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Jethro Tull
"This Was"

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Year of Release: 1978

track listing
  • My Sunday Feeling
  • Some Day The Sun
    Won't Shine
    For You
  • Beggar's Farm
  • Move On Alone
  • Serenade In A Cuckoo
  • Dharma For One
  • It's Breaking Me Up
  • Cat's Squirrel
  • A Song For Jeffrey
  • Round

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    "This Was"

    The debut album by Jethro Tull, released in 1969, This Was, is truly a classic in its own right. Most people refer to Jethro Tull's most popular album as Aqualung, and even if most of the popular songs contained on Aqualung recieved huge (and overplayed) airplay, some of these songs can get Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven....oh sure, they're great songs, but after a while... The fact is, that radio stations only focus on the main songs that made a group or artist famous. This Was features some songs that should get regular airplay, and to rediscover a group's early material as a gem.

    One song that should get the heavy airplay is the second song, "Some Day The Sun Won't Shine For You", a typical blues song, which quite frankly, a type of music that Jethro Tull really didn't record as much. It features the common guitar and harmonica, as compared to popular Tull songs featuring lead singer Ian Anderson's flute arrangements.

    Songs such as "My Sunday Feeling" (featuring Anderson's flute), "Beggar's Farm" (featuring rock blues, likewise the flute) have the common Tull sound, categorizing them as classic rock. "Move On Alone" is a slight different than the common Tull sound, where the instrumental flute-inspired jazz-tinged "Serenade To A Cuckoo" is truly a classic. "Round" is more of a 50-second sound bite, hardly considered a song.

    Jethro Tull's This Was is a classic, despite many may not know any of the songs. Giving this one a spin will get repeat spins. It's a runner-up to other classic Tull albums, such as Stand Up, Aqualung, and Thick As A Brick, to name a few. This Was was the debut album by Jethro Tull, and it's always great to see and hear how every main act in popular music get their start. This Was is a discovery for those who are just familiar with Aqualung and such. Discover This Was, you won't be disappointed.

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