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JETHRO TULL

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

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

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

Jethro Tull can trace their origins back to 1963 when as a young art student in Blackpool, England Anderson formed a band called THE BLADES (after a club in a James Bond novel). By 1965 as a 7-piece they had changed their name to THE JOHN EVAN BAND and subsequently to THE JOHN EVAN SMASH (his mother supplied their tour van) Evan, whose real name was Evans, would eventually become the band's keyboard player for most of the seventies. The band relocated to London in`67, the centre of the British blues movement of the sixties in search of more lucrative gigs. However the band was gradually dissolved after which Anderson and bass player Glen Cornick joined up with guitarist Mick Abrahms and drummer Clive B...
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Deluxe Edition
Rhino/Parlophone 2015
Audio CD$19.86
$21.55 (used)
AqualungAqualung
Parlophone 1999
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$3.77 (used)
Thick As A Brick (180 Gram Vinyl)Thick As A Brick (180 Gram Vinyl)
Rhino/Parlophone 2015
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Aqualung: 40th AnniversaryAqualung: 40th Anniversary
Parlophone 2011
Audio CD$14.04
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Benefit (Deluxe 2xCD+DVD)Benefit (Deluxe 2xCD+DVD)
WEA 2013
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WarChild (2CD/2DVD)WarChild (2CD/2DVD)
Box set
Rhino/Parlophone 2014
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Stand UpStand Up
Parlophone 2002
Audio CD$4.94
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Thick As A Brick (40Th Anniversary Edition)Thick As A Brick (40Th Anniversary Edition)
Parlophone 2012
Audio CD$22.39
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A Passion Play (2xCD+2xDVD)A Passion Play (2xCD+2xDVD)
Rhino 2014
Audio CD$28.20
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Very Best of Jethro TullVery Best of Jethro Tull
Parlophone 2001
Audio CD$3.54
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  • Jethro Tull + Ian Anderson at Auditorio Victor Villegas, Murcia on 21 Nov 2015
  • Jethro Tull + Ian Anderson at Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos , Granada on 22 Nov 2015
  • Jethro Tull + Ian Anderson at Teatro Nuevo Apolo, Madrid on 23 Nov 2015

JETHRO TULL discography


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

3.32 | 615 ratings
This Was
1968
4.04 | 919 ratings
Stand Up
1969
3.91 | 762 ratings
Benefit
1970
4.33 | 1949 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.64 | 2531 ratings
Thick As A Brick
1972
4.02 | 1094 ratings
A Passion Play
1973
3.27 | 590 ratings
War Child
1974
4.00 | 865 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery
1975
3.05 | 544 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
1976
4.16 | 1054 ratings
Songs From The Wood
1977
4.01 | 863 ratings
Heavy Horses
1978
3.46 | 529 ratings
Stormwatch
1979
3.19 | 436 ratings
A
1980
3.26 | 485 ratings
The Broadsword And The Beast
1982
2.20 | 379 ratings
Under Wraps
1984
3.00 | 95 ratings
A Classic Case
1985
3.24 | 425 ratings
Crest Of A Knave
1987
2.66 | 329 ratings
Rock Island
1989
2.59 | 309 ratings
Catfish Rising
1991
3.62 | 370 ratings
Roots To Branches
1995
3.03 | 315 ratings
J-Tull Dot Com
1999
3.51 | 296 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
2003

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

4.14 | 303 ratings
Live - Bursting Out
1978
2.86 | 41 ratings
Live At Hammersmith '84
1990
3.64 | 141 ratings
A Little Light Music
1992
2.98 | 36 ratings
In Concert
1995
3.60 | 91 ratings
Living With The Past
2002
4.13 | 119 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2004
3.44 | 82 ratings
Aqualung Live
2005
3.77 | 70 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
4.00 | 5 ratings
Live At Carnegie Hall 1970
2015

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

3.82 | 42 ratings
Slipstream (DVD)
1981
3.71 | 32 ratings
20 Years of Jethro Tull (VHS)
1988
3.39 | 66 ratings
Living With the Past
2002
2.99 | 40 ratings
A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
2003
3.84 | 79 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2005
3.05 | 53 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
3.94 | 18 ratings
Slipstream (9 song version)
2007
4.00 | 29 ratings
Classic Artists Series: Jethro Tull
2008
3.23 | 25 ratings
Jack In The Green - Live In Germany
2008
3.68 | 18 ratings
Songs From Bethlehem
2008
4.43 | 83 ratings
Live At Madison Square Garden 1978 (DVD + CD)
2009
3.76 | 36 ratings
Live at AVO Session Basel 2008
2009
4.57 | 21 ratings
Around the World Live (4DVD)
2013

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

4.11 | 258 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.05 | 60 ratings
M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull
1976
3.09 | 37 ratings
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II
1977
3.16 | 54 ratings
Original Masters
1985
3.53 | 64 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull Box
1988
4.51 | 63 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (The Definitive Collection)
1988
3.69 | 35 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release)
1989
3.62 | 130 ratings
Nightcap
1993
3.78 | 40 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection
1993
4.39 | 63 ratings
25th Anniversary Box Set
1993
2.47 | 17 ratings
A Jethro Tull Collection
1997
1.39 | 24 ratings
Through The Years
1997
2.97 | 59 ratings
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
2001
2.25 | 9 ratings
Essential Jethro Tull
2007
3.35 | 40 ratings
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
2007
3.75 | 38 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album / Live - Christmas At St Bride's 2008
2009
4.57 | 37 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2011
4.89 | 46 ratings
Thick As A Brick - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
2012
4.89 | 33 ratings
A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
2014
4.13 | 15 ratings
War Child - The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
2014
4.82 | 13 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)

3.64 | 11 ratings
Love Story
1968
4.00 | 18 ratings
A Song For Jeffrey
1968
2.97 | 12 ratings
Sunshine Day
1968
4.10 | 21 ratings
Sweet Dream / 17
1969
4.13 | 16 ratings
The Witch's Promise
1969
4.53 | 23 ratings
Living In The Past
1969
3.79 | 14 ratings
Inside
1970
4.64 | 27 ratings
Life Is A Long Song
1971
4.08 | 12 ratings
Hymn 43
1971
5.00 | 3 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.21 | 24 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.50 | 20 ratings
Bungle In The Jungle
1974
3.17 | 20 ratings
Ring Out Solstice Bells
1976
4.18 | 22 ratings
The Whistler
1977
2.00 | 1 ratings
A Stitch In Time
1978
4.00 | 22 ratings
Moths
1978
2.00 | 1 ratings
Warm Sporran
1979
2.56 | 15 ratings
North Sea Oil
1979
4.31 | 13 ratings
Home E.P.
1979
3.13 | 16 ratings
Working John, Working Joe
1980
3.16 | 18 ratings
Fallen On Hard Times
1982
3.13 | 16 ratings
Broadsword
1982
2.82 | 17 ratings
Lap Of Luxury
1984
3.90 | 10 ratings
Coronach
1986
3.50 | 10 ratings
Said She Was A Dancer 12''
1987
3.36 | 11 ratings
Steel Monkey 12''
1987
3.68 | 16 ratings
Another Christmas Song
1989
3.52 | 14 ratings
This Is Not Love
1991
3.73 | 13 ratings
Rocks On The Road
1991
2.81 | 12 ratings
Living in the (Slightly More Recent) Past / Living in the Past
1993
2.52 | 16 ratings
Rare And Precious Chain
1995
2.92 | 13 ratings
Bends Like A Willow
1999
3.13 | 8 ratings
The Christmas EP
2004

JETHRO TULL Reviews


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 Live - Bursting Out by JETHRO TULL album cover Live, 1978
4.14 | 303 ratings

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Live - Bursting Out
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

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

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

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

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

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

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 Heavy Horses by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.01 | 863 ratings

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Heavy Horses
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by TCat
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4 stars This album was considered the 2nd album in a trilogy of Folk Rock albums by Jethro Tull, the first being "Songs from the Wood" and the third "Stormwatch". In my own opinion, the first was the best of the three because of it's carefree feeling. This one is the 2nd best, and is very close to being as good as the first, but missing the mark just a little. This one was a little more rock oriented and heavier, but definitely not over the top in heaviness, not by a long way. There seems to be a little weakness in the album towards the middle with "Journeyman" and "Rover", but only because the songs towards the middle do not seem to stand out like the other tracks on the album. In fact, they start to sound a little too much the same as the tracks that come prior to them, but there is still a lot of quality in the songs. The album's only flaw is in the lack of variety.

Don't fear though, because this album contains several highlights and also more than a few career highlights among the tracks. I think the tracks "The Mouse Police Never Sleeps", "No Lullaby", "Moths", "One Brown Mouse", and especially "Heavy Horses" are some of the best songs from the band through it's long career. Because of the thickness of the songs here, it does take some time for some of the greatness to show through, but when it does, you can be sure that you will agree that there are some career highlights on this album. So there is definitely enough greatness on this album to merit adding it to your JT collection if you were wondering.

The album is definitely heavy on the folk and on progressiveness. There is plenty of both here. It is also both acoustic and electric guitar driven and the flute and keyboards are mostly on here as support. With all the great tracks on the album, there is also a share of minor songs which don't leave as strong of an impression and that leads to the feeling of weakness as you approach the songs in the middle of the album, but things do improve again towards the end.

With all the reviews done on this album, there really isn't much more to say. Not necessarily an essential album because nothing groundbreaking is on the album, but there are enough career greats on here to seriously consider owning the album. That makes it an excellent addition to your prog rock collection. 4 stars.

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 Minstrel In The Gallery - 40th Anniversary: La Grande Edition by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
4.82 | 13 ratings

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Minstrel In The Gallery - 40th Anniversary: La Grande Edition
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by GKR

5 stars Much alike the "A Passion Play: an extended performance" this edition of "Minstrel in the Gallery" is almost superior to the original album. Besides the valuable information that the box contains (which, again, much alike the "A Passion Play..." we cannot even go further without spoilers), the tracks are remastered in a beautiful manner by Steven Wilson. The original album have something of a cold and stark sound (which I always though I liked), but this new version gain in a sweet echoey feeling in the acoustic songs. In the most electric parts, however, the sound is clear and without any kind of interference.

The live album is too something quite surprising: with more material from "Aqualung" and "WarChild", its a great show (that was recorded in video, but sadly only the "Minstrel in the Gallery" survived) with a strong performance that contains a bit of everything from the Hammond-Hammond era.

A must have to all prog-heads, not only Tull fans.

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 Crest Of A Knave by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.24 | 425 ratings

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Crest Of A Knave
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Hippocamp Armorial

4 stars Coming in the ashes of what was the worst venture in electronic and pop music in history of Progressive Rock, Crest of a Knave, from 1987, is a surprisingly good album.

First of all, its the album with more Martin Barre signature than any other else in Jethro Tull history. Even the songs that feature everything from Ian Anderson psique (as "She Said She Was a Dancer"), Barre guitar is not only present as is defining the style of the song.

The award for best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal performance is only a recognition of Jethro Tull overall, and it ends to be quite symbolic, since this album also mark Jethro Tull remembering what Jethro Tull meant.

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 Songs From The Wood by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.16 | 1054 ratings

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Songs From The Wood
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Hippocamp Armorial

5 stars Never before Jethro Tull embarked in a voyage through such especified music genre. Although in the period of Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play (1972-73) their sound was more closely to those of the other english bands, now we have a full experimentation of a musical genre, choise made by Ian Anderson, obviously and full embraced by the other band members.

The music gains a escepcional substance, for folk was already a common denominator between the many influences of the band members. The backing vocals of Glascock gain special force; while the classical training of John Evans and David Palmer fill every space without super exploitation of the listener ears. The flute of Anderson can solo without stealling away the other chords being played. Martin Barre guitar can emulate bagpipes and full his full melodies also fill the gaps. Barrie Barlow drumming in all his capabilitie can indeed creat almost a new genre of music when aplied to the medieval instrumentation.

Anderson poetry found new ways to travel, in each sense that all aspects of modern life can be found in a rural landscape, and the first poem can deliver you the music and the last one call you to enjoy yourself - as no album has ever made such a effort.

Another album full of music to develop for decades - and again one work that most Folk Metals should come out of the closet and admit their taste for it.

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 Minstrel In The Gallery by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.00 | 865 ratings

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Minstrel In The Gallery
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Hippocamp Armorial

5 stars Minstrel in the Gallery is perhaps the album that would not seems to fit the criteria of a masterpiece or a must have work to all listeners of progressive music. Nevertheless, it is. It appers to be the first album with no concept as strong as others since Thick as a Brick in 1972 - but is actually the first genuine album with a concept (I'am not saying concept album, its a album with a concept) of the persona of Ian Anderson. The last three albums show the whole band participating of the construction of stories and ideas of the concepts, even the two concept albums - what would be A passion Play withou the Jeffrey Hammond and John Evans' "The Story of the Hare who lost his Spectacles"?

Minstrel in the Gallery is almost a solo album of Ian Anderson - but when the band start to play, we feel the reason to not call on this way and to praise the visionary effort of the musicians. John Evans is timid, but present, doing the company of Ian's lyrics as well established since Benefit; Barrie Barlow and martin barre are in a fury that most Progressive Metal boys should check to know how to perform their instruments aloudly and not noisily. Jeffrey Hammond was most a farewell, but we do find his trademark when he played alone with Anderson and specially in "Baker Street Muse".

The concpet of a Minstrel talking to an audience (that has no guests, or may not listen, or is passive enough) is the bitterly we will have of Anderson.

Its not difficult to enjoy such a epic as a walk in your street, or singing to the Valkyries how we are getting short of heroes lately.

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 A Passion Play  by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.02 | 1094 ratings

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A Passion Play
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Hippocamp Armorial

5 stars Few concept albums clearify a total conception of music and art presentation as A Passion Play. In other groups, we can perhaps see this aproch in Genesis' The Lamb Lies on Broadway, The Who' Tommy and the modern presentations of Roger Waters and Steven Wilson. But Jethro Tull though about that possibility in music as early as 1973. The whole production of A Passion Play is blended with its characteristics. After not accomplish to finish the album in france, Ian Anderson re-shaped the entire album around the concept of life, death and re-birth. The artistic elements of Jeffrey hammond is hugely shown and one can imagine if the album should not credit both Jeffrey and John Evan as elaborators of the concept, together with Anderson.

The music is Jethro Tull as it finest - begning with medieval motives; flute parts, solos blended in the melodies itslef and a whole vauche of repetitions that contribute to the narrative itself. Jazz and Purcell - thats Jethro Tull. The art of the album and the fake Theatre Program (inside the same universe of Thick as a Brick) additions to the characteristic of concept in "levels": the Play; the fake Play; the Play played on the stage; the message about life, death and re-birth.

If A Passion Play stands behind Thick as a Brick, is only because the awful reviews and prejudice approach towards the work. A Passion Play would not, and its not a continuation of Thick as a brick - is an independent Masterpiece.

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 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.64 | 2531 ratings

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Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Hippocamp Armorial

5 stars Thick as a Brick shows another level of musicianship and music as an artistic product. By this period, we already have an eyesight of a true artist, the paintor Jeffrey Hammond Hammond (which artistic vision would be better show in A Passion Play). The music of Thick as a Brick is something between the English Progressive Rock (of Yes, ELP, Procol Harum, Genesis and Gentle Giant), the folk of Roy Harper and Bert Jansch, the jazz oriented jazz jam sessions and the classical music in the terms of development of melodies (basically driven and composed by John Evan). Medieval music also find itself appearent in the madrigal of the mid-section of side B. The music is played with competence and seriousness, almost a beserker seriouness by the band.

The concept encapsules many levels: it is a spoof concept, in the way that presents a false story as if was a real one (even in the Radio advertisements); a concept about the prodigy child; and the concept about modern day scholarship and social norms.

Thick as a Brick never achieved the respct it deserves - although it one of the most commercial succesful album of progressive rock and one of the most paradigmatic - few artists recognize Thick as a Brick as their influences for music (exception of Rush's Geddy Lee and Steven Wilson) and the album never got the respect of other now canonized concept albums, as The Who's Tommy and Pink Floyd's The Wall. We do hope that future will repaire this mistake.

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 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.33 | 1949 ratings

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Aqualung
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Hippocamp Armorial

5 stars Aqualung was born in difficult child labour. Musical changes, personnel changes, studio changes and the sense in the band that it was time to bring something new and astounishing to the band itself and to the (almost) legions of fans. It was obvious by the acoustic songs that Anderson had time to develop his guitar playing in a unique style (that we saw again in the EP "Life's a long song", in Thick as a Brick and glimpses in A Passion Play), although, as a interview with Clive Bunker suggests, the band was playing indepently from its composer (apparently, a song was build upon a jam with everyone except Ian, but Clive couldnt remeber which song was).

Aqualung biggest praise is the easily understood music with the complex construction that made everyone feel like is listening this album for the first time. Its influence in most straight ahed rock and Heavy Metal is not to surprise anyone. Aqualung is certainly aomg the finest Rock'n Roll works and is because of the progression each track contains.

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 Benefit by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.91 | 762 ratings

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Benefit
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Hippocamp Armorial

4 stars In the way to established themselves as a great act, trying to bring the best of the live presentations in an album, with the best selection of guitar riffs that made people dance and enjoy, but playing around with all that the new tecniques and tools that a good quality studio could offer - thats how Benefit was born. With the addition of John Evans - whom I seriously believed should have received the credit of "addition material" - Jethro Tull gains in consistency and quality. His keyboards always aligned with Ian Anderson vocals or in parallel with the main themes and melodies are a essential characteristic that Jethro Tull will have and will be one of his trademarks from 1970 to 1980.

Good quality and good playing, a good addition to anyones music library.

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