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JETHRO TULL

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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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Thick As A BrickThick As A Brick
Parlophone 1997
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Stand UpStand Up
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Original Album SeriesOriginal Album Series
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AqualungAqualung
Parlophone 1999
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BenefitBenefit
Parlophone 2002
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Christmas AlbumChristmas Album
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3.33 | 627 ratings
This Was
1968
4.04 | 930 ratings
Stand Up
1969
3.91 | 777 ratings
Benefit
1970
4.33 | 1980 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.64 | 2568 ratings
Thick As A Brick
1972
4.01 | 1107 ratings
A Passion Play
1973
3.28 | 601 ratings
War Child
1974
3.99 | 877 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery
1975
3.05 | 553 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
1976
4.16 | 1069 ratings
Songs From The Wood
1977
4.01 | 876 ratings
Heavy Horses
1978
3.46 | 537 ratings
Stormwatch
1979
3.19 | 442 ratings
A
1980
3.26 | 491 ratings
The Broadsword And The Beast
1982
2.21 | 385 ratings
Under Wraps
1984
3.01 | 99 ratings
A Classic Case
1985
3.25 | 435 ratings
Crest Of A Knave
1987
2.67 | 333 ratings
Rock Island
1989
2.60 | 315 ratings
Catfish Rising
1991
3.66 | 379 ratings
Roots To Branches
1995
3.03 | 322 ratings
J-Tull Dot Com
1999
3.51 | 303 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
2003

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

4.14 | 308 ratings
Live - Bursting Out
1978
2.87 | 41 ratings
Live At Hammersmith '84
1990
3.64 | 144 ratings
A Little Light Music
1992
3.00 | 37 ratings
In Concert
1995
3.60 | 94 ratings
Living With The Past
2002
4.12 | 121 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2004
3.45 | 83 ratings
Aqualung Live
2005
3.74 | 71 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
4.17 | 6 ratings
Live At Carnegie Hall 1970
2015

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

3.84 | 44 ratings
Slipstream (DVD)
1981
3.74 | 33 ratings
20 Years of Jethro Tull (VHS)
1988
3.40 | 67 ratings
Living With the Past
2002
3.01 | 41 ratings
A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
2003
3.84 | 80 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2005
3.08 | 55 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
3.95 | 20 ratings
Slipstream (9 song version)
2007
4.29 | 24 ratings
Classic Artists Series: Jethro Tull
2008
3.26 | 26 ratings
Jack In The Green - Live In Germany
2008
3.71 | 19 ratings
Songs From Bethlehem
2008
4.43 | 84 ratings
Live At Madison Square Garden 1978 (DVD + CD)
2009
3.90 | 31 ratings
Live at AVO Session Basel 2008
2009
4.59 | 22 ratings
Around the World Live (4DVD)
2013

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

4.11 | 262 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.07 | 62 ratings
M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull
1976
3.15 | 39 ratings
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II
1977
3.18 | 57 ratings
Original Masters
1985
3.55 | 66 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull Box
1988
4.52 | 65 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (The Definitive Collection)
1988
3.70 | 38 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release)
1989
3.62 | 132 ratings
Nightcap
1993
3.79 | 41 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection
1993
4.38 | 65 ratings
25th Anniversary Box Set
1993
2.52 | 18 ratings
A Jethro Tull Collection
1997
1.43 | 25 ratings
Through The Years
1997
2.98 | 60 ratings
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
2001
2.34 | 10 ratings
Essential Jethro Tull
2007
3.36 | 41 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
4.59 | 39 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2011
4.89 | 48 ratings
Thick As A Brick - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
2012
4.89 | 35 ratings
A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
2014
4.28 | 18 ratings
War Child - The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
2014
4.85 | 18 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
4.05 | 19 ratings
A Song For Jeffrey
1968
3.06 | 14 ratings
Sunshine Day
1968
4.13 | 22 ratings
Sweet Dream / 17
1969
4.18 | 17 ratings
The Witch's Promise
1969
4.64 | 24 ratings
Living In The Past
1969
3.80 | 15 ratings
Inside
1970
4.66 | 29 ratings
Life Is A Long Song
1971
4.08 | 13 ratings
Hymn 43
1971
4.34 | 16 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.24 | 25 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.48 | 21 ratings
Bungle In The Jungle
1974
3.17 | 20 ratings
Ring Out Solstice Bells
1976
4.22 | 23 ratings
The Whistler
1977
3.50 | 2 ratings
A Stitch In Time
1978
4.00 | 23 ratings
Moths
1978
3.50 | 2 ratings
Warm Sporran
1979
2.63 | 16 ratings
North Sea Oil
1979
4.36 | 14 ratings
Home E.P.
1979
3.18 | 17 ratings
Working John, Working Joe
1980
3.21 | 19 ratings
Fallen On Hard Times
1982
3.24 | 17 ratings
Broadsword
1982
2.94 | 18 ratings
Lap Of Luxury
1984
3.91 | 11 ratings
Coronach
1986
3.64 | 11 ratings
Said She Was A Dancer 12''
1987
3.50 | 12 ratings
Steel Monkey 12''
1987
3.73 | 17 ratings
Another Christmas Song
1989
3.54 | 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
2.62 | 17 ratings
Rare And Precious Chain
1995
3.07 | 14 ratings
Bends Like A Willow
1999
3.13 | 8 ratings
The Christmas EP
2004

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 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.33 | 1980 ratings

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Aqualung
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

4 stars This iconic album of the early prog era reached a larger crossover audience than any other by JETHRO TULL thanks largely to the title track and "Locomotive Breath". which are also arguably the strongest. Among progressive fans, myself included, "Cross Eyed Mary" easily draws in with the others. From there, one's overall assessment of the album depends on one's opinion of the remaining long tracks and on how well the shorter pieces glue together the overall structure. Until recently, I would have fallen into the category of those who find few other highlights, but, having listened more to Aqualung the last month than in the previous 4 decades combined, my current assessment is that this is an excellent hard rock album marred by a few average pieces and acoustic bridges that detract more than they enhance.

The title cut and "Cross Eyed Mary" are both beyond flawless, featuring exemplary riffs that perfected those of unlikely peers like LED ZEPPELIN and even BLACK SABBATH, proving that prog could rock as hard as any genre, and could not only deliver socially relevant messages but tell stories at the same time. Curiously, TULL never really pursued this approach as wholeheartedly again. The title cut is similar in structure to the MOODY BLUES' "Question" which opened their 1970 album, but both its harder and softer passages are snappier. It seems to deliberately lay off the flute, which is then fully exploited in the brilliant opening to the equally alluring "Cross Eyed Mary", before it resumes the lyrical and musical themes of its predecessor.

From, here, the album is more hit and miss. The gentle and whimsical "Mother Goose",. the sing along folk rock of "Up to Me", and the aforementioned infectious rocker "Locomotive Breath" are the major triumphs. "Oh God" and "Hymn 43" work together as did the two kickoff tracks on side one, but don't stand out very well on their own. In particular, while "Oh God" eventually includes a stellar riff and technically best flute and acoustic guitar, and is more experimental, its also rather disjointed. "Wind Up" is a disappointing closer that continues the biting lyricism but is not musically worthy of a masterpiece, let alone its finale. It does marry the acoustic and electric again in one track.

To a first time listener following JETHRO TULL chronologically, it would be hard to predict where they would go from here, given the landmark shifts with every release. The classic rock mainstream has dubbed "Aqualung" the band's high water mark, and I think at least his once, those poor old sods got it right.

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 Crest Of A Knave by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.25 | 435 ratings

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Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

4 stars I guess this is where I hand in my prog member's card. And metal member's card given that this album beat out Metallica for a Metal/Hard Rock Grammy. And my Dire Straits card...well, you get the idea. A lot of strange press has been generated around this album for some valid reasons. And for many that are not so valid.

The authentic knock against Crest of a Knave is that some of the songs do sound a bit like Dire Straits, at least musically. Anderson has had to resort to a type of sing-speech ala Mark Knopfler due to a deteriorating voice problem. Ian doesn't sound like a third generation copy of Bob Dylan to me, only just subdued. And I agree that She Said She Was A Dancer is the most Dire Straits like song never recorded by Mr. Knopfler's band. But the other songs on this album show Anderson in a relaxed vocal state. He found a medium in which his over stretched voice could work in. And work it does.

While Anderson and Barre have stated for decades that the miserable Under Wraps album from 1984 was the album that they made for themselves, that sounds like an absolute falsehood to me. Who could have more fun then in branching out and having a license to be who or what you're not? Especially when making rock music. Barre gets his screaming Knopfler tones put to the fore along with a heavy dash of ZZ Top thrown in on Steel Monkey, Raising Steam and the heavier sections of Part of The Machine. Anderson writes and, more to the point, is able to sing some of his best lyrics on the moving Farm On The Freeway and the extremely clever Jumpstart.

This album has had many past PA reviews, so I don't want to trod on an overused path, but what simply sells Crest of a Knave for me is that even with the obvious outside influences that permeate this album, all of the songs, save the afore mentioned She Said She Was A Dancer, sound completely organic and unforced to me. And better than that, they are so seamlessly mixed with past Tull influences from stellar albums like Songs From The Wood and Strormcock that Anderson, Barre, bassist Dave Pegg, and occasional drummers Doane Perry and Gerry Conway (a few songs do have drum programming that actually do almost sound like real drums) seem to have performed some kind of rock alchemy. And that is a true rarity. There are a couple of more classic sounding tracks such as Mountain Men, that would not be out of place on Stormwatch and the Celtic tinged bonus track found on the 2005 CD remaster Part Of The Machine, which summons up visions of Songs From The Wood era JT and is a beautiful song in it's own right. I can see why it's deep nod to Celtic prog folk would not seem to fit this album, but it's initial exclusion is still puzzling.

I have to say truthfully that I fell of the Tull wagon after the Under Wraps album and only listened to Crest of a Knave after hearing Anderson passionately defend the album in an interview. He stated clearly that he could not have written songs such as Farm On The Freeway, or the proggy and classically tinged bluesy mini epic Budapest earlier in his career. Even by a just a couple of years.

That may all seem true to Anderson, but true or not, it did get my attention enough to give this album an objective listen, and I loved what I heard. 4 stars for the absolute best JT album of eighties. Metal/Hard Rock or not. (Ok, it's not, but it is very good!)

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 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.64 | 2568 ratings

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Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review Nº 5

My first contact with 'Thick As A Brick' was in the middle of the 70's, in the school, where my friends lent me a recording of the album made on a cassette which was taken from the original vinyl disc. When I listen to the album for the first time I became truly amazed. This is a concept album with only one theme. Unfortunately it was interrupted in the middle, because as all we know in those times, the vinyl records were unable to store more information than 30 to 35 minutes, on each side of the disc. However, when we were listening to a copy of a recording on a cassette tape recorder with inferior quality, especially if it was a mono version, like mine, the sound quality was extremely poor. Although those were my conditions at the time and I had to live with them.

In my humble opinion, 'Thick As A Brick' is the best and most progressive release by Jethro Tull and it's the father of all concept albums. Probably, 'Thick As A Brick' is with 'Selling England By The Pound' of Genesis, 'Close To The Edge' of Yes and 'Wish You Were Here' of Pink Floyd, the four best progressive albums of the 70's. It's their fifth studio album and was released in 1972. It reached number 1 on the U.S.A. Billboard Pop Albums Chart. Even on Progarchives, these four albums are always in the top four of the site, as the best four prog albums ever made.

The line up on 'Thick As A Brick' is composed by a quintet and was the line up which lasted longer on Jethro Tull's life, remaining the same until 1975. It was formed by Ian Anderson (lead vocals, flute and acoustic guitar), Martin Barre (electric guitar and lute), John Evan (piano and organ), Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (vocals and bass guitar) and Barriemore Barlow (drums, percussion and timpani).

The music on 'Thick As A Brick' was all composed by Anderson. It's an album with a very complex musical structure and where many musical instruments were used. Besides the use of the usual classic rock instruments, already mentioned by me, many others were used, and some of them are very uncommon in rock music, such as harpsichord, xylophone, violin, trumpet and a string section.

The concept of the album was a straight collaboration between the band and an eight years old child, who wrote a very complex poem, that talks about the challenges of to get old, for a contest. It was about a fictional kid (Gerard 'Little Milton' Bostock). In those times, and even today, many believe that Gerald Bostock is a real person. The child was disqualified because the judges considered that his poem was a little bit immoral because it talks about the sexual life of a father and son, and the problems of their relationship. So, the judges preferred to give the prize to a twelve years girl, who wrote a simple essay about the Christian ethical values entitled, 'He Died To Save The Little Children'.

Anderson picked up the child's poem and created a notable piece. The combination of both things is so original and perfect that 'Thick As A Brick' became as one of the most beloved albums by most of the progressive rock fans.

Which is most interesting and surprising is that 'Thick As A Brick' only saw the daylight, because Jethro Tull's previous studio album 'Aqualung', released in 1971. It all started with the controversy between Anderson and the critics. The Critics considered 'Aqualung' a concept album, which was firmly rejected by Anderson. In response he said if they wanted to know what is a truly concept album, they would see on Jethro Tull's next studio album.

The original LP cover was a spoof of a local newspaper with news, stories, competitions, adverts, etc. It was a mock newspaper that satirised the British society of those times and its hypocrisy. The false newspaper, with twelve pages, also included the entire lyrics of the song. References to the lyrics are scattered throughout the articles. Unfortunately, and in many cases, this cover had to be reduced or even completely suppressed because of the printing costs. Fortunately, I'm lucky to have one copy of one of those LP's versions on my vinyl disc collection.

Conclusion: 'Thick As A Brick' is an extremely ambitious and brilliant album. It combines successfully and perfectly well, hard rock, jazz, and folk with great melodies which turn the album into a truly progressive rock opus. The music on this concept album is absolutely brilliant from the first to the last minute. Every single note sounds beautifully. I've always considered it a truly masterpiece, and even now when more than forty years passed, it still sounds great and better than ever. If there are perfect works, this is one of them. If you haven't got it yet, you're losing one of the jewels of the progressive rock music. It's very easy to get into its music, and is much easier to listen to than many other progressive albums. This is an essential album for any progressive fan, and definitely, it crowns the genre of the progressive folk music.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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 Benefit by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.91 | 777 ratings

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Benefit
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

4 stars For the first of JETHRO TULL's string of platinum selling albums, "Benefit" tends to be glossed over if not ignored outright, but this has as much to do with the impact of "Aqualung" and "Thick as a Brick" as anything. As those behemoths rocked the sales charts and their tours were greeted feverishly, it was easy to forget where their sound originated, in this collection of folk and psych influenced hard rock that seems to constitute Ian Anderson's only significant nod to the singer songwriter era. This is especially notable in the two brilliant opening numbers, with their idealism meets cynicism within Anderson's typically oblique subject matter. The lilting "Sossity you're a woman" is a template for the best that SHAWN PHILLIPS could muster, and the intriguing "Inside" lyrically and melodically slots in just to the cryptic side of GORDON LIGHTFOOT's socially conscious work of that period. Even the vocal style and placement in the mix seem orchestrated so that the words can be heard if not understood. I can't say I got this vibe from subsequent TULL releases, and I've never heard anyone mention this before, so I thought I would include it as justification for yet another review.

Musically, "Benefit" established the interplay of dreamy and aggressive woodwinds with riffs that defined the era, and keyboards and acoustic guitars that reinforced the often breathtaking melodic basis of the songs. "With you there to help me" and "Nothing to say" are too powerful a one two punch to set things up, and, while the rest may not quite measure up, "To Cry you a Song" comes close, its main guitar figure preparing us for "Cross Eyed Mary" and its ilk, and its lead solo presaging the more succinct phrasings of "Aqualung". "Teacher" is another master statement with an invigorating shift in the verse structure and more flute in a heavy rock setting.

Unfortunately, the album suffers from two weaknesses that would permeate most TULL releases: an over-reliance on Anderson's voice, one that should be savored in short sips rather than furtive gulps, and a tendency to include mediocre plod rock material, some probably in service of appealing to the straggling blues fans, but perhaps just as symptomatic as Anderson being too eclectic for his own good. I'm going to him them the benefit of the doubt and round up to 4 stars.

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 Roots To Branches  by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.66 | 379 ratings

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Roots To Branches
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

5 stars An oasis in the Prog Folk desert.

Roots to Branches is a probably the most offbeat of later Jethro Tull albums in that Ian and the boys are not reverting back to hard rock or blues rock as was the case with albums such as Rock Island and Catfish Rising, but have jumped deeply into the world music vibe that was almost buzzing as loud as the unplugged bug in the nineties.

Instead, Mr. Anderson crafted extremely melodic tunes that were heavily influenced by Arabic scales, eastern rhythms and other eastern motifs that are supported by some of Anderson's wittiest and, at times, touching lyrics.

What makes Roots to Branches such a wonderful prog fest is the dynamic rhythm section comprised of drummer Doane Perry and bass players Dave Pegg and Steve Bailey, who covered for Pegg on most of the album's songs while Peggy was touring with his other band interest Fairport Convention. Bailey is a hypnotic player with world class chops that was allowed to fly on this album along with Perry, who is also dramatic, dynamic and technical, while somehow not stealing the show. Something that annoyed Anderson to no end with past uber drummers like Barrymore Barlow. These complex rhythmic songs are made all the more interesting by the numerous time and tempo changing turnarounds that seem to twist, entwine, coil and strike like snakes in a battle with each other. These flights of rhythmic and melodic fancy take off briefly into other areas before returning to the songs proper. Martin Barre is even allowed to flash his wares and is right in with time changing mixes as well as doffing some heavy riffs into the song structures. He has rarely sounded better.

The best songs on this album, which to me are almost all of them, are incredibly busy and reward repeated listening as they're a lot to get ones teeth into. Standout tracks, in no particular order, are the title track, Rare And Precious Chain, Out Of the Noise, This Free Will, Valley and the heart rending Beside Myself, along with the tender August Rain and At Last, Forever. Rare and Precious Chain and Valley feature keyboard strings (which I assume were played by Anderson uncredited as the album does not credit a resident keyboard player) that are reminiscent of the strident strings on that dominate Kashmir by Led Zeppelin, without sounding outright derivative and add even more eastern and prog spice to the sound mix, as does some moving uncredited piano (Anderson again?) in the chorus of At Last, Forever.

These songs also suit Anderson's more subdued but cynical vocal style of the nineties to a T, and Anderson's exotic use of bamboo flutes adds more drama to the already dramatic sound mixes.

As I stated, RTB is a busy album, but what great progressive rock album isn't? Root To Branches is not another Aqualung or TAAB or Songs From The Wood. But it's one of the few later day Jethro Tull albums that can stand alongside those giants if listeners will give it a chance to. 5 stars.

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 Heavy Horses by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.01 | 876 ratings

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Heavy Horses
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

4 stars JETHRO TULL was always the band I should have loved, and, though many individual songs enchanted me over the years, I could never stomach Ian Anderson's vocals for very long, but at the same time an instrumental Tull album would have sounded like...what? In 1977, they released "Songs from the Wood", around the same time I was getting into British Isles folk rock, beginning with STRAWBS, waving at FAIRPORT CONVENTION, and camping out with STEELEYE SPAN. I would soon deduce that, while TULL did an admirable job reproducing that olde Englishe sound, those other bands really lived and breathed it, and they sang a whole lot better too. So TULL continued to inhabit that netherworld, where I should have gaily romped but kept stumbling mid-skip.

I was vaguely aware that "Heavy Horses" was a less wholeheartedly Celtic follow up to "Songs from the Wood", but, with its 40th anniversary fast approaching, and with my not having committed to my quota of 1 new Tull album a decade, I decided to give it a full airing. More muscular, modern, and committed than its predecessor, its songs are at least as appealing, and, apart from in the dreadful "No Lullaby", in full service of a loose thematic concept executed as though it were a lost gospel. Even Anderson's voice seems mixed just right, again apart from "No Lullaby" and the mediocre bonus cuts, which were wisely left off the original. I think one of them is supposed to be a variation on "Hard Times"; do yourself a favor and seek out a version by anybody else, like DE DANAAN for instance.

The rest is uniformly brilliant, and it's nigh impossible to pick out a few highlights, but the vivacious "Moths", the more bluesy "Journeyman", and the intensely melodic "Rover", form quite a sturdy spine, with a plethora of flutes, bass, guitars, The opener refers to the "Mouse Police" as being the country cats, with tails at half mast, and affirm Anderson's love of and respect for the smallest feline. You can also see where bands like the MORRIGAN were taking notes. The title track is a gorgeous epic that begins simply with a traditionally inspired melody sensitively delivered by Anderson, and develops unpredictably from there, owing no small debt to CURVED AIR's Darryl Way on fiddle. Anderson's love of the English countryside and a way of life slowly atrophying is symbolized by the heavy horses being replaced by unfeeling machinery just as surely and grotesquely as HG Wells Martian machines. Yet this is not the cynic of the dreary "Minstrel in the Gallery", but the idealist who pays homage to what he sees and hopes to freeze in time. Mission accomplished.

As the adage goes, better late than never. Please to make your equine acquaintance.

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 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1971
4.34 | 16 ratings

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Aqualung
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars Aqualung, the breakthrough album of JETHRO TULL, hardly needs introduction; right now its ranking number in PA's "Top Prog Albums" is 30. I'm just going o to kill some time writing the first (!) review for this single. Knowing that the two songs taken from that album actually need no introduction either.

'Aqualung' is among my Top 5 of Tull songs, as it undoubtedly is for the majority of us. It wouldn't be if it didn't have that slower, emotional B-part (featuring vocal distortion) that comes in turns with the hard- rocking, riff-centred A-part. Together they form an extremely affective, perfect rock song. The lyrics are credited to Ian Anderson's wife Jennie. Maybe Ian is the real writer but at least Jennie's photography of misfortunate people on the street gave inspiration to this and several other songs on the album.

One interesting anecdote about this song deals with the word Aqualung itself: Anderson didn't know it was a registered trademark, not a general word for a diving equipment. You know, the sonic association of the tramp's noisy breath from his diseased lungs...

On the flipside there's 'Hymn 43', one of the album's religion-themed songs, beginning with the lines "Oh father high in heaven / Smile down upon your son / He was busy with his money games / His women and his gun / Oh Jesus save me!". Musically I don't find it very interesting. It's similarily based on a cocky guitar riff as 'Locomotive Breath' (which I also find a bit boring). John Evan's piano is nicely heard in it too.

If there had been a non-abum track of good or even decent level, this would definitely be a five-star release. Even the cover art is the same as on the album.

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 Live - Bursting Out by JETHRO TULL album cover Live, 1978
4.14 | 308 ratings

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Live - Bursting Out
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Bursting Out gives us two discs of solid Jethro Tull live performances, featuring content primarily from albums circa 1973 - 1978. Admittedly not my favorite time frame of output for this great prog band. So, while the band's instrumental performances are great, they are used on a fairly mediocre setlist.

However, there is still a lot to like about this album for Tull fans. The rhythm section of Barlow and Glascock is on fire throughout the show, with a fine production that lets us hear every bass and drum riff clearly. However, there isn't very much playfulness or emotion in the group's playing. That isn't to say that they aren't tight and exciting, but Burstin Out lacks any "wow" moments that showcase their talent in a way that sticks with you. I wouldn't say that they're phoning it in... maybe more that they're so professional at this point that the music lacks the vibrancy that being rough around the edges can sometimes bring. Still, entertaining instrumental performances are the highlight of the album.

Anderson's vocals are another matter for me. I've never been that large of a fan of his, and his vocal style sounds even more underwhelming in the live setting. He is excellent at phrasing, but his range is poor, so his vocals sound identical from track to track; as if he were singing the same lyrics over and over again while the band plays different songs. If you're a fan of Anderson, you'll probably be pleased, because his voice is finely produced letting you hear every gusty tremolo. I'm much more a fan of his flouting, which is characteristically good throughout Bursting Out.

So overall not enough to make Bursting Out a mandatory live album for the casual Tull fan, but enough good stuff to make for an occasional listen.

Set-list: 2 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Stage/Energy: 3

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 Heavy Horses by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.01 | 876 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
4.85 | 18 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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