that are to in the following years, this album is a very important work and it is recommended to prog fans!

 Songs From The Wood by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.17 | 1168 ratings

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Songs From The Wood
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Watchmaker

5 stars If perfect is an album that stays most true to its concept and theme, then Songs From The Wood is the "most perfect" album I've ever listened to. It starts with one of my favourite tracks of all time (the album title track) and continues with a bombardment of amazing folk rock songs, with each one being better than the other. There are maybe one or two songs I don't like as much but they all serve the concept perfectly. It's astonishing how Jethro Tull managed to capture the feeling (not only the sound) of medieval Britain, at least the sunny side. To this day, after I have listened to it many, many times, I still come back to one of my top 5 albums if I'm feeling down (and want to feel much better) or if I just want to listen to some of the most beautiful music out there. And Thick as a Brick may be the ultimate prog masterpiece, but Songs From The Wood is the ultimate Tull album.
 Stand Up by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.05 | 1018 ratings

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Stand Up
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by ALotOfBottle
Prog Reviewer

4 stars On their sophomore effort "Stand Up", Jethro Tull made a respectable progress from their debut with their original blues methods not being estranged, but made to shake hands with other influences, most notably folk and classical. John Evans is yet to join the band, all the (must admitt proficiently laid down) organ parts on the album are by Ian Anderson. Another personel change is Martin Barre, the Jethro Tull guitarist joining the band. Overall, I think this is quite an entertaining record. For "improved" blues numbers, the album opener "A New Day Yestarday" is highly recommended. For classical strains and more of a fresh sound for the band, "Bouree", a track inspired by J. S. Bach and baroque music is highly recommended. British folk music impact is also visible, notably on "Fat Man". This one, unlike their previous album manages to create a fairly interesting mood and what would later evolve to Jethro Tull we all know and love.

For all proto-prog enthusiasts and beyond! Recommended!

 This Was by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.33 | 689 ratings

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This Was
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by ALotOfBottle
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Jethro Tull started out in about the same place as most of their contemporaries. A blues-rock band like a lot of bands of their time. Not as artsy sounding as Pete Brown & Piblokto!, rarely as heavy as Cream, band's work of this period could be put alongside Steamhammer (who's singer, Kieran White had a similar voice to Ian Anderson and which also featured a flute by a future Tangerine Dream member Steve Jolliffe), Climax Blues Band, Fleetwood Mac (at times) and sometimes even John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. This is Jethro Tull's only album with a legendary guitarist Mick Abrahams, who would go on to create a fascinating jazz/blues-rock act called Blodwyn Pig.

"This Was" could be considered as Progressive Blues Rock. Having strains of what would be to come in later years (and what we came to know as prog rock), it still is far behind some of the more say "advanced" bands of the same time. However, this is not a con at all. Many enjoyable blues tunes with nice bluesy guitar, harmonica and Ian Anderson's legendary vocals and flute playing. Worth mentioning, Jethro Tull didn't have a keyboardist at that time. "A Song For Jeffery" is definitely the best tune from the album as well as its highlihgt. Other than that, this album is very repetative and doesn't bring anything new to the game. However, it deserves good 3.75 for admirable musicianship and bringing a pleasant mood. This rating rounds up to 4 stars, so that is the way I will keep it.

Not a progressive rock album by any means, still highly recommended!

 Minstrel In The Gallery by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.01 | 983 ratings

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Minstrel In The Gallery
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by The Jester

4 stars I have been listening to Jethro Tull's music since my teenage years, and I consider them as one of my most beloved and well-respected bands. In my collection I have almost 20 albums of them, and there are some that I like more than others, for various reasons. One of them is Minstrel in the Gallery.

Minstrel in the Gallery was recorded in Monte Carlo on April of 1975 and it was released in September of the same year. The album follows a different musical direction from the previous album (War Child-1974), and it includes elements of British Folk music and Pre-Elisabeth medieval tunes, mixed with beautiful acoustic and electric pieces. In the original version, the album includes 7 songs and has a total running time of almost 45 minutes. In 2002 a re-mastered version was released, including 3 extra songs, and 2 live versions of the songs Minstrel in the Gallery and Cold Wind to Valhalla.

The album's opening song is Minstrel in the Gallery, which refers to the use of a minstrel's gallery in the great halls of Medieval castles and manor houses. It begins with a small speech by the minstrel himself, before the acoustic guitar starts playing the song's main theme. After almost 2.5 minutes, the electric guitar enters and the song's structure changes completely. In my opinion 'Minstrel' in a typical Progressive Rock song, including a few Folk influences. The next song is Cold Wind to Valhalla, another beautiful and Folk-influenced piece. What I wrote for 'Minstrel' stands for this song as well. It begins as an acoustic song, but it soon becomes electric and faster in pace and rhythm. The 3rd song is the beautiful 7-minute-long Black Satin Dancer, which is also one of the album's finest moments. Here the band uses the piano as a leading instrument accompanied by a string quartet at start. But after 2.5 minutes the electric guitar enters once more, playing some beautiful riffs and solos. The A-side of the vinyl version is closing with the ballad Requiem, which is a beautiful, melodic and kind of melancholic piece. Although it is nothing impressive, I really love this song.

The B-side opens with the track with the bizarre title One White Duck / 010 = Nothing at All. A very nice acoustic song that prepares the listener for what's coming next. And next comes one of the best long songs that Jethro Tull ever recorded, and definitely the album's Top song by far. Baker St. Muse with its almost 17-minutes length is the album's epic song, and an absolute masterpiece. I am not going to write anything about it, because I don't think I can describe it in any way possible. But in order to fully appreciate it, you will surely need more than 1 or 2 listenings. The album's closing song is Grace, one of the shortest - if not THE shortest - songs Jethro Tull ever recorded. Grace is a half minute long melodic ballad, that it was used as a small closing piece and nothing more.

Although Minstrel in the Gallery was never characterized as a 'Top album' and never climbed to the high positions of the charts, it is a very beautiful album that only needs a few careful listens in order to reveal its hidden beauty. Personally, I love each and every song in it, and I can't give anything less than 4.0 out of 5.0 stars to it.

For those who are not familiar with Jethro Tull, I definitely don't recommend this album as a starter (better try Aqualung). But to all those who have some albums and like the band's style, I recommend it without a second thought.

 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.63 | 2782 ratings

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Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Bucklebutt

5 stars This album is particularly important to me. Back in the late 1990s, when I was around 10-12 years old, I would go over my one buddy's house nearly every free moment I had. Luckily for me, his father had a great taste in music which he shared with us. One particularly memorable album that he showed us was Thick as a Brick, which we deemed as "the flute song". The first several times we listened to it, we would poke fun at it. This was mostly due to its predominately featured instrument, the flute, which isn't the 'coolest' instrument, especially to a 12year old boy. As we continued to listen to the album more, my ironic liking of the album lead way to a sincere love of the album. It was around this time that I was lucky enough to be taken to see Jethro Tull with my friend and his father for my first concert experience ever, which I'm practically proud to be able to say (my wife has to say Britney Spears :P). Although my tastes in music did change during my inevitable angsty teen years, this album sowed a seed in my soul that would later blossom into my love of prog-rock.

As for the music, there is nothing new that I can say that hasn't already said better. This is absolutely an essential piece of prog-rock. 5 stars.

 Minstrel In The Gallery by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.01 | 983 ratings

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Minstrel In The Gallery
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review Nº 53

The title of the album refers to a minstrel performing in a gallery. A minstrel was a medieval troubadour who performed songs whose lyrics told stories about distant places and about real or imaginary historical events. They created their own tales or memorized and embellished the tales of others. A minstrel's gallery is a great hall of the castles or manor houses where the minstrels sung. So, the dominant theme on this Jethro Tull's album was an Elizabethan minstrel piece of music with electric and acoustic sounds in a rock and a folk musical context.

Relatively to the line up of the band it's the same of their last albums. After the end of this Jethro Tull's musical period, the bassist Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond will quit the band and be replaced by John Glascock. As Ian Anderson wrote, he returned to his first love, the painting. On the other hand, for the 1975 live tour, David Palmer, who had long been the band's orchestra arranger and, in my humble opinion, he did a great job on this album, officially will join the group on keyboards and synthesizers. So, the line up on the album is Ian Anderson (vocals, flute and acoustic guitar), Martin Barre (electric guitars), John Evan (piano and organ), Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (bass guitar and string bass) and Barriemore Barlow (drums and percussion).

After a failed attempt to pander to the critics, Jethro Tull returns doing what they know to do better, which is playing progressive rock music. The Anderson's lyrics show an introspective and cynical air, possibly due to the Anderson's recent divorce from his first wife and the pressures of touring, joined with the frustrations of writing for this new work and recording the album in Monte Carlo.

'Minstrel In The Gallery' is their eighth studio album and was released in 1975. It has seven tracks. The first track is the title track song 'Minstrel In The Gallery'. It's a very beautiful musical composition which combines acoustic and hard rock music in a very balanced way. It's one of the two stronger and most energetic songs on the album. The second track 'Cold Wind To Valhalla' is a song that transports us to the Viking medieval imaginary. It's a more acoustic song that combines the acoustic and the electric parts very well. It's one of my favourite songs from the album. The third track 'Black Satin Dancer' is a very romantic song with a very original tune. It's, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful songs on the album and represents one of the best examples of the superior Palmer's musical orchestrations. The fourth track 'Requiem' is a slow acoustic ballad, featuring only Anderson's singing and playing acoustic guitar, Hammond's bass and a small string orchestra backing them. 'Requiem' is an emotional song, beautiful and sad at the same time, which doesn't surprise, due to its name. The fifth track 'One White Duck/Nothing At All' has some similarity with the previous theme 'Requiem'. It's a very beautiful and light acoustic piece of music, very well orchestrated and with great acoustic guitar working. Both are really two great songs. The sixth track 'Backer St. Muse' is the epic song on the album and is divided in four parts: 'Pig Me And The Whore', 'Nice Little Tune', 'Crash Barrier Waltzer' and 'Mother England Reverie'. It's the second stronger and most energetic song on the album, after 'Minstrel In The Gallery'. 'Backer St. Muse' reminds me very much 'Thick As A Brick' and 'A Passion Play', not only in its musical structure and in some of their musical passages, but also because it's quite extensive with slightly less than 17 minutes. Probably, this is one of my three favourite songs of Jethro Tull. Only 'Thick As A Brick' and 'A Passion Play' are better than this one. The seventh track 'Grace' is the shortest song on the album. It's a very pleasant and short acoustic song, which despite be short, ends the album with a great style.

So, we may consider this album divided in two distinct parts. The first and the sixth tracks, which correspond to the lengthiest tracks, are more electric and heavy than the rest of the album. They definitely can be considered the two best tracks on the album. The remaining five themes are more acoustic but they maintain also a very high quality level.

Conclusion: 'Minstrel In The Gallery' has all the classic elements of a great Jethro Tull's album. It has good lyrics, the inimitable Anderson's voice, wonderful acoustic and electric parts and finally the sophistication and the lush orchestration of Palmer. 'Minstrel In The Gallery' isn't for sure the best Jethro Tull's album but is undoubtedly one of their best and the most peaceful too. For me, it's also without any doubt, the most beautiful piece of music released by them. 'Minstrel In The Gallery' is the most acoustic Jethro Tull's album and is also, in my humble opinion, one of their most progressive albums too, into all their musical career. So, we are again in the presence of another masterpiece of the group. If you don't have this album yet you're missing out one of the cornerstones of the progressive rock music.

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