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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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AqualungAqualung
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Original Album SeriesOriginal Album Series
Import
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Thick As A BrickThick As A Brick
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The Best of Jethro Tull; The Anniversary CollectionThe Best of Jethro Tull; The Anniversary Collection
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Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die (2CD/2DVD)Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die (2CD/2DVD)
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Stand UpStand Up
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JETHRO TULL discography


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

3.33 | 651 ratings
This Was
1968
4.04 | 965 ratings
Stand Up
1969
3.91 | 804 ratings
Benefit
1970
4.33 | 2057 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.63 | 2668 ratings
Thick As A Brick
1972
4.02 | 1156 ratings
A Passion Play
1973
3.28 | 631 ratings
War Child
1974
4.00 | 926 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery
1975
3.07 | 580 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
1976
4.16 | 1121 ratings
Songs From The Wood
1977
4.01 | 905 ratings
Heavy Horses
1978
3.46 | 560 ratings
Stormwatch
1979
3.18 | 464 ratings
A
1980
3.25 | 510 ratings
The Broadsword And The Beast
1982
2.20 | 398 ratings
Under Wraps
1984
3.01 | 104 ratings
A Classic Case
1985
3.22 | 453 ratings
Crest Of A Knave
1987
2.67 | 347 ratings
Rock Island
1989
2.59 | 324 ratings
Catfish Rising
1991
3.65 | 393 ratings
Roots To Branches
1995
3.03 | 336 ratings
J-Tull Dot Com
1999
3.51 | 319 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
2003

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

4.15 | 326 ratings
Live - Bursting Out
1978
2.86 | 41 ratings
Live At Hammersmith '84
1990
3.63 | 145 ratings
A Little Light Music
1992
3.01 | 39 ratings
In Concert
1995
3.60 | 99 ratings
Living With The Past
2002
4.11 | 126 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2004
3.45 | 85 ratings
Aqualung Live
2005
3.73 | 72 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
3.86 | 7 ratings
Live At Carnegie Hall 1970
2015

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

3.84 | 44 ratings
Slipstream (DVD)
1981
3.69 | 33 ratings
20 Years of Jethro Tull (VHS)
1988
3.39 | 68 ratings
Living With the Past
2002
3.00 | 42 ratings
A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
2003
3.84 | 82 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2005
3.08 | 55 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
3.90 | 20 ratings
Slipstream (9 song version)
2007
4.29 | 24 ratings
Classic Artists Series: Jethro Tull
2008
3.24 | 26 ratings
Jack In The Green - Live In Germany
2008
3.68 | 19 ratings
Songs From Bethlehem
2008
4.43 | 86 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 | 274 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.07 | 63 ratings
M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull
1976
3.13 | 40 ratings
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II
1977
3.17 | 59 ratings
Original Masters
1985
3.54 | 67 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull Box
1988
4.50 | 66 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (The Definitive Collection)
1988
3.69 | 39 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release)
1989
3.62 | 134 ratings
Nightcap
1993
3.79 | 42 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection
1993
4.37 | 67 ratings
25th Anniversary Box Set
1993
2.53 | 19 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
2.34 | 10 ratings
Essential Jethro Tull
2007
3.35 | 41 ratings
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
2007
3.74 | 38 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album / Live - Christmas At St Bride's 2008
2009
4.61 | 41 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2011
4.87 | 54 ratings
Thick As A Brick - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
2012
4.87 | 39 ratings
A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
2014
4.19 | 21 ratings
War Child - The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
2014
4.78 | 23 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 | 20 ratings
A Song For Jeffrey
1968
3.06 | 14 ratings
Sunshine Day
1968
4.15 | 24 ratings
Sweet Dream / 17
1969
4.11 | 18 ratings
The Witch's Promise
1969
4.61 | 26 ratings
Living In The Past
1969
3.80 | 15 ratings
Inside
1970
4.64 | 30 ratings
Life Is A Long Song
1971
4.07 | 14 ratings
Hymn 43
1971
4.33 | 17 ratings
Aqualung
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
4.21 | 24 ratings
The Whistler
1977
3.50 | 2 ratings
A Stitch In Time
1978
4.05 | 25 ratings
Moths
1978
3.67 | 3 ratings
Warm Sporran
1979
2.64 | 17 ratings
North Sea Oil
1979
4.40 | 15 ratings
Home E.P.
1979
3.08 | 19 ratings
Working John, Working Joe
1980
3.18 | 19 ratings
Fallen On Hard Times
1982
3.24 | 17 ratings
Broadsword
1982
2.94 | 18 ratings
Lap Of Luxury
1984
3.82 | 11 ratings
Coronach
1986
3.64 | 11 ratings
Said She Was A Dancer 12''
1987
3.46 | 13 ratings
Steel Monkey 12''
1987
3.69 | 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
2.58 | 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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 Minstrel In The Gallery by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.00 | 926 ratings

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Minstrel In The Gallery
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

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5 stars Review Nº 53

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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 A by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.18 | 464 ratings

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Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Sachis

3 stars Nice album! In the beginning of the 80's, Jethro Tull turned to a more commercial kind of prog, and that's because of the use of electronic instruments and it resulted in a more simple songs, but the progressive music of JT still remains unique! And there's one more reason to it and only on this album: the presence of the famous keyboardist/violonist Eddie Jobson as a special guest. After a "classic golden era" in the 70's , the music is a little bit soft and the voice of Ian remains gentle and pleasant. The rhythmic section is ok, but the use of electronic sounds made by synthesizers put the mark. Overall, a good prog album of a cult prog rock band. Songs to be mentioned: Flyingdale flyer" , "Working John, working Joe", Black Sunday", the instrumental "Pine martin' Jig" and the nice final song "Still further on..." 3 Stars!!!

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 Live - Bursting Out by JETHRO TULL album cover Live, 1978
4.15 | 326 ratings

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Live - Bursting Out
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review Nº 43

Jethro Tull always was a very curious, typical and different band. They were formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, in 1967. Despite they had released their first album 'This Was' in 1968, for unknown and extremely inexplicable reasons Ian Anderson decided not to record or issue an official live album of the band during the early heyday of the group. That meant that the post "Aqualung" tour, the much lauded "Thick As A Brick" tour, and basically everything from 1967 to 1978 went completely undocumented in terms of live material. And we are talking about nothing less than ten studio albums of the band. Well, at least officially, although there are nice live snippets here and there.

The definitive Jethro Tull's sextet of Anderson, Barre, Glascock, Barlow, Evan and Palmer, finally unleashed a real live album to their fans in 1978. After a decade of existence, a large back catalogue of songs has mushroomed from which the band presented a hugely varied set list, night after night. As one of the finest live recordings ever, "Bursting Out" radiates a sonorous trapezoidal portrait of a different era, accurately capturing a zenith blip in the Jethro Tull's annals.

'Bursting Out' is a double live album of Jethro Tull, it was released in 1978 and it was the first live album released by the group. It was recorded at several locations, during the European tour between May and June 1978, when they presented their eleventh and last studio album, at time, 'Heavy Horses' released in the same year. As the specific recording dates and locations aren't credited, there isn't a certainty where each track was recorded. However, the linear notes and stage introduction indicate that at least some tracks were recorded at the Bern Festhalle in Switzerland, in 25 May 1978. Originally, the CD was released in a single disc version with three tracks deleted, 'Quatrain', 'Sweet Dream' and 'Conundrum', because they couldn't fit in only one CD. In 2004, the full original record was re-released as a digitally remastered 2-CD set. This is my CD version, and so, this is the version that I'll review.

So, my version of 'Bursting Out' has eighteen tracks and is divided in two discs. Each disc has nine tracks. About the tracks, all we can say is that Jethro Tull made a very diversified, great and interesting repertoire choice to the album. Of 'Heavy Horses' we have 'No Lullaby' and 'One Brown Mouse'. Of 'War Child' we have 'Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day'. Of 'Songs From The Wood' we have 'Jack In The Green', 'Hunting Girl' and the title track 'Songs From The Wood'. However, the version of the title track is only a small live version of the original title track. Of 'Stand Up' we have 'Bour'e' and 'A New Day Yesterday'. But these two tracks are only two live shorter versions of the original tracks. Of 'Too Old To Rock'n'Roll: Too Young To Die' we have the title track. Of 'Aqualung' we have 'Cross-Eyed Mary', 'Locomotive Breath' and the title track 'Aqualung'. Of 'Thick As A Brick' we have a short but a very good live version from their amazing and memorable studio album. Of 'Minstrel In The Gallery' we have a small live version, but with a very attractive performance, of the first track of the album.

Beyond those tracks, Jethro Tull performed some other very interesting tracks. 'Sweet Dream', is a live version of the 1969 UK's single hit and that was included only on the remastered version of 'Stand Up', as a bonus track. 'Flute Improvisation/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bour'e', is typically a virtuoso and astonishing flute improvisation by Anderson, incorporating small samples from 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' and 'Bour'e'. 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen', is the rendition of the classic English traditional Christmas carol song that was recorded on 'The Jethro Tull Christmas Album'. 'Conundrum', is an excellent instrumental interlude with a Barriemore Barlow's drum solo, so typical on the live albums of the 70's. 'Quatrain', is another excellent instrumental interlude and is the smallest track on the album. 'The Dambusters March/Medley', is a very interesting form to close the album. It's a Jethro Tull's typical way, to transform a serious piece of music, playing it in a very comic way, and getting a good final effect with it.

Conclusion: 'Bursting Out' features a very dynamic live performance from the line up that many Jethro Tull's fans consider comprising the golden musical era of the group. The sound of 'Bursting Out' is remarkably good, and the repertoire included on it, is very solid and very representative of the group's history until that time, which gave to the band a certain arena rock status among other bands. The tendency on this album is to play it very loud and very hard, which is a way of making the original studio themes sounding very different and in a very nice way. 'Bursting Out' is a great live album from the 70's with all the ingredients that a live album must have. It includes a good, solid and representative musical repertoire from the band, and most of all, the live versions of the songs are played very well and in some cases they're completely brilliant. So, 'Bursting Out' is a great Jethro Tull's live masterpiece.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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 Rock Island by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.67 | 347 ratings

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Rock Island
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by aglasshouse

3 stars One of those albums that is obviously constructed with the intention to please the more mercantile rock crowd, Rock Island is the final 80's album released by UK's own Jethro Tull. The album sounds much like the prior Crest of a Knave, albeit with more disregard of artistic input and a substantial amount of commercial values. While not exactly an enthralling experience there are a few tracks from the albums that are fun as casual tunes. Lyrically and composition-ally the songs are structured like classic rock-n'-roll tunes, in the vein of George Thorogood with Ian Anderson's trademark fluting. Not much more really is to be said about this. As a cessation Rock Island has zesty and fun moments, but in equal or slightly greater measure extreme levels of bland claptrap.

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 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.63 | 2668 ratings

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Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars With this album, JETHRO TULL was increasingly becoming a more Progressive Rock band in musical style. If their previous "Aqualung" album still had a more Rock music influenced side (the Side One of the album) and a more Folk / Acoustic music influenced side (the Side Two of the album), this album from 1972 has more complicated musical arrangements with the keyboards played by John Evan having a more central role. Anyway, this album is a continuous musical piece with one song titled "Thick as a Brick", divided in two parts (for the two sides of the original LP). The complicated lyrics were allegedly written by a boy called "Gerald Bostock" (being really written, like the music, by Ian Anderson). The boy's story is told in the cover, with this boy really being an invention from Anderson. So, this is a conceptual album from the band. As I wrote before, the lyrics are hard to understand, at least for me. But the music and the arrangements are very good. But I like more their next album, titled " A Passion Play". But the main musical theme of this album (maybe the first 10 minutes of the album) is the best part of this album, with Anderson's flute melody and acoustic guitar. This part was also played a lot in the radio in my city.

The cover design for this album was done to look like a newspaper. It was a very much elaborated cover design. Coincidentally, also in 1972, but some months after the release of this album, an album from JOHN LENNON and YOKO ONO, titled "Some Time in New York City", was released, and it also had a cover designed to look like a newspaper. But maybe the "Thick as a Brick" album had more success than that album. "Some Time in New York City" has been very much criticized by its musical and lyrical content, sometimes being considered as Lennon's worst album. In comparison, "Thick is a Brick" is a very much appreciated album by a lot of Prog Rock music fans. It still is, as I write this review, in Number Three in Prog Archives' s "Top Prog Albums" list.

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 Songs From The Wood by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.16 | 1121 ratings

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Songs From The Wood
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review Nº 40

Jethro Tull always was one of the best progressive bands and I sincerely think that they can be seen as one of the ten best progressive and most important bands from the 70's. Even today the group can be considered as one of the best and one of the most influential bands in the progressive rock scene.

"Songs From The Wood" is in general considered to be the first of a trio of studio albums more oriented to the folk music. I'm talking about of their tenth, eleventh and twelfth studio albums, "Songs From The Wood" released in 1977, "Heavy Horses" released in 1978 and "Stormwatch" released in 1979, respectively. Ian Anderson had moved to the countryside, some time earlier, in 1975, and that fact, became very important and decisive to him about the choice of the source material for the next album of the band. Anderson became fascinated with the country culture, namely, the early British folklore and legends, and the result of that, was the produce of a particularly appealing collection of songs, which became part of this incredible and fantastic studio work, one of my favourites, undoubtedly.

Besides the five usual members of the group, coming from their previous ninth studio album "Too Old To Rock'N'Roll: Too Young To Die" released in 1976, which were Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, Barriemore Barlow, John Gascock and John Evans, David Palmer, who had made some musical arrangements on some of the earlier Jethro Tull's albums, formally joined to the band, playing mostly keyboards, and starting to have a very close musical relationship with the band, which would be kept during the three more oriented folk albums, already mentioned by me.

"Songs From The Wood" has nine tracks. The first track is the title track "Songs From The Wood". This is a great song to open the album. It's the song that introduces us to the calm and pastoral atmosphere of the countryside. It's the song that explains everything that will be brought to us all over the album. The second track "Jack-In-The-Green" is one of the smallest tracks on the album and is a little tune of an English folk ballad. On this song, the charismatic and eccentric leader of the group Anderson plays all the instruments, which gave to him the opportunity to prove that he is also a complete and multi-instrumentalist musician. The third track "Cup Of Wonder" is a song in the same vein of the previous one, and is a very rhythmic and happy song. This is a kind of a classic folk song in the Jethro Tull's repertoire. The fourth track "Hunting Girl" is the harder rocking theme of the album, which became in one of their best songs and is also one of my favourite songs, too. Thanks to its great musical variety this is really a great Jethro Tull's piece of music. The fifth track "Ring Out Solstice Bells" is the opposite of "Hunting Girl" because is softer and slight, and represents a truly celebration in the song. It's a more orchestral song, in which it seems to appear a real Christmas choral chord, when they all sing together. The sixth track "Velvet Green" is another very beautiful theme with some Celtic spirit. It's a purely classic folk acoustic theme with a medieval musical atmosphere. It became also a great Jethro Tull's classic song. The seventh track "The Whistler" is another theme with the spirit of the Celtic music, beautifully combined with the rock sound. It's a small song and one of the best on the album, which proves that the great songs don't always need to be big. The eighth track "Pibrock (Cap In Hand)" is the lengthiest, complex, elaborate and progressive track on the album. It's the heaviest song on the album with a more instrumental domination. Despite be a very good theme, we can say that this track seems to appear a little bit out of place on the album. The ninth track "Fire At Midnight" is the smallest song on the album. Like the first track "Songs From The Wood", a great opener of the album, "Fire At Midnight" is also a great song to close it. It's the song which tells goodnight to the pastoral musical atmosphere of the countryside and represents a truly perfect moment to complete the final scene of this musical piece.

Conclusion: "Songs From The Wood" is a great album with a collection of great songs. It's the perfect hybrid of medieval pagan derived acoustic folk and symphonic and contemporary rock styles. From the opening solo vocal to the grandiose finale, the album it's more like a single musical movement than a simple bunch of songs. It shows a clear artistic vision and a full commitment to realizing that vision that can go a long way, especially when it's perfectly combined with an exceptional musical collaboration and with themes that touches the heart of a modern soul. "Songs From The Wood" is, in my humble opinion, one of the best efforts made by the group. It's an unpretentious album, very simple, beautiful and pleasant with several pieces of music with the only purpose to be funny and to get to enjoy us. I invite you to make a trip in the "Tull's Wood", with no hesitation and with an open mind, and enjoy with no fear this entire and very special musical atmosphere, inside this magnificent musical journey. It's highly recommended.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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 Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 by JETHRO TULL album cover Live, 2004
4.11 | 126 ratings

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Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Prog Leviathan
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4 stars It's hard to find fault in anything about this excellent live performance by the seminole genre standouts, Jethro Tull. Nothing is Easy: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 shows a great band playing at what is very near their greatest, filled with '70's flair, high production values, and genuine musicianship. Tull earns their reputation in this record that highlights their early career.

The album kicks off with the rollicking "My Sunday Feeling," which right away displays a heavy and raw tone. The excellent rhythm section of Bunker and Cornick drive forward with fuzz-heavy gusto and energy, while Barre's guitar just plain cooks.This pretty much goes for the entire album, which keeps the quality and energy level high throughout. This is a heavy, hard-rocking album, occasionally broken by moments of quite.

The production is first rate, capturing a perfect mix of feedback and realism of the show while also enough clarity for us to pick out each player's work. In the live setting one can really appreciate how busy and ambitious Jethro Tull's musicianship really is, especially in the rhythm section, although I suppose everyone has their favorite. Ian Anderson maintains a strong presence, with strong vocals and stage persona and flouting, but each member gets a chance to show off. This is perhaps most evident in the numerous extended soloing, as well as the very strong performances on "Bouree" and "Nothing is Easy". Great stuff!

With a setlist containing a variety of songs from the group's pre-Aqua Lung era, Nothing is Easy: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 is not to be missed for even casual Tull fans; when it comes to ambitious art-rock of the era, they're the real deal.

Setlist: 4 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Stage/Energy: 4 - Live Experience: 4

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 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.63 | 2668 ratings

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Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Quinino

5 stars My ALL-TIME Greatest #18

1972, what a fabulous year this was - Trilogy, Octopus, Close to the Edge, Foxtrot !
(To name just a few from the isles)
And TAAB, of course, one of my favorites from this golden era.

Global Appraisal

A concept album rich of theatrical musicality that grabs the audience with a feeling of full immersion and continuity surely never attained before in popular music and hardly thereafter by any band.

We are masterly conducted in a succession of musical ideas that go hand-by-hand with the storytelling, developing scenes and ambiances that never cease to surprise; now calm and melodious then in a while starting to rise in a crescendo that erupts in a climax, and then again taking a different turn, engaging in an unexpected sort of "free-rock" improvisation, WOW!

Goodies

The composing/arranging is nothing short of genial, Mr. Anderson aged 25 did accomplish a work of art of great maturity, inspiration and innovative power which today 43 years later still constitutes one fundamental milestone.

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 Working John, Working Joe by JETHRO TULL album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
3.08 | 19 ratings

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Working John, Working Joe
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars JETHRO TULL'S "A" album from 1980 was really started as a solo album by Ian Anderson, but record company pressure made him change his plans, and the album was released as a JETHRO TULL album instead. Anyway, the band had changes in the line-up too, with three of its previous members (Barriemore Barlow, John Evan, David Palmer) being out of the band, and with Anderson, Martin Barre and Dave Pegg being joined in the band by Mark Craney and "special guest" Eddie Jobson.

Even if it the songs were originally composed for a solo album, Anderson was really writing then lyrics about some social, political and economical themes which he considered in that year. So, the "A" album has songs which criticize those themes, even with some humor. I think that his lyrics were very personal views about those themes in 1980, and despite some of those themes are now somewhat "dated" due to the passing of time, I think that some of the lyrics were very good.

"Working John, Working Joe" is a song in the "old" style of the band in an album on which the "modernization" of the sound of the band was the main focus, using more synthesisers than before. It is a song played with acoustic guitar, with some Folk influences. I think that the lyrics are really a criticism about how some people give their lives to work very hard, looking for wealth and status all the time, and not taking into consideration other things in life . So, after years of looking for that wealth and status and finally achieving both things, they find their lives a bit empty and with some consequences like lost health. So, this song is maybe about some workaholics. The lyrics have some humor, I think. There are also some "dated" economical, social and political ideas in the lyrics, I think, which were more "valid" in 1980, but not as "valid" in the present. Anyway, it is a good song, and a bit strange choice to be released in the Side One of a single, in my opinion.

In the Side Two of this single, "Fylingdale Flyer" also reflects somewhat "dated" themes in the lyrics, with them being about Cold War paranoia, a theme more common in that period of time than now. The lyrics also have some humor. The song is more "modern" (for that period of time) in musical arrangements, with Eddie Jobson's keyboards having more presence. Anderson also sings very good lead and backing vocals, with some vocals maybe being processed with the use of a vocoder or other electronic effects.

Two good songs from a transitional album from JETHRO TULL, with the band changing their sound for the eighties, and it also was their only studio album on which Eddie Jobson appeared, even if it was only as a "special guest". The album was really influenced a lot by his keyboards and electric violin playing and arrangements. The other then new members also shine on their respective instruments, with Mark Craney playing very well the drums, and with Dave Pegg (who joined the band in 1979 but with "A" being his first appearance on a studio album with the band) also playing very well the bass guitar. A very good line-up which also didn't last for a very long time, because both Jobson and Craney left the band in 1981 after they finished their tour for the "A" album. So, it also was the only studio album of the band with Craney on drums. Unfortunately, he died in November 2005.

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 Crest Of A Knave by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.22 | 453 ratings

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Crest Of A Knave
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Prog Leviathan
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2 stars I picked up Crest of a Knave with very low expectations. After all, it's an '80's album by a prog band, so mediocre is about the best one can hope for. And mediocre pretty much sums up this "hard rockin'" release by Tull. It has enough energy and guitar work to be interesting, but too much bland songwriting and originality to be exciting.

The album opens laughably bad... like, probably one of the worst songs the band has ever recorded. "Steel Monkey" sounds like a song taken from the soundtrack to Lethal Weapon 2. It's just awful, but imagining Danny Glover in a chase scene grunting "I'm too old for this" while Ian Anderson sings this song's absurd lyrics almost makes it campy.

"Farm on the Freeway" is instant redemption though. This is a smooth, classy, melodic song with a great instrumental mid-section. As bad as "Steel Monkey" is, "Farm on the Freeway" is good. "Mountain Men" stands out as another solid Tull-style rocker, with good guitar work by Barre. His performance is really the only highlight in Crest of a Knave, as one unmemorable song drifts by after another. The extended track "Budapest" is a slow-tempo lament over a call girl that Anderson (and probably the whole band, from the lyrics) banged during their tours. Again, with the exception of the acoustic guitar work, it has mediocrity all over it; it tricks us into thinking it's intelligent and thoughtful but it really just sounds like the band doesn't know what to do with this song, as it meanders around from synth passage to flute solo aimlessly. By the end of it I had a hard time wondering what if anything happened during those 10 minutes.

Anderson gets a lot of respect for coming back after throat surgery but his changed voice does make the group sound A LOT like Dire Straights. This isn't really a criticism, just a side note. While listening I was waiting to hear about how to get my money for nothing and my chicks for free, but instead he sticks to waxing nostalgic and sentimental. Unfortunately his vocals don't leave an impact.

There are other songs on the album, but I forget everything about them except for the fact that they're forgettable. To sum up, Crest of a Knave is more fuel to the fire that consumed proggers in the '80's. Some of them transitioned very well, like Rush, while others didn't quite know how to age gracefully. In this case, Tull retains their identity, but just sounds tired and unambitious. At least they stuck to their rockin' guns though.

Songwriting: 2 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

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