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JETHRO TULL

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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

3.31 | 848 ratings
This Was
1968
4.04 | 1275 ratings
Stand Up
1969
3.91 | 1059 ratings
Benefit
1970
4.36 | 2683 ratings
Aqualung
1971
4.63 | 3380 ratings
Thick as a Brick
1972
4.03 | 1476 ratings
A Passion Play
1973
3.33 | 844 ratings
War Child
1974
4.03 | 1229 ratings
Minstrel in the Gallery
1975
3.09 | 779 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
1976
4.20 | 1446 ratings
Songs from the Wood
1977
4.04 | 1193 ratings
Heavy Horses
1978
3.46 | 754 ratings
Stormwatch
1979
3.21 | 621 ratings
A
1980
3.28 | 663 ratings
The Broadsword And The Beast
1982
2.24 | 525 ratings
Under Wraps
1984
3.00 | 157 ratings
A Classic Case
1985
3.22 | 584 ratings
Crest Of A Knave
1987
2.69 | 460 ratings
Rock Island
1989
2.60 | 430 ratings
Catfish Rising
1991
3.61 | 516 ratings
Roots To Branches
1995
3.01 | 434 ratings
J-Tull Dot Com
1999
3.49 | 409 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
2003

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

4.19 | 417 ratings
Live - Bursting Out
1978
2.90 | 53 ratings
Live At Hammersmith '84
1990
3.65 | 175 ratings
A Little Light Music
1992
3.06 | 47 ratings
In Concert
1995
3.65 | 121 ratings
Living With The Past
2002
4.16 | 159 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2004
3.46 | 97 ratings
Aqualung Live
2005
3.76 | 88 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
2007
4.25 | 7 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 | 52 ratings
Slipstream (DVD)
1981
3.81 | 43 ratings
20 Years of Jethro Tull (VHS)
1988
3.47 | 84 ratings
Living With the Past
2002
3.04 | 51 ratings
A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
2003
3.87 | 93 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
2005
2.97 | 68 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
4.36 | 103 ratings
Live At Madison Square Garden 1978 (DVD + CD)
2009
3.79 | 34 ratings
Live at AVO Session Basel 2008
2009
4.54 | 35 ratings
Around the World Live (4DVD)
2013

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

3.10 | 2 ratings
Jethro Tull
1970
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sunday Best
1971
4.12 | 318 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.02 | 81 ratings
M.U. - The Best of Jethro Tull
1976
2.95 | 54 ratings
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II
1977
1.95 | 2 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull Vol. III
1981
3.17 | 78 ratings
Original Masters
1985
2.00 | 1 ratings
Masters of Rock
1986
3.64 | 84 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull Box
1988
4.56 | 84 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (The Definitive Collection)
1988
3.73 | 53 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release)
1989
3.64 | 158 ratings
Nightcap
1993
3.82 | 51 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection
1993
4.43 | 79 ratings
25th Anniversary Box Set
1993
2.64 | 27 ratings
A Jethro Tull Collection
1997
1.54 | 31 ratings
Through The Years
1997
3.01 | 71 ratings
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
2001
2.26 | 15 ratings
Essential Jethro Tull
2007
3.44 | 53 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
4.71 | 52 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2011
2.10 | 2 ratings
Essential
2011
4.86 | 78 ratings
Thick As A Brick - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
2012
4.90 | 66 ratings
A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
2014
4.67 | 43 ratings
War Child - The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
2014
4.87 | 44 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery - 40th Anniversary: La Grande Edition
2015
4.59 | 22 ratings
Too Old To Rock'n'Roll: Too Young To Die - The TV Special Edition
2015
5.00 | 10 ratings
Stand Up - The Elevated Edition
2016
5.00 | 7 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Adapted Edition
2016
2.00 | 1 ratings
An Introduction to Jethro Tull
2017
4.91 | 34 ratings
Songs From The Wood - 40th Anniversary Edition - The Country Set
2017
4.89 | 19 ratings
Heavy Horses (New Shoes Edition)
2018
4.62 | 13 ratings
This Was (50 Anniversary Edition)
2018
3.00 | 5 ratings
50 For 50
2018
1.50 | 2 ratings
50th Anniversary Collection
2018
4.79 | 14 ratings
Stormwatch (The 40th Anniversary Force 10 Edition)
2019

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

3.88 | 17 ratings
Love Story
1968
4.13 | 24 ratings
A Song For Jeffrey
1968
2.71 | 18 ratings
Sunshine Day
1968
4.14 | 28 ratings
Sweet Dream / 17
1969
4.14 | 21 ratings
The Witch's Promise
1969
4.60 | 30 ratings
Living In The Past
1969
3.88 | 17 ratings
Inside
1970
4.57 | 37 ratings
Life Is A Long Song
1971
4.21 | 19 ratings
Hymn 43
1971
4.39 | 27 ratings
Aqualung
1971
3.80 | 5 ratings
Locomotive Breath
1971
4.17 | 30 ratings
Living In The Past
1972
3.56 | 25 ratings
Bungle In The Jungle
1974
4.25 | 4 ratings
Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day
1974
3.67 | 3 ratings
Minstrel in the Gallery / Summerday Sands
1975
3.18 | 27 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
3.50 | 8 ratings
A Stitch In Time
1978
4.07 | 27 ratings
Moths
1978
3.88 | 8 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 | 21 ratings
Lap Of Luxury
1984
3.67 | 3 ratings
Bourr閑
1985
3.93 | 14 ratings
Coronach
1986
3.79 | 14 ratings
Said She Was A Dancer 12''
1987
3.63 | 16 ratings
Steel Monkey 12''
1987
4.00 | 4 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
2.71 | 19 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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 Thick as a Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.63 | 3380 ratings

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Thick as a Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by yeshead 777

4 stars I've gone back and forth over the years of loving this whole album to getting bored and bogged down while listening to it in its entirety. Well I've just listened to the entire thing in one sitting again for the first time in years, and I'm back to loving about 95% of it. It still bogs a little at the end of side one and beginning of side two for me, such as sides 2 and 3 of tales of topographic oceans even does for alot of staunch yes fans. I think Ian one hundred percent accomplished what he wanted to. There are tons of variety and it begins and ends with beautiful acoustic passages, and notably John Evans organ work stands out throughout. Its just that the long form prog epic JT as is represented here and on passion Play quite stand up to some of the other albums with such great collections of shorter songs like Aqualung, Songs from the wood, Living in the past, storm watch, benefit, heavy horses, and such. I know I'll get alot of flack for that comment, but when it comes down to choosing a JT album to listen to on Saturday afternoon, this is not choice no.1, more like choice no. 6 or 7.
 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.36 | 2683 ratings

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Aqualung
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by yeshead 777

5 stars Its nearly impossible to be objective about such an iconic album such as this. Not only the album but song that pretty much have been the cornerstone of this band to diehard tull fans and casual ones alike. Where with groups like Yes, Genesis,king Crimson, Gentle Giant, even Pink Floyd their favorite album is up for grab between at least of couple of choices. With Tull, only Thick as a Brick, and maybe Songs from the Wood come close to the popularity of this opus. Hell, the first 6 notes of the title song are only surpassed by Maybe Smoke on the water in the classic rock world. With all that said, and all of the hype, this album is still on my top 5 tull list, but probably 3 or 4, not 1 or 2. And some of this comes from being barraged with the big 3 hits on the radio, and being so burnt out on those I missed the other great stand-outs like Mother Goose, Wondering Aloud, My God, and Hymn 43. As has been said before its the phenomenon variety and mix of hard rock, folk, classical, and a little prog that make this album stand out in their catalogue. War Child came close as far as variety, but no where close in quality. Simply said, the only other Tull albums that come close in songwriting are TASB, and SFTW.
 Benefit by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.91 | 1059 ratings

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Benefit
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by yeshead 777

4 stars There is no doubt that the first five TULL albums got incrementally better and truer to their strong suits which are melding the folk, rock, and prog elements into one tasty stew. The first proggier elements are evident on Benefit, namely With you there to help me and To cry you a song. While Inside and teacher were or should have been great radio staples. I think Teacher ranks up there with the three big hits from Aqualung. There's not really a weak song here, and Martin Barre's guitar work is much more essential to the overall sound than on Stand up. Even though this but doesn't quite stay with you like the next two, it was a great indication of what was to come in the next 2 years. For some reason it took a little while for me to warm up to this one, not its easily in my top 10. A strong four!
 Stand Up by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.04 | 1275 ratings

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Stand Up
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by yeshead 777

4 stars JT's follow up to their solid debut That Was came screaming out of the gate with new guitarist Martin Barre's powerful Tony Iomi type riffs on A new day yesterday, a hard rocking blues opener. Jeffrey goes to Leicester Square is the first true folky number we will grow to love esp. In the 77-79 period. Great flute and acoustic guitar work. Bouree is a signature Anderson flute instrumental masterpiece and has been a staple of live shows through the years. Back to the family is a nice little folk rocker that gains a rough edge from Martin Barres licks, and ending with a very tasty solo. Look into the Sun is another song i had never heard until I bought the album, and was shocked ive never come across it before. The unsung hero on this album for me. It just flows beautifully with great dual acoustic guitars. Side Two starts strong with another bluesy live favorite, Nothing is Easy. Fat man is another favorite totally underrated JT classic imo. The last three songs are more folk rock that we will see on Benefit and aqualung to follow. A very solid and consistent album that I will round up to a four rating.
 This Was by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.31 | 848 ratings

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This Was
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by yeshead 777

3 stars So my goal is to write a review of each of the 18 JT LP's I now own. It is only fitting that this first album of theirs is the last I purchased. And after a couple of complete listens , I find it so much more enjoyable than I thought I would. Yes, most of it is pretty straight forward 60s/70s psychedelic blues. But Ian Andersons distinct voice and style of flute playing magic are apparent from the first notes of the opener, My Sunday Feeling. Beggar's Farm is a favorite, ending with a very intimate flute solo. Move on Alone written by guitarist Mick Abrahams is very unique and alot of fun, just too short. Serenade to a Cuckoo is a standard jazz tune and the first instrumental and is a showcase for Ian's flute mastery and Abraham's classic bluesy licks but goes on a little long and is a little too soft and easy in light of the rest of the LP. Side two starts with instrumemtal Dharma for One co-written by Ian and drummer Clive Bunker. Like most of this album it sounds like it was recorded live in one take, has some great drumming by Bunker, and was a staple in their early live shows. Its breaking me up is more straight up blues and is the weakest and most unoriginal tune on the album. The unsung hero of This Was is definitely the hard rocking Cat's Squirrel. I dont think I ever heard this one til I bought this album. Sounds alot like Cream. Great rhythm section work on this one and again sounds live. A song for Jeffrey sounds the most like the folkier side of Tull to come. It ends with the short and sweet Round. I can see why it has as low a rating on here as it does. But I think its a little stronger and mature than that. A pretty solid first effort. Three and a half stars actually.
 An Introduction to Jethro Tull by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2017
2.00 | 1 ratings

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An Introduction to Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
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— First review of this album —
2 stars Review N?383

'An Introduction To Jethro Tull' is a compilation of Jethro Tull and was released in 2017. It's a compilation with tracks from eight original studio albums of Jethro Tull. This compilation covers the years between 1969 and 1978. So, here we have tracks from 'Stand Up', 'Aqualung', 'Living In The Past', 'War Child', 'Minstrel In The Gallery', 'Songs From The Wood' and 'Heavy Horses'. It has also a very small extract, of 'Thick As A Brick' from 'Thick As A Brick'. Besides that, it has also a track which was never released on any of their studio albums, 'Sweet Dream' from 1969.

The line up on this compilation is from different line ups of Jethro Tull. So we have Ian Anderson (vocals and flute), Martin Barre (electric guitar), John Evan (keyboards), David Palmer (keyboards), Glenn Cornick (bass), Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (bass), John Glascock (vocals and bass), Clive Bunker (drums) and Barriemore Barlow (drums).

'An Introduction To Jethro Tull' has ten tracks. The first track 'Living In The Past' is from 'Living In The Past'. It has a great bass line, haunting flute and cool lyrics. It's a hit song from a rock group led by a flute. This is one of the highlights of Jethro Tull's career. It was a bit revolutionary at the time, especially for a single, one of the best prog rock singles ever. The second track 'Nothing Is Easy' is from 'Stand Up'. It's another classic Jethro Tull's song. This is a fantastic rock track with several musical sections and with some incredible musical performance. It has fine drumming and the interaction between the flute and the guitar is perfect. The balance between the power and elegance is great. The third track 'Aqualung' is from 'Aqualung'. It's one of the most complex songs to be found here. This is one of the best Jethro Tull's songs. It's a very well known song, very heavy and dark with many acoustic elements. This is a great track that is almost plays out as a mini suite with several different parts. It's a timeless composition where changes in time and signature are great. Everything functions perfectly well here. The fourth track 'Locomotive Breath' is from 'Aqualung'. It has a beautiful jazz pianistic start, really remarkable, and then it develops too predictably and ends in a kind of a decline. It has dark guitar chords, slow soft acoustic parts alternated with heavy fast rock and great rhythms. It's a Jethro Tull's legendary track with great piano, guitar and excellent flute work. The fifth track 'Songs From The Wood' is from 'Songs From The Wood'. This is a great song to open that album. It's the song that introduces us to the calm and pastoral atmosphere of the countryside. It's the song that explains to us everything that will be brought all over that album. The constant changes in timing and the outstanding guitar work and the strong bass line are brilliant. The sixth track 'Sweet Dream' was never released on any of their studio albums. It was originally released as a single. It was originally recorded during the sessions of their second studio album 'Stand Up'. It later appeared on the 1972 compilation album 'Living In The Past'. 'Sweet Dream' is a heavy and somewhat experimental tune, a dizzying blend of a hard rock track, a bit pompous on the brass part, but I like it quite a lot. The seventh track 'Thick As A Brick Edit #1' is from 'Thick As A Brick'. The version on this compilation is a very short edited version of the theme. 'Thick As A Brick' is simply their greatest opus with more than 40 minutes. So, is absolutely ridiculous to reduce it to so shortly. The eighth track 'Bungle In The Jungle' is from 'War Child'. This is a melodious song well orchestrated composed in a pop commercial style. It's very simple, very humorous and nothing pretentious, a typical hit song made to sell an album. The orchestration is the key word here, since are David Palmer's arrangements that really make the song. The ninth track 'Minstrel In The Gallery' is from 'Minstrel In The Gallery'. It's a very beautiful composition which combines acoustic and hard rock music in a very balanced way. This is one of the two strongest and most energetic songs on 'Minstrel In The Gallery'. The tenth track 'Heavy Horses' is from 'Heavy Horses'. This is the lengthiest song on that album and is also one of its highest points. It's probably the best track on that album. It's very well orchestrated and has also a superb choral work. This is a fantastic progressive song with a perfect mix between the rock and folk styles.

Conclusion: This is an interesting and reasonable compilation album of Jethro Tull that covers works which were released between 1969 and 1978. The selection is predictable with some very good tracks, of which some of them were successful singles. So, we have two tracks from 'Aqualung' and one track from their albums 'Stand Up', 'Living In The Past', 'War Child', 'Minstrel In The Gallery', 'Songs From The Wood' and 'Heavy Horses', besides 'Sweet Dream'. But, there's a small problem here. We have only a very short extract of 'Thick As A Brick'. I can understand and appreciate the difficulty of including extracts from albums such as 'Thick As A Brick', which is effectively one 40 minute track. I can also see the problem of not include anything of their greatest masterpiece in a compilation album. Still, I continue thinking that it's a crime to reduce it to a small extract with about 3 minutes. I think simply is better not including it. So, I'm going to rate this compilation with only 2 stars. This is a compilation for collectors and fans only.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Essential by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
2.10 | 2 ratings

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Essential
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Review N?380

'Essential' is a compilation of Jethro Tull and was released in 2011. This compilation comprises tracks from several albums of Jethro Tull. So, we have four tracks from 'Stand Up', one track from 'Benefit', two tracks from 'Aqualung', two tracks from 'War Child' and two tracks from 'Living In The Past'. It has two very small extracts, one of 'Thick As A Brick' of 'Thick As A Brick' and other of 'A Passion Play' of 'A Passion Play', too. It has also three unreleased tracks.

'Essential' has sixteen tracks. 'Living In The Past' is from 'Living In The Past'. It's one of the highlights of Tull's career and it was a bit revolutionary at the time, especially for a single, one of the best prog rock singles. 'A New Day Yesterday' is from 'Stand Up'. It's a classic song with a heavy blues influence. It hasn't a complex arrangement, but results so well that it became a great track. It has a fantastic performance, especially a Glen Cornick's aggressive bass line. 'Bour'e' is from 'Stand Up'. It's one of their most recognisable tracks and it's based on a piece of J. S. Bach. It's an interesting instrumental with some jazz influence, with a great flute solo and a fantastic bass line. This adaptation of that classical piece became one of the most popular adaptations of classical pieces for the masses. 'Nothing Is Easy' is from 'Stand Up'. This is another classic Tull's song. It's a fantastic track with several sections and with incredible performance. The interaction between the flute and the guitar and the balance between the power and elegance is great. 'Fat Man' is from 'Stand Up'. It's a happy and fast song where the balalaika gives some special atmosphere. It's a typical classic Tull's song with a unique sound. 'Sweet Dream' was never released on a studio album. It was released as a single. It was recorded during the sessions of 'Stand Up'. It later appeared on the 1972 compilation 'Living In The Past'. It's s a heavy and experimental tune, a dizzying blend of a hard rock track, a bit pompous on the brass part, but I like it. 'Witches Promise' was never released on a studio album. It was released as a single. It was recorded during the sessions of 'Benefit'. It later appeared on the 1972 compilation 'Living In The Past'. It's a ghostly orchestral number with fantastic build and creepy flute that comes from everywhere. It could have easily fit on 'Benefit'. 'Teacher' is from 'Benefit'. This is only true in relation to the US version. On the UK version, despite it has eleven tracks too, the order of the tracks is different and 'Teacher' was replaced by 'Alive And Well And Living In'. It's a good song for a single with good melody and composition, as happen usually with all their songs. 'Aqualung' is from 'Aqualung'. 'Aqualung' is one of the best Tull's songs. It's a well known song, very heavy and dark with acoustic elements. 'Locomotive Breath' is from 'Aqualung'. 'Locomotive Breath' is a Tull's legendary track with great piano, guitar and excellent flute work, one of their best tracks, really. 'Life Is A Long Song' was never released on any studio album. It was first released on 'Life Is A Long Song' EP. It later appeared on the 1972 compilation 'Living In The Past'. It's a very beautiful acoustic symphonic track. The song is centred on Anderson's acoustic guitar playing and the lyrics are about everydays life. It represents one of the nicest things Anderson composed. 'Thick As A Brick (Edit N'. 8)' is from 'Thick As A Brick'. The version on this compilation is a very short edited version of the theme. 'Thick As A Brick' is their greatest opus with more than 40 minutes. So, is ridiculous to reduce it so shortly. 'A Passion Play (Edit N'. 8)' is from 'A Passion Play'. The version on this compilation is a very short edited version. As happened with 'Thick As A Brick', 'A Passion Play' which has also more than 40 minutes, was also cut too short. Again, this option remains incomprehensible. 'Skating Away (On The Thin Ice Of A New Day)' is from 'War Child'. It's a great acoustic song with nice orchestral arrangements that gives to it an interesting pleasant touch. It's one of the favourite songs of the band, usually performed live on their live venues. 'Bungle In The Jungle' is from 'War Child'. This is a melodious song well orchestrated composed in a pop commercial style. It's very simple, very humorous and nothing pretentious, a typical hit song made to sell an album. 'Rainbow Blues' was never released on their studio albums. It's a leftover track from 'War Child' recording sessions. It was issued for the first time on this compilation. It was also issued as a bonus track on the remastered edition of 'War Child', in 2002. 'Rainbow Blues' is a good rocker with great orchestration, good guitar, flute and organ parts, really.

Conclusion: 'Essential' is a compilation album that covers the years between 1969 until 1975, which means that it has tracks from the eight first studio albums of Jethro Tull, with the exception of their debut studio album 'This Was'. So, we can say that apparently, it's very well representative of the music of the band until that moment. It has also some very good tracks of some of the best albums released by the band. However, it suffers from the same problem that many compilations of the band suffer. I'm talking about the incomprehensible and unjustifiable criminal act of reduce two of their best and lengthiest pieces, 'Thick As A Brick' and 'A Passion Play' to a very small extracts with about 3 minutes long, each. So, the rating I can give to the compilation is 2 stars. It's a compilation for collectors and fans only.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Warm Sporran by JETHRO TULL album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1979
3.88 | 8 ratings

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Warm Sporran
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars A really nice instrumental coupling taken from "Stormwatch" (twelfth studio album by Jethro Tull) is what we have here, feeding the strictly-prog wolf every one of us carries within. It must be said also that, even when that album has a reputation for its being concerned with the environmental disaster caused by oil exploitation in the North Sea, nothing of that is reflected on this single.

On the A side, called "Warm Sporran", an amazing rhytmic counterpoint sets the frame and the pace for a nice and, in its bare essence, very simple and uplifting tune .

On the flip, the graceful "Elegy" awaits, with Martin Barre's uncanny taste for melody on acoustic & electric guitars masterfully interweaven with Ian's flute in an exquisite baroque crescendo.

 Essential Jethro Tull by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2007
2.26 | 15 ratings

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Essential Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Review N?376

'Essential Jethro Tull' is a compilation of Jethro Tull and was released in 2007. This is a compilation album that comprises tracks from seven original albums of Jethro Tull. This compilation covers the years between 1969 till 1974. So, here we have two tracks from 'Stand Up', one track from 'Benefit', two tracks from 'Aqualung', two tracks from 'War Child' and one track from 'Living In The Past'. It has also two very small extracts, 'Thick As A Brick' from 'Thick As A Brick' and 'A Passion Play' from 'A Passion Play', besides a track which was never released on their albums.

The line up on the compilation is Ian Anderson (vocals and flute), Martin Barre (electric guitar), John Evan (keyboards), Glenn Cornick (bass), Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (bass), Clive Bunker (drums) and Barriemore Barlow (drums).

'Essential Jethro Tull' has eleven tracks. The first track 'Teacher' is from 'Benefit'. However, this is only true in relation to the US version. On the UK version, despite it has also the same eleven tracks, the order of the tracks is different and on the UK version 'Teacher' was replaced by 'Alive And Well And Living In'. 'Teacher' is a good pop rock song of a single with good melody and composition, as usual with all their songs. The second track 'Aqualung' is from 'Aqualung'. It's one of the most complex songs to be found here. This is one of the best Jethro Tull's songs. It's a very well known song, very heavy and dark with many acoustic elements. This is a great track that is almost played out as a mini suite with several different parts. It's a timeless composition where the changes in time and signature are great. Everything functions perfectly here. The third track 'Thick As A Brick' is from 'Thick As A Brick'. The version on this compilation is a very short edited version of the theme. 'Thick As A Brick' is simply their greatest magnum opus with more than 40 minutes. So, is absolutely ridiculous to reduce it to so shortly. The fourth track 'Bungle In The Jungle' is from 'War Child'. This is a melodious song well orchestrated composed in a pop commercial style. It's very simple, very humorous and nothing pretentious, a typical hit song made to sell an album. The orchestration is the key word here, since are David Palmer's arrangements that really make the song. The fifth track 'Locomotive Breath' is from 'Aqualung'. It has a beautiful jazz pianistic start, really remarkable, and then it develops too predictably and ends in a kind of a decline. It has some dark guitar chords, slow soft acoustic parts alternated with heavy fast rock and great rhythms. It's a Jethro Tull's legendary track with great piano, guitar and excellent flute work. The sixth track 'Fat Man' is from 'Stand Up'. It's a happy and fast song where the use of the balalaika gives to it a very special atmosphere. This is typically a classic Jethro Tull's folk rock song with a very unique sound and with lots of tempo changes and fabulous rhythms. The seventh track 'Living In The Past' is from 'Living In The Past'. It has a great bass line, haunting flute and cool lyrics. It's a hit song from a rock group led by a flute. This is one of the highlights of Jethro Tull's career. It was a bit revolutionary at the time, especially for a single, one of the best prog rock singles ever. The eighth track 'A Passion Play' is from 'A Passion Play'. The version on this compilation is a very short edited version. As happened with 'Thick As A Brick', 'A Passion Play', which has also more than 40 minutes, was also cut too shortly. Once more this option remains incomprehensible and inexcusable. The ninth track 'Skating Away (On The Thin Ice Of The New Day)' is from 'War Child'. It's a great acoustic song with nice orchestral arrangements, which gives to it a very interesting and pleasant touch. It's one of the favourite songs of the band. It's usually performed live on their live venues. The tenth track 'Raibow Blues' was never released on any of their studio albums. It's a leftover track from 'War Child' recording sessions. It was issued for the first time on this compilation. It was also issued as a bonus track on the remastered edition of 'War Child', in 2002. 'Rainbow Blues' is a good rocker with great orchestration, with some good guitar, flute and organ parts. The eleventh track 'Nothing Is Easy' is from 'Stand Up'. It's another classic Jethro Tull's song. This is a fantastic rock track with several musical sections and with an incredible musical performance. It has fine drumming and the interaction between the flute and the guitar is perfect. The balance between the power and elegance is great.

Conclusion: So, 'Essential Jethro Tull' is a compilation album that covers the first six years of the career of Jethro Tull. It has tracks from almost all their albums released in that period of time. The only exception is their debut studio album 'This Was' where non of their tracks were included. It has also one track from their compilation album 'Living In The Past', because as we well know, 'Living In The Past' is almost more an original album than a compilation album because it brings to us many tracks that were never released on any of their studio albums. Thus, apparently we can think that we are in presence of a great compilation very well representative of the band. Still, as happened with some other compilations of them, the reducing of 'Thick As A Brick' and 'A Passion Play' to two very short versions, can be seen as a criminal thing and I can't rate it with more than 2 stars. So, this is a compilation for collectors and fans only.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Masters of Rock by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1986
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Masters of Rock
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Review by VianaProghead
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2 stars Review N?372

"Masters Of Rock" is a compilation of Jethro Tull and was released in 1986. This is a compilation album that comprises tracks from five original studio albums of Jethro Tull plus an unreleased track. This compilation covers the years between 1968 till 1972, which means that it has tracks from the first five studio albums of Jethro Tull. So, here we have two tracks from "This Was", two tracks from "Stand Up", two tracks from "Benefit" and two tracks from "Aqualung". Besides, it has also one track that was never released on any of their original studio albums before. And here we can also see a very small extract of the suite "Thick As A Brick" that belongs to their fifth studio album "Thick As A Brick".

"Masters Of Rock" has ten tracks. The first track "Locomotive Breath" is from "Aqualung". It has a beautiful jazz pianistic start, really remarkable, and then it develops too predictably and ends in a kind of a decline. It has dark guitar chords, slow soft acoustic parts alternated with heavy fast rock and great rhythms. It's a Jethro Tull's legendary track with great piano, guitar and excellent flute work. The second track "Aqualung" is from "Aqualung". It's one of the most complex songs to be found here. This is one of the best Jethro Tull's songs. It's a very well known song, very heavy and dark with many acoustic elements. This is a great track that is almost plays out as a mini suite with several different parts. It's a timeless composition where changes in time and signature are great. Everything functions perfectly here. The third track "Thick As A Brick" is from "Thick As A Brick". The version on this compilation is a very short edited version of the theme. "Thick As A Brick" is simply their magnum opus with more than 40 minutes. So, is absolutely ridiculous and indesculpable to reduce this suite so shortly. The fourth track "Inside" is from "Benefit". It's a short, but fantastic tune, with great doses of happiness. This 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. That's what Jethro Tull does to you with flowery arrangements and catchy melodies. The fifth track "A Song For Jeffrey" is from "This Was". It's one of the best known tracks of "This Was". This is a very good song and represents one of the best musical moments on that album. It's an upbeat jazz inspired instrumental with some killer flute work and nice bass breaks. We may say this is one of the first standard songs from the group that better represents the first musical period of Jethro Tull. The sixth track "Life Is A Long Song" was never released on any of their studio albums. It was first released on "Life Is A Long Song" EP. It later appeared on the 1972 compilation album "Living In The Past". "Life Is A Long Song" is a beautiful acoustic symphonic track. The song is centred on Anderson's acoustic guitar playing and the lyrics talking about everyday life. It represents one of the nicest things that Ian Anderson ever composed. The seventh track "My Sunday Feeling" is from "This Was". This is clearly a song with some influence of blues and a clear influence of jazz with a pleasant groove and inspired approach. It's a song with good and energetic drumming very well followed by the flute and also by the voice of Anderson used in a very unique style. The eighth track "Nothing Is Easy" is from "Stand Up". It's another classic Jethro Tull's song. This is a fantastic rock track with several musical sections and with incredible musical performance. It has fine drumming and the interaction between the flute and the guitar is perfect. The balance between the power and elegance is great. The ninth track "Bouree" is from "Stand Up". It's one of the most recognisable Jethro Tull's tracks and it's based on a piece of music of J. S. Bach. This is a very interesting instrumental piece with some jazz influence, with a great flute solo and a great bass line. This Jethro Tull's adaptation of the classical Bach's piece perhaps became as one of the most popular adaptations of classical pieces for the masses. The tenth track "For Michael Collins, Jeffrey And Me" is from "Benefit". 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 rocks. So, this is a song that is balanced between the folk and the rock, which is probably the main characteristic on "Benefit".

Conclusion: So, here we are in presence of another compilation of Jethro Tull that this time covers tracks that belong to their debut musical career, the years in which their first five studio albums were made. Those were great times to Jethro Tull, really. Of those five albums only one can be considered a minor album, "This Was", despite be a good album. But, those were also the times of the two greatest masterpieces of the band, "Aqualung" and "Thick As A Brick". Anyway, "Stand Up" and "Benefit", are also two excellent albums, two of their best, really. So, once all those five albums are present and the albums are so good, all in all, we can say that, apparently, all was combined to have here a great compilation album. However and unfortunately, as happened with many compilations of the band, there is a problem. The unjustifiable reduce of the suite "Thick As A Brick" to a very short version. So, I can only rate it with 2 stars. This is a compilation for collectors and fans only. I advise you to check the original albums, instead of this, really.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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