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"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 dissolved after which Anderson and bass player Glen Cornick joined up...
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Songs From The Wood (3CD/2DVD)Songs From The Wood (3CD/2DVD)
Box set
Rhino/Parlophone 2017
Audio CD$37.69
$31.46 (used)
Very Best of Jethro TullVery Best of Jethro Tull
Parlophone 2001
Audio CD$5.60
$2.01 (used)
Jethro Tull - The String QuartetsJethro Tull - The String Quartets
BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd 2017
Audio CD$10.34
$7.19 (used)
A Passion Play (2xCD+2xDVD)A Passion Play (2xCD+2xDVD)
Rhino 2014
Audio CD$27.97
Aqualung (2CD/2DVD)Aqualung (2CD/2DVD)
Rhino/Parlophone 2016
Audio CD$27.01
Minstrel In The Gallery 40th Anniversary La Grande Édition (2CD/2DVD)Minstrel In The Gallery 40th Anniversary La Grande Édition (2CD/2DVD)
Deluxe Edition
Rhino/Parlophone 2015
Audio CD$28.40
$120.15 (used)
Thick As A BrickThick As A Brick
Parlophone 1998
Audio CD$7.59
$6.99 (used)
Original Album Series (5CD)Original Album Series (5CD)
Box set · Import
Rhino/Parlophone 2014
Audio CD$12.45
Stand Up (The Elevated Edition)(Limited Edition)(2CD/DVD)Stand Up (The Elevated Edition)(Limited Edition)(2CD/DVD)
Rhino/Parlophone 2016
Audio CD$22.79
$26.46 (used)
Triple Album Collection (This Was/Stand Up/Benefit) - Jethro TullTriple Album Collection (This Was/Stand Up/Benefit) - Jethro Tull
Chrysalis 2015
Audio CD$11.55
$11.54 (used)
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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 | 734 ratings
This Was
4.04 | 1083 ratings
Stand Up
3.90 | 913 ratings
4.34 | 2283 ratings
4.63 | 2937 ratings
Thick As A Brick
4.02 | 1282 ratings
A Passion Play
3.30 | 715 ratings
War Child
4.02 | 1050 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery
3.09 | 662 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
4.18 | 1241 ratings
Songs From The Wood
4.03 | 1011 ratings
Heavy Horses
3.48 | 638 ratings
3.20 | 534 ratings
3.27 | 573 ratings
The Broadsword And The Beast
2.24 | 453 ratings
Under Wraps
3.02 | 134 ratings
A Classic Case
3.24 | 512 ratings
Crest Of A Knave
2.70 | 401 ratings
Rock Island
2.62 | 374 ratings
Catfish Rising
3.66 | 449 ratings
Roots To Branches
3.04 | 378 ratings
J-Tull Dot Com
3.51 | 357 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album

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

4.17 | 372 ratings
Live - Bursting Out
2.90 | 50 ratings
Live At Hammersmith '84
3.65 | 167 ratings
A Little Light Music
3.05 | 44 ratings
In Concert
3.63 | 111 ratings
Living With The Past
4.10 | 146 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
3.46 | 93 ratings
Aqualung Live
3.75 | 81 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
4.31 | 16 ratings
Live At Carnegie Hall 1970

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

3.84 | 50 ratings
Slipstream (DVD)
3.77 | 38 ratings
20 Years of Jethro Tull (VHS)
3.42 | 76 ratings
Living With the Past
3.05 | 47 ratings
A New Day Yesterday - The 25th Anniversary Collection
3.84 | 86 ratings
Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
3.12 | 62 ratings
Live At Montreux 2003
4.00 | 21 ratings
Slipstream (9 song version)
4.37 | 27 ratings
Classic Artists Series: Jethro Tull
3.30 | 29 ratings
Jack In The Green - Live In Germany
3.71 | 22 ratings
Songs From Bethlehem
4.44 | 95 ratings
Live At Madison Square Garden 1978 (DVD + CD)
3.83 | 33 ratings
Live at AVO Session Basel 2008
4.53 | 30 ratings
Around the World Live (4DVD)

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

4.13 | 293 ratings
Living In The Past
3.09 | 73 ratings
M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull
3.18 | 48 ratings
Repeat - The Best Of Jethro Tull - Vol. II
3.20 | 69 ratings
Original Masters
3.61 | 77 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull Box
4.53 | 76 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (The Definitive Collection)
3.72 | 47 ratings
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (USA release)
3.63 | 147 ratings
3.81 | 48 ratings
The Best Of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection
4.41 | 75 ratings
25th Anniversary Box Set
2.63 | 24 ratings
A Jethro Tull Collection
1.52 | 29 ratings
Through The Years
3.00 | 66 ratings
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
2.52 | 14 ratings
Essential Jethro Tull
3.38 | 50 ratings
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
3.79 | 43 ratings
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album / Live - Christmas At St Bride's 2008
4.68 | 47 ratings
Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
4.86 | 67 ratings
Thick As A Brick - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
4.90 | 56 ratings
A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
4.57 | 35 ratings
War Child - The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
4.83 | 38 ratings
Minstrel In The Gallery - 40th Anniversary: La Grande Edition
4.83 | 6 ratings
Too Old To Rock'n'Roll: Too Young To Die - The TV Special Edition
4.96 | 16 ratings
Songs From The Wood - 40th Anniversary Edition - The Country Set

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

3.79 | 14 ratings
Love Story
4.14 | 21 ratings
A Song For Jeffrey
3.12 | 15 ratings
Sunshine Day
4.11 | 26 ratings
Sweet Dream / 17
4.16 | 19 ratings
The Witch's Promise
4.63 | 28 ratings
Living In The Past
3.88 | 16 ratings
4.65 | 34 ratings
Life Is A Long Song
4.13 | 16 ratings
Hymn 43
4.41 | 22 ratings
4.00 | 2 ratings
Locomotive Breath
4.18 | 28 ratings
Living In The Past
3.57 | 23 ratings
Bungle In The Jungle
3.20 | 21 ratings
Ring Out Solstice Bells
4.00 | 3 ratings
Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll; Too Young To Die
4.24 | 25 ratings
The Whistler
3.60 | 5 ratings
A Stitch In Time
4.07 | 26 ratings
3.67 | 6 ratings
Warm Sporran
2.70 | 18 ratings
North Sea Oil
4.47 | 17 ratings
Home E.P.
3.18 | 21 ratings
Working John, Working Joe
3.23 | 20 ratings
Fallen On Hard Times
3.37 | 19 ratings
3.05 | 19 ratings
Lap Of Luxury
4.50 | 2 ratings
3.92 | 13 ratings
3.77 | 13 ratings
Said She Was A Dancer 12''
3.60 | 15 ratings
Steel Monkey 12''
5.00 | 2 ratings
Part Of The Machine
3.74 | 18 ratings
Another Christmas Song
3.58 | 17 ratings
This Is Not Love
3.84 | 16 ratings
Rocks On The Road
3.00 | 14 ratings
Living in the (Slightly More Recent) Past / Living in the Past
2.67 | 18 ratings
Rare And Precious Chain
3.25 | 16 ratings
Bends Like A Willow
3.22 | 9 ratings
The Christmas EP
5.00 | 2 ratings
Living in the Past


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 Songs From The Wood - 40th Anniversary Edition - The Country Set by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2017
4.96 | 16 ratings

Songs From The Wood - 40th Anniversary Edition - The Country Set
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by fraanco3

5 stars First off, this is no ordinary reissue. Besides having the original album receive an incredible Steven Wilson re-mix, CD1 also includes 8 "associated recordings." Some of those recordings are unedited alternate versions of the originals. Newly revived, they become quintessential Jethro Tull.

The most jaw-dropping of those associated recordings on CD1 is Track 10, "Old Aces Die Hard." It will blow away any longtime Tull fan. Previously unreleased and recorded in '76/77, it is an amalgam of what would become "Dark Ages" and "Living In These Hard Times" intersecting with "A Passion Play" and the "Chateau D'isaster Tapes." At nearly 9 minutes, it feels like a whole new Tull mini-album that after repeated listens, only gets better. A true prog rock gem, "OADH" is a soft, loud, rocky, acoustic, weirdly complex and abstract thrill ride of 70s Jethro Tull. Seriously GREAT vintage Tull.

That track is followed by another previously unreleased original version of "Working John, Working Joe" with energy and instrumentation that totally eclipses the rather subdued version that eventually appeared on the "A" album.

And if the CD re-mix of SFTW and associates isn't enough, there is also a Wilson DVD surround sound re-mix of those tracks that is sublime. Oh yes, they also throw in the best songs from SFTW in their original Quad format and 4.0 surround. Why not?

But wait, there is more. 2 CDs worth of the full 1977 SFTW tour concert -- 112 minutes of the best live recording of JT that I have heard...a front row seat with Tull in their performance prime.

There is also a DVD of that same concert...great audio and video quality that is better than expected given the age of the original. Thank you Jakko Jakszyk for that production miracle!

A very cool, hard-cover 96 page booklet accompanies the 5 pieces of media, containing stories, lyrics, interviews, anecdotes, etc. Very professionally produced.

Five stars for this well engineered slice of prog rock history!

 Songs From The Wood by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.18 | 1241 ratings

Songs From The Wood
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Lupton

5 stars After producing the classic Thick as a Brick album, Jethro Tull seems to struggle to come up with a strong follow- up.By the time of the alarmingly lacklastre Too Old To Rock And Roll Album released in 1976 their career seems to be on a downward spiral. Their next album 1977's Songs From The Wood was a stunning return to form and is my personal favourite by this band.

The opening title track is for me the definitive Jethro Tull track. With its richly harmonized a Capella opening, the song quickly develops into a stunning tour de force with its constantly shifting rhythms and ornate instrumentation. The musical backing continues to build and build as the song progresses in a most exhilarating manner. Jethro Tull have used this combination of additive rhythms and textural layering before but never as effectively as here and all in under five minutes.

The rest of the album does not disappoint.The next track" Jack in The Green" is a delightful acoustic song- essentially just Ian Anderson playing all the instruments. Cup of wonder is a wonderfully upbeat flute led track with a bouncy and complex rhythm. Hunting Girl gallops along nicely is probably the closest thing to straight ahead rock with some blistering guitar playing by Martin Barre.Ring Out Solstice Bells is quite a poppy number and was originally released on an EP the previous year.And that is just Side1.

Side 2 opens with Velvet Green which is a wonderful slice of Renaissance influenced progressive rock and incorporates a particularly complex instrumental section incorporating flute, portative organ and medieval drums.The opening harpsichord led passage is perhaps a little cod but really adds to the Early Music ambiance.Next to the Title track it is probably the most sophisticated track on the album.The following track, "The Whistler" is another whimsical and quirky upbeat song with a particularly complex and exhilarating whistle break coming after each chorus.Only "Pibroch" the penultimate track brings the mood down with a rather somber tale of a man being cheated on by his wife and at over eight minutes long is a tad long. Nevertheless, it is still highly inventive with Barre's guitar replicating the sounds of bagpipes long before the 80's band,Big Country tried to do the same thing.The final track is a fairly slight but upbeat song with yet another flute led instrumental section.

All in all this is a true masterpiece and arguably the most repeat listenable album they ever created. A solid 5 stars

 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.63 | 2937 ratings

Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Lupton

5 stars Jethro Tull's follow up to Aqualung was their first truly progressive rock album and a concept one at that. Aqualung had its progressive elements and even a loose concept per side but this time Ian Anderson and Co went the whole hog and produced what in effect was a single continuous piece of music.

Technically this album is a major achievement for the band and is far superior to their previous efforts.The album starts off quite gently with the famous acoustic introduction (the single "edit" that graces virtually every Jethro Tull compilation) before suddenly exploding into action at the three minute mark with Martin Barre's huge stabbing chords interspersed with Ian Anderson's forceful acoustic guitar strumming. It reminds me slightly of the way the band comes crashing in near the beginning of My God off the Aqualung album.

What follows is close to twenty minutes of some of the most dynamic playing ever committed to vinyl . The ever changing rhythm and tempo changes along with the interplay between Martin Barre's spirited electric guitar and Ian Anderson's flute riffing is quite exhilarating. The whole enterprise is held together by John Evan's Hammond organ.One of my favorite sections is his jaunty solo that introduces a new musical theme where Ian Anderson sings "I've come down from the upper class...".Interestingly, that theme (edit#4) is included on the Repeat Best of Volume 2 compilation. Even out of context as with the familiar introductory edit works surprisingly well as a stand alone piece of music.

Side 2 basically carries on where Side 1 left off. Original themes are reprised and a couple of new ones are introduced at the four minute mark. Overall the second side is similarly dynamic but less melodic and somewhat downbeat in comparison to the first side. There are also a few jarring moments where the band seem to enter into King Crimson free jazz territory at the three minute mark which really does not suit their style. While ultimately less memorable the second side at least ends on familiar turf with the reprise of the original theme which helps bring the whole affair to a logical conclusion.

What really stands out for me as much as the composition is the overall production . The band were really tight and the sound really gelled when they recorded this album especially with new recruit Barriemore Barlow on drums and percussion and the use of Hammond organ instead of the somewhat antiquated piano helps give the music a slicker dynamic. Thick As A Brick is one of Progressive Rock's crowning glories.

 A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance by JETHRO TULL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.90 | 56 ratings

A Passion Play: An Extended Perfomance
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Tapfret
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

5 stars Issue #100

A Passion Play on the P-Word
An Extended Performance?

Now Pretentiousser!

Ah, here we are. The prized prey of 1973's pompous and paradoxically pedantic pundits of pop critique, A Passion Play. The preeminent work in the prog paradigm of conceptual long-plays, it was poked, prodded and universally panned as prohibitively ponderous. These professional persecutors of pastoral pursuits, with egos as pumped up as Pink Floyd's inflated prop pigs, snuffled their protuberant probosces in paraphrase:
'Who is this pipe-playing pranceabout with a proclivity toward perplexity? A pox on he! HE IS PRETENTIOUS! PRETENTIOUS, I SAY! ....oh praise be my vocabulary, I should procure an augmented percentage payment for my perspicacity. *tsk tsk*'


Even if belated, the positive prospects of the play's fans would not be put out. Here, and now, a palliative presentation on four pristine plastic platters of digitized programmes. Packaged with the fabled Chateau d'Herouville sessions, the precursor to A Passion Play, the re-mastered source is propagated with improvements. Shall we dispense with the preamble and proceed?

Who could possibly protest the pronouncement that A Passion Play, this prosaic conceptual picture of a poor young souls demise presented in thespian parlance, stands as a pinnacle of progressive rock? As prefaced, many would. But let us not ponder further the failed placation of the pop plutocracy. Let us instead plow forward to how perfection could be further polished. Enter the patriarch of Porcupine: prog's prodigal prince of post- production, one Steven Wilson. Mixing to the standard pentangle of sonic projection ...point one. The encompassing sounds paint the play in hues of polychromasia that create additional pyretic layers of character to the seemingly polydactyl pressing of keys and strings. This plussing is no more evident than in the bounding bookend parts to the play's intermission, Forest Dance #1 and #2. Additionally, it has come to light that we were pinched of 50 some-odd seconds of verse on Foot of Our Stairs, until now.

The package also contains a peak into the band's pragmatic fiscal pilgrimage as potential ex-patriots to the palace proximal to Paris, Chateau d'Herouville. Was this possibly a peaceful place to practice and record? Alas, our players would be plagued with problems. First their place of sleep was infested with parasitic pests. But most problematic was the pabulum induced peristaltic pathology that progressed to peritoneal rumbling to the party's participants. Nonetheless the band plugged away at their project, their perseverance punished by having it hidden away from posterity. The product has familiarity, no doubt. Many passages ported to the eventual final A Passion Play release, while Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day would later be a pop-chart resident. Like the title discs, The Chateau d'Herouville Sessions are presented on both re-mastered CD and DVD featuring DTS 5.1 mix.

The parade continues with a booklet with pages of paragraphs on the history and pre-history of this profoundly wondrous work. The story of the previously summarized Chateau sessions is contained within along with discussion of the remix process by Steven Wilson, interviews past and present, and tour photos.

And if that was not enough, a live ballet performance of the greatest moment in progressive rock history, The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles!

The purveyors of enhanced media have properly palpated the pulse of this progger. This was no passive undertaking. 5 stars before. Now, 5 stars more.


 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.34 | 2283 ratings

Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review Nº 111

'Aqualung' is the fourth studio album of Jethro Tull and was released in 1971. The album is divided into two distinct parts. The first part 'Aqualung' contains a series of themes with six characters, including individuals of questionable reputation and two autobiographical passages. The second part 'My God' contains a message that is generally described as 'pro-God but anti-church', and says that organized religion can actually restrict a person's relationship with his God, instead of improving it. The album had a kind of a split concept where the first side featured songs about poor people and social differences, while the second side was about the problems and evil of organized religion.

The band's lead singer and songwriter Ian Anderson was surprised by the critical reaction to 'Aqualung'. The critics said that 'Aqualung' was a conceptual album, a label he firmly rejected. He said that the album was just a collection of songs and nothing more than that. With their following studio album 'Thick As A Brick', the band set out to create a work that deliberately integrated around one concept, 'the mother of all conceptual albums', such as Anderson said once in an interview, in response to those who deliberately maintained that 'Aqualung' was a conceptual album.

'Aqualung' was recorded at the same time and in the same studio, in Island Studios in December 1970, with the fourth studio album of Led Zeppelin. While recording a section of the album's title song 'Aqualung', lead guitarist Martin Barre was moved to impress his counterpart, Jimmy Page and laid down a solo that was totally unorthodox for his style. The result is now an indelible part of Jethro Tull's legacy, as 'Aqualung' the song and 'Aqualung' the album, are among their most famous musical works, undoubtedly. This little example of Barre's guitar work is one of the things that, for better or for worse, make of 'Aqualung' one of the most unusual (top-notch) albums in all rock history.

'Aqualung' has eleven tracks. All tracks were written and composed by Ian Anderson, except the first track 'Aqualung' that was written and composed by Ian Anderson and Jennie Anderson, his first wife. The first track 'Aqualung', who gave its name to the album is without any doubt the best song on the album and is also, in my opinion, one of the best Jethro Tull's songs. It's a very well known song, heavy and dark, with acoustic elements. This is a perfect song to open this album. The second track 'Cross-Eyed Mary' is also one of the great songs on the album and makes a perfect sequence with the first song. This is a classic Jethro Tull's piece of music with a strong classic rock vein. The third track 'Cheap Day Return' is one of the shortest songs on the album. It's a very beautiful acoustic guitar song, one of the best I've heard. The fourth track 'Mother Goose' is another great song by the band. It's also another classic Jethro Tull's song and one of the best known. It's a nice acoustic folkie melodic oriented song. The fifth track 'Wond'ring Aloud' is the second short song of the album. Like the first, it's also a nice ballad, but this time with acoustic guitar and piano, and is very well orchestrated. The sixth track 'Up To Me' is a song with some interesting moments, but no more than that. Sincerely, besides being the last song of the 'Aqualung' part is also, in my opinion, the weakest song on that part. The seventh track 'My God' is also a great song with cynical and critical lyrics and with beautiful flute parts. Musically, is a song with some complexity and we can notice some more progressive elements than in the most of the albums. The eighth track 'Hymn 43' is a typical and good rock song with powerful riffs and with good combination of piano and flute. The ninth track 'Slipstream' is the third track on 'My God' and the last small song on the album. It's a nice acoustic ballad with a good orchestration. The tenth track 'Locomotive Breath' is another Jethro Tull's legendary track with great piano, guitar and flute works. It's my favourite song on the second part of the record and it's also with 'Aqualung', 'Cross-Eyed Mary' and 'My God', one of the best tracks on the album. The eleventh and last track 'Wind Up' is a great rocking and exciting song of the album. This is a very good way to finish this incredible cult album.

Conclusion: I have 'Aqualung' in my vinyl collection since the 70's. There are so many classic songs on this album like 'Aqualung', 'Locomotive Breath' and 'My God'. But songs like 'Cross-Eyed Mary', 'Mother Goose' and 'Hymn 43' are immediately recognized as well. It's really hard to believe that all this music comes from the singular mind of only a man, Anderson. This was Jethro Tull's first mega-hit album and the one that really broke them all over the world. Deservedly, it's now considered as one of the best prog albums of 1971. This is a very innovating album, filled with hard rock, folk and progressive rock influences all around. The contrast of songs is amazing and each track is very different. If you don't know this album yet, it will stick in your head for weeks. This is undoubtedly one of my favourite albums of all time. If you consider yourself a true classic rock fan, you must own this album. Or if you have any self-respect for your musical taste at all, buy this album. This is really a masterpiece, a must hear album for all progressive rock fans.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 War Child by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.30 | 715 ratings

War Child
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

4 stars One of Tull's Best Albums!

This album doesn't get the respect it deserves. While I like Thick as a Brick and Passion Play better, this album sits in a third tier in Tull's catalogue, in the same league as Horses/Wood/Stand Up. This album is very musical, and even though the pieces are shorter and Tull is once again writing catchy radio-friendly songs, they are great memorable songs! "Skating Away..." is one of their best examples of the latter, and I really love it to this day. The title track, and "Queen and Country", and even "Bungle..." are very good tunes. And there are some great progressive difficult tracks on this album too, like "Sealion". I have the extended CD with the bonus tracks, a number of which add to the mix (including a wonderful "Sealion 2"). So, while there are no tunes that would qualify as progressive rock classics on this album, yet all the songs are good and the album flows very well - I enjoy listening to it all the way through even after all these years. I give this album 8.3 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

 A Passion Play by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.02 | 1282 ratings

A Passion Play
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Inventive and Original. But takes Effort.

Carrying on with the same 'formula' as Thick as a Brick (ironic and intellectual humourous lyrics, over a longer single-piece prog-rock epic), 'A Passion Play' takes a few more liberties with the music, and adds in a few detours (like the story of the hare who lost his spectacles). This album was panned by many critics as going too far, and even today there are many detractors who point to it (and Thick as a Brick) as an example of the excesses of progressive rock. This is, of course, ironic given that both albums are partly meant as parodies of the excesses of progressive rock. But there a bit more truth to these claims in the case of A Passion Play, not only because the lyrics DO come across as more pretentious, but also because the music does not come as naturally but instead assumes the listener is willing to sit through sections that clearly were not written primarily to be musical but instead to fit the overall story. The result is that it takes a lot more effort to listen to this the whole way through, and it gets more tiring on multiple listens. It is, quite simply, not as musical as Thick as a Brick. Saying this, it is in the same vein, and is like Brick both intellectual and humourous, highly original and inventive. And many of the themes ARE musical. So, while not on the same plain as Brick, I have a lot or respect for this album. I place it in second spot. I give it 8.4 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.63 | 2937 ratings

Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

5 stars Clearly the Best Tull.

This is the album when Tull became intellectual. Ian Anderson is a very bright guy, with a keen, albeit unusual, sense of humour, and from this point on would infuse each Tull album with a number of wry jokes and insights that most people wouldn't get. Lyrically, this album is presented as poem written by 8-year old Gerald Bostock which would have won a poetry contest but was disqualified. Anderson has said the album was meant as a parody of the pretentiousness of bands like ELP and Yes and their complex progressive rock epics. Yet, the lyrics were not easy to make out, and in doing so, Anderson wrote probably one of the genre's best examples of a long pretentious epic, only to be outdone in Tull's next album 'A Passion Play'! Yes, the irony. The key thing is that the music is excellent all the way through, and the lighthearted lyrics mean that while the music is so good it keeps your interest the band is not taking itself seriously. There are about 6 main themes/songs in this, but they all segue together, and the piece returns to its origins at the end. The only off-point is in the middle where the band seemingly has three false starts to a new song but then abandons it in favour of a different one (all concocted, of course). That is the only point where the musicality is interrupted, but it only lasts for half a minute. And thankfully, Anderson restrains his singing on this one, so it is not nearly as rough and annoying as on Aqualung, and indeed, this album marks the beginning of a smoother singing style for him (for all albums from this point forward). This is an album that has maintained its deep musicality over 40 years. Definitely deserves its stature in the history of progressive, and all, music. I give this 9.6 out of 10 on my 10-point scale.

 Aqualung by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.34 | 2283 ratings

Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Iconic songs, quite annoying singing.

A lot has been said about this album. It has some amazing iconic tracks ("Aqualung", "Locomotive Breat"), and there is almost a semblance of concept album and social commentary here. I really like "Cross-Eyed Mary", "Wind Up", and "Wondering Aloud" too. But Ian Anderson's increasingly-rough singing style on this album can be annoying, and I rarely ever listen to this all the way through anymore. Thankfully he would change his singing style after this, helping make Thick as a Brick Tull's best album. I give Aqualung 8.1 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to the lower end of 4 PA stars.

 A Passion Play by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.02 | 1282 ratings

A Passion Play
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by CapnBearbossa

5 stars A controversial work in the TULL gallery?

Probably, but it shouldn't be. The controversy turns almost exclusively on how many times the album has been listened to before the audient decides, "WOW, Great!" or "Ugh, total rubbish...." Those who purchase it on the heels of falling in love with its considerably more celebrated predecessor, Thick As A Brick (TAAB) , may be disappointed upon hearing it the first time; this is an almost universal reaction, and yet there are many out there who have moved past that first listening because of some kernel of value they heard, despite their shocked first impressions. So it was with me - JETHRO TULL fan boy that I am - I must admit to having hated the record on first hearing. IAN ANDERSON's creative output is incredibly varied, and I was used to that, but A PASSION PLAY's histrionic vocal delivery, abstract lyrics, and near tunelessness (as I perceived it at the time) made me think I'd never learn to like it. And what were they thinking with that story interlude about the Hare and his Spectacles, anyway?

A PASSION PLAY (APP)'s instrumental parts definitely avoid giving a cohesive, or even pleasant, impression, at first. The music is as esoteric and hyperactive as the vocals are manic, and it never stays in one place for very long. Though it takes a page from TAAB's playbook in terms of setting up an album-long song in a stunning symphonic web of sound, using an array of different instruments many of us have probably never heard (never mind heard of !), it is really a work of astonishing complexity that puts it beyond TAAB, if not at the absolute pinnacle of Mr. ANDERSON's musical achievements. The flute is given a lesser role than in most other TULL albums - I guess Ian wanted to try his hand at sax a bit instead - and many more rules are broken than would be typical in the cycle of presenting a work of rock music to the listener. Is this really rock'n'roll? No, in fact: We have left that world almost totally behind, and we're coming pretty close to a jazz structure here, even if played with predominantly rock instruments -- in a similar vein to how TAAB appropriates the structural and stylistic attributes of traditional English folk .

APP offers many rewards for a dedicated listener, but those rewards only are yielded with time and attention, so ... there you are. In this day and age how many people entering the fold as newbie prog fans (or fans from other prog lands just giving Tull a try because they've heard it's good) are going to give the time and attention that such a work demands? I write this in 2017, and much of the new work out there that passes for 'progressive' seems to take more cues from the accessible works of Genesis, Yes, and Rush -- the more accessible and pop-oriented bands of the 70's prog scene -- than from anything ambitious like this. And I suspect that the disease of our age, namely the rampant ADHD fuelled by action movies and ultraviolent video games, is driving us away from our ability to appreciate a sublime piece of music that develops itself across a span of 50 minutes. All I can say is this: if one reads reviews that throw shade at A PASSION PLAY, one might be inclined to give up on it immediately, but a better idea would be to play it in the background while reading a good book (oh wait, do we still have those?). Having taken this advice, by time you get done with it I will guarantee you will find its appeal has matured a bit. Or maybe it will have become more selective ... or at least you will have earned the right to pawn the record off on a friend!

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