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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...
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Songs From The Wood (3CD/2DVD)Songs From The Wood (3CD/2DVD)
Box set
Rhino/Parlophone 2017
Audio CD$37.69
Jethro Tull - The String QuartetsJethro Tull - The String Quartets
BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd 2017
Audio CD$10.15
$8.99 (used)
Aqualung (Steven Wilson Mix)Aqualung (Steven Wilson Mix)
Rhino/Parlophone 2015
Audio CD$5.80
$4.32 (used)
Stand Up (The Elevated Edition)(Limited Edition)(2CD/DVD)Stand Up (The Elevated Edition)(Limited Edition)(2CD/DVD)
Rhino/Parlophone 2016
Audio CD$26.49
$17.30 (used)
Very Best of Jethro TullVery Best of Jethro Tull
Parlophone 2001
Audio CD$3.99
$2.03 (used)
Thick As A BrickThick As A Brick
Parlophone 1998
Audio CD$7.86
$4.47 (used)
Original Album Series (5CD)Original Album Series (5CD)
Import
Rhino/Parlophone 2014
Audio CD$10.57
$17.98 (used)
Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die (2CD/2DVD)Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die (2CD/2DVD)
Box set
Rhino/Parlophone 2015
Audio CD$27.25
$27.50 (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$28.43
$36.68 (used)
Triple Album Collection (This Was/Stand Up/Benefit) - Jethro TullTriple Album Collection (This Was/Stand Up/Benefit) - Jethro Tull
Import
Chrysalis 2015
Audio CD$10.24
$14.32 (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)

3.32 | 724 ratings
This Was
1968
4.05 | 1072 ratings
Stand Up
1969
3.91 | 904 ratings
Benefit
1970
4.33 | 2252 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.63 | 2899 ratings
Thick As A Brick
1972
4.02 | 1272 ratings
A Passion Play
1973
3.30 | 707 ratings
War Child
1974
4.02 | 1039 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery
1975
3.08 | 651 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
1976
4.17 | 1226 ratings
Songs From The Wood
1977
4.03 | 998 ratings
Heavy Horses
1978
3.47 | 633 ratings
Stormwatch
1979
3.20 | 528 ratings
A
1980
3.27 | 565 ratings
The Broadsword And The Beast
1982
2.23 | 446 ratings
Under Wraps
1984
3.03 | 131 ratings
A Classic Case
1985
3.23 | 505 ratings
Crest Of A Knave
1987
2.70 | 394 ratings
Rock Island
1989
2.62 | 367 ratings
Catfish Rising
1991
3.65 | 443 ratings
Roots To Branches
1995
3.04 | 374 ratings
J-Tull Dot Com
1999
3.52 | 352 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
2003

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

4.16 | 370 ratings
Live - Bursting Out
1978
2.90 | 49 ratings
Live At Hammersmith '84
1990
3.65 | 165 ratings
A Little Light Music
1992
3.06 | 43 ratings
In Concert
1995
3.63 | 110 ratings
Living With The Past
2002
4.09 | 145 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2004
3.46 | 93 ratings
Aqualung Live
2005
3.75 | 81 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
4.21 | 14 ratings
Live At Carnegie Hall 1970
2015

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

3.84 | 49 ratings
Slipstream (DVD)
1981
3.76 | 37 ratings
20 Years of Jethro Tull (VHS)
1988
3.41 | 74 ratings
Living With the Past
2002
3.04 | 46 ratings
A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
2003
3.83 | 85 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2005
3.12 | 60 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
3.95 | 21 ratings
Slipstream (9 song version)
2007
4.33 | 27 ratings
Classic Artists Series: Jethro Tull
2008
3.32 | 28 ratings
Jack In The Green - Live In Germany
2008
3.75 | 21 ratings
Songs From Bethlehem
2008
4.44 | 93 ratings
Live At Madison Square Garden 1978 (DVD + CD)
2009
3.88 | 32 ratings
Live at AVO Session Basel 2008
2009
4.55 | 29 ratings
Around the World Live (4DVD)
2013

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

4.13 | 290 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.09 | 73 ratings
M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull
1976
3.18 | 48 ratings
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II
1977
3.20 | 68 ratings
Original Masters
1985
3.61 | 76 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull Box
1988
4.53 | 74 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (The Definitive Collection)
1988
3.73 | 46 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release)
1989
3.63 | 146 ratings
Nightcap
1993
3.81 | 47 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection
1993
4.40 | 73 ratings
25th Anniversary Box Set
1993
2.63 | 24 ratings
A Jethro Tull Collection
1997
1.52 | 29 ratings
Through The Years
1997
2.99 | 65 ratings
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
2001
2.52 | 14 ratings
Essential Jethro Tull
2007
3.38 | 50 ratings
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
2007
3.79 | 43 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album / Live - Christmas At St Bride's 2008
2009
4.67 | 46 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2011
4.85 | 64 ratings
Thick As A Brick - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
2012
4.90 | 52 ratings
A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
2014
4.48 | 31 ratings
War Child - The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
2014
4.82 | 35 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)

3.79 | 14 ratings
Love Story
1968
4.14 | 21 ratings
A Song For Jeffrey
1968
3.12 | 15 ratings
Sunshine Day
1968
4.11 | 26 ratings
Sweet Dream / 17
1969
4.16 | 19 ratings
The Witch's Promise
1969
4.63 | 28 ratings
Living In The Past
1969
3.88 | 16 ratings
Inside
1970
4.63 | 32 ratings
Life Is A Long Song
1971
4.13 | 16 ratings
Hymn 43
1971
4.40 | 21 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.00 | 2 ratings
Locomotive Breath
1971
4.18 | 28 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.57 | 23 ratings
Bungle In The Jungle
1974
3.20 | 21 ratings
Ring Out Solstice Bells
1976
4.00 | 3 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll; Too Young To Die
1976
4.24 | 25 ratings
The Whistler
1977
3.60 | 5 ratings
A Stitch In Time
1978
4.07 | 26 ratings
Moths
1978
3.67 | 6 ratings
Warm Sporran
1979
2.70 | 18 ratings
North Sea Oil
1979
4.44 | 16 ratings
Home E.P.
1979
3.13 | 20 ratings
Working John, Working Joe
1980
3.23 | 20 ratings
Fallen On Hard Times
1982
3.37 | 19 ratings
Broadsword
1982
3.05 | 19 ratings
Lap Of Luxury
1984
4.50 | 2 ratings
Bourrée
1985
3.92 | 13 ratings
Coronach
1986
3.77 | 13 ratings
Said She Was A Dancer 12''
1987
3.60 | 15 ratings
Steel Monkey 12''
1987
5.00 | 2 ratings
Part Of The Machine
1988
3.74 | 18 ratings
Another Christmas Song
1989
3.58 | 17 ratings
This Is Not Love
1991
3.84 | 16 ratings
Rocks On The Road
1991
3.00 | 14 ratings
Living in the (Slightly More Recent) Past / Living in the Past
1993
2.67 | 18 ratings
Rare And Precious Chain
1995
3.25 | 16 ratings
Bends Like A Willow
1999
3.22 | 9 ratings
The Christmas EP
2004
5.00 | 2 ratings
Living in the Past
2013

JETHRO TULL Reviews


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 A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.90 | 52 ratings

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A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
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Review by Tapfret
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5 stars Issue #100

A Passion Play on the P-Word
An Extended Performance?

Now Pretentiousser!

Ah, here we are. The prized prey of 1973's pompous and paradoxically pedantic pundits of pop critique, A Passion Play. The preeminent work in the prog paradigm of conceptual long-plays, it was poked, prodded and universally panned as prohibitively ponderous. These professional persecutors of pastoral pursuits, with egos as pumped up as Pink Floyd's inflated prop pigs, snuffled their protuberant probosces in paraphrase:
'Who is this pipe-playing pranceabout with a proclivity toward perplexity? A pox on he! HE IS PRETENTIOUS! PRETENTIOUS, I SAY! ....oh praise be my vocabulary, I should procure an augmented percentage payment for my perspicacity. *tsk tsk*'

Poppycock!

Even if belated, the positive prospects of the play's fans would not be put out. Here, and now, a palliative presentation on four pristine plastic platters of digitized programmes. Packaged with the fabled Chateau d'Herouville sessions, the precursor to A Passion Play, the re-mastered source is propagated with improvements. Shall we dispense with the preamble and proceed?

Who could possibly protest the pronouncement that A Passion Play, this prosaic conceptual picture of a poor young souls demise presented in thespian parlance, stands as a pinnacle of progressive rock? As prefaced, many would. But let us not ponder further the failed placation of the pop plutocracy. Let us instead plow forward to how perfection could be further polished. Enter the patriarch of Porcupine: prog's prodigal prince of post- production, one Steven Wilson. Mixing to the standard pentangle of sonic projection ...point one. The encompassing sounds paint the play in hues of polychromasia that create additional pyretic layers of character to the seemingly polydactyl pressing of keys and strings. This plussing is no more evident than in the bounding bookend parts to the play's intermission, Forest Dance #1 and #2. Additionally, it has come to light that we were pinched of 50 some-odd seconds of verse on Foot of Our Stairs, until now.

The package also contains a peak into the band's pragmatic fiscal pilgrimage as potential ex-patriots to the palace proximal to Paris, Chateau d'Herouville. Was this possibly a peaceful place to practice and record? Alas, our players would be plagued with problems. First their place of sleep was infested with parasitic pests. But most problematic was the pabulum induced peristaltic pathology that progressed to peritoneal rumbling to the party's participants. Nonetheless the band plugged away at their project, their perseverance punished by having it hidden away from posterity. The product has familiarity, no doubt. Many passages ported to the eventual final A Passion Play release, while Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day would later be a pop-chart resident. Like the title discs, The Chateau d'Herouville Sessions are presented on both re-mastered CD and DVD featuring DTS 5.1 mix.

The parade continues with a booklet with pages of paragraphs on the history and pre-history of this profoundly wondrous work. The story of the previously summarized Chateau sessions is contained within along with discussion of the remix process by Steven Wilson, interviews past and present, and tour photos.

And if that was not enough, a live ballet performance of the greatest moment in progressive rock history, The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles!

The purveyors of enhanced media have properly palpated the pulse of this progger. This was no passive undertaking. 5 stars before. Now, 5 stars more.

Perfection.

 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.33 | 2252 ratings

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Aqualung
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review Nº 111

'Aqualung' is the fourth studio album of Jethro Tull and was released in 1971. The album is divided into two distinct parts. The first part 'Aqualung' contains a series of themes with six characters, including individuals of questionable reputation and two autobiographical passages. The second part 'My God' contains a message that is generally described as 'pro-God but anti-church', and says that organized religion can actually restrict a person's relationship with his God, instead of improving it. The album had a kind of a split concept where the first side featured songs about poor people and social differences, while the second side was about the problems and evil of organized religion.

The band's lead singer and songwriter Ian Anderson was surprised by the critical reaction to 'Aqualung'. The critics said that 'Aqualung' was a conceptual album, a label he firmly rejected. He said that the album was just a collection of songs and nothing more than that. With their following studio album 'Thick As A Brick', the band set out to create a work that deliberately integrated around one concept, 'the mother of all conceptual albums', such as Anderson said once in an interview, in response to those who deliberately maintained that 'Aqualung' was a conceptual album.

'Aqualung' was recorded at the same time and in the same studio, in Island Studios in December 1970, with the fourth studio album of Led Zeppelin. While recording a section of the album's title song 'Aqualung', lead guitarist Martin Barre was moved to impress his counterpart, Jimmy Page and laid down a solo that was totally unorthodox for his style. The result is now an indelible part of Jethro Tull's legacy, as 'Aqualung' the song and 'Aqualung' the album, are among their most famous musical works, undoubtedly. This little example of Barre's guitar work is one of the things that, for better or for worse, make of 'Aqualung' one of the most unusual (top-notch) albums in all rock history.

'Aqualung' has eleven tracks. All tracks were written and composed by Ian Anderson, except the first track 'Aqualung' that was written and composed by Ian Anderson and Jennie Anderson, his first wife. The first track 'Aqualung', who gave its name to the album is without any doubt the best song on the album and is also, in my opinion, one of the best Jethro Tull's songs. It's a very well known song, heavy and dark, with acoustic elements. This is a perfect song to open this album. The second track 'Cross-Eyed Mary' is also one of the great songs on the album and makes a perfect sequence with the first song. This is a classic Jethro Tull's piece of music with a strong classic rock vein. The third track 'Cheap Day Return' is one of the shortest songs on the album. It's a very beautiful acoustic guitar song, one of the best I've heard. The fourth track 'Mother Goose' is another great song by the band. It's also another classic Jethro Tull's song and one of the best known. It's a nice acoustic folkie melodic oriented song. The fifth track 'Wond'ring Aloud' is the second short song of the album. Like the first, it's also a nice ballad, but this time with acoustic guitar and piano, and is very well orchestrated. The sixth track 'Up To Me' is a song with some interesting moments, but no more than that. Sincerely, besides being the last song of the 'Aqualung' part is also, in my opinion, the weakest song on that part. The seventh track 'My God' is also a great song with cynical and critical lyrics and with beautiful flute parts. Musically, is a song with some complexity and we can notice some more progressive elements than in the most of the albums. The eighth track 'Hymn 43' is a typical and good rock song with powerful riffs and with good combination of piano and flute. The ninth track 'Slipstream' is the third track on 'My God' and the last small song on the album. It's a nice acoustic ballad with a good orchestration. The tenth track 'Locomotive Breath' is another Jethro Tull's legendary track with great piano, guitar and flute works. It's my favourite song on the second part of the record and it's also with 'Aqualung', 'Cross-Eyed Mary' and 'My God', one of the best tracks on the album. The eleventh and last track 'Wind Up' is a great rocking and exciting song of the album. This is a very good way to finish this incredible cult album.

Conclusion: I have 'Aqualung' in my vinyl collection since the 70's. There are so many classic songs on this album like 'Aqualung', 'Locomotive Breath' and 'My God'. But songs like 'Cross-Eyed Mary', 'Mother Goose' and 'Hymn 43' are immediately recognized as well. It's really hard to believe that all this music comes from the singular mind of only a man, Anderson. This was Jethro Tull's first mega-hit album and the one that really broke them all over the world. Deservedly, it's now considered as one of the best prog albums of 1971. This is a very innovating album, filled with hard rock, folk and progressive rock influences all around. The contrast of songs is amazing and each track is very different. If you don't know this album yet, it will stick in your head for weeks. This is undoubtedly one of my favourite albums of all time. If you consider yourself a true classic rock fan, you must own this album. Or if you have any self-respect for your musical taste at all, buy this album. This is really a masterpiece, a must hear album for all progressive rock fans.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 War Child by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.30 | 707 ratings

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War Child
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

4 stars One of Tull's Best Albums!

This album doesn't get the respect it deserves. While I like Thick as a Brick and Passion Play better, this album sits in a third tier in Tull's catalogue, in the same league as Horses/Wood/Stand Up. This album is very musical, and even though the pieces are shorter and Tull is once again writing catchy radio-friendly songs, they are great memorable songs! "Skating Away..." is one of their best examples of the latter, and I really love it to this day. The title track, and "Queen and Country", and even "Bungle..." are very good tunes. And there are some great progressive difficult tracks on this album too, like "Sealion". I have the extended CD with the bonus tracks, a number of which add to the mix (including a wonderful "Sealion 2"). So, while there are no tunes that would qualify as progressive rock classics on this album, yet all the songs are good and the album flows very well - I enjoy listening to it all the way through even after all these years. I give this album 8.3 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.33 | 2252 ratings

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Aqualung
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Iconic songs, quite annoying singing.

A lot has been said about this album. It has some amazing iconic tracks ("Aqualung", "Locomotive Breat"), and there is almost a semblance of concept album and social commentary here. I really like "Cross-Eyed Mary", "Wind Up", and "Wondering Aloud" too. But Ian Anderson's increasingly-rough singing style on this album can be annoying, and I rarely ever listen to this all the way through anymore. Thankfully he would change his singing style after this, helping make Thick as a Brick Tull's best album. I give Aqualung 8.1 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to the lower end of 4 PA stars.

 A Passion Play by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.02 | 1272 ratings

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A Passion Play
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by CapnBearbossa

5 stars A controversial work in the TULL gallery?

Probably, but it shouldn't be. The controversy turns almost exclusively on how many times the album has been listened to before the audient decides, "WOW, Great!" or "Ugh, total rubbish...." Those who purchase it on the heels of falling in love with its considerably more celebrated predecessor, Thick As A Brick (TAAB) , may be disappointed upon hearing it the first time; this is an almost universal reaction, and yet there are many out there who have moved past that first listening because of some kernel of value they heard, despite their shocked first impressions. So it was with me - JETHRO TULL fan boy that I am - I must admit to having hated the record on first hearing. IAN ANDERSON's creative output is incredibly varied, and I was used to that, but A PASSION PLAY's histrionic vocal delivery, abstract lyrics, and near tunelessness (as I perceived it at the time) made me think I'd never learn to like it. And what were they thinking with that story interlude about the Hare and his Spectacles, anyway?

A PASSION PLAY (APP)'s instrumental parts definitely avoid giving a cohesive, or even pleasant, impression, at first. The music is as esoteric and hyperactive as the vocals are manic, and it never stays in one place for very long. Though it takes a page from TAAB's playbook in terms of setting up an album-long song in a stunning symphonic web of sound, using an array of different instruments many of us have probably never heard (never mind heard of !), it is really a work of astonishing complexity that puts it beyond TAAB, if not at the absolute pinnacle of Mr. ANDERSON's musical achievements. The flute is given a lesser role than in most other TULL albums - I guess Ian wanted to try his hand at sax a bit instead - and many more rules are broken than would be typical in the cycle of presenting a work of rock music to the listener. Is this really rock'n'roll? No, in fact: We have left that world almost totally behind, and we're coming pretty close to a jazz structure here, even if played with predominantly rock instruments -- in a similar vein to how TAAB appropriates the structural and stylistic attributes of traditional English folk .

APP offers many rewards for a dedicated listener, but those rewards only are yielded with time and attention, so ... there you are. In this day and age how many people entering the fold as newbie prog fans (or fans from other prog lands just giving Tull a try because they've heard it's good) are going to give the time and attention that such a work demands? I write this in 2017, and much of the new work out there that passes for 'progressive' seems to take more cues from the accessible works of Genesis, Yes, and Rush -- the more accessible and pop-oriented bands of the 70's prog scene -- than from anything ambitious like this. And I suspect that the disease of our age, namely the rampant ADHD fuelled by action movies and ultraviolent video games, is driving us away from our ability to appreciate a sublime piece of music that develops itself across a span of 50 minutes. All I can say is this: if one reads reviews that throw shade at A PASSION PLAY, one might be inclined to give up on it immediately, but a better idea would be to play it in the background while reading a good book (oh wait, do we still have those?). Having taken this advice, by time you get done with it I will guarantee you will find its appeal has matured a bit. Or maybe it will have become more selective ... or at least you will have earned the right to pawn the record off on a friend!

 A Passion Play by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.02 | 1272 ratings

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A Passion Play
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

2 stars "Ambitious Concept Albums 2: Electric Boogaloo"

After the smash mega-hit "Thick As A Brick", I suppose that, in an almost Hollywood-like fashion, Ian Anderson was just seeking to one up himself. And, in much the same way that many a blockbuster sequel bombs in comparison to the source material, "A Passion Play" has certainly not maintained nearly as much respect as its predecessor. However, unlike many a b-movie flopper, Jethro Tull's most notorious work isn't quite so crippled in awfulness, and does still have some redeeming features. As with "Thick As A Brick", though, it suffers from many of the same plights.

After "Thick As A Brick" firmly established Tull as a band capable of competing in the world of progressive rock, "A Passion Play" took this prowess a step further. The typical folk influences in Jethro Tull's music are toned down, and the album seems to be the nearest to symphonic prog as they ever got. The playing on here is even more complex and technical than on "Thick As A Brick", and the arrangements even more erratic. However, it seems that, being swept up in chart success, the band didn't think critically on how they could move forward and improve what they did the first time around. Indeed, the technicality is usual for nought. As I've always maintained, technique and virtuosity should only serve to augment already strong music; it should never serve as the be-all, end-all. And just like in "Thick As A Brick", if you look past the concept, the abrupt and erratic musical changes seem to be done more as a sleight of hand, to distract from the fact that the music has no emotional grounding.

Speaking of the concept, "A Passion Play" is a definite step down from "Thick As A Brick". While the latter was actually quite clever, I'm honestly not even sure what this one is supposed to be about. The lyrics are utter nonsense. Normally I don't have any problem with that. Take Yes for instance: Jon Anderson's lyrics may be cryptic and have no literal meaning, but it's very clear how his words and phrases augment the sentiments and mood of the song, and his angelic voice blends with and even carries the music. The same can be said for many other prog bands where the voice serves as just another instrument. This is problematic for Tull, though, because frankly, Ian Anderson just isn't a good singer. In addition to having no charisma in his voice, it sounds like he's straining (even suffering) to sing even the simplest of phrases. As a result, the vocal-driven sections of the album are plain unenjoyable, just as they were on "Thick As A Brick", and virtually all Tull material for that matter.

In all, it's easy to see why prog gets attacked as pretentious when albums like this are being put out. Unnecessarily over-the-top arrangements, with little more charm to go by than flipping through the dictionary to see the longest words they could find (e.g. surreptitiously) and assaulting the listener with unrelenting English-ness. If you're into prog just to appreciate technical performances, or to sit in the den, stroking your chin while admiring how smart you are, then this should be right up your alley. But if you actually enjoy mood, atmosphere, or genuine pathos, then look anywhere else but here. If you're a Jethro Tull fan and loved "Thick As a Brick", you might enjoy this one as the endearing sequel, but there are no guarantees. While the intricate performances on the album demand so much more, I find this one straddling the line between 2 and 3 stars for a rating. I'll be conservative and err towards the lower end of that. There are many Tull fans who consider this work near and dear to their hearts, but this certainly isn't something anyone should go out of their way to get into.

 A Passion Play by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.02 | 1272 ratings

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A Passion Play
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Sgai Friend

5 stars I was surprised to find "A Passion Play" currently rating lower than "Thick As A Brick" and "Aqualung". I was in the (fortuitous?) situation of hearing PP first among JETHRO TULL's albums, in the year of its release. So I have tended to measure their other albums - and in fact all prog rock albums - against this one. For me, ever since, and despite Ian Anderson's embarrassment about it, this has simply stood out as a masterpiece of music.

It is less folky than TAB, less rocky than "Aqualung", with a richer and more varied sonic language than any of JT's other albums. I believe part of this is due to a fortuitous mix of band-members, with the humor of Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond and John Evan, and the bewildering inventiveness of Barriemore Barlow. In addition, I believe that Ian Anderson was more experimental, less inhibited and inhibiting, more concerned with making a parody of "art rock", all the while (perhaps unwittingly) guiding the work to an apotheosis of the same.

One thing which struck me was the oddly operatic, absurd-dramatic sense pervading the "scenes". I admire the way the lyrics don't quite describe anything directly, but still convey curious vignettes. This was true of TAB as well, but in PP I feel more a sense of the archetypal and mythical. But then tinged with the class-system gutter V courtyard style of many of Anderson's lyrics. I find many prog epics in the list are way too pedestrian in their texts, let alone subtexts, by comparison.

Of course there are stunning instrumental passages and interesting changes of flavor throughout the two-sided epic. And I really enjoy the Interlude story, a brilliantly scored musical cartoon. But, being a drummer myself, what struck me most among the good performances on this album was Barlow's contribution. His drum parts on this album are among the most "musical" applications of a drum kit I have ever come across (his work on the shorter tracks for "Minstrel In The Gallery" is also excellent).

After many years of listening to this record, I still find it enthralling. It may lose a half-star for a slight lack of momentum in the final scenes, but I found that lack was even more noticeable in its popular sibling "Thick As A Brick". In any case, this for me has everything I seek in prog rock - or "art rock" as it was once called.

 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.63 | 2899 ratings

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Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Luqueasaur

5 stars I'll begin by citing Rolling Stone's commentary on THICK AS A BRICK, which I find absolutely curious: "Miffed that many critics mistook 1971's Aqualung for a concept album, Tull leader Ian Anderson decided to follow it up by parodying the entire concept-album concept. [...] It was a brilliant prank ? one so seamlessly executed, in fact, that most people didn't get the joke. Not that they needed to in order to enjoy it." (from 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time)

When one meets the eerie THICK AS A BRICK and its famed lengthiness (although, honestly, it's no shocker for prog rock veterans) they might become apprehensive. For comparative purposes, we have THE DEVIL GLITCH, by CHRIS BUTLER, which is an hour long alt/pop-rock epic, which possibly has all the flaws our aforementioned "one" fears: repetitiveness and incapability to keep you focused the entire song. Well, if THE DEVIL GLITCH have those characteristics, then it's the perfect antithesis of THICK AS A BRICK.

The album is ever changing from mellow to ecstatic pieces; from flute-ridden solos to keyboard-guitar duos (especially the magnificent Pt. I outro); from guitar solos to vocal-drums-keyboard accompaniment. There's constant tempo and time signature changes, emphasis on the constant. Another point to compare to THE DEVIL GLITCH is the lyrically superb production. You get rich, vast, often satirical, often acid, often philosophical, often metalinguistic, often metaphorical lines. JETHRO TULL utilizes a wide array of literary features to bring a vast experience, lyrically speaking.

THICK AS A BRICK is - as many hundreds of thousands of people agree, and a few thousand attest publically through nominal reviews - a masterpiece of the progressive genre. Literally one of the gems of the "progressive genre" crown.

10/10

 Under Wraps by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.23 | 446 ratings

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Under Wraps
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by johntetrad

5 stars I have never understood what Tull fans have against Under Wraps. It's arguably, in performance terms, the finest album in the whole of the Tull catalogue, with Anderson's voice never better, Barre's guitar thoughtful and Vetesse's keyboard arrangements always inventive and amusing. Anderson embraced the technology of the earaly 80s and truly mastered it, his drum programming and use of the Fairlight being particularly skilful. Now, yes, this album owes a deep debt to some other contemporary LPs of the time, not least The Golden Age of Wireless by Thomas Dolby and those by the post-John Foxx Ultravox (Chrysalis label mates of course). But these new influences refresh the Tull sound greatly and the whole band sound enthused and engaged.

The full 15 track CD version is the version to seek out. Highlights include the superbly brooding "Later That Same Evening", the thuggish strut of "Saboteur", the rollercoaster ride of "Heat" and the earworm riff of "Paparazzi". Had any of these songs appeared on "Warchild", "Stormwatch" or even "Broadsword and the Beast", with a 'real drummer', they would have stuck in the Tull live set for years. As things turned out, the Tull fan base took its collective ball home and refused to play, which was a real shame. The 1984 live renditions of the UW material (with added 'real drummer'!) are spirited and infectious. Sadly, the band seemed to lose confidence in the material and by the time Tull returned in 1987, they had all been dropped. True, Anderson struggled to sing much of the material live, contributing to the throat problems which have plagued him ever since (although I can't help musing that a 24/7 pipe smoking habit probably wasn't the best idea for the lead vocalist of a rock band), but the material could have been re-arranged, lowered in pitch, played instrumentally and so forth.

Under Wraps is not my favourite Tull album - that would be A Passion Play. But I enjoy UW almost as much... the different sound, instruments and arrangements are just part and parcel of the eclecticism of JT - and truly great progressive artists generally. The album rewards repeated, non-judgemental listening. Don't approach this LP with an insatiable craving for soprano sax and hammond organ; just enjoy it for what it is - an album of fantastically enjoyable progressive pop.

 The Jethro Tull Christmas Album by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.52 | 352 ratings

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The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars In the era of extreme over-commercialization of the Christmas holidays, it seems that everyone and their mother has capitalized on releasing a musical album that commemorates one of the world's most popular holiday seasons which every single year gets pushed harder and earlier in the hope that Santa will be kind to the stock markets. It's all gotten a little too much and with albums being released by everyone from Dolly Parton to Twisted Sister, it can be a little difficult to find that true Christmas spirit. Well, what in the world is a progressive rock lover to do? It seems that the only game in town for the longest time was the Yuletide alter ego of the progressive metal outfit Savatage when they put on their Santa hats and took on their Trans-Siberian Orchestra identity to give the world a true taste of "Jingle Bell Rock." Well, at long last in 2003 one of progressive rocks most revered cohorts came through and delivered us their own take on Christianity's most consecrated occasions. I speak of course of the great JETHRO TULL and with their final album as an official band they went out in the most interesting way by giving us THE JETHRO TULL CHRISTMAS ALBUM and bestowing upon their fans a new way to add some class to their holiday listening season when listening to "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" just won't cut it any more.

This final and fairly unique album in the band's canon is a mix of completely new material and re-recordings of previously released tracks. While most of these tracks were created for the special occasion, Ian Anderson found it appropriate to simply adapt oldies but goodies to the occasion and as a result "A Christmas Song," "Another Christmas Song," "Jack And The Hooded Crow," "Weathercock," "Fire At Midnight" and "Ring Out Solstice Bells" find themselves newly recorded and given a holiday makeover to sit side by side with the newly constructed tracks. And also on board is the long time classic "Bourée" which was given a complete identity change and now feels as it was totally created for holiday cheer in the first place. Although it was originally a Johann Sebastian Bach creation that was originally the fifth movement from "Suite In E Minor For Lute, BWV 996," Anderson deliveries it in his famous style and by attaching an "F" to the lute part. He flautist skills shine on this one and the track is much more upbeat and contains other key arrangements.

THE JETHRO TULL CHRISTMAS ALBUM is a bit surprising in that it doesn't sound like a holiday tribute really. It sounds like a one of the laid back folkier albums such as "Songs Of The Wood" plus extra symphonic and instrumental embellishments. In addition to the standard TULL lineup there are a number of extras on board offering mandolin, violin, viola, cello, accordion and choral vocals adding a very refined frosting to the band's acoustic folk rock foundation. The tracks are as catchy as anything JT has dished out in the past and although Ian Anderson's vocals may be showing signs of being past their prime, his flautist flair has never been better as he takes on the role of melodist in chief and like a pied-piper of Christmas leads his musical assemblage to add the twists and turns of their established sound to bring it into holiday mode. While many of the tracks clearly have a wintery solstice feel to them, very few actually convey the holiday season in a blatant way other than the occasional lyrical content that clearly depicts certain aspects. There are key moments like at the beginning of "A Christmas Song" that have sleigh bells which is clearly brings Christmas to mind but they soon subside and allow the mandolin based folk track to shine.

When all is said and done, THE JETHRO TULL CHRISTMAS ALBUM sounds to me exactly like what Christmas would have been like in the English countryside long before the commercialization machine so successfully infiltrated every aspect of the holiday season. The folk rock mixed with acoustic symphonic touches very much corresponds to the wintery grey sky world as depicted by the album cover. This is the kind of album that you could rightfully put on any time of the year as it doesn't sound significantly different from the lighter and airier offerings by JT but should best be experienced with mulled wine, good friends and family as a nice supplement and more serious soundtrack to interrupt the regularly scheduled program of stale kids' songs and cheesy parodies that have outstayed their welcome for quite some time. While this will probably never achieve any top status in the JT canon, it certainly does attain a true respectful and non-commercial representation of the Christmas season and a brilliant way to end a most successful career and for the listener a most stressful year. Highly recommended for those who find themselves not digging the holiday music scene very much. This just might work for you.

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