Jethro Tull
Stand Up
Reprise 1969

Music - 5 stars

Jethro Tull
Benefit
Reprise 1970

Music - 5 stars

Jethro Tull
Aqualung
Reprise 1971

Music - 5 stars

Jethro Tull Stand Up - front cover

front cover

Jethro Tull Stand Up - rear cover

rear cover

Jethro Tull Stand Up - gatefold opened with pop up

gatefold opened with pop up

Jethro Tull Stand Up - pop up detail

pop up detail

Jethro Tull Stand Up - gatefold

gatefold

Review

For those unfamiliar with, or ambivalent about Jethro Tull, or are unsure about progressive rock, here's a great place to start. Martin Barre joins Ian Anderson, Glen Cornick, and Clive Bunker on ten great very accessible songs.
There's no noodling around, it's just a wonderful record.
The Reprise albums have the group standing up inside the gate fold cover. Reissues don't have this feature.

- Allan J Moore

Jethro Tull Benefit - front cover

front cover

Jethro Tull Benefit - rear cover

rear cover

Review

More of Anderson's' flute work and English folk side emergence's here, but the band rocks hard enough to piece together an impressive album.

Anderson continues to hone the band's sound to razor sharpness The songwriting is top notch. "With You there, To Help Me" is both sad and inspiring and "Nothing to Say" is instantly memorable.
There are no misfires on Benefit, and this set contains the hit "Teacher".

The record goes to #11 in the U.S as the group becomes a major attraction in the states.
Although not a gate fold, the Reprise release features another appealing album jacket.

- Allan J Moore

Jethro Tull Aqualung - front cover

front cover

Jethro Tull Aqualung - gatefold open

gatefold open

Jethro Tull Aqualung - rear cover

rear cover

Review

This is the record that catapulted Jethro Tull from a popular, idiosyncratic band into international rock Stars.
At this point JethroTull has become a vehicle for the flute wielding Ian Anderson, but he could't make this quality of music without a stable band of such high style and ability.

This is supposedly a concept album. It seems that Anderson is pretty annoyed at the state of mankind in general, and the omnipresent whipping boys God and Religion.
Anderson is not your garden variety misanthrope. All of this is seen through the insightful eyes and eloquent rhetoric of an unfortunate street tramp.

If you're not buying into all of this, [and I'm not sure I am] Aqualung is a collection of masterful songs weaving rock and folk together in a seamless way.
Nice cover art in the original vinyl releases

- Allan J Moore

Note:

Man, rare 45 Girl from the North Country