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    Posted: February 06 2017 at 01:17
I couldn't find a thread about Jethro Tull.
Weird. But here it is.

I'm in a Tull-mood, playing all my favorite albums coming days.
Almost all albums are favorite with me, so instead of a top-something best Tull-albums I will post a top-something least favorite Tull-albums:
 
1. A
2. Under Wraps
3. Too Old to Rock'n'Roll, Too Young to Die
4. This Was
5. The Christmas Album
 
Why Tull? Becaus they have it all: the skills, the humour, the folkish/pastoral sound, the heavy rocksound, the transversal flute I love so much, the heavy rock lead guitar, the over-the-top drumming, the sometimes jazzfusion interplay, the best metalalbum of the year-grammy award, great lyrics, great voice, the symphonic rock epics, the acoustic ballads with chamber orchestra.


Edited by Kingsnake - February 06 2017 at 03:33
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr prog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2017 at 03:24
A is one of my faves. Too old could have been a lot better if they used the tracks that weren't on the album
All I like is prog related bands beginning late 60's/early 70's. Their music from 1968 - 83 has the composition and sound which will never be beaten. Perfect blend of jazz, classical, folk and rock.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote resurrection Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2017 at 15:47
Personally I think Benefit was the best Jethro Album. I consider 'Cry me a song' the closest they ever came to writing a true song. Also sad that the original lineup (like King Crimson too) only lasted for one album.
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Original line-up, with Mick Abrahams?
 
I didn;t like the bleus they were playing. For me Tull started with Stand Up.
And that line up (Bunker, Anderson, Barre, Cornick with Evan) lasted two albums and recorded a sh*tload of non-albumtracks (Live in the Past)
 
The classic line up (Anderson, Barre, Evan, Palmer with either Hammond or Glascock) lasted for at least 10!! albums.
 
Most of the times the Original line up isn't the best line up (compare with Rush, Marillion, Moody Blues, etc.)
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^^
 
In the case of Marillion I doubt that even great fans of the band are aware who was in the first
line up :
 
Doug Irvine, Martin Jenner, Neil Cuttle, Mike Pointer
 
3 of those guys I guess are tottaly forgotten.
 
(although Neil Cuttle still plays in a Neo Prog band called "The Mighty Bard")
 
 
 
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^ on topic

I heard some music of Blodwyn Pig and Mick Abrahams Band, and I'm glad Ian Anderson took over, because he led Tull into musical terratories I much more adore than the bluesrock of Abrahams.
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^^
I heared the original Mono Version of "This was" once (this one was withdrawn on the day of release),
and there was a lot more to hear from Abraham. Most of his parts where removed more mixed
to the back on the Stereo Version.
 
There is nothing wrong with Blodwyn Pig and Mick Abrahams Band, but I'm also very glad the band went the
way they did.
 
 
 


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Of course nothing wrong with what Mick Abrahams did, but I'm glad he did it with other bands, and Jethro Tull became Jethro Tull.

Otherwise we would have had 3 or 4 bluesrock-ish albums and that would be it.
I think Ian is the most diverse songwriter ever to walk the face of the earth (paired maybe with Freddy Mercury and David Bowie). I'm glad he got the chance and the band to pursue his weird, musical adventures.
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One of my, if not my favourite bands. But I like the idea of mentioning the least favourites, and that wouild be This Was, as well as anything from J-Tull.com onwards. Everything in between was brilliant.
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Originally posted by npjnpj npjnpj wrote:

One of my, if not my favourite bands. But I like the idea of mentioning the least favourites, and that wouild be This Was, as well as anything from J-Tull.com onwards. Everything in between was brilliant.



What do you mean? Thick as a Brick2, Rupi's Dance, Secret Language of Birds and Homo Erraticus?
They are amongst my favorites....
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote npjnpj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 10 2017 at 13:32
I thought we were talking Jethro Tull albums here, not Ian Anderson solo?
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The only record off that list that I don't much care for is Too Old. It just never connected with me. It was JT trying to be traditional Tull and just falling flat. Later works like A and Under Wraps, while in now way being masterpieces were at least trying to push the envelope. Not always successfully, sure, but still...
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Is it just me or does anyone else include A in the folk albums run? Despite the changes in the line-up and all.
SftW = Woods
Heavy Horses = Country life
Stormwatch = Seas
A = Cities

A stretch maybe? I don't know...
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Originally posted by Kingsnake Kingsnake wrote:

Originally posted by npjnpj npjnpj wrote:

One of my, if not my favourite bands. But I like the idea of mentioning the least favourites, and that wouild be This Was, as well as anything from J-Tull.com onwards. Everything in between was brilliant.



What do you mean? Thick as a Brick2, Rupi's Dance, Secret Language of Birds and Homo Erraticus?
They are amongst my favorites....


You said JTull.com and onwards. Because that and the Cristamas were their last albums, I thought maybe you meant the Ian solo stuff.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote doompaul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 10 2017 at 15:07
While we are on the subject of JT. Can anyone suggest the best boots? I have almost completed the regular discography and am looking to expand my collection. Not sure if that is cool to talk about here, so forgive me if I'm out of line.
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Originally posted by Watchmaker Watchmaker wrote:

Is it just me or does anyone else include A in the folk albums run? Despite the changes in the line-up and all.
SftW = Woods
Heavy Horses = Country life
Stormwatch = Seas
A = Cities

A stretch maybe? I don't know...
 
Interesting take (cities). I regard the folk trilogy as the three albums before A, because A has such a different sound, and it's originally a solo album of Ian's (thus the different line-up) that was turned into a proper Tull album.
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@Kingsnake: Hey, you're right, I never realised. So, come to think of it, J-Tull.com and This Was are the only ones I don't really like. that's quite a run of terrific albums then. For the record: I think that A and Under Wraps are brilliant albums.
And as for the IA solo albums: I'm not keen on TaaB2, and Homo Erraticus, the others are great, even Walk into Light.
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Walk into the Light, Under Wraps and A are kind of a trilogy aswell :-)

Just like Crest of a Knave - Rock Island - Catfish Rising.

A lot of trilogies in the Tull-discography...


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There's so many excellent and wonderful live-albums, I have no boots of Tull.

Just check the Tull-page here on Progarchives, so many live albums it will make your head spin !
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 11 2017 at 08:49
Originally posted by Kingsnake Kingsnake wrote:

Walk into the Light, Under Wraps and A are kind of a trilogy aswell :-)
 
I disagree, because Broadsword comes after A, and A doesn't really sound like WIL and UW (while those two have some of the same personnel and do sound similar).
 
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