Where to start, Jethro Tull formed in the late sixties, as a heavy blues-rock band. The story behind their name is a simple one, early on they had trouble getting return engagements so when their booking agent who was a history buff got them a return gig under the name Jethro Tull they kept it, and have used it ever since.
Ian Anderson and Martin Barre have been part of the band since 1969, while the surrounding cast changed numerous times. They started out as a blues/rock band, then had a progressive rock phase followed by a folk rock period, moved on to an electronic interval, then hard rock and now world music, one thing is certain the band is adaptable and never gets stuck in a musical rut.
Jethro Tull has been a very successful band, selling over 60,000,000 albums worldwide. I have seen Tull live three times over 25 years, although Ian Anderson's voice has seen better days they still put on a good show.
1968 This Was
1969 Stand Up
1972 Thick as a Brick
1973 A Passion Play
1974 War Child
1975 Minstrel in the Gallery
1976 Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!
1977 Songs from the Wood
1978 Heavy Horses
1982 The Broadsword and the Beast
1984 Under Wraps
1987 Crest of a Knave
1989 Rock Island
1991 Catfish Rising
1995 Roots to Branches
1999 J-Tull Dot Com
2003 The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
My Jethro Tull CD Collection:
1. This Was
2. Stand Up
5. Thick As A Brick
6. Living In The Past(2 CD's)
7. A Passion Play
9. Minstrel In The Gallery
10. Too Old Too Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To DIe
11. Songs From The Wood
12. Heavy Horses
13. Bursting Out (2 CD Lve Album)
15. Broadsword And The Beast
16. Crest Of A Knave
17. Catfish Rising
*18. M.U. Best Of Jethro Tull Volume I (Compilation Album)
Where indeed for one of my favourite bands of all time - but right from the beginning! It was 1968. I listened to a a thirty minute progressive rock show hosted by a fellow calling himself Thomas Aquinas evenings on CFPL in London. His show left a lasting impact on my musical tastes.
One evening his opening preamble concerned a couple of exciting new groups from England - Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin. He recommended choosing either "This Was" by Jethro Tull or "Led Zeppelin" as your album purchase of the week or month or whatever if you had to ration yourself in that fashion. He then played "Communication Breakdown" by Led Zeppelin, which left me awed, and then "A Song for Jeffrey" by Jethro Tull, which impressed me even more! A flute! Too cool! I bought "This Was" first, and I've never looked back.
Aqualung is a great album Hep, one of his best beyond doubt. I bought 2 vinyl editions, the original, and the MFSL Original Master as well. I will never forget the sound of Martin Barre's guitar on Locomotive Breath, it was just stunning on the MFSL version. Sadly it was lost in a fire years ago, along with most of my vinyl records.
Now I have a Remastered CD, with an interview with Ian Anderson as a bonus, and the sound is very good.
I know you don't approve but I also have a FLAC download from a friend in England of the re-release of the Original mastertape version that Ian Anderson had kept himself, it has been released on a new vinyl edition, and I have the CD equivalent of that one. According to Ian it represents the closest they've come yet to recreating the version the band wanted. Kind of interesting in this day and age, to sit in my room here and listen to a new vinyl recording converted to CD that was sent by a friend in England...I love the technology we have at our disposal.
Free Lossless Audio Codec,,,invented by a very talented American who hated what MP3's and other compression software did to his music.
When used properly, with all the other great software available for free as well, you can re-create an Exact copy perfect in every way to the original. In this instance I have paid for Aqualung 3 times, the MFSL album cost me $30.00 in 1980, so I really don't feel too bad about having the latest version for free.
That is my Favorite Tull album Hep, I have the CD but I wished I still had my old vinyl copy. I went through two of them, I wore the first one out and the second one is gone in the fire. The album cover is a painting for those of you who will never get to see the anything but the CD version. If you put the old record a couple of feet away you swear it's a photograph, but as you move closer you can see the brush strokes.