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"I didn`t have to play it all the time, I just had to wave it around and look good" - Ian Anderson 2003.

Eccentric on stage yet rather thoughtful, reserved and even sombre at times when not in the limelight, the Jethro Tull image was the brainchild of flute wielding frontman Ian Anderson. Clad in scruffy vagabond apparel, and looking more like an anachronism out of a Charles Dickens tale, Anderson conveyed an old English aura during the band`s formative years in the late 60`s and early 70`s which would persist throughout the band's 40 year career both visually and musically.

Born on August 10, 1947 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, Anderson was augmented by a revolving door of colourful musicians over the years which added to the flamboyance of the Jethro Tull phenomenon. Conceived as a psychedelic blues band in late 1967 the music of Jethro Tull has always been dauntingly intricate embracing many styles including blues, jazz, folk, medieval, classical, hard rock along with forays into electronic music, sometimes referred to as "space age prog". The lyrics were equally as sophisticated and sometimes reached new heights of grandiloquence commenting on depressing world events such as drug abuse, the oil crisis, modernisation, third world troubles and a deteriorating economy.. Other topics included fads, spy novels, environmental and social issues as well as metaphysical musings. With lyrics and music which ran deep Jethro Tull have often been over-analysed by both fans and critics alike and many of their albums have been erroneously interpreted as autobiographical due to the fact that many of their record covers featured artwork which seemed to depict Ian Anderson's likeness, something which he has vehemently denied in numerous interviews.

Jethro Tull can trace their origins back to 1963 when as a young art student in Blackpool, England Anderson formed a band called THE BLADES (after a club in a James Bond novel). By 1965 as a 7-piece they had changed their name to THE JOHN EVAN BAND and subsequently to THE JOHN EVAN SMASH (his mother supplied their tour van) Evan, whose real name was Evans, would eventually become the band's keyboard player for most of the seventies. The band relocated to London in`67, the centre of the British blues movement of the sixties in search of more lucrative gigs. However the band was gradually dissolved after which Anderson and bass player Glen Cornick joined up with guitarist Mick Abrahms and drummer Clive B...
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Stand Up (The Elevated Edition)(2CD/DVD)Stand Up (The Elevated Edition)(2CD/DVD)
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Very Best of Jethro TullVery Best of Jethro Tull
Parlophone 2001
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Parlophone 1998
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Varese Sarabande 2003
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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 | 705 ratings
This Was
1968
4.05 | 1040 ratings
Stand Up
1969
3.90 | 879 ratings
Benefit
1970
4.33 | 2198 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.63 | 2841 ratings
Thick As A Brick
1972
4.02 | 1234 ratings
A Passion Play
1973
3.29 | 685 ratings
War Child
1974
4.01 | 1007 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery
1975
3.07 | 632 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
1976
4.17 | 1190 ratings
Songs From The Wood
1977
4.02 | 969 ratings
Heavy Horses
1978
3.47 | 608 ratings
Stormwatch
1979
3.21 | 505 ratings
A
1980
3.27 | 547 ratings
The Broadsword And The Beast
1982
2.20 | 429 ratings
Under Wraps
1984
3.02 | 121 ratings
A Classic Case
1985
3.23 | 487 ratings
Crest Of A Knave
1987
2.70 | 381 ratings
Rock Island
1989
2.62 | 354 ratings
Catfish Rising
1991
3.66 | 430 ratings
Roots To Branches
1995
3.04 | 360 ratings
J-Tull Dot Com
1999
3.51 | 343 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
2003

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

4.16 | 357 ratings
Live - Bursting Out
1978
2.88 | 47 ratings
Live At Hammersmith '84
1990
3.64 | 158 ratings
A Little Light Music
1992
3.03 | 42 ratings
In Concert
1995
3.61 | 105 ratings
Living With The Past
2002
4.10 | 140 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2004
3.46 | 93 ratings
Aqualung Live
2005
3.74 | 80 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
4.33 | 12 ratings
Live At Carnegie Hall 1970
2015

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

3.84 | 48 ratings
Slipstream (DVD)
1981
3.73 | 35 ratings
20 Years of Jethro Tull (VHS)
1988
3.41 | 72 ratings
Living With the Past
2002
3.03 | 44 ratings
A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
2003
3.85 | 84 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2005
3.10 | 58 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
3.30 | 28 ratings
Jack In The Green - Live In Germany
2008
3.75 | 21 ratings
Songs From Bethlehem
2008
4.44 | 91 ratings
Live At Madison Square Garden 1978 (DVD + CD)
2009
3.90 | 32 ratings
Live at AVO Session Basel 2008
2009
4.56 | 27 ratings
Around the World Live (4DVD)
2013

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

4.13 | 285 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.08 | 67 ratings
M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull
1976
3.18 | 44 ratings
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II
1977
3.19 | 64 ratings
Original Masters
1985
3.57 | 71 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull Box
1988
4.54 | 72 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (The Definitive Collection)
1988
3.74 | 44 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release)
1989
3.64 | 142 ratings
Nightcap
1993
3.80 | 44 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection
1993
4.39 | 72 ratings
25th Anniversary Box Set
1993
2.63 | 23 ratings
A Jethro Tull Collection
1997
1.50 | 28 ratings
Through The Years
1997
2.99 | 64 ratings
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
2001
2.52 | 14 ratings
Essential Jethro Tull
2007
3.38 | 49 ratings
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
2007
3.79 | 42 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album / Live - Christmas At St Bride's 2008
2009
4.65 | 43 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2011
4.88 | 58 ratings
Thick As A Brick - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
2012
4.90 | 43 ratings
A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
2014
4.38 | 26 ratings
War Child - The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
2014
4.79 | 30 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 | 15 ratings
Hymn 43
1971
4.38 | 20 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 | 2 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll; Too Young To Die
1976
4.24 | 25 ratings
The Whistler
1977
3.75 | 4 ratings
A Stitch In Time
1978
4.07 | 26 ratings
Moths
1978
4.00 | 5 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
3.75 | 12 ratings
Said She Was A Dancer 12''
1987
3.57 | 14 ratings
Steel Monkey 12''
1987
5.00 | 2 ratings
Part Of The Machine
1988
3.74 | 18 ratings
Another Christmas Song
1989
3.56 | 16 ratings
This Is Not Love
1991
3.83 | 15 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
3.20 | 15 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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 Live - Bursting Out by JETHRO TULL album cover Live, 1978
4.16 | 357 ratings

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Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars As much success as JETHRO TULL had releasing one huge successful album after another throughout the 1970s, it wasn't until 1978 that they put out their first official live release in the form of the double album BURSTING OUT which would only come out after the release and tour of their eleventh studio album "Heavy Horses". As a result of waiting so long the playlist is quite the sampling of the band's entire canon up to the point that this particular live release only contains two tracks from that album. The performances are from the European segment of their tour although the individual tracks remain uncredited for any specific venues so it's likely that instead of an accurate representation of any given night, this is sort of a compilation of the best tracks of the lot and then were compiled and tidied up for this special 93 minute and 31 second celebration of their energetic live performances as an offering to those who were unable to attend their fantastic fun filled folk rock parties in the flesh. As with many albums of the period, this one happens to be one of those that was released differently across the pond having one double album release in the UK originally and once released on CD in the US omitted three tracks ("Quatrain," "Sweet Dream," "Conundrum.") in order to be cheap and throw it all on one disc. This has since been corrected with newer double CD versions retaining the original song listing.

BURSTING OUT begins the festivities with a welcoming introduction in a few European languages before the band members jump right into action on the hard rockin' "No Lullaby" which serves as a sort of warm up practice where they improv around the basic melody on their instruments before Ian Anderson finally kicks in his poetic singing bearded bard persona with his unmistakable vocal signature and then never lets up for the entirety of the double album. BURSTING OUT jumps all over the place as far as representation of their career is concerned. While it does begin with a "Heavy Horses" track, it jumps into the past with the non-album single "Sweet Dream" all the way back from the "Stand Up" days and then into the unavailable anywhere else track "Jack In The Green." The album continues cranking a track or two from almost every album except for "This Was" and "A Passion Play." There is even an outstanding performance of "Thick As A Brick" although it is wisely edited it down to a manageable 12 and a half minutes but nonetheless a power display of their majesty and their ability to pull off all their studio antics in a live setting.

While the band pretty much play together in cooperative and intricate symbiosis there are moments where the occasion allows the performers strut their stuff as when Anderson dishes out a beautifully compelling flute solo on the "Bourée" Medley and Barriemore Barlow is allowed to demonstrate his drums and glockenspiel talents that wouldn't be appropriate on the studio recordings. The band generally play together quite organically and sound on top of their game which at this time they were. This album could also be considered the last of the good old days since shortly after this release, bassist John Glascock would quickly deteriorate from a congenital heart defect, leave the band and pass away only a year later. The band's popularity would begin to wane after BURSTING OUT although they would continue on in new uncharted folk rock directions and never really wash out. Despite the release of BURSTING OUT, JT would not overindulge in the release in a flood of live albums and it wouldn't be until 1990 that they released another live offering in the form of "LIve At Hammersmith '84." Luckily there have been quite a few stellar JT live offerings since then but this is the best of the lot and one of the most important live recordings of their 70s appearances.

 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.33 | 2198 ratings

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Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by ProgMirage1974

4 stars REVIEW #2 - "Aqualung" by Jethro Tull (1971)

Having been a vehemently blues rock band, Jethro Tull sought a new direction after recording of their 1970 album "Benefit", as bassist Glenn Cornick left the band - replaced by Jeffrey Hammond (subject of a few Tull songs) and John Evan joined the band on keyboards. Their next album would take them out of their comfort zone; ditching the upbeat and careless tones of folk in favor of the serious themes of prog. Band leader Ian Anderson spearheaded this lyrical approach, providing lyrical insights on issues from homelessness to the Church of England. The result is a transitional album that features infectious riffs and thought-provoking lyrics.

SIDE ONE: "Aqualung"

The album's title-track opener (5/5) is arguably the most famous song of Jethro Tull in general, and still receives radio airplay to this day on classic rock stations. Inspired by a photograph Anderson's wife took of a homeless man, it deals with a lonely old vagabond and his pedophilic tendencies. A strong track with a powerful message, it also features great guitar work by Martin Barre - especially the guitar solo, which is one of the best in prog. Following this impressive track is another piece of hard rock "Cross-Eyed Mary" (4/5), which is a slight continuation on the theme of the opener. Referencing "Aqualung" in passing (a move that spurred speculation that the album was a concept, which Anderson and Barre denied), a schoolgirl prostitute is now the protagonist. With abstract lyricism, the track can be childish lyrically, but is a great example of heavy classic rock, as the track has been covered by heavy metal bands Metallica and Iron Maiden among others. The rest of side one is a collection of lighter, acoustic pieces, beginning with the beautiful "Cheap Day Return" (5/5), a one-minute piece about Anderson visiting his sick father in the hospital. Save the similarly short and beautiful "Wond'ring Aloud" (5/5), the rest of the material on the first side is unfortunately mediocre, with "Mother Goose" (3/5) being average and "Up to Me" (2/5) being forgettable and a weak closing track. With the inclusion of unreleased material on the 40th Anniv. deluxe edition, it is odd that there was not stronger material on the final product, such as the longer edition of "Wond'ring Aloud" and "Lick Your Fingers Clean", which would eventually be drastically reworked and included on the album "War Child."

SIDE TWO: "My God" (A collection of songs critical of organized religion - very conceptual in nature.)

The first track of side two, "My God" (5/5) is equally as strong as the title track. With inflammatory lyrics critical of Christianity and very strong guitar work by Barre, this song is an instant classic. The serious lyrics of this track thrust the band onto a new plateau, out of the realm of blues rock and into prog. Followed by the hard rock staple "Hymn 43" (4/5), which would be the band's sole single off the album, the second side already reigns superior over the first - featuring a cohesive theme that borders on conceptual. A beautiful intercalary titled "Slipstream" (5/5) follows before leading up to another seminal work by the band, the behemoth "Locomotive Breath" (3/5), which, despite being regarded as a classic for the band, does not resonate with me very well. It strikes me as an average and even boring track, and I consider it over-rated as a result. Closing out the album is the track "Wind Up" (4/5) - the last great stab at organized religion on the album. Drifting between quiet and loud, this track also does well at capturing the listener due to Anderson's lyrical ability. It also is a fitting choice to end the album, as the ending lyrics are delivered powerfully and emotionally.

"Aqualung" walks the line between prog and blues rock. In some cases it is groggy (Aqualung, My God), and in some cases it can be more folk-based (Cheap Day Return, Mother Goose). There are even elements of contemporary classic rock (Cross-Eyed Mary, Hymn 43). The overall product is a very musically diverse album, consisting of both abstract lyricism and serious concepts that attract the intellectual prog fan. This album would shoot Jethro Tull into the mainstream and establish it as one of the seminal rock bands of the seventies. Its tendencies to behave like a concept album also drove the band to mockingly work on their next album, a parody of pretentious prog rock that would ironically become their most loved (at least on this site) album. A great step forward by the band, and one of the essential albums in the genre due to the title track alone, but it is barred from perfection by its weak ending to side one and a couple boring songs.

OVERALL: 4.1/5 (B-)

 A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.90 | 43 ratings

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A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Depending on your mood at any given moment, Jethro Tull's lofty 1973 LP represents either a) the nadir of self-indulgent Prog Rock pretension, or b) an underappreciated masterpiece. It's of course entirely possible the album was both, simultaneously: a flawed epic of high-minded musical imagination that aimed too high and overshot its target. You may love it or hate it, but either way the year 2014 "Extended Performance" draws a welcome silver lining around a cloudy historical legacy, adding so much invaluable hindsight and clarity that it has to be rated as an essential five-star experience.

The original 1973 album shouldn't require any introduction here. Suffice to say it arrived at the moment when Progressive Rock had reached its apex of grandiose ambition, followed within months by "Tales from Topographic Oceans" and ELP's "Brain Salad Surgery" (and, only a year later, by the Genesis "Lamb Lies Down" saga). Some sort of shared contagion must have been in the air at the time: check out Martin Barre's unmistakably Steve Howe-inspired guitar licks in the "Magus Perdé" curtain call of the Play.

The album was a lot to swallow in a single sitting, not least because of the pompous concept behind it: a meditation of Life (and the Afterlife) as theater, complete with gatefold proscenium cover layout and mock-program insert. The earlier "Thick as a Brick", likewise presenting an unbroken 40-minute suite, was designed in part as a concept album parody; this one demanded to be heard seriously, despite the oddball comic intermission about a Hare Who Lost His Spectacles.

Another divisive issue may have been Ian Anderson's over-reliance on synths and saxophone, instead of the more traditional guitar and flute. The results were predictably vilified in the pages of an increasingly conservative music press, expressing a (stupid) sense of betrayal by a group that had strayed too far from its Blues Rock roots.

But the passage of time has been generous to the album, and this lavish package makes it easier now to recognize the classic in the clutter. Besides a sympathetic stereo remix of the original LP by (who else?) Steven Wilson, you'll find copious essays, photos, and production notes in an 80-page (!) digibook, plus the inevitable surround-sound DVD, plus video clips of "The Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles" (crude, but amusing), plus an indispensable second CD with the aborted 1972 Château d'Hérouville sessions, unabridged and undoctored but again remixed by Wilson.

You may already be familiar with some the so-called Château d'Isaster tapes, previously featured (with belated Ian Anderson overdubs) on the late '90s "Nightcap" compilation. But hearing the full set in tandem with its final "Passion Play" realization adds essential perspective to a difficult and misunderstood chapter in Tull history, which would extend to the 1974 "War Child" album: another beneficiary of the scrapped Château sessions.

Hindsight is 20-20, of course, even to hares without their spectacles. But the bottom line to this overlong appraisal is simple: "A Passion Play" has never sounded better, and with all the bonus material has never made as much sense.

 A by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.21 | 505 ratings

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A
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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

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

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

 Benefit by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.90 | 879 ratings

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Benefit
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

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

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

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

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

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

 Benefit by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.90 | 879 ratings

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Benefit
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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

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

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

 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.63 | 2841 ratings

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Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

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

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

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

 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.33 | 2198 ratings

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Aqualung
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by ALotOfBottle
Prog Reviewer

4 stars It is 1971. Jethro Tull have just recruited a keyboardist, John Evans (who appeared as a special guest on their previous work). With a boom of creativity from the group's contemporaries, it was time to leave dry blues-based hard rock cliches behind and push the boundaries of their musical horizons. And so they certainly did. First, "Aqualung" greets us with outsanding cover art somewhat preluding moods to come on the album. What comes inside is a bliss. This piece of pure solid work still remains one of our favorite prog works after all these years. Although, I might not share the full-blown enthusiasm of many other prog reviewers and believe this relase does have its flaws, "Aqualung" undeniably deserves four stars. Not only for the music itself, but for its creativity and importance. Moods on this album is strongly influenced by English medieval and renaissance folk based on strong rhythm rooted in blues. Charles Dickens-like Englishness is another characteristic. Those are best visible on "Cross Eyed Mary", my favorite track. Amazing acoustic (and electric) guitar playing, virtuosic flute and great singing. These are probably the main atributes. I feel like the phenomenal keyboard skills of John Evans (which were to be revealed in following years, still not here) are not utilized enough. However, that is enough of my criticism. With this record, the band created a name for themselves as "the bards of progressive rock". All in all, saying that every prog fan needs this album is probably a brutal understatement, most of you highly likely have this album already. Anyway, enjoy the listen, get carried away to mysterious lands of Jethro Tull's music!
 Benefit by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.90 | 879 ratings

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Benefit
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by ALotOfBottle
Prog Reviewer

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

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

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

 Songs From The Wood by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.17 | 1190 ratings

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Songs From The Wood
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Watchmaker

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