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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.30 | 971 ratings

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4 stars I like blues. Said so, I can't not like the Jethro Tull debut. It's 1968, Armstrong hasn't walked on the moon yet and this debuting blues revival British band releases an album which already contains some of the characteristics which will later make this band one of the big six of prog. It's a blues album, even if the only real standard blues is the second track of the first side: "Some Day The Sun Won't Shine". Throughout the album we can find the voice and the flute of Ian Anderson. He's already the one we will know better in the following years. There's not yet Barre, and Abrahams at guitar is more oriented to blues than to the British folk which will come later.

This album gifts us with the efforts of a proper band, before it became an Anderson's thing. I don't remember if there's any other Tull album including a long drum solo, just to say. So, even if many think that this is not a full prog album, first of all is a very good one. A Tull fan can't miss it and the symptoms of the future highs are already there. Also, the blues influence will never disappear from the band's music. It will just be diluted into the British folk revival.

An album that shouldn't be missed

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