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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.32 | 864 ratings

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3 stars Review #3 Jethro Tull's 1968 album This Was

Being an enormous Tull fan for the past 38 years I thought I had better review Thick As A Brick first as this was my first encounter with Tull and then review the rest of the Tull catalogue in the ensuing weeks, months......years!

This Was has a few fans but to me it is a product of it's time. There is not much here that you can classify as prog; it's just a very good blues rock album. There may be some fresh elements in there that had not been presented on record before e.g. The Claghorn (!) an instrument made by Ian Anderson and it only features on the instrumental "Dharma For One". The songs/music that hold up asmaybe a bit prog include "My Sunday Feeling", "Beggar's Farm", "Dharma for One" and "A Song ForJeffrey". The rest are pure blues but they are good tunes: "Someday the Sun Won't Shine For You", "It's Breaking Me Up", the instrumentals "Cat's Squirrel" and Roland Kirk's "Serenade to A Cuckoo" all good but not progressive in any way.

Anderson knew Tull would not persevere with blues and so the title of the album. Who would think that they would still be active more than 40 years later and at no time have they ceased touring... even though they now refuse to put out any new product (very disappointing). Maybe their next and final album, which I am predicting will be released on their 50th anniversary in 2018 and have the members of the band dressed as babies in nappies (diapers), will be called "That Is".

This Was...3 stars

BarryGlibb | 3/5 |


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