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August 1, 2017

JT Rankings #12

Filed under: Folk tales and songs — Tags: , , , , , , , , — schingle @ 3:08 pm

#12 This Was

1968 brought the debut album for a band that few people outside of the London club scene had ever heard of, but the world quickly picked up on as a band who was going to go places.  And…go places they did.  This is one of very few albums by Jethro Tull that wasn’t written entirely by Ian Anderson.  Anderson co-writes one with drummer Clive Bunker (“Dharma for One”); another with lead guitarist, Mick Abrahams (“Beggar’s Farm”); one where Abrahams gets the only writing credit (“Move on Alone”) and another where the guitarist arranges a traditional (“Cat’s Squirrel”).  In addition, there is a very short group written song (“Round”) which includes bassist Glenn Cornick, and producer Terry Ellis as members who get writing credit.  There’s even a cover song on the album—a wonderful rendition of Rashaan Roland Kirk’s “Serenade to a Cuckoo.”  The rest of the songs on the album are Anderson’s, but that’s only about half the record.  Pretty much every song on every ensuing album is credited to Anderson as sole songwriter.  This was a band that was young, brash and intensely talented—if a little odd.  Even future guitarist, Martin Barre, stated that he believed that Abrahams was “…a hot guitarist.”  The album has a distinctly blues sound—which the band veered from almost as quickly as Abrahams’ departure from the group.  While maybe this disc doesn’t rank in the top half of all their music, if a Tull beginner were to just listen to the band’s catalogue from beginning to end starting with this one, the listener would almost certainly want to hear more.  It’s raw.  It has its mistakes.  But, more than anything, it’s a rocking good time.

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    Comment by christian music festivals — August 14, 2017 @ 8:27 am

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    Comment by schingle — August 14, 2017 @ 1:47 pm


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