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Jethro Tull - Benefit - 50th Anniversary Enhanced Edition CD (album) cover


Jethro Tull


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4.46 | 31 ratings

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4 stars Presenting the Steven Wilson remix of the studio album, plus associated songs from the era, plus the usual host of extras we've come to expect from these deluxe editions, this anniversary release of Benefit includes not one but two live performances, both from the US. First there's the Live In Tanglewood set from July 1970; Tull were opening for The Who on this one, so deliver a boisterous and energetic rendition of their material, perhaps playing up to the expectations of Who fans; it ends up working a treat.

A month or so later sees Tull in Chicago, playing a similar setlist. This one's sourced from the soundboard; somewhat suffering from tape his, it perhaps is emerging as a "beat the bootlegs" measure, but it does at least show that the storied Tanglewood performance was no fluke - the band really were on fire at this time.

Both live shows are notable for early appearances of My God, which would feature on the coming Aqualung - more evidence that Tull's creativity was really coming to the boil here, with classic new material coalescing rapidly.

Warthur | 4/5 |


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