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August 3, 2017

JT Rankings #11

Filed under: Folk tales and songs — Tags: , , , , , , , , — schingle @ 3:03 pm

#11  Benefit

The year was 1970 and Tull put out their third album, “Benefit.”  And for their third album they had their third (slightly) different lineup.  Ian Anderson (Front man, flute, acoustic guitar), Glenn Cornick (Bass) and Clive Bunker (Drums) had now remained together for all three discs.  Guitarist Marin Barre (who replaced Mick Abrahams on the second album) remained, so essentially the core band remained the same as the second album.  But, John Evan joined the group as piano/organ player for the band’s “benefit” (to quote the sleeve notes).  Perhaps most notably, the album features the song “Teacher” which got considerable airplay at the time and was as close to a “hit” that the group had had, with the exception of 1969’s “Living in the Past,” which was released as a single to coincide with the previous disc, “Stand Up.”  Other songs of note include “To Cry You a Song,” “With You There to Help Me,” “Inside,” and “Sossity: You’re a Woman.”  This album acts as a good rocking bridge between the second collection, “Stand Up” (which has a decidedly jazzy flavor) and the monster fourth effort, “Aqualung” which put Tull on the map to stay.  It’s likely that most who would hear this group of songs would call it a “rock” album, but there remains a slightly jazz feel to some of the songs and, of course, just enough blues that the band felt “true” to their roots.  Though ranked almost exactly in the middle, there really isn’t a bad song on the album and, if one were to only hear one Tull disc, and this was the one, they likely wouldn’t be disappointed.

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