Click here for home page

Click here

Contact Us | Customer Information | Privacy Policy | Audio Help

Main Menu
Submit a review
Album Reviews
Book Reviews
DVD Reviews
Sign up for newsletter
Get Your EMail Address
Submit your website

Buy Tull CDs

JETHRO TULL This Was EMI (2008)

Jethro Tull

What do you give for a 40th anniversary present to the Tull fan who has everything? The 20th anniversary produced a five-LP (3-CD) boxed set, five years later came a handsome cigar box set, individual albums have been re-issued in new or remastered versions, themed sets have appeared such as the Christmas and Acoustic albums.

This year marks Tull's 40th birthday and band and label have chosen to revisit their debut album released in 1968.

'This Was' set the basic blues to folk rock blueprint that they've been reinventing ever since. It demonstrates the band's enduring musicality - and that many elements we might term the Tull signature sound were in place at the start.

Anderson's Roland Kirk-inspired huffing and puffing on the flute has always been a highlight, and although the band's rhythm section has been in a constant state of flux (along with their keyboard players) Tull's music has always emphasised the rhythmic elements whether it is folk-rock inspired or their later foray into synthesisers and mainstream metal.

It was only after Martin Barre had arrived for 1969's Stand Up that the band edged down the prog road, although Ian Anderson hotly denies that they ever produced concept albums.

'This Was' is predominately blues-based fare (including a couple of covers) and 'Song For Jeffrey' - a staple in their live act in the seventies - is the most representative of the later band, with Anderson's distinctive vocals and lyrics adding another characteristic twist.

This new package, in truth, adds only a little to Tull's rich catalogue. The original mono tracks are included on CD for the first time, there's a new stereo mix, there are previously unreleased John Peel BBC sessions from 1968, but the bonus tracks have already appeared on the 1988 box set. And the album was remastered in 2001 when three of the four bonus tracks were also included.

It's the complete BBC sessions that might merit a release in the future, especially as they've have been sprinkled thinly across the 1988 box set and in separate in-concert releases.

The forthcoming tour will feature special guests from all periods of Tull's career and in this context 'This Was' can also be viewed as a celebration of the band's top-class musicianship that has made them one of our most endearing, and enduring ensembles.


Review by David Randall


Print this page in printer friendly format

Print this page in printer-friendly format

Tell a friend about this page

Tell a friend about this page

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

get ready to rock is a division of hotdigitsnewmedia group

Featured Artists
Artist Archive
Featured Labels
Label Archive
Do you want to appear here?

Tull in a Click

GRTR! Archive

Jethro Tull
Nothing Is Easy CD

Jethro Tull
Nothing Is Easy DVD

Jethro Tull Aqualung CD

Ian Anderson
Rupi's Dance CD

Martin Barre
Stage Left CD

Ian Anderson
Orchestral Jethro Tull CD

Ian Anderson
Orchestral Jethro Tull DVD

Jethro Tull Remasters

Jethro Tull Gig 2006

Jethro Tull Acoustic CD

Jethro Tull Gig 2007

Ian Anderson
Interview (2007)