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July 17, 2017

J Tull Rankings/ Intro

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Over the next several days (weeks?) I will present a list of albums released by the band Jethro Tull ranked from last to first.  Other than this current introduction, I’ve tried to write each review in the third person.  The idea is for someone who’s never heard any of their music, but has some interest in listening to what they had to offer, of a starting place to give them a go.  Hard core Tull fans may enjoy reading as well, if for no other reason than to get pissed off and disagree.  I encourage this.  Hell, that’s half the  fun.  There were some inherent problems.  To wit:

What counts as a studio album?  I had a hard time with this.  Obviously, one leaves out the various and sundry live albums and “greatest hits.”  For the most part, with the exception of their first live one (“Bursting Out” from 1978), their live offerings are unnecessary.  If you never got a chance to see them live, that’s a shame, but…

So, I turned to Wikipedia (I know, not the greatest source in the world, but I had to start somewhere).  Per Wikipedia, JT has 21 studio albums.  I included 20.  Wikipedia included an album they put out called “A Jethro Tull Christmas Album.”  While some of the songs were new when it was released, it also included previously released songs (“A Christmas Song,” and “Another Christmas Song” among them).  If one were to include this disc, then why not include “Living in the Past” which also had previously released and new songs?  So, to be fair, I deleted both from the list.  Hence, my list includes 20 truly studio albums with no previously released material.  If this upsets anyone, well…

So, who are Jethro Tull?  A friend of mine in college told me “…they should just call themselves the Ian Anderson Project…” because of the many and numerous personnel changes.  That’s not a bad argument, but, for whatever reason, when the band released its debut album in 1968, Jethro Tull was the name and they stuck with it.  To Anderson’s defense, he did release two or three albums under his own name, citing that they were decidedly different sounding from JT.  Who am I (or who is anyone) to disagree?

So, as the days roll on, please feel free to read what I see as their best (and worst) material and, as I said, feel free to disagree.  Respond and tell me what you think and why.  I can’t be offended and, hopefully, neither will you.  Regardless of how you feel, this is my personal listing of the catalogue of one of the most unique and different bands ever to record and tour.  Happy reading and thanks for taking the time.


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