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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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Stand Up (The Elevated Edition)(2CD/DVD)Stand Up (The Elevated Edition)(2CD/DVD)
Rhino/Parlophone 2016
Audio CD$34.98
Aqualung (2CD/2DVD)Aqualung (2CD/2DVD)
Rhino/Parlophone 2016
Audio CD$23.18
$24.88 (used)
Very Best of Jethro TullVery Best of Jethro Tull
Parlophone 2001
Audio CD$2.21
$1.44 (used)
Thick As A BrickThick As A Brick
Parlophone 1997
Audio CD$6.99
$3.95 (used)
BenefitBenefit
Parlophone 2002
Audio CD$3.58
$2.58 (used)
Minstrel In The Gallery 40th Anniversary La Grande Édition (2CD/2DVD)Minstrel In The Gallery 40th Anniversary La Grande Édition (2CD/2DVD)
Deluxe Edition
Rhino/Parlophone 2015
Audio CD$35.28
$35.29 (used)
Living in the PastLiving in the Past
Import
EMI Europe Generic 2003
Audio CD$3.88
$3.19 (used)
Songs From the WoodSongs From the Wood
Parlophone 2003
Audio CD$3.58
$2.40 (used)
WarChild (2CD/2DVD)WarChild (2CD/2DVD)
Box set
Rhino/Parlophone 2014
Audio CD$20.74
$19.74 (used)
Aqualung: 40th AnniversaryAqualung: 40th Anniversary
Parlophone 2011
Audio CD$14.67
$12.86 (used)
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JETHRO TULL discography


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

3.31 | 695 ratings
This Was
1968
4.05 | 1024 ratings
Stand Up
1969
3.90 | 864 ratings
Benefit
1970
4.34 | 2162 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.63 | 2798 ratings
Thick As A Brick
1972
4.02 | 1215 ratings
A Passion Play
1973
3.29 | 672 ratings
War Child
1974
4.01 | 990 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery
1975
3.07 | 618 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
1976
4.17 | 1173 ratings
Songs From The Wood
1977
4.02 | 955 ratings
Heavy Horses
1978
3.47 | 598 ratings
Stormwatch
1979
3.20 | 496 ratings
A
1980
3.26 | 539 ratings
The Broadsword And The Beast
1982
2.20 | 420 ratings
Under Wraps
1984
3.02 | 116 ratings
A Classic Case
1985
3.23 | 478 ratings
Crest Of A Knave
1987
2.69 | 374 ratings
Rock Island
1989
2.61 | 347 ratings
Catfish Rising
1991
3.66 | 421 ratings
Roots To Branches
1995
3.03 | 354 ratings
J-Tull Dot Com
1999
3.51 | 337 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
2003

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

4.16 | 348 ratings
Live - Bursting Out
1978
2.83 | 44 ratings
Live At Hammersmith '84
1990
3.64 | 154 ratings
A Little Light Music
1992
3.01 | 40 ratings
In Concert
1995
3.60 | 102 ratings
Living With The Past
2002
4.10 | 135 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2004
3.46 | 88 ratings
Aqualung Live
2005
3.73 | 77 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
4.25 | 8 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
3.40 | 71 ratings
Living With the Past
2002
3.01 | 43 ratings
A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
2003
3.84 | 83 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2005
3.08 | 57 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 | 90 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 | 282 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.07 | 65 ratings
M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull
1976
3.14 | 42 ratings
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II
1977
3.18 | 62 ratings
Original Masters
1985
3.55 | 69 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull Box
1988
4.53 | 70 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (The Definitive Collection)
1988
3.72 | 41 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release)
1989
3.63 | 140 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
3.38 | 47 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
4.64 | 42 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2011
4.88 | 56 ratings
Thick As A Brick - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
2012
4.87 | 40 ratings
A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
2014
4.30 | 23 ratings
War Child - The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
2014
4.78 | 27 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
4.62 | 27 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
4.35 | 18 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
3.28 | 18 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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 A by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.20 | 496 ratings

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Jethro Tull Prog Folk

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4 stars JETHRO TULL was never one to rest on their laurels even when a formula such as the megahit "Aqualung" proved to be an irresistible sound that probably could have been replicated and recycled to infinity. However Ian Anderson was in it for the passion of it all. He was a true forward thinking musician who had the urge to evolve into new arenas and take serious risks along the way. While a few duds were dropped along the way (do you hear me "War Child" and "Too Young To Rock?"), most others were surprisingly cohesive and brilliantly composed. Originally slated as the very first Ian Anderson solo album hence the title of the album, A (for Anderson), it was released under the name JETHRO TULL upon request of their record label Chrysalis wanting to increase record sales. Sounds familiar, huh? In the end, it really doesn't matter because everyone knows JETHRO TULL is Anderson under the guise of a band anyway. What really matters is the music and what a surprise A is for me. This is one i had simply not been exposed to for the longest time and never really had the urge to seek it out. It turns out it is quite the catchy and well-crafted album that may not excite those who only limit themselves only to the most complex offerings of the band but for those who find the songwriting and melodies to be Anderson's most seductive force in the music, then A will not disappoint.

While this could never be mistaken for anything other than a JETHRO TULL album with Anderson's signature vocal style accompanied by the expected folk rock display of Martin Barre wailing one catchy guitar riff after another, the rest of the band is completely different from the heyday of the early 70s and after 1979's "Stormwatch" the band literally imploded leaving only the two original members carrying the musical torch. Barriemore Barlow had left the band due to severe depression, bassist John Glascock left to start his own band and keyboardists John Evan and David Palmer were simply fired for unknown reasons. In the wake of the big change was the addition of bassist Dave Pegg who only appeared on a couple tracks on "Stormwatch" now on board full time, new drummer Mark Craney who added a totally new percussive style to the mix and the most noticeable differences of all with the inclusion of Eddie Jobson who not only added Keith Emerson type symphonic pomp and new wave keyboards to the mix but contributed his sophisticated electric violin skills as well. The result is that A is simultaneous more symphonic prog sounding at times, more folk infused at times and even dips into bluegrass all the while maintaining the catchy folk rock catchiness in the songwriting department. It also takes the modern era into mind and seamlessly weaves new wave type keyboard melodies into the mix. Anderson's vocals are still top notch and this album excels in extreme progressive time signature work outs, more frenetic and demanding than almost any album before or since.

For me the progressive qualities of JETHRO TULL have never been their greatest attraction. Yes, they managed some serious progressive behemoths in their days with albums like "Thick As A Brick" and "A Passion Play" but for me the true magic lies in the simplistic beauty of the songwriting where even the simplest albums are fun fueled trips into their folk rock playground. The album A is absolutely no different in that regard. True that it will never compete with the progressive crowd's expectations of such complexity but this album has plenty of satisfying progressive time sig workouts while never for a moment sacrificing all the addictive folk rock melodies that made this band the superstars that they were. With all the new musicians on board delivering new experimentations especially with Eddie Jobson's excellent keyboard and violin contributions, this album displays the full maturity of a totally new sound for the band and one that should have steered throughout the 80s. Personally i find this album to be quite exciting and definitely the best thing released under the JETHRO TULL moniker of the entire 80s. This is quite the really brilliant album that not only takes the folk rock aspects of what came before but seamlessly fuses them with Emerson type symphonic prog, new wave type rhythms, bluegrass and touches of adventurous and complex progressive workouts. It more than works for me.

 Benefit by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.90 | 864 ratings

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Benefit
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

2 stars Before Jethro Tull had truly hit the mainstream with "Aqualung" and "Thick As A Brick", there came "Benefit".

There's really not a whole lot to say about this album, since not a whole lot goes in within. At its core, what we have here is a blues rock album with folky acoustic sections. No more, no less. This isn't a progressive rock album by any means. There are no virtuosic pyrotechnics, no elaborate song structures, no Khatrus or foxes on the rocks to be found. This isn't an inherently bad thing, of course.

That being said, there's more to my lackluster perception of "Benefit" than just its complexity. After all, some of my favourite albums are very minimalistic or compositionally simple. The thing with "Benefit" is that it just doesn't really gel into anything that flows. The music is very riff-based, with plenty of power chords chunking their way along, sometimes interspersed by uninspired flute flourishes. Ian Anderson's drab vocals don't help, failing to add any extra colour to an already dreary palette.

Having said that, the album isn't a total write-off. There are some really good songs on it, notably the dark, Whipping Post-like "With You There To Help Me" and the more spirited "For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me". So while some of the songs are enjoyable to listen to in isolation, this isn't really an album to be experienced 40 minutes at a time.

As such, I'll give "Benefit" a 2 star rating, since I believe it's a record that established Jethro Tull fans will really dig. But if you have only a passing interest in their later works, there's no real reason to listen to this.

 Benefit by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.90 | 864 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 | 2798 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 | 2162 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
3.90 | 864 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 | 1173 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 | 1024 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
3.31 | 695 ratings

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This Was
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by ALotOfBottle
Prog Reviewer

3 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 and psychedelic 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), Fleetwood Mac, 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 3.5 star rating for its entertaining value. The music flows peacefully and is not demanding at all.

Not an admirable progressive rock album and not progressive in any significant way, but this is a fun listen.

 Minstrel In The Gallery by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.01 | 990 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.

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