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JETHRO TULL

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Founded in Blackpool, UK in 1967 - Hiatus from 2012-2016


"I didn`t have to play it all the time, I just had to wave it around and look good" - Ian Anderson 2003.

Eccentric on stage yet rather thoughtful, reserved and even sombre at times when not in the limelight, the Jethro Tull image was the brainchild of flute wielding frontman Ian Anderson. Clad in scruffy vagabond apparel, and looking more like an anachronism out of a Charles Dickens tale, Anderson conveyed an old English aura during the band`s formative years in the late 60`s and early 70`s which would persist throughout the band's 40 year career both visually and musically.

Born on August 10, 1947 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, Anderson was augmented by a revolving door of colourful musicians over the years which added to the flamboyance of the Jethro Tull phenomenon. Conceived as a psychedelic blues band in late 1967 the music of Jethro Tull has always been dauntingly intricate embracing many styles including blues, jazz, folk, medieval, classical, hard rock along with forays into electronic music, sometimes referred to as "space age prog". The lyrics were equally as sophisticated and sometimes reached new heights of grandiloquence commenting on depressing world events such as drug abuse, the oil crisis, modernisation, third world troubles and a deteriorating economy.. Other topics included fads, spy novels, environmental and social issues as well as metaphysical musings. With lyrics and music which ran deep Jethro Tull have often been over-analysed by both fans and critics alike and many of their albums have been erroneously interpreted as autobiographical due to the fact that many of their record covers featured artwork which seemed to depict Ian Anderson's likeness, something which he has vehemently denied in numerous interviews.

Jethro Tull can trace their origins back to 1963 when as a young art student in Blackpool, England Anderson formed a band called THE BLADES (after a club in a James Bond novel). By 1965 as a 7-piece they had changed their name to THE JOHN EVAN BAND and subsequently to THE JOHN EVAN SMASH (his mother supplied their tour van) Evan, whose real name was Evans, would eventually become the band's keyboard player for most of the seventies. The band relocated to London in`67, the centre of the British blues movement of the sixties in search of more lucrative gigs. However the band was gradually d...
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JETHRO TULL discography


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JETHRO TULL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.32 | 810 ratings
This Was
1968
4.05 | 1199 ratings
Stand Up
1969
3.91 | 1011 ratings
Benefit
1970
4.35 | 2521 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.63 | 3201 ratings
Thick As A Brick
1972
4.02 | 1404 ratings
A Passion Play
1973
3.33 | 801 ratings
War Child
1974
4.03 | 1160 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery
1975
3.09 | 739 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
1976
4.18 | 1366 ratings
Songs From The Wood
1977
4.03 | 1122 ratings
Heavy Horses
1978
3.47 | 710 ratings
Stormwatch
1979
3.21 | 584 ratings
A
1980
3.28 | 630 ratings
The Broadsword And The Beast
1982
2.23 | 499 ratings
Under Wraps
1984
3.00 | 147 ratings
A Classic Case
1985
3.22 | 560 ratings
Crest Of A Knave
1987
2.69 | 440 ratings
Rock Island
1989
2.59 | 410 ratings
Catfish Rising
1991
3.61 | 494 ratings
Roots To Branches
1995
3.02 | 415 ratings
J-Tull Dot Com
1999
3.50 | 393 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
2003

JETHRO TULL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.18 | 399 ratings
Live - Bursting Out
1978
2.90 | 53 ratings
Live At Hammersmith '84
1990
3.65 | 174 ratings
A Little Light Music
1992
3.06 | 46 ratings
In Concert
1995
3.64 | 119 ratings
Living With The Past
2002
4.16 | 155 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2004
3.46 | 97 ratings
Aqualung Live
2005
3.77 | 85 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live at Madison Square Garden 1978
2009
4.44 | 25 ratings
Live At Carnegie Hall 1970
2015

JETHRO TULL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.85 | 51 ratings
Slipstream (DVD)
1981
3.78 | 42 ratings
20 Years of Jethro Tull (VHS)
1988
3.47 | 83 ratings
Living With the Past
2002
3.04 | 51 ratings
A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
2003
3.85 | 91 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2005
2.94 | 66 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
4.05 | 22 ratings
Slipstream (9 song version)
2007
4.39 | 28 ratings
Classic Artists Series: Jethro Tull
2008
3.31 | 30 ratings
Jack In The Green - Live In Germany
2008
3.64 | 23 ratings
Songs From Bethlehem
2008
4.35 | 102 ratings
Live At Madison Square Garden 1978 (DVD + CD)
2009
3.79 | 34 ratings
Live at AVO Session Basel 2008
2009
4.53 | 34 ratings
Around the World Live (4DVD)
2013

JETHRO TULL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Jethro Tull
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sunday Best
1971
4.13 | 311 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.09 | 75 ratings
M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull
1976
3.16 | 51 ratings
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull Vol. III
1981
3.25 | 75 ratings
Original Masters
1985
0.00 | 0 ratings
Masters Of Rock
1986
3.64 | 84 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull Box
1988
4.55 | 83 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (The Definitive Collection)
1988
3.74 | 52 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release)
1989
3.64 | 157 ratings
Nightcap
1993
3.82 | 49 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection
1993
4.43 | 78 ratings
25th Anniversary Box Set
1993
2.64 | 27 ratings
A Jethro Tull Collection
1997
1.51 | 30 ratings
Through The Years
1997
3.00 | 70 ratings
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
2001
2.50 | 15 ratings
Essential Jethro Tull
2007
3.40 | 52 ratings
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
2007
3.80 | 45 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album / Live - Christmas At St Bride's 2008
2009
4.68 | 50 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Essential
2011
4.86 | 77 ratings
Thick As A Brick - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
2012
4.90 | 63 ratings
A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
2014
4.66 | 41 ratings
War Child - The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
2014
4.86 | 41 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery - 40th Anniversary: La Grande Edition
2015
4.56 | 18 ratings
Too Old To Rock'n'Roll: Too Young To Die - The TV Special Edition
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
An Introduction To Jethro Tull
2017
4.90 | 32 ratings
Songs From The Wood - 40th Anniversary Edition - The Country Set
2017
5.00 | 11 ratings
Heavy Horses (New Shoes Edition)
2018
4.50 | 8 ratings
This Was (50 Anniversary Edition)
2018
3.00 | 5 ratings
50 For 50
2018
1.50 | 2 ratings
50th Anniversary Collection
2018

JETHRO TULL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.81 | 16 ratings
Love Story
1968
4.09 | 23 ratings
A Song For Jeffrey
1968
2.71 | 18 ratings
Sunshine Day
1968
4.11 | 26 ratings
Sweet Dream / 17
1969
4.10 | 20 ratings
The Witch's Promise
1969
4.60 | 29 ratings
Living In The Past
1969
3.88 | 17 ratings
Inside
1970
4.61 | 35 ratings
Life Is A Long Song
1971
4.18 | 17 ratings
Hymn 43
1971
4.35 | 24 ratings
Aqualung
1971
3.50 | 4 ratings
Locomotive Breath
1971
4.14 | 29 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.56 | 25 ratings
Bungle In The Jungle
1974
4.00 | 3 ratings
Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day
1974
3.50 | 2 ratings
Minstrel in the Gallery / Summerday Sands
1975
3.18 | 26 ratings
Ring Out, Solstice Bells
1976
3.33 | 6 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll; Too Young To Die
1976
4.19 | 26 ratings
The Whistler
1977
3.43 | 7 ratings
A Stitch In Time
1978
4.07 | 27 ratings
Moths
1978
3.71 | 7 ratings
Warm Sporran
1979
2.68 | 19 ratings
North Sea Oil
1979
4.53 | 19 ratings
Home E.P.
1979
3.22 | 22 ratings
Working John, Working Joe
1980
3.28 | 21 ratings
Fallen On Hard Times
1982
3.40 | 20 ratings
Broadsword
1982
3.05 | 20 ratings
Lap Of Luxury
1984
3.67 | 3 ratings
Bourrée
1985
3.92 | 13 ratings
Coronach
1986
3.77 | 13 ratings
Said She Was A Dancer 12''
1987
3.60 | 15 ratings
Steel Monkey 12''
1987
4.00 | 3 ratings
Part Of The Machine
1988
3.74 | 18 ratings
Another Christmas Song
1989
3.58 | 17 ratings
This Is Not Love
1991
3.84 | 16 ratings
Rocks On The Road
1991
3.00 | 14 ratings
Living in the (Slightly More Recent) Past / Living in the Past
1993
2.67 | 18 ratings
Rare And Precious Chain
1995
3.29 | 17 ratings
Bends Like A Willow
1999
3.20 | 10 ratings
The Christmas EP
2004
4.00 | 3 ratings
Living in the Past
2013

JETHRO TULL Reviews


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 Stormwatch by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.47 | 710 ratings

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Stormwatch
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

3 stars It was the close of a decade when 'Stormwatch', Jethro Tull's 12th studio album, was released. The 70s were ending, but this album was also pivotal for other reasons. It would be the last album that bassist John Glascock would play, as he would pass away from heart failure shortly after the album was released. Glascock would actually only play on 3 of the track (five if you include the 4 bonus tracks on the remastered CD). Ian Anderson would end up playing the bass on the rest of the tracks on the original track list. Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention) would be his replacement later. This would also be the last album for John Evan, Dee Palmer (both keyboardists) and Barriemore Barlow (dummer) as they would leave the band after the tour ended.

Things looked pretty bleak for Jethro Tull after this point, and the next Tull album, 'A' was actually supposed to be Ian Anderson's solo album, but he was talked into releasing it as a Tull album. There was a marked difference between this and the next album because of this, and the influence of the 80's could really be heard on the following album. Also, this was the last album of the 'folk-rock trilogy' which also included 'Heavy Horses' and 'Songs from the Wood', the two previous albums. The main theme of 'Stormwatch' deals with environmental issues, oil and money.

'North Sea Oil' definitely leans on the rock side, but still has a folkish lilt to it that makes it undoubtedly Tull, but already, there seems to be a lack of spirit to the song. Anderson has already announced that he was going to do a solo album, the band was concerned about Glascocks failing health, so the fact that the other band members futures were up in the air could have been part of the reason for the mass exodus that tore the band apart. 'Orion' is one of the 3 tracks featuring Glascock, and the track has a definite difference in the 'heart' of the song and is one of the better tracks of the album. Palmer's orchestral arrangements also bring life into this track that was missing in the first track. 'Home' is much more laid back and folkish. Again, the orchestral influence helps boost the track, and Barre's guitar shines through. This is also a strong track and Anderson proves that his vocals were still emotional. There is a lot of heart in this track.

This is followed by the longest track on the album 'Dark Ages' at over 9 minutes. The track is a bit more complex and everything about it should work. Yet it is not one of Tull's best, when it should have been. After a tense and hesitant beginning, it finally starts to come to life sounding like it might go somewhere, but the melody and the hooks and riffs just seem to be lacking. Not even the orchestra seems able to save it. Barre's work is really the only strong point on this track as his playing shows a lot of spark, but the wildfire doesn't spread to the rest of the song, partly because of the waning inspiration and sub-par craftsmanship. It ends up feeling a bit choppy when it is all said and done. 'Warm Sporran' is an instrumental about a place to store stuff in your kilt. It has an okay traditional sound to it, but again lacks anything really memorable or original.

'Something's on the Move' alludes to the heavy rock sound of future Tull, but the melody is boring and the band wasn't ready for this kind of music yet. It's hard to find anything catchy on this tune. 'Old Ghosts' is as lifeless as the title. 'Dun Ringill' is about a historical fort near where Anderson lived for a while. The acoustic work is nice on this one, but the melody is lacking again. After these lackluster short songs, 'Flying Dutchman' (7:46) flies in to hopefully save the day. This is the 2nd of the 3 tracks with Glascock playing bass. This one is also a highlight of the album and has probably the most memorable riffs and melody of the album, the inspiration more blues based than folk based. 'Elegy' is another instrumental and the third track that Glascock plays on. It is an elegy to Dee Palmer's father, not to Glascock as some have surmised. It is a mellow, soft rock instrumental that sounds quite out of place.

The remastered album has four more tracks not on the original. 'A Stitch in Time' is a non-album single released in 1978. The song features a small chorus of background singers and a fairly simple melody. 'Crossword' is an outtake. The thing that stands out here is the bass work, and, yes, it is performed by Glascock, as is the next bonus track 'Kelpie' which is a song about a shape-shifting water sprite. The playfulness of the track is an anomaly for the album, but it's not bad. 'King Henry's Madrigal' features the new bassist that would replace Glascock, David Pegg, and is based on an English folk song, but this version is instrumental.

Not one of Tull's best, this album was a bit ill fated from the start. But the band still manages to pull out a few inspired performances anyway, however, most of the album shows signs of waning creativity and a feeling of unsureness. The album is slated to be released is October of 2019 with a Steven Wilson remastering, and hopefully that box set edition will help bring some life into some of the lesser songs on this album, and maybe find some rare recordings that will help bring up the overall quality of the album, but it is not an album that is in high demand among Tull's discography. The box set will include 6 discs with new stereo remixes, a lot of unreleased tracks and a full concert recorded in the Netherlands from March 1980. It still manages to achieve a 3 star rating, but isn't an album that I would recommend getting started with.

 Live at Madison Square Garden 1978 by JETHRO TULL album cover Live, 2009
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Live at Madison Square Garden 1978
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars Thanks to spotify this album is avalaible to those who don't have a DVD-player, or don't want to have one. This album is streamable in its entirety, and I must say it's a very explosive show (recorded during their US-tour).

The line-up is very tight and plays a lot of latter day material fro Heavy Horses, Too Old and Heavy Horses. Very different than Bursting Out (wich was recorded on their European tour). Also John Glascock was already very ill and was replaced on this show (and tour) by Tony Williams. I can't hear any difference.

The production is very good (maybe because it's remastered in 2009). All the instruments are mixed very well and the sound never getts muddled, althought the bandmembers seam very busy all the time (especially the two keyboardists and the drummer).

A must-listen for Tull-fans in general and specifically for fans of the folkrock-days of the band.

 This Was by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1968
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This Was
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

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

 Benefit by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.91 | 1011 ratings

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Benefit
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 259

'Benefit' is the third studio album of Jethro Tull and was released in 1970. There are two versions of the album, the UK edition and the US edition. Both editions have ten tracks. However, the order of the tracks is different on both editions. But, the main difference is that the US version has the track 'Teacher' instead of the track 'Alive And Well And Living In'. 'Benefit' was the album where Jethro Tull solidified their sound around the folk and rock music, abandoning their more blues sound. The album is more hard and rock than their predecessor 'Stand Up'. This is also the album where the band uses tape-manipulation techniques in several tracks, which was unusual on their earlier two studio albums.

'Benefit' represents the second change on the line up of the group. It was the first album of the band including a keyboardist, John Evan. However, he wasn't yet a regular band's member. It was also the last album to include bassist Glenn Cornick, which would be replaced by Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond on their next fourth studio album 'Aqualung'.

So, the line up of the album is Ian Anderson (vocals, guitar and flute), Martin Barre (electric guitar), Glenn Cornick (bass guitar) and Clive Bunker (drums). As I wrote before, John Evans (piano and organ) appears as a guest musician. And as happened on the two previous studio albums, David Palmer made all the orchestral arrangements in 'Benefit', too.

'Benefit' has ten tracks. All songs were written and composed by Ian Anderson. My review is based on the UK version. The first track 'With You There To Help Me' is a very interesting song to open the album, which is at the same time soft and dark. It's also at the same time hard and melodic, making of it a great counterpoint. This is, without any doubt, one of the highest points on the album with many changes in tempo and atmosphere. The second track 'Nothing To Say' is a harmonious, calm and beautiful Jethro Tull's song with a mellow style and with a nice floating singing style by Ian Anderson. It has also a strong backing support of the bass and the drums. The final result is a very cool and enjoyable song to hear. The third track 'Alive And Well And Living In' is one of the three smallest songs on the album. It's a calm and well balanced song where the general instrumental performance is very good. This is a song with a superb tune that we could later hear on the more folk oriented albums of them. The fourth track 'Son' is the second smallest song on the album. It's a very interesting song that switches the tone from hard rock to a soft acoustic guitar tone. This happens because this song represents a sarcastic conversation between father and son. It's a very unconventional song, but we learn to like it after some time. The fifth track 'For Michael Collins, Jeffrey And Me' is really an amazing song. It's a song with great piano, nice acoustic guitar, good bass, beautiful chorus and great singing. This is a song that starts as a mellow folk song, but that suddenly, it rocks. So, this is a song that is balanced between the folk and the rock, which is probably, the main characteristic of the entire album. The sixth track 'To Cry You A Song' is one the best known songs from this musical period and that became a classic on Jethro Tull's live shows. It's an excellent rock song with a great guitar work. This is a must for those who love the harder side of the band. This was also the song who gave its name to the tribute album released by Magna Carta. If you are interested on it, you can read my review on this site, in Various Artists. The seventh track 'A Time For Everything?' is the third smallest song on the album and is a song that brings the flute back into the music and where Martin Barre's guitar dominates the music. This is another great folk tune, totally in the vein of what would be their future on their more folk oriented albums 'Songs From The Wood', 'Heavy Horses' and 'Stormwatch'. The eighth track 'Inside' is an intimate and soft song with some intricate rhythms, a sweet flute playing and a nice and warm voice. It's really a cool, very relaxing and a truly pleasant nice song to hear. The ninth track 'Play In Time' is the weirdest, the most strange and experimental song on the album. It's a song with lots of changes and a great aggressive musical atmosphere. It's a very energetic song with excellent singing and great guitar riffs. This is, in reality, a unique song on the entire album. The tenth and last track 'Sossity; You're A Woman' finishes the album with a beautiful and mellow tune. It's a song with great acoustic guitar playing, good rhythm section and a beautiful voice line. The flute provides also great inserts all over the song. This is a perfect closing to the album.

Conclusion: 'Benefit' is another excellent Jethro Tull's studio album. It's probably less considered because it was released between 'Stand Up' and 'Aqualung' and before the great masterpiece of the group, 'Thick As A Brick'. However, despite isn't as good as 'Stand Up' and 'Aqualung' are, and especially, it isn't as good as 'Thick As A Brick' is, 'Benefit' represents an excellent musical effort of Jethro Tull and is a very solid album. As happened with 'Stand Up', 'Benefit' is also a landmark for the band, because it confirms definitely and firmly the changing of the music direction of the band. It remains a classic Jethro Tull's album and an excellent addition to all decent musical collection.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Stand Up by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1969
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Stand Up
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 258

'Stand Up' is the second studio album of Jethro Tull and was released in 1969. 'Stand Up' was the album that marked the first change in the line up of the group. The original guitarist Mick Abrahams departed due to musical differences with Ian Anderson. He wanted to stay with the blues based rock sound of the previous album 'This Was', while Ian Anderson wants to depart to more varied musical influences such as jazz, rock, folk, classical and ethnic music.

So, 'Stand Up' became a very important album in the musical career of Jethro Tull, because it represents a radical musical change into the music of the band and where Ian Anderson takes the full control of the music and lyrics. It also marks the beginning of the new guitarist Martin Barre, which had a less restricted guitar style than Mick Abrahams, and that from that point, he would became the only band member to appear on all albums of the group, apart Ian Anderson.

The line up on the album is Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, Hammond organ, piano, balalaika and mouth organ), Martin Barre (electric guitar and flute), Glenn Cornick (bass guitar) and Clive Bunker (drums and percussion). As on 'This Was', 'Stand Up' had also the participation of David Palmer. He conducted and arranged the strings.

'Stand Up' has ten tracks. All songs were written and composed by Ian Anderson. The first track 'A New Day Yesterday' is a classic song of the band with a heavy blues influence. It isn't a song with a very complex arrangement, but it results so well that it became a great track. It has a fantastic instrumental performance, especially the Glen Cornick's aggressive bass line. The second track 'Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square' is a fantastic and nice song on the album. The use of a mandolin gives to the song a more folk style and because of that it would became the first song of the group more oriented to the folk. This is also the shortest song on the album. The third track 'Bour'e' is one of the most recognisable Jethro Tull's tracks and it's based on a piece of music of J. S. Bach. This is an instrumental very interesting piece of music with some jazz influence with a great solo of flute and a fantastic bass line. This Jethro Tull's adaptation of the classical Bach's musical piece perhaps became as one of the most popular adaptations of classical pieces for the masses. The fourth track 'Back To The Family' is a strange song with diverse instrumentation and with rock and folk chords, and several elements at the same time. It seems to be a bit boring on its beginning but it turns progressively in a fast song and remains as one of best musical moments on the album. The fifth track 'Look Into The Sun' is a very simple, but it's also at the same time a very beautiful song. The performance of Ian Anderson's acoustic guitar and Martin Barre's electric guitar is perfect and the interplay between both is fantastic and results beautifully. It also should still be noticed the soft flute and the sweet vocals on the song. The sixth track 'Nothing Is Easy' is another classic Jethro Tull's song. This is a fantastic biting rock track with several musical sections and with incredible musical performance. It has fine drumming and once more the interaction between the flute and the guitar is predominant and perfect. The balance between the power and elegance in this music is wonderful. The seventh track 'Fat Man' is the second smallest track on the album. It's a very happy and fast song where the use of the balalaika gives to it a very special musical atmosphere. This is typically a classic Jethro Tull's folk rock song with a very unique sound. The eighth track 'We Used To Know' is a very beautiful song performed in a rock ballad style. It has also a superb and fantastic blues/rock guitar solo performed by Martin Barre that reminds me strongly the Jimi Hendrix's style, and it has also an important Clive Bunker drumming work. The ninth track 'Reasons For Waiting' is a beautiful and very calm ballad performed more in the acoustic style. The flute and the vocals on the song are nice and the addition of the strings and the beautiful arrangement of David Palmer are absolutely delightful and give to the song a perfect musical balance and ambience. The tenth and last track 'For A Thousand Mothers' is the song that closes magnificently the album. It's, in reality, an extraordinary song with a diverse and a perfect mix of folk, blues, jazz and rock. These are basically all the main elements that makes of Jethro Tull as one of the biggest bands of the history of the progressive rock music.

Conclusion: 'Stand Up' is a great step into Jethro Tull's music and a giant step from their previous debut studio album 'This Was'. As with Genesis with their debut studio album 'From Genesis To Revelation', we may say that 'Stand Up' is the first Jethro Tull's album and 'This Was' was their zero album. 'Stand Up' represents almost what the band wanted to do in the near future. So, 'Stand Up' is a much better album than 'This Was' is, a better album than 'Benefit' is and is very close to 'Aqualung' in its musical quality. It's perfectly clear to me why 'Stand Up' is one of all-time favourite Jethro Tull's albums to Ian Anderson. I have no doubt in saying that 'Stand Up' is one of the best Jethro Tull's studio albums. It's true that it isn't as good as some other Jethro Tull's albums, but it remains an amazing album.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 This Was by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1968
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This Was
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Review Nº 257

'This Was' is the debut studio album of Jethro Tull and was released in 1968. With this release, Jethro Tull became as one of the first bands that would be designated as one of the pioneers of the progressive rock music, with bands such as Pink Floyd, Caravan, The Moody Blues, Van Der Graaf Generator, Procol Harum, Renaissance and King Crimson.

The line up on the album is Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, mouth organ, harmonica, claghorn and piano), Mick Abrahams (vocals, guitar and 9 string guitar), Glenn Cornick (bass guitar) and Clive Bunker (drums). David Palmer (French horn and orchestral arrangements), appears on the album as a guest musician. Following this album, guitarist Mick Abrahams left the group after a falling out with Ian Anderson. There were a number of reasons for his departure, but the main reason was surely that he was a blues purist while Ian Anderson wanted to explore many other forms of music.

'This Was' was an album where Ian Anderson shared some songwriting duties with the guitarist Mick Abrahams. The album also contains the only Jethro Tull's lead vocal not performed by Ian Anderson on any studio album of the band, 'Move On Alone'. Mick Abrahams, who was the songwriter of 'Move On Alone', provides the lead vocals on this track.

'This Was' has ten tracks. The first track 'My Sunday Feeling' written by Ian Anderson is clearly a song with some influences of blues and even more influences of jazz. It's a song with good and energetic drumming very well followed by the flute and also by the voice of Ian Anderson used in a very unique style. The second track 'Some Day The Sun Won't Shine For You' was also written by Ian Anderson and is a typical and short blues song, much slower than the previous track and where Ian Anderson changes his flute by the harmonica. This is a real cool song but when we hear the song we remain with the feeling that we had already heard this kind of tune many other times before. The third track 'Beggar's Farm' written by Ian Anderson and Mick Abrahams is a song with good instrumental parts of flute and where the voice of Ian Anderson appears entrained with a light drunken touch. It has also great combination of guitar and bass and it has also a good rhythm section. The fourth track 'Move On Alone' written by Mick Abrahams is the shortest track on the album and is a song sung by Mick Abrahams. It's a very simple song with a mix fusion between jazz and blues. The only thing I can say about it is that it's short and nice but it seems to belong to another age, the 60's. The fifth track 'Serenade To A Cuckoo' written by Roland Kirk is an instrumental track and is the lengthiest on the album. It represents, without any doubt, one of the best musical moments on the album. This is really a wonderful instrumental song that is more jazz music than blues. It has a great and perfect instrumental performance all over the song, especially by the flute and guitar. The sixth track 'Dharma For One' written by Ian Anderson and Clive Bunker is one of the most known Jethro Tull's songs of this album. It's another instrumental track on the album where Clive Bunker performed a great and inventive drum solo. This is a song with a more rock feeling than the other previous songs. The seventh track 'It's Breaking Me Up' written by Ian Anderson is another traditional and classical blues number. It has good harmonica performance, but like 'Some Day The Sun Won't Shine For You', it still is also a real cool song, but when we hear the song we remain with the feeling that we had already heard this kind of tune many other times before, too. The eighth track 'Cat's Squirrel' is a traditional song arranged by Mick Abrahams, and like 'Dharma For One' is also one of the most known Jethro Tull's songs of this album. This is a good instrumental track, a blues/rock song with a nice and interesting guitar work. It's true that saw from our days it seems to be a bit dated, but I think it still remains a good song. The ninth track 'A Song For Jeffrey' written by Ian Anderson is also one of the best known tracks of the album. This is a very good song and represents one of the best musical moments on the album. We may say this is one of the first standard songs from the group that better represent the first musical period of Jethro Tull. The tenth and last track 'Round' written by Ian Anderson, Mick Abrahams, Clive Bunker, Glenn Cornick and Terry Ellis is the smallest song on the album. It's an instrumental and very simple track with catchy filler. But I've nothing more to say about it.

Conclusion: In part due to Mick Abrahams' influence, 'This Was' incorporates more blues and jazz influences, than the following releases of Jethro Tull. It was only after 'This Was' that was possible to see the progressive rock lines that later became as one of the best marks of the group. So, 'This Was' is practically a blues/jazz album with very few or even nothing of progressive rock music on it. I can see some similarities between 'This Was' and the debut albums of Genesis and Van Der Graaf Generator, 'From Genesis To Revelation' and 'The Aerosol Grey Machine', respectively. All these three albums aren't really great works, all have few progressivity and all have very little with what would be the future sound of those three bands. Besides, in my humble opinion, 'This Was' is with 'War Child' and 'Too Old To Rock'n'Roll: Too Young To Die!' one of the three weakest studio albums released by Jethro Tull in the decade of 70's.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.63 | 3201 ratings

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Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

5 stars This is one of those albums that have been reviewed so many times that nothing new can really be said about it. So I'll keep it short. This is one of my all time favorite albums ever, but I do have several all time favorites. Just like most of the people on this site, I absolutely love this album, and I did the first time I heard it 40 years ago. I thought it was cool that it was only one long song split up into two parts, but in reality, it is several songs all glued together into one long masterful work. It is the band's best, just a bit better than "Aqualung". But unlike Aqualung, this one is more progressive. Everyone knows the story, I'm sure, that after many reviewers said that Aqualung was a concept album, Ian Anderson kept refuting that claim. So he thought he would make a real concept album just to show them what one really was, and so "Thick as a Brick" was born.

The ever changing melodies are all perfect with excellent guitar solos, addictive keyboard riffs, plenty of that signature flute and the different themes, melodies and songs flow from one to another almost seamlessly, and it is amazing how many of the parts of this huge suite are so memorable. Even with the way this album is formatted, it never gets tiring and it doesn't feel as thick as you think it would. Some people went so far as to say that it wasn't progressive enough, that it was too accessible. So in response to that, the next album "A Passion Play" was born, again it was set up the same way as this album, but so progressive that you can easily say that it is a thick album. Just because this one is more accessible, however, doesn't mean it isn't progressive, because it is. The fact that so many people love this album attests to it's brilliance, that Tull could make an album so progressive and yet be appealing to so many people.

Anyway, if you haven't heard this and become familiar with it, then you are missing out. The odds are that you will love it, but again, everyone has their opinion. To me, this is a masterpiece and is an essential album for all prog lovers.

 This Was by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.32 | 810 ratings

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This Was
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

3 stars 'This Was' was the debut album in 1968 for an up and coming band called Jethro Tull. Back then, the line-up consisted of Ian Anderson, Glenn Cornick on bass, Clive Bunker on drums, and the only album by Jethro Tull that would feature original guitarist Mick Abrahams, who would leave the band because he wanted the band to go in a blues direction while Anderson wanted to take it in a more folk and jazz direction. Of course, we all know who won out here, but at least for this album, we get a mostly blues-rock fusion under the direction of Abrahams. Abrahams and Anderson shared songwriting credits on this album.

The first three tracks on this album were based on blues progressions, namely 'My Sunday Feeling', 'Some Day the Sun Won't Shine For You' and 'Beggar's Farm'. There were some nods to jazz in 'My Sunday Feeling' however with the bass line from Henry Mancini's Pink Panther and the song called 'Work Song' by Nat Adderley and Oscar Brown, Jr. In 'My Sunday Feeling', Anderson introduces us to his flute playing and features the full band, but on 'Some Day'' he plays the harmonica along with only a guitar accompaniment (based on the arrangement of the blues standard 'Key to the Highway), and harmonized vocals from both Anderson and Abrahams, while the entire band joins again for 'Beggar's Farm'. The blues and jazz combo featured on the instrumental break is a great mix of styles, and the fact that a heavy guitar and flute can work together beautifully.

'Move on Alone' is a short track written and sung by Abrahams and is the only song by Jethro Tull sung by someone other than Anderson. It also features French horn and orchestral arrangement provided by David Palmer, who would go on to be a regular in Jethro Tull until 1980, and has a slight swing feel to it. 'Serenade to a Cuckoo' is an instrumental cover by the band. The original was a jazz standard written by Roland Kirk and it was one of the first songs that Anderson learned to play on flute. The main themes are played and improvised on by Anderson and then a nice jazz style guitar solo is performed by Abrahams in the middle section.

On side 2 of the LP, we start off with 'Dharma for One', which is another instrumental. This song usually incorporated a drum solo when performed in concert. The middle instrumental break has a strange sounding instrument that takes the lead, called a claghorn, which is a combination of a recorder, toy trumpet and a saxophone's mouthpiece. The studio version does have a drum solo section also, but shorter than the concert version. Next is another blues inspired track called 'It's Breaking Me Up' where we hear the return of Anderson's harmonica and Abrahams use of blues progression again.

The third instrumental from this album is 'Cat's Squirrel', which is based on a traditional theme. The band claimed this track was included because 'people liked it'. Again, it is a strong blues number with Abrahams improvisation. 'A Song for Jeffrey' was the only single released from any songs on this album. It was only released in the UK as an A-side. It was written for Anderson's friend (who would later become Tull's bassist), Jeffrey Hammond and again features the blues harmonica played by Anderson. The last track is the fourth instrumental, a short, jazzy track called 'Round'.

The 2001 remaster features 3 bonus tracks. The first one is the b-side to the 'Song for Jeffrey' single called 'One for John Gee' which was written by Abrahams. This is an upbeat jazz inspired instrumental with some killer flute work and nice bass breaks. 'Love Story' is an A-side for a non-album single that was released in the US. This one is more of a straightforward rocker mostly led by the guitar, but includes some flute and mandolin segments that harkens to the folk sound that would come later. The last bonus track is 'Christmas Song' which is the b-side to 'Love Song'. This is based on an old carol and later adds more updated lyrics and sounds more like the Jethro Tull that we all know, with a strong folk sound.

The original album has points where things are a big muddled and rough. The remasters get rid of a lot of this, but you can also tell that the band isn't as tight as it would become. The album 'Stand Up' would prove to be an improvement on this album and would feature the long-time guitarist Martin Barre who would replace Abrahams. The rest of the band would remain the same and the music would still remain mostly a blues-rock hybrid, but there would also be more foreshadowing of where the band would eventually end up. As far as 'This Was', however, you can easily tell that this was definitely JT in their early years, and there are hardly any progressive elements to this album. However, the talent is there, and the album works as a foreshadowing of a major progressive rock act to come. Even though this album is a bit shakey, it is still fun to listen to and remains and important progressive document of a major band in it's infancy.

 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.35 | 2521 ratings

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Aqualung
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by jamesbaldwin
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5 stars Jethro Tull find their own style with this fourth album. In fact, "This Was" is unripe; "Stand Up" is an accomplished folk-blues record; "Benefit" is a transition work; and finally "Aqualung is their masterpiece, a strange mix between folk, blues and progressive rock. In fact, art rock made of single songs. This is the most beatiful standard of Jethro Tull, not the forced suite of "Thick As A Brick".

This album can be compared to "A Song For Me", released a year earlier, or to "Fearless", contemporary, both of Family. It's more art rock than progressive rock. Splendid folk acoustic guitars to draw beautiful melodies, hard rock solos of electric guitar, excellent singing, some longer songs, more eleborated, with refined arrangements (here the flute, for the Family the violin or the winds), or art rock tracks in progressive rock style. Family, especially in "Fearless", surpass Tull for the variety and sophistication of the arrangements (and for the best technique of the musicians), Jethro Tull surpass Family for the narrative unity of the album and the epicity of the longest and most beautiful songs.

The first of these songs is the mini-suite "Aqualung" (rating 8,5), which starts with a very famous hard rock guitar riff but then develops for the most part with an acoustic guitar and piano background, above which the treated voice of Ian Anderson sings. Grand finale with hard rock guitar solo and return of the initial riff. This song is in fact the manifesto of the Tull style, because it condenses all their music in less than 7 minutes, representing both the most folk and acoustic passages and the hard rock passages. Masterpiece.

"Cross-Eyed Mary" shows the flute of Anderson rise above a hard rock guitar and piano rug. Very sustained song based on rhythm and not on melody. Rating 7,5. "Cheap Day Return" is a short acoustic fragment (no rating). "Mother Goose" is an acoustic folk ballad: sound made of acoustic guitar and flute but most of all there are the lamentable vocals by Anderson. Melancholic and bucolic. Rating 7+. After the sensational beginning the quality has dropped, while remaining good. "Wondr'ig Aloud" is another acoustic fragment (two minutes) with a very good singing and arrangement. What a pity that is not developed in a whole song. Anyway, great small song. Rating 8. The last piece of side A is funny, "Up to Me", is festive; it is a disengaged song, which is perhaps the weakest point of the album (rating 7). First side that ends in falling.

The opening song of the side B, "My God" (rating 9) is in my opinion the absolute masterpiece of the album, much more than the opening track (Aqualung). With an Anderson who throws his arrows against religion, taking it with God, we see an initially acoustic song unfold which then presents an exceptional hard rock rhythm progression thanks to the guitar played by Martin Barre, protagonist of the sound of Tull as Anderson. Then we listen to a solo flute, and church choirs, which together constitute the most prog passage of the album, but what matters is that it is very musically inspired, it is not achieved by force. This piece, by itself, is worth more than the second side of "Thick As A Brick". As in the first side, the second song ("Hymn 43; rating 7+) is very rhythmic hard rock, candlesticked by the electric guitar and the flute. Then comes, even in this side, the usual acoustic fragment ("Slipstream", less than one and a half minute), but this time it is too short, not very developed, it does not reach the peaks of "Wondrig Aloud".

"Locomotive Breath" (rating 8) has a beautiful jazz pianistic start, really remarkable, then it develops too predictably and ends in a decline. Finally, the initial melody of Aqualung is shot In "Wind Up" to close the circle of the concept album. This reprise has the merit (compared to many other reprises) both to conclude the album's story from the point of view of the lyrics, and to differentiate itself markedly from the initial song, and this for me is very important, because often in many prog albums we listen to a Reprise very long, instrumental, and too much similar to the original piece of which they constitute the recovery. Here, intelligently, the Tulls can handle the same melody with enough variety on the theme, starting from Barre's solos, from piano pieces. Excellent ending that closes the circle. Rating 8,5.

Aqualung is an album unfriendly in terms of quality and arrangements, alternating short acoustic fragments to elaborate art rock songs if not prog rock songs. But from the narrative point of view it is unitary, and on the whole, the alternation of acoustic pieces with hard rock pieces is pleasant. In addition, the melodic quality of the songs is high. In my opinion, this is Jethro Tull's masterpiece, not Thick As A Brick. "Thick" as a setting for compositions is more progressive, but the musical value of "Aqualung" in my opinion is much higher. Masterpice of progressive rock music.

Medium quality of the songs: 7,89. Rating album: 9+. Five Stars.

 Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die! by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.09 | 739 ratings

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Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

3 stars Originally conceived as another rock opera from Jethro Tull, "Too Old to Rock n Roll, Too Young to Die" fell between the albums "Minstrel in the Gallery" and "Songs of the Wood". It was the 9th album for the band and was released in 1976. It also featured a new bassist in John Glascock, who previously had played for the band "Carmen". Glascock would remain with the band until the recording of "Stormwatch" when Ian Anderson laid him off with pay because of his concerns about Glascock's health and wild lifestyle. Glascock died soon after this.

The main character in this concept album is Ray Lomas, who falls victim to the cyclical nature of rock n roll. He begins as a successful singer, then falls out of favor with the public when their tastes change. But he decides to stick with his sound because he figures it will become popular again. This was Anderson's true feelings about music, and it also reflected his fear that it would happen to Jethro Tull's music. He was right, but he also tried to adjust JT to sound more current by later adding more keyboards, which is apparent in the albums "A" and "Under Wraps". It did almost result in the end of the band, but they persisted and the band was all the better for it. Now they are a classic band loved by old and young proggers everywhere. Yay! Anyway . . .

In "Quizz Kid" the protagonist wins money in a TV game show. The song starts out with subdued theme of the title track, which introduces the character. From here it builds to it's own main theme, which is more complicated featuring all the usual traits of JT's music, guitar both electric and acoustic, flute, and the baroquish lilt they are famous for, along with the complex and ever changing melody. "Crazed Institution" has a more folk style to it being more acoustic. The song describes the bad side of the music business and the usual propaganda that has to come with it. While artists have to deal with popularity and the press, at least there is always music where they can escape to when they need to. But the popularity always wears on an artist as they become more important than their music.

"Salamander" is a short acoustic piece with a few lyrics. The acoustic work by Barre here is quite impressive and the addition of the flute at the end is perfect. Next is "Taxi Grab". This one is more of a heavy rocker as it starts and adds in a harmonic on the chorus. The guitar solo on the break is pretty good too.

"From a Dead Beat, To an Old Greaser", he reminisces. The song is very heartfelt, with a lovely melody and string arrangements. This is one of JT's most heartfelt songs and features some emotional lyrics and thoughtful singing by Anderson. The pensive, thoughtful style continues on to the next track "Bad Eyed and Loveless", but the track is much less interesting. This flows into "Big Dipper" which starts to pick up some steam at this point. By the time you get to the chorus, the track has become more of a solid rocker with progressive sensibilities.

The title track comes next with it's returning theme starting the track and moving into the folk style of the verses and the build to the chorus. This is one of my favorite JT songs in that it also seems heartfelt. The orchestral strings and brass also make this an attention getter on the album. Definitely a highlight here with a very memorable melody. The protagonist has awoken from his coma 20 years later after trying to commit suicide to find that he is older, but that his music is back in style and he has become popular once again. I love the change to the greaser rock style at the end of the track to coincide with the story. "Pied Piper" becomes more acoustic as it tells about Ray's new found youth as the young people accept him because of society's return to his style. Now he fits in again.

The last track on the original album is "Checkered Flag (Dead or Alive)". It has a more cinematic feel to it, especially with the addition of the orchestra. The verses start off mellow, but build as they continue to the sweeping climax each time, and Anderson's vocals are expressive. Even so, it doesn't give you the pay off that you expect of the last track. It is a decent attempt, but doesn't quite get there, probably because the actual band doesn't really get the last word on the album.

The 2002 remaster of this album has 2 more tracks: the outtake "A Small Cigar" is a verbose and acoustic track with a decent melody, almost sounding like a song from a stage production. I would say this is more what the album would have sounded like if it really was a rock opera as originally planned, and the flamboyant piano at the end pretty much clinches that theory. The 2nd bonus track is the B-side to the single "The Whistler" from what would be the next album. The track is called "Strip Cartoon". This one is also mostly acoustic, and also a pretty standard JT track.

Many fans don't like this album as much as the others released during this time in JT's discography. Granted, the albums that came before and after were definitely much better than this one, however, this album is not a complete waste either. At least it's better than some that would come later. Part of the problem is that there isn't as much room for the instrumental interplay that is apparent on other albums. There are some classic and excellent tracks here nonetheless, but it is lacking in some respects also. At this point, I think there may have been more emphasis on the story and not so much on the music. I still find myself returning to this album anyway for the high points, but I also know I don't love it as much as some of the band's other albums from around the same time. I feel it reaches at least a 3.5, but tends to round down to 3 stars. But, I still don't think it's one that should be passed by.

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