I love Jethro Tull and I have always had a soft spot for their first album- This Was. This is a surprise to me as I am not a great blues Fan, i like Rory Gallagher, some John Mayall and early Fleetwood Mac but that is it. Stuff like Jo Bonamassa just leaves me cold and i have to say that, apart from his work with Cream, Eric Clapton does nothing for me. I am firmly in the Hendrix camp.
Their bluesy debut album „This Was“ didn‘t do much for me. England had the Blues Boom in 1968 and lots of existing and new bands started to play this kind of music. Besides I’m not a great Blues Fan either.
Things however started to change in 1969 when „Living In The Past“, „Bourée“ and „Sweet Dreams“ came out. Since then I am a huge fan. My favourite albums are „Benefit“, "Aqualung", "Thick As A Brick", "A Passion Play" and "The Broadsword And The Beast". The aforementioned records are all excellent, the remaining ones all very good. That’s how I rank Jethro Tull’s overall amazing musical output. There is no in between.
Eric Clapton did make some great records and he still is a reliable classy live act. My favourite album is "Another Ticket" released in 1981.
Jethro Tull - Bourée
"Tales From Topographic Oceans" introduced me to yesworld in 1973. I knew that the band had been around for a couple of years but I just had never paid attention to them as I had been listening to groups like Caravan, Colosseum, ELP, Genesis and Van Der Graaf Generator just to name but a few.
When it came out everything was perfect – the product (a double vinyl album containing 4 songs!), the story behind it, the appealing cover by Roger Dean and of course the band's unique impressive musicianship. "Tales From Topographic Oceans" and "Going For The One" are my two Yes favourites which I still listen to very often.
Here's one of their best performances with the original line-up.
Yes - Starship Trooper
Last Edit: Dec 29, 2019 13:25:03 GMT -5 by martin53