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THIS WAS

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

3.32 | 864 ratings

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BigDaddyAEL1964
3 stars Let's make a track-by-track review of this beautiful debut by my favorite band!

My Sunday Feeling: Very nice blues rocker with a pleasant groove and inspired approach. Good choice for an opener.

Some Day The Sun Won't Shine For You: My favorite song of the album. Country rock with extraordinary harmonica work, worm vocals, and a deep soul that would make American musicians applaud. The only strange thing is that it was not chosen as a the last track of the album; it definitely sounds suitable for a closure.

Beggars Farm: Pretty intelligent song, with clever lyrics and masterful flute work by Anderson. Not my favorite song, but maybe the most deep of the album.

Move On Alone: Short jazz composition with typical love-related lyrics. Pretty good rhythm section work, a pleasant song overall.

Serenade To A Cuckoo (Roland Kirk cover): The most representative performance of Jethro Tull's essence at the time. Probably the best track of the album, every member plays their part in a splendid fashion, making the 6 minutes it lasts feel like 3. A masterpiece really!

Dharma For One: Basically a drum solo, which is somewhat odd for a studio album. I don't really understand it's purpose; yeah, they rhythm section is skillful, but we don't need this one to teach us.

It's Breaking Me Up: Fantastic riff in a sensual blues rocker that stands out as the best song of the album (Serenade To A Cuckoo is an instrumental piece, not a song). Anderson's interpretation is impressive, displaying his uncanny ability to "breath" the songs he sings. Fantastic.

Cat's Squirrel: An instrumental rocker with an interesting, groovy riff. Nothing too important though.

A Song For Jeffrey: A song about the future JT bass player and Ian Anderson's friend Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond. It's probably the most well known piece of the album (maybe due to the fact that the played it live often), but I can't say I particularly like it. The effect on the vocals makes them somewhat irritating, and the music offers nothing fancy except the catchy riff.

Round: The instrumental closure of the album, in a playful mood that reveals the intelligence of this band.

RATING: Groundbreaking, inspired, impressive. There has to be a classification, and since JT released many monumental albums throughout their existence, this one has to get 3 stars for actually being a 3,5 stars album. Non the less, one of the most important debut albums of the 60's.

BigDaddyAEL1964 | 3/5 |

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